For the last two to three years my wife (you may call her Ms Red) keeps telling me, that when we have some extra money she would love to own a convertible. In march of 2011 we decided to make a rational choice and we decided to buy a low power diesel 9-3 Griffin Sedan. It should have been a black Vector Griffin with nice full leather seats, but this car was never build. Because of our family plans, and because no new cars are being build in Stallbacka, we forgot about a new car.
Myself and Ms Red kept talking about the convertible thing. We assisted this year at the IntSaab 2012 in Spa(Belgium)and she saw cars like these.
and she kept dreaming about a convertible, knowing that she was too rational to say yes to buying a convertible.
Then in Autumn, we drove to Trollhättan to assist to the Octoberfest, and there we saw this beauty.
The guy in the picture actually build this car. He told us after checking the VIN. Currently he is commuting to Norway for Job reasons, so I hope he can once again build Saab cars in Trollhättan.
That car was for sale and it was almost brand new. My wife felt in love with the car, and we got in touch with the guy selling the car. After a couple of e-mails me and the seller decided to stop discussing as we would never agree on the price, I had a limited budget and it was lower than what he wanted.
After that we started thinking about a low budged option, like a 9-3 I conv, but we did not find no car that both of us really liked, at least looking at the on-line pictures. But in November, when I went to my Saab dealer to put the winter-tyres on he told me that he was getting a 9-3 convertible in the next weeks.
Just before Christmas and after making two test-drives, we decided that Ms Red should own her own Saab, and this time it was a non rational model, it was an arctic white 9-3 convertible Aero MY’08 TTiD with automatic transmission.
It has almost almost all extras available at that time.
It has even Hirsch sport springs, but it has no Hirsch power update or a Hirsch rear diffuser. Those are the winter alloys, the summer alloys are ALU73 if I remember well.
This is Ms Red new Saab. She owns the car since January 2, and me and my wife are since then waiting for a day with sunshine, as it seems like 2013 is a rain only year, at least here.
What are the slightly changes I may do on this car? i would like to change the front grill with a Griffin one, only the upper Grill, and also change the silver bar in the back with the blue rondel for a Griffin bar with the SAAB wording. Then I’m also thinking about updating the interior, replacing all the silver bits with something different. And at the end of the list there is a rear diffuser.
Regarding the engine it is a stock engine with only 180 bhp and 400Nm, I may send an E-mail to MapTun and then connect my mapTuner to the car to have a little bit more torque.
My family thinks that I’m crazy to buy a Saab in 2013, but I don’t think so. Saabs are still very reliable cars, that still look incredibly fresh and at least here in Germany they are unbeaten price wise. I’ve compared the price of this car with any comparable 4 seat convertibles available in Germany, and there were only 3 different models with comparable dimensions, engine, equipment, mileage and age.
The Volvo C70 the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 series. The C70’s I’ve found have similar prices but the hard-top is a no-go for me, the 3 series has also a hard-top and costs 5.000 € in average more than this Saab and the Audis I’ve found were all 3.000+ € more expensive than this Saab. I could buy a comparable 120d convertible for that money, but it is a smaller car and my wife also doesn’t like that car.