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Used 2003 9-3 Convertible
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By disasterdawg
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2003 Saab 9-3 Convertible SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Bought this car with 89,xxx miles on it, AUTOMATIC I knew it needed a few cosmetic items and tires, but was a value for $4400. Solid car that is fun to drive. The AC blows so cold I had to turn it down on a 90+ degree day. Items are simple to fix like the DIC and fluid for the covnertible top. Lots of parts on eBay and videos on YouTube to help. Is quick and responsive. The Sweeds know nothing of cup holders though. The car will throw trouble codes every day. Buy a scanner when you buy a Saab. Nothing to worry about, most are harmless warnings and can be fixed without huge money. The DIC (coil pack) is the common failure for most codes, new is $500


Best Features

Driving top down in a very safe car. I have more power than I think and even top down have to let off the gas when the car is rolling along over 90mph without blinking. Has been a really fun "toy" to take out on nice days and not have spent a fortune but look like I have.


Worst Features

Drink you drink at home. Cup holders are useless. Period. That's the only real complaint I have.


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RUN!!!!!
3 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By beth
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2003 Saab 9-3 Convertible SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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DO NOT buy!, bought mine with 27,000 miles, when the car hit 40,000 it was down hill!, rattling under the hood, cup holder broke, radio dislpay broke, panel behind the drivers seat broke, compressor broke, forget about check engine light, ALWAYS on despite paying hundreds of dollars to replace stupic sensor, last 8 months i;ve shelled out $3000, and as we speak, was towed from work to dealer for not starting, not battery either! ive had it!, when it comes back im driving it onto HONDAS lot and prepared to take a hit. PIECE of crap, DONT DO IT!!!!! unless your rich and have $ to literally to throw away!


Best Features

none, looks great on the back of a tow truck, and the bottom of a lake.


Worst Features

recall, and never make another one.


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Never Again
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By Steve
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2003 Saab 9-3 Convertible SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Bought this car brand new in '03. Decided on this instead of the BMW 330 Convertible because of price and the BMWs are everywhere. What a mistake! While fun to drive, it has been a maintenance nightmare compared to any other car I've ever driven. Fuel pump failure (huh?) at 56K, CLUTCH at 70K, A/C compressor at 48K, wheel bearing at 80K, Ignitor Coil at 80K. Compare to my '86 325: original clutch at 150K; my '83 Tercel: original clutch at 150K. I work with a guy that has an '02 9-5 - same problems. No wonder the resale value of Saabs stinks. Stay away from Saab!


Best Features

Good driver, great mileage (32 mpg on highway, 27 combined).


Worst Features

Why bother? Wouldn't touch one with a ten foot pole.


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Objective 2003 Saab convertible review.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By geek
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2003 Saab 9-3 Convertible SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Quiet (yes a convertible) solid feel, comfortable seats, highly responsive engine, reasonable few blind spots, good MPG. Some odd features but not annoying and something Saab is noted for. The torque steer nonsense you read about is something that average drivers will never notice or care about. This is nice riding and driving car, that was a great purchase. It has all the options that you would expect in a car that sold and sells in this price range. The higher than normal depreciation means you can buy an expensive car for less. The cost of repair is not out of line with any high end car. BTW the trunk is functional for trips, the back seats go down to extend the storage.


Best Features

Ride, comfort, acceleration, gas consumption are all excellent. This car was re-engineered in 94 but from a owner's stand point I do not regret not purchasing the newer model.


Worst Features

No center arm rest or storage. After market (perfect match) $120.00 solved that minor issue. The Saab information display is a noted problem. $300 to replace, no big deal.


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Caught the Swedish Bug
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By VW to Saab
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2003 Saab 9-3 Convertible SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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When my daughter needed a car for school, reluctantly I gave her my beloved Jetta and purchased a used Saab 93 convertible. It's now my beloved Saab. Amazing car!! Purchased with 46K miles already on it, the Saab performs beautifully. A heavier car than the Jetta, the steering is only slightly less responsive, but you can feel the weight of this car. It's solid. Comfy and sexy! The mileage - near 30 mpg highway. The car has its quirks - a wonky gas gauge and that damn SID that reads like Braille - but these are easy to overlook when you hit that turbo and the car responds without a hiccup. No maintenance woes to date. Amazing since the car was in a flood 4 years ago. So far, fantastic!


Best Features

Turbo, heated leather seats, comfortable ride, radio controls on steering wheel, convertible.


Worst Features

How about an information display that shows all its info? Design flaw that should be fixed by now (I hope!).


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