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SAAB 9-3 Aero Convertible 1999-2003

Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Roadster & Convertible
Production years: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Saab used its former 900 Convertible underpinnings when it made the 9-3 Convertible since GM owned them for barely a year before the car was unveiled.

The Swedish carmaker was a surprising star in the open-top vehicles market since it was not a warm country. Despite all odds, Saab managed to create a different convertible, and its customers were happy with that unique look and feel. GM tried to make the brand more profitable and understood that the open-top version was a good deal, so it gives them the green light.

At the front, the Saab-specific headlights with their swept design flanked the aero-inspired grille. Its front bumper sported a wider central grille on the lower side, flanked by fog lights. The raked windshield and the thick A-pillars were the only body elements that raised over the ascending beltline. Unlike other convertibles on the market, the 9-3 featured a high trunk, and the carmaker built the car, so in the event of a roll-over accident, the occupants' heads wouldn't touch the ground.

For the interior, Saab 9-3 featured the main company's characteristics such as the starter key between the seats, a big center console, and the "Night Panel" function that shut down all the unnecessary information during the night and let only the speedometer lit. Since the carmaker had to push the rear seats slightly forward to make room for the retractable roof, the legroom for the rear passengers was very minimal.

Under the hood, Saab installed its own designed 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The carmaker offered it with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

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SAAB 9-3 Aero Convertible 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.0L Turbo 4AT (205 HP)
  • 2.0L Turbo 5MT (205 HP)
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SAAB 9-3 Aero Convertible 2.0L Turbo 4AT (205 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L Turbo 4AT (205 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1985 cm3
Power
151 KW @ 5500 RPM
205 HP @ 5500 RPM
202 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
207 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM
280 Nm @ 2200 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
140 mph (225 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50 WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
182.3 in (4630 mm)
Width
67.3 in (1709 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.1/56.7 in (1,450/1,440 mm)
Wheelbase
102.4 in (2601 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.4 cuFT (294 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3164 lbs (1435 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4101 lbs (1860 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15.9 mpg US (14.8 L/100Km)
Highway
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Combined
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)

SAAB 9-3 Aero Convertible 2.0L Turbo 5MT (205 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L Turbo 5MT (205 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1985 cm3
Power
151 KW @ 5500 RPM
205 HP @ 5500 RPM
202 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
207 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM
280 Nm @ 2200 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146.1 mph (235 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50 WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
182.3 in (4630 mm)
Width
67.3 in (1709 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.1/56.7 in (1,450/1,440 mm)
Wheelbase
102.4 in (2601 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.4 cuFT (294 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3109 lbs (1410 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4057 lbs (1840 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.8 mpg US (14 L/100Km)
Highway
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Combined
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
236 g/km
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