Saab Convertibles – show us your 4-seasons drop-top

The Saab Convertible has been referred to in the past as the 4-seasons, 4-seater ragtop. Whilst many convertibles of the last few decades were small, cute affairs, Saab rocked the world in the mid-1980’s by building a robust convertible with 4 useable seats. Best of all, it wasn’t just a pretty little show pony. The Saab Convertible has always been a car built to cope with true winter conditions.

I thought it might be interesting to see how many people get their Saab Convertibles out during the colder months. Better still, do you get the heater cranked and the top down?

If you do, send me some photos of your Saab Convertible doing one of the things it was designed for – looking awesome and delivering driving fun even in the winter.

Send your photos to [email protected] with Winter Convertible in the header.

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One such Convertible owner with no fear of the cold is Fredrik A, from SU sponsor Maptun.

Fredrik’s Saab 9-3 Convertible was built in 2004 and runs on E85 thanks to some tuning from his employer. The car has several other tweaks to the exhaust and suspension, helping it put around 280hp and 400Nm to ground.

Fredrik drives his Convertible all year round….

I doubt there’s anyone who drives around with the roof down as much as I do, at least in this kind of climate. If it’s above –5 and sunny – the roof goes down! The manual says you’re not supposed to operate the roof below –5 C , but since my car is nice and comfy in a warm garage I’ve dropped the roof as low as –10 C.

Today’s reactions include : Heads shaking, staring, wide smiles, thumbs up, and something I only expected to happen in the movies; a girl actually dropped a cigarette that she was about to light from her lips.

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I know there are more of you 4-seasons Convertible drivers out there.

Get some photos and share the love!

Saab 900 Convertible gets emu art treatment

I think it’s going to be a convertible themed month…..

As some of you know, my wife does quite a lot of watercolour painting. At her first solo exhibition, held back in November 2010, she had a painting of some emus in a Mini Convertible. This prompted a few people to ask “what about a Saab convertible?” – and she even received one commission for such a painting.

I thought I’d share the finished result with everyone here at SU….

The emu paintings aren’t all she does, but they are extremely popular as they bring such a big smile to people’s faces.

Putting them in a 900 Convertible will hopefully bring even more smiles.

Wednesday Snippets

It’s a few days until Christmas but I’m ready for this year to be over. It’s been a long one full of celebrations and happy moments, but also a lot of uphill battles on multiple fronts – and I’m just about done.

How you doing?

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Some Saab owners are getting together in Massachusetts to donate their hair to the American Cancer Society for use as wigs.

The Saab Shave Off has a Facebook page and you can check out the details there.

This is a great cause. Nearly everyone I know has had a family member touched by cancer in some way or another and hair loss is a common side effect of the treatment. For many, especially women, retaining hair cover is a key to retaining self esteem and just keeping up with their daily lives.

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Saab Convertible owners will be rightly P’d off to read this load of complete bunk from The Car Connection. From reputed poor transmissions to unuseable rear seats, it’s fair to think that someone swapped a Saab badge onto something smaller and our (?)educated writer didn’t pick the difference.

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Here’s a fantastic bit of light reading from a car dealer in the UK.

It’s about the various types of people he deals with in his day-to-day endeavours.

With mainstream dealers falling over each other at auction to bid secondhand prices through the roof on all but the most unsaleable of ordinary rubbish, I’ve spent a good few months specialising instead in finding immaculate, low mileage older cars that are on the brink of becoming classics.

We’re talking late Eighties, early Nineties stuff here, where the enthusiasts are of the age where they no longer live with their parents and earn enough money to throw some disposable income down Memory Lane, while there are sufficient cars still out there with owners who don’t yet realise they have such a following.

There’s some very good info there (and a few good tips for would-be buyers and traders, too).

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Spotted recently by Olav, in Norway, a new 9-5 taxi to go with the one we’ve already covered from Finland. I’m sure these will become more commonplace soon, but it’s good to see nonetheless.

Saab Cabriolet Challenge – Done!

With all the events and travel I’ve done in the last few months, one of the events I didn’t get to publicise much was the Saab Cabriolet Challenge, in Sweden last weekend.

For those of you who are convertible afficionados, there are a whole bunch of sensational photos over at the Saab Turbo Club of Sweden website. It looks like it was a sensational weekend – convertible heaven and I just love driving the Swedish countryside.

I believe the photos were taken by Mioh – well done!!!!

Any of you Swedes who feel like jumping on board next year ought to bookmark the Cabriolet Challenge website. The event seems to be growing every year.

Thanks to Jörgen for the tip!

Press Release: Lower CO2 Emissions for Saab 9-3 Convertible

  • CO2 and fuel consumption for diesel variants cut by seven percent
  • Zero to 100 km/h acceleration and top speed unaffected
  • Efficiency gains are part of Saab’s EcoPower Technology strategy

Trollhättan, Sweden. Diesel-powered Saab 9-3 Convertibles now offer customers an average seven percent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without any noticeable loss in performance.

1203061.jpg The improvements are part of Saab’s ongoing EcoPower Technology development strategy, which is focused on optimizing efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of its products.

Low emission diesel variants with the 150 hp/110 kW, single turbo 1.9-liter engine produce 145 g/km CO2 and fuel consumption of just 5.5 l/100 km over the combined cycle. With 180 hp/132 kW, two-stage turbo power, the figures are improved still further, to 144 g/km and 5.4 l/100 km.

Zero to 100 km/h acceleration and top speed is unchanged, while fifth gear 80-120 km/h times are increased by less than one second. The efficiency gains have been achieved by a series of fine-tuning measures including: the use of wider gear ratios, a longer final drive, idle and low engine speed remapping, and an optimized tire and wheel choice.

Available only with manual transmission, these variants are now built in Trollhättan, Sweden, like all Saabs. In many markets, they offer customers valuable CO2 tax-related benefits and are being introduced alongside 9-3 Sport Sedan and SportCombi diesel models, which already feature the improvements.

Saab convertibles celebrate spring in France

It seems the C900 meeting wasn’t the only Saab event happening in France over the weekend…..
Since 2003, Saab France have sprung into spring with a celebratory drive in a collection of Saab convertibles and of course, with so much to celebrate in 2010, this year provided no exception.
Last week they headed off on their latest convoy, which took in several cities and finished up in Paris.
As you can see, the cars were decorated with some of the I Love Saab livery designed by Saab in Belgium and it’s definitely something to make the other commuters and bystanders look and take notice of those beautiful Irresistavertibles.
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Monday Night Snippets

It’s great to be back…. but it’s even better to come back on a day with such fantastic news – Saab are back making cars again.
I know they have to get the basics out of the way first due to emissions and fuel economy regulations, but I hope the talk of a more performance oriented model (i.e. a Viggen model) is more than just a bit of spice in a newspaper article.
Personally speaking, I’ve always slanted towards the slightly more special models and I know I’m not the only one.
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I love HDR photo processing when it’s done well.
I’m not particularly fond of this color on Saabs (and don’t be offended; I have a 9000 in this color in my driveway) and I’m definitely not keen on those wheels, but in this HDR reflection shot, everything just works so well.
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Saab Cars North America are moving into their new home and there’s a rather large article about it in Oakland County’s Daily Tribune newspaper.
It’s the parallel stories of both the Saab sale and the quest to find a new place for Saab to live in the United States.
Definitely a worthwhile read.
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THAT Saab 900 convertible is on show again.
The guy who took the photos of IronJoe’s 900 ‘vert for Eurotuner magazine has posted a collection of photos over at Flickr. I believe some of these are photos that weren’t used for the magazine. Definitely worth checking out as this is a sensational car.
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I’m car hunting again, for a weekend track/club car.
It’s giving me headaches.

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