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9.3 convertible.....I'm not getting rid of it
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By jbeloff
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2005 Saab 9-3 Convertible Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I have owned a saab for over 20 years and find them to be the highest quality car. While Saab has had it's many challenges over the years it has always produce a solid performer with above average reliability. Unfortunately the markets tends to go with the brands with the biggest budget to impress you with the image of it's brand. Saab has done a outstanding job mixing form with function. Everyone who has enjoyed the ride in my car are always impressed with the quality and find themselves asking why they never considered on. Saabs brand deserves leadership that can carry it's unique niche and continue it's quality builds to attract more owners looking for something that just works well.


Best Features

The cockpit and seating....beautiful, simplistic and tasteful use of metals and leather.


Worst Features

Every car can be improved. Perhaps increased fuel economy. I do not see anything that sticks out and bothers me accept the way the company has been mismanaged and misunderstood by the market.


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Very satisfying drive.
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By MJ
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2005 Saab 9-3 Convertible Aero 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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The 9-3 convertible is a total package that comes together for a very satisfying ride. If you look at any one detail of the car it may or may not be best in class, but when combined it just makes you smile. It gives a solid, tight, controlled ride, a little busy on bad pavement. You're very connected to the road. Acceleration from a dead stop is nothing special, but when you're on the road the passing power is impressive! Very comfortable seats. The automatic top opens/closes in 20 secs, even if you're driving (slowly). The stereo isn't strong, but its notes & sounds are very precise (don't confuse bass boost with good music). There's a reason this is Saab's most popular car.


Best Features

Impressive passing power; Automatic top works great. This car has great lines - simply gorgeous with the top down. Top can be put up/down remotely.


Worst Features

Radio and temp controls have lots of buttons & are much busier than necessary - why not simply elegant dials? Back seats need more leg room.


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Better than expected
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By tom
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2005 Saab 9-3 Convertible Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I purchased this car used with 45,000 miles on it and 6 mos. left on the factory warranty. The car has been great, looks and runs like a brand new car with no problems. It was a one owner car that I purchased from the original selling dealer.


Best Features

Distinctive body styling, nice interior with leather seats that feel amazing. Lots of automated and thoughtful electronic features.


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Very satisfying car
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By MJ
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2005 Saab 9-3 Convertible Aero 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This is a really nice car to drive. It's responsive, controlled and quick. From a dead stop the acceleration is normal but it has great passing power - which is really what you need. It accelerates from 40 to 65 (or more, if you dare) in a heartbeat! The ride is stiff (Aero) but very tight. It's very comfortable (Aero seats) and the power convertible top works great. No noticeable decrease in headroom. Still has trunk room with the top down. Stereo is good - sound is very true to actual.


Best Features

Exceptional driving car. Quick acceleration. Great power top.


Worst Features

The radio & temp controls are unnecessarily busy - someone there likes buttons too much. There are "phone" controls which will not work in the US. I've had the black paint scraped off the radio buttons which required them to replace the whole control unit. Cup holder hanging over a dash is flimsy.


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Not too happy with my convertible
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By atlantaowner
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2005 Saab 9-3 Convertible Arc 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I first bought a 93 Aero, it shook terribly, turned it back in and got a 93 Arc...this one shakes! In a loaner from the dealer and it shakes at 70 mph. My car has been in the shop for over a month just because of a simple (I thought) balancing job. But it turns out that it couldn't get fixed, so they had to replace all 4 tires! Not even a year after my 2nd purchse, I am already planning to trade in after summer. Do not buy a 93 convertible unless you're prepared for it to be in the shop time after time after time. It's in the shop for 'updates' seems like every month. If you want a high maintenance car, this one's for you!


Best Features

Comfy to drive, fun to drive, fast for a 4 cylinder w/turbo boost


Worst Features

Difficult to figure out how things work, to many trips to the dealer! Every convertible I've driven (3) shake at 70mph


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