SAAB 9-3 Convertible Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 5
First production year: 1998
Engines: Gasoline, Ethanol, Diesel
Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)

2009 - 2012

Affected by the world economic crisis, General Motors had to sell Saab in 2010, but before that, it tried to boost the sales of the Swedish brand, and one of the vehicles that received an update was the 9-3 Cabrio. Saab built excellent convertibles despite not having too many warm days in its yard. However, thanks to its expertise in a cold-weather environment, it managed to create very good ragtops for the 9-3 Cabrio range. Saab was known for doing major upgrades on its cars, even if it shouldn't add more burden to the accounting department. Yet, the Swedish engineers and designe...

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ethanol engines:

  SAAB 9-3 Convertible 1.8t BioPower 5AT (175 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Convertible 1.8t BioPower 6MT (175 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2.0t BioPower 5AT (200 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2.0t BioPower 6MT (200 HP)

diesel engines:

  SAAB 9-3 Convertible 1.9L TiD 6AT (160 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Convertible 1.9L TiD 6MT (160 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Convertible 1.9L TTiD 6AT (180 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Convertible 1.9L TTiD 6MT (180 HP)


2003 - 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 co...

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2003 - 2009

The 2003 edition of Saab's 9-3 Aero Convertible is an upgraded model of the 1999 release which came now with an improved and more modern look. The whole body kit has been redesigned although the first things you notice at the new car are the front bumper and the headlights. Similar to the 1999 model, this new Aero Convertible comes with a single engine option, a 2.8 V6 engine which produces no less than 250 horsepower. The car is able to reach a maximum speed of 230 km/h with a 0 to 100 acceleration in 7.1 seconds, while the model still benefits of all the advanced safety features Saab ...

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1999 - 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 flan...

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1998 - 2003

The Saab 9-3 range was introduced in 1998 as a successor of the 900 series. It was offered as a hatchback, a coupe, and a convertible. It was developed and produced under GM management. Even if there are not so many days to drive with the top down in Sweden, the Swedish company built convertibles since its first model, the 92 (1952), which featured a textile roof (also known as cabrio-coach vehicles). Unlike its ancestors, the 9-3 was a true convertible. The 9-3 featured the same front design as its coupe sibling, but it didn't have the sloped trunk-lid or, at least, not as obviou...

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