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2004 Saab 9-3 Convertible

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Saab 9-3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2004 Saab 9-3

  • Roomy and fun to drive, the 9-3 is a solid buy among entry-level luxury cars. Just don't expect the razor-sharp reflexes and highly refined interiors of its German and Japanese competitors.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Balanced ride and handling characteristics, frugal yet powerful engines, generous passenger room, class-leading trunk space.

  • Cons

    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 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.

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Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Electrical issues

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Vehicle: 2004 Saab 9-3 Aero 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Overall, I love the car, but problems with electrical. Latest is left blinker won't go off. 1100 at the dealer to fix.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

An underated fun car to

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Vehicle: 2004 Saab 9-3 Aero 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Unfortunately Saab gets bad press here in the States. This is a fun car to drive, handles well and the one fact overlooked is it's a safe car with many safety features for a convertible. I've owned many cars over the years and drove as much. The seats (where you spend most of your time) are extremely comfortable unlike the BMW convertible. A virtual maintenance free car that's a pleasure to own and drive.




Quirky, but awesome!

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Vehicle: 2004 Saab 9-3 Aero 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I looked long and hard - BMW, Mustang, A4, Mini - the Saab ultimately was my favorite. I call it my Sensitive Swede - I've a handful of CELs, etc., (be sure to turn the car off when gassing up) but the dealer has been great, and even proactive with replacing some things. That said, what a ride - FAST, handles well, very comfortable. Beautiful design, great lines. I receive many compliments. This is a very sophisticated car, and daily I discover something new that impresses me.




Totally underrated car

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Vehicle: 2004 Saab 9-3 Aero 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The Saab Aero convertible is a well designed, efficient, fun to drive machine. How many cars deliver 30 mpg at 80 mph? Great back-roads machine as well. The car exhibits minimal understeer. The Pirelli PZero Rosso's are responsive and provide a good ride despite their performance nature. This is my first Saab after owning them since 1979 with an automatic transmission. This is not just any automatic but an Aisin 5 speed unit that can be paddle shifted from the steering wheel. It is very smooth and responsive. Contrary to the drivel that is written by all the BMW lovers in the auto press the chassis has no flex, no rattles on any kind of road surface.




Fun ride!

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Vehicle: 2004 Saab 9-3 Aero 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I have been very impressed with this vehicle. It has great looks with the top up or down. Not too windy/noisy inside with the top down and when it is up you would not know you were in a convertible. Inside lighting at night is compromised due to no ceiling lights. Back seat is only reasonable for kids but not "real size' adults. Front seats provide nice leg room (I am 6'2"). Saab's attention to detail is impectably obvious in the instrumentation. They do need to develop a better wood trim option and DROP the metalic one-must be the GM influence. Bottom line this a great looking/performing vehicle while still maintaining the great ergonomics Saab is known for!




I love this car!!!

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Vehicle: 2004 Saab 9-3 Aero 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Having owned several convertibles in my past, I was eager to step up to more luxurious appointments and amenities with my latest purchase. I was definitely in awe once I test drove (and eventually bought) the new Saab 9-3 Convertible. Besides gorgeous styling and numerous features (the dual leather interior, heated seats, and 13-speaker stereo system are among my favorites), the powerful performance of the Turbo engine makes it a force to be reckoned with! I have yet to meet a car at the intersection that can accelerate quicker than my new Saab! The smooth ride and tight handling are also superb! I'd definitely recommend it to others.



Full 2004 Saab 9-3 Review

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 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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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