Parts are going to be harder to find than Trump’s moral compass. Passengers will cancel you after a few minutes in the back seat. There’s no Bluetooth, no GPS. With the top up there is only a vague concept of rear visibility. The seats look like they might split at any moment. Every panel seems to have a slightly different hue either from the factory or repairs. The motor is bound to drink oil. Turbo is going to be on its last legs.
But who cares it’s irresistible – a lime green Swedish convertible.
This generation SAABs were the first major update under GM ownership and shared used their Epsilon platform shared originally with the Opel Vectra and eventually with the extremely forgettable/regrettable Chevrolet Malibu/Malibu Maxx, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Aura. 5 years before the company’s fire sale to Spyker there was still hope that SAAB could define a market niche. But, despite locating the key in the middle console, it stopped being a quirky car based on a philosophy of logic and commonsense. Instead, it tried to be an alternative to BMW, and was priced as such. It continuously lost market share because on almost every measure it was hobbled by either GM’s parts bin (in switchgear and driving dynamics) or the echos of the old SAAB (in its 4-cylinder motor and small dealer network). SAAB/GM eventually resorted to partnering with a company it should have emulated, Subaru, for its ‘entry-level’ 9-2 which had no positive impact on sales and a massive amount of negative impact on the brand.
Find this 2005 Saab 9-3 convertible for $4995 Near Pittsburg, PA while it lasts.