Advantages looks, reliability, depreciation
Disadvantages handling, fuel consumption
Although I don't own one, I do get the chance to drive one on a reasonably regular basis. The model I've driven is the 2.0 S, basically the lowest model.
Looking remarkably similar to the 900 model (apart from the headrests and grille), the 9-3 claims to have over 1000 other minor improvements over its older version. Looks wise, there is little question of its aesthetics, especially with the roof down (takes about 20secs to complete).
Its main competitor is the BMW 3-series, and to tell you the truth I'd probably pick the Beemer of the Saab. In Saabs favour are -perhaps- the most comfortable seats you will find, and a glass rear window. The BMW has a plastic window that can be zipped out to replace.
The ride in the Saab, is smooth, but often feels wallowy, especially round a tight corner. This would be attributable to the extra weight to reinforce the convertible and also the Cavalier based chassis!
All of the Cabrio range come with good quality leather seats, and very solid workmanship - feels like you're piloting a vessel at times.
Performance for the 2 litre is approx 11.6 secs 0-60mph, with a 124mph top speed.
The engine is gas-greedy but good at cruising speed.
There are however, nice Swedish touches, such as the dark panel button (knocks out all non-vital dials and lights to reduce glare), and ignition placed beside the handbrake. I believe this is for safety (stops your knees getting mashed up in the event of an accident).
On the whole though, a nice car but there are better ones around for the money.
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