Some turbo lag at lower speeds, interior lacks upscale look, not as vaultlike as some of its European competitors, front-wheel drive a disadvantage against rear-wheel-drive competitors for performance fans.
What's New for 2004
For 2004, the 9-3 convertible has been given the same full makeover the sedan received last year. The convertible is available in Arc and…
by blacksaabeth2 on Apr 27, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I truly believe that GM got it right when they retooled the 9-3 convertible for 2004.
The older 9-3 convertibles had way too much flex in the chassis.
Going over bumps made it feel like it was playing a game of Twister.
2004 convertible utilized GM's epsilon platform from Europe which firmed up the chassis 300%.
Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration but it really is firm.
Acceleration is more than adequate considering that the engine is a GM inspired 2-liter Ecotec engine with a turbo charger.
Same basic engine as found in the old Chevy Cobalt
by magikarp5 on Dec 26, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Just purchased a used 9-3 2004 arc
automatic. It has a 100000 miles on it. This is by far the nicest car I have ever driven. I don't understand why the reviews are so mixed on this car. Now you can get a $40000 vehicle for under $10000. All I hear is people complaining about little things on this car. Performance, ride, and looks, three great reasons to buy it. I test drove others in this price range of $8000, nothing came close!
by whatever21 on Dec 19, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
bought this one used in 2009. cd player broken. headlight wire harnesses broken. front spoiler fell off.
paint peeling on control buttons. comfort fan replaced-$600. driver side spring broken-replaced- with new tire $1000. lock system always malfunctions.
key fob disintegrated in my hands. cover on third brake light fell off. seat belt retractor just broke-recall item. i am waiting for the next thing to go wrong and i shouldnt be.
the engine has been great.
the ride is fun although the seats are uncomfortable.
been able to get good gas mileage 31 - 38 and thats what keeps me in it.
if I had to do it over I wouldnt.
if you're looking at saab used be careful
For 2004, the 9-3 convertible has been given the same full makeover the sedan received last year. The convertible is available in Arc and Aero models and equipped only with the 210-horsepower engine. The highline Vector sedan has been renamed the Aero, and the midlevel Arc sedan now comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, rather than a six-speed. Bi-xenon headlights are a stand-alone extra on all 9-3s, while rear parking assist is now available as a non-package option on the sedan. The Sport Wheel Package for the Linear and Arc now includes a tire-pressure monitor.