2007 Saab 9-3 Aero 2dr Convertible (2.8L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
This is the one to have... the 2WD Aero Convertible. People often give this car a double take, but instead of looking at you like you're a snob, they smile. Saab makes one of the safest convertibles on the road. The Aero front seats are upgraded and really comfortable. The back seats are surprisingly deep, be sure to actually sit back there. I like the power the turbo Aero has available, but still get close to 30 mpg on the highway. If I keep my foot out of it. The car is a cross between cool and charming, and it's different. Mine's been reliable. It's a front- driver, so a Beemer will handle better on a racetrack, but I prefer front drive stability in the real world's rain or snow.
Top goes up and down while driving (slowly, up to 25mph) into or out of your driveway, a parking lot, etc. This is handier than you think. By the way, the convertible top is multiple layers and is fine in the winter or summer. The cabin stays comfy with the top up in all weather.
Looks better in some color combos than others... look at several. An unusual but cool combo is metallic brown paint with a creamy tan soft top. The Aero has extra bodywork/skirts. The front bumper is high enough to clear all standard curbs, but you learn to be careful pulling up to a tall one!
This is a great car to drive, and enjoy. Good size, performance and fun to drive. Unfortunately while it did not cost anything to fix as it is still under warranty, this car went into the dealer about 4 or 5 times over the 2 years for problems related to engine not starting or quitting unexpectedly. I had Saab's before with better luck, so maybe this was not typical.
Saab elements of style. Good value overall for base 2.0T model, relatively less common on roads. Very nice interior design and colors/textures. Quick and sporty to drive. Great Seats. Good base stereo. Excellent trunk space.
Need more sound insulation from road/tire noise. Sliding armrest is annoying.
This is my 6th SAAB. Looked serious at Audi A-3, but came back to SAAB because of value for $$. Bought new, now at 42K. Sport-combi, 2L turbo, 6 sp. manual, 17" wheels. Loaded except heated seats. 34mpg hwy! 3 small problems so far; seat memory does not work (after dealer replaced the entire seat memory module, it still won't hold a setting - I give up), drivers anti-pinch windows needed re-calibration, some front end noise at around 20K (doesn't seem to affect performance). I like that I can do my own basic maintenance. Snow tires in the winter and it drives to the ski area on powder days safely and with confidence. The rain sensing wipers don't work great; prefer adjustable intermittent.
Love the turbo power & 6 speed manual trans. 34 mpg, handling with 17" wheels, premium stereo, styling, cargo space, parking assistance and quick side mirror setting. Love the quick roof rack connections, easily installing it on weekends and removing for better mpg on commute weekly with 4 screws.
Either remove headlight switch or make it operable - daytime running lights are stupid. Rear carpet inserts don't stay in place. Remote unlock all doors at once. An improvement to the whole SAAB experience would be good service. Now that warranty has expired, I'll never service at the dealer.
An absolute joy to drive. Comfortable, quiet, and accelerates like a rocket! I Bought this car new and have driven it for two years and 25000 miles. It has been one of my best overall vehicle purchases considering my 50 years of driving experience. I am large, 6'3 and can actually stretch out in the front seats whether driving or riding as passenger. Fold down rear seats offer great storage capacity to the trunk. Lots of interior room-considering that this is a smaller vehicle. Warranty service has been great. Original battery died and one of the fog driving lamps went out, but both were replaced under warranty. (Florida heat takes its toll on auto parts).
Everything about this car is positive. The upgraded leather seats, sound system, 60th anniversary package all contribute to a wonderful driving experience. Fuel economy is great. Fuel range is about 600 miles/tank on highway. 35mpg. City averages 24mpg.
The only improvement I can suggest is a redesign of the AM radio antenna. My reception is less than perfect. I reported this to the technicians, but they claim that all is normal. FM and satellite are excellent.
Great pickup, comfortable seats and nice service plan. I commute about 50 highway miles a day and love the ride. The mileage is definitely better than listed. I moved from an AWD and was worried about winters but it chews up snow with no problem, even moving in close to a foot this past winter. The whole car just has a solid feel to it.
Pickup, fuel economy, heated seats that work fast, AC vents. Clean design of gauges etc.
A passenger side cup holder. Don't have the doors lock automatically when engine is on - locked my keys in the car.