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SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2003-2008

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

While it was still under GM's control, Saab introduced a new generation of the 9-3 in 2002, while in the following year, it unveiled the convertible version.

Even though the 9-3 was not available as a coupe, the carmaker decided to build a convertible version for this lineup, besides the sedan and the station wagon. It was heavier than its siblings and was less fuel-efficient than those. Still, it achieved its objective: to offer a more pleasant driving experience.

The new front fascia was already established by its siblings, but it was slightly enhanced, raising the production costs and driving GM's execs mad in their Detroit offices. Nevertheless, though, the car looked both elegant and sporty. Its tilted headlights and specific grille that resembled an aircraft were accompanied by a lower apron with an extended lower lip. That was not added there just for aerodynamic purposes but also to enhance pedestrian protection. Saab was a brand focused on safety. From its profile, the thick A-pillars were the only ones that had to protect the occupants in an unlikely event of a roll-over accident. Behind the cabin, a hardcover protected the canvas roof when retracted and featured a pair of bulges. At the back, depending on the trim level, the 9-3 Convertible featured a small lip spoiler on the trunk's lid.

Inside, the leather-wrapped interior was standard for the upper trim level. The front bucket seats provided enhanced side support thanks to the high-bolstered areas. However, even though it was advertised as a convertible with four seats, the rear passengers were not very happy with the legroom provided. Last but not least, the trunk was not that spacious either.

Under the hood, Saab installed a choice of engines from its own basket or carried over from General Motors, such as the turbo-diesel units.

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SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  8 gasoline engines
  • 1.8L 5AT (150 HP)
  • 1.8L 5MT (150 HP)
  • 2.0L 5AT (175 HP)
  • 2.0L 5MT (175 HP)
  • 2.0L 6MT (175 HP)
  • 2.0L TS 5AT (210 HP)
  • 2.0L TS 5MT (210 HP)
  • 2.0L TS 6MT (210 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 1.9L TiD 5AT (150 HP)
  • 1.9L TiD 5MT (150 HP)
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SAAB 9-3 Convertible 1.8L 5AT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 5AT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1988 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5500 RPM
150 HP @ 5500 RPM
148 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
240 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/55R16
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
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3483 lbs (1580 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4497 lbs (2040 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
233 g/km

SAAB 9-3 Convertible 1.8L 5MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 5MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1988 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5500 RPM
150 HP @ 5500 RPM
148 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
240 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/55R16
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
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3417.2 lbs (1550 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4497.4 lbs (2040 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.1 mpg US (11.7 L/100Km)
Highway
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
Combined
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
206 g/km

SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2.0L 5AT (175 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5AT (175 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
129 KW @ 5500 RPM
175 HP @ 5500 RPM
173 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
264 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
134 mph (216 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/55R16
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
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3483 lbs (1580 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4497 lbs (2040 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
232 g/km

SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2.0L 5MT (175 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT (175 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
129 KW @ 5500 RPM
175 HP @ 5500 RPM
173 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
264 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
140 mph (225 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/55R16
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
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3417.2 lbs (1550 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4497.4 lbs (2040 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.8 mpg US (11.9 L/100Km)
Highway
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Combined
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
212 g/km

SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2.0L 6MT (175 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 6MT (175 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
129 KW @ 5500 RPM
175 HP @ 5500 RPM
173 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
264 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
137 mph (220 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/55R16
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
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3417 lbs (1550 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4497 lbs (2040 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.8 mpg US (11.9 L/100Km)
Highway
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Combined
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
212 g/km

SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2.0L TS 5AT (210 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L TS 5AT (210 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
154 KW @ 5500 RPM
209 HP @ 5500 RPM
207 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
221 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
300 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
140 mph (225 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/50R17
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
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3516 lbs (1595 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4608 lbs (2090 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
Infinity mpg US (0 L/100Km)
Combined
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
235 g/km

SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2.0L TS 5MT (210 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L TS 5MT (210 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
154 KW @ 5500 RPM
209 HP @ 5500 RPM
207 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
221 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
300 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146 mph (235 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/50R17
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
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3450 lbs (1565 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4608 lbs (2090 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.3 mpg US (12.2 L/100Km)
Highway
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
Combined
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
218 g/km

SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2.0L TS 6MT (210 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L TS 6MT (210 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
154 KW @ 5500 RPM
209 HP @ 5500 RPM
207 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
221 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
300 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
143 mph (230 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/50R17
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
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3472 lbs (1575 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4608 lbs (2090 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
Infinity mpg US (0 L/100Km)
Combined
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
213 g/km

SAAB 9-3 Convertible 1.9L TiD 5AT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L TiD 5AT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1910 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 4000 RPM
150 HP @ 4000 RPM
148 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
236 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
320 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/55R16
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
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3649 lbs (1655 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4497 lbs (2040 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
194 g/km

SAAB 9-3 Convertible 1.9L TiD 5MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L TiD 5MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1910 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 4000 RPM
150 HP @ 4000 RPM
148 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
236 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
320 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/55R16
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
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.4 cuFT (351 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3649 lbs (1655 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4497 lbs (2040 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Highway
55.4 mpg US (4.2 L/100Km)
Combined
44.8 mpg US (5.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
159 g/km
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