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2003 Saab 9-3 Convertible

Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Roadster & Convertible
Production years: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Saab introduced the second generation of the 9-3 lineup in 2002 based on GM's Epsilon platform shared with other European products, and in 2003 it unveiled the open-top version for it.

The Swedish automaker reworked the platform to create the open-top version, and as a result, the 9-3 Convertible shared just a few parts with other GM vehicles, leading to a steep price. Still, the car was highly appreciated by its customers since it offered unique features unseen on other vehicles on the market.

The 9-3 featured a grille that showed a sketched plane viewed from the front, which resembled the company's heritage. Its sharp-looking headlights with corner-mounted turn signals showed the brand's determination to succeed. The thick, racked A-pillars were also used as protection in case of a roll-over crash. From its profile, the 9-3 showed a slightly ascending belt line that ran toward the back of the vehicle. The power-operated canvas roof could've been retracted and completely concealed in a dedicated storage area behind the cabin.

Inside, Saab installed its brand-specific functions, such as the night panel that lit only the speedometer, the ignition placed between the seats, and the high-bolstered seats for the front occupants. Yet, in the back, there was little knee room for rear-seated passengers, but it was just enough for short trips.

Under the hood, the 9-3 Convertible received a wide choice of engines, depending on the market.

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SAAB 9-3 Aero Convertible 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.8L V6 6AT (250 HP)
  • 2.8L V6 6MT (250 HP)
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SAAB 9-3 Aero Convertible 2.8L V6 6AT (250 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.8L V6 6AT (250 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2792 cm3
Power
184 KW @ 5500 RPM
250 HP @ 5500 RPM
247 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
350 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
149 mph (240 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
182.5 in (4636 mm)
Width
69.4 in (1763 mm)
Height
56.5 in (1435 mm)
Front/rear Track
60/59.3 in (1,524/1,506 mm)
Wheelbase
105.3 in (2675 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3693 lbs (1675 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4542 lbs (2060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
21.2 mpg US (11.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
266 g/km

SAAB 9-3 Aero Convertible 2.8L V6 6MT (250 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.8L V6 6MT (250 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2792 cm3
Power
184 KW @ 5500 RPM
250 HP @ 5500 RPM
247 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
350 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146 mph (235 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
182.5 in (4636 mm)
Width
69.4 in (1763 mm)
Height
56.5 in (1435 mm)
Front/rear Track
60/59.3 in (1,524/1,506 mm)
Wheelbase
105.3 in (2675 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3638 lbs (1650 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4542 lbs (2060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
Highway
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
Combined
22.2 mpg US (10.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
254 g/km
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