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A happy Saab owner
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By kukusa
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I feel very sad to see Saab went under. Its probably not surprising because today every car maker is going mainstream and the only way to survive is to get bigger, which Saab failed to achieve. But Saab definitely didn't fail to make a solid and sporty 9-3 convertible. They don't drive as well as a 3-series, but not off by much and the car itself is much, much more special. Not the mention the excellent value. Buy yourself a gently used 9-3 rag top today and find a trusted Saab shop, it will bring you years of happy top down motoring and attract lots of envy eyes.


Favorite Features

- The most comfortable seats in any car. Period. - Exterior styling, understate, distinctive and don't have a chick car impression - Beautiful and quality soft top - Happy revving engine and composed ride - Second row is useful I am able to put two car seats and two happy girls in the back - Roomy trunk enough for Costco trips, unless you're buying a kayak - Night panel. It's cool so don't ask why


Suggested Improvements

I will change it to shortcomings since Saab is no longer around: - Buttons and switches markings easily rubbed off. Does affect functionality but obviousely cheap corner cutting - So-so quality stereo. Lucky mine got upgraded speakers by previous owner - Parts cost and availability


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2004 SAAB 9-3 ARC Convertible for the Masses
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By blacksaabeth2
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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


Favorite Features

Convertible top works flawlessly! I've had BMW and Mini Cooper S convertibles and they were nightmares. Handling department is firm with taut suspension utilizing up rated struts and springs. Dare I say, it almost handles like a BMW through the turns. Not a feature, but the cost benefit or having 2004 Saab 9-3 convertible versus a 2004 BMW convertible definitely bares consideration. In fact, I believe I paid one-third to one-half the price of a comparable BMW 3-series convertible. Not that I am knocking BMW, I own one of those too but that's a different review.


Suggested Improvements

Interior wise, the seats are very comfortable with good lumbar support but the leather seems easily worn. The biggest issue I've found it the lack of quality of the various plastic components. Worn out buttons and door handles really irk me on a car that was once $43,000. That being said, I only paid a tenth of the original price! Anyway, too late for Saab to do anything to improve quality as they are history now that Spyker is bankrupt. Suggested improvement to Edmunds: Saab 9-3 ARC convertible is available in automatic. Your choices only allow for 5-speed manual. Please update the selections to include automatic transmission.


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I don't get it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By magikarp5
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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!


Favorite Features

Performance- top speed, 147 mph on a 4cilinder! Ride and looks! Oh yea and mpg and cost!


Suggested Improvements

Interior some things are cheep compared to rest of car.


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disappointed and shouldnt be
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By whatever21
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2004 Saab 9-3 Linear 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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. have 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


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Happy camper in Wisconsin
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By sdettmann
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2004 Saab 9-3 Arc 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Purchased used (off lease) late in 2008 when Saab looked like it might not survive. Great buy. Car had been very well cared for, and dealer was able to provide a complete service record. Car is solidly built and remarkably quiet with the top up. While no sports car, it is quite peppy and fun to drive. Some turbo lag, so it is important to keep the RPM's up around 3000 if you want to go fast. Comfortable interior in the front. I am 6'2" and have plenty of room above my head, even with the seat elevated to its highest position. You can put adults in the back seat, if they have no feet or legs (good for children in car seats though.) Have driven the car 30,000 in two years, with no problem


Favorite Features

Still a head turner after 7 years. Comfortable and quiet. Easy one button top operation and can even put two bags of golf clubs in the trunk with the top down. (owners manual has specific instructions how to do this) )


Suggested Improvements

Short reach of low beam headlights.


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