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2004 Saab 9-3 Convertible

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A happy Saab owner
12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By kukusa
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2004 Saab 9-3 Convertible 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.


Best 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


Worst Features

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
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By blacksaabeth2
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2004 Saab 9-3 Convertible 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


Best 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.


Worst Features

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.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By magikarp5
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2004 Saab 9-3 Convertible 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!


Best Features

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


Worst Features

Interior some things are cheep compared to rest of car.


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Great car
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By mplieber
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2004 Saab 9-3 Convertible Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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My 2004 Saab 9-3 convertible has been wonderful. Fun to drive, with an amazing acceleration on a 4-cylinder turbo engine. When going out with the family, we use the back seats which seat adults comfortably, although a bit cramped, but this beats a 2-seater any day. Reliability has been good, and the car has been well maintained. Only complaint is occasional problems with the electrical system: windows, convertible top, radio, ignition. None has been fatal but I have experienced 2 incidents where car would not start.
Note: I have the automatic, not manual, model.


Best Features

Convertible Acceleration Simplicity Comfort


Worst Features

Electrical system needs to be more reliable.


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Electrical issues
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By tonyb
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2004 Saab 9-3 Convertible Aero 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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


Best Features

top down


Worst Features

fix electrical problem and way too much brake dust.


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