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Euro Convertible Bargain! by Michael on 02/06/2012. Trim: 1999 Saab 9-3 Convertible, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Bought at 9 yrs & 114K as a more economical alternative to my Silverado. 3.5 yrs and 50K later the only repair was a water pump and replacing most of the light bulbs. The car gets 24-25 mpg commuting on congested Atlanta roads, and up to 33 mpg on the open road. Quality is great, the car is quick, responsive, handles well and is a blast to drive, especially top down. Saab is one of the few compact convertibles with a stick, which I wanted. The uniqueness makes it stand out from BMW's and other European convertibles.
Cons: The only negatives I have experienced are the cars appetite for headlights due to the daytime running lights being on whenever the car is running, and the SID Saab Information Display pixels have begun going out so I don't get a full readout on the display. Overall not bad for a premium convertible purchased with over 100K miles for under $5,000!
Overall review: A friend of mine who is a lifelong GM mechanic was skeptical of the car when I purchased it. He is now in the market for one of his own! I cannot recommend Saab strongly enough. A family friend who worked for Saab had one with over 475,000 miles and the engine/transmission had never been touched in it.
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