In one of the previous 4-seasons Convertible posts, the following was asked….
I am confused. Being new to the Saab world (bought a 2008 9-5 cpo ss) I am curious what the fuss is all about a 4 seasons saab converible? Couldn’t any convertible on the market with fwd and heated seats brave four seasons?
Theoretically, I suppose another FWD convertible with heated seats could actually provide adequate passage through a snowy winter. But there are a few things that Saab people love about Saab convertibles (even if they’re like me, and don’t own one but just like to know they’re there).
First – they’re not just adequate in snowy conditions. They’re designed in a country that designs everything to withstand and even flourish in a snowy winter. Saab convertibles are as liveable in winter as they are in summer.
Second – it’s not just the heated seats, it’s the whole toasty warm HVAC system. Most companies have good heating nowadays, but when the 900 Convertible came out back in the mid-80’s, there could be a huge disparity between the ability of different HVAC systems to heat a closed cabin, much less a convertible with the roof off.
Third – The great thing about the Saab convertible lineage is that it’s always been a true four-seasons and four-seater convertible. For a long time, the only convertibles you could drive in a mildly sporty way were two-seat roadsters with almost no luggage space (hello MG and later, the Mazda Miata/MX-5). The only 4-seat convertibles were big barges. When the Saab 900 Convertible came along, it was smart looking, stylish, comfortable for two and very manageable for four, great to drive and as safe as a roof-less car could get.
That lineage continues, which is why Saab Convertible owners today are still happy to drive their drop-tops in winter just like in any other season.
Some of the winter convertibles sent in over the last few days……
From Barry P…..
“This car truly is a car for all weather and climates! 🙂
Alexandros has a 2007 model convertible, which should really have had the top down in the glorious first photo 🙂
Alexandros’ car also saw some action in the Frankfurt Saab Support Convoy….
SVX92 has a very smart looking 9-3, along with a couple of very smart looking dogs (Aczar and Ayden).
A word for convertible owners, and for Saab….
anyone who doesn’t have a wind screen (i.e. at the rear of the front seats) needs to invest in one.
If they cant find a way to design one into the next 9-3 (a la Mercedes E-class) then I hope (are you listening, SAAB?) they design a false bottom in the floor of the trunk for the collapsed windscreen to rest without interfering in luggage space as presently is the case
More convertibles later in the week!
Thanks to everyone who’s sent in photos, thoughts and stories about their winter convertible experiences.