Excellent condition, high quality convertible combining style with economical 1.9 Turbodiesel engine; service history including just had new clutch, flywheel, cambelt and service, warranted mileage, long MoT and valeted.  Specification includes 6-in dash CD, cruise control, fully automated power-folding fabric roof, 17” alloys, leather seats etc etc

In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.
Nineteen large-format photos also below!

The summer is here!  And there’s no better way to enjoy the summer than from behind the wheel of a sporty convertible car!  Nothing beats the adrenalin boost of accelerating with the wind in your hair and the heat of the sun on your face – it’s why I’ve had convertibles myself for many years now.  But one thing I’ve learned is that if you’re having a convertible, then make sure you have a good quality one – and that means German or Swedish (like this Saab!).   You can tell a high quality convertible, because they don’t leak in the rain or suffer from draughts or noise in the wind, the hood mechanism works beautifully, and when the roof is down, the whole car doesn’t shake and wobble when you go over a bump in the road!  This Saab excels in each of those areas!

This is a great example of the acclaimed 9-3 Convertible, combining the powerful yet highly economical 16-valve 150 bhp 1.9 Turbodiesel engine with the sporty Vector specification.  Vector trim brings all the luxury and sporty equipment that you would want, and yet the car is relatively cheap to run and easy to maintain – this generation of Saab comes from the time when Saab were owned by GM, so the same engine can also be found in Vauxhall/Opel models, meaning that spares are easily available and cheap to buy.  Note that the V5 logbook incorrectly states the model as “9-3 Linear” – this can only be an error, as the chassis number relates to Vector specification, the handbook states it as a Vector, and the equipment level matches Vector trim.

I’ve known this car for a while now, since my daughter bought it about fifteen months ago.  She has added about 25000 miles to it during that time, using it to commute up and down the M5 to work.  During this time, it has proven economical and reliable, as well as being comfortable and fun to drive.  She is now looking to go travelling, so the car is up for sale.  I’ve personally had many Saabs in my time – I’ve always found them to be very comfortable, fast, very well made and reliable, and full of character.

This 9-3 was first registered in August 2006 to a lady owner in Newport.  She owned the car for a year before trading it back in to Saab who then sold to a second lady owner as a Saab Approved used car with 7000 miles on the clock.  That second owner put the car onto a personalised registration, and five years later it was sold to a third lady owner in Kidderminster, with 68k on the clock. She kept it for a further four years before selling to a young couple in Bromsgrove in May 2016; my daughter bought it from them in March 2017 when it had 96k on the clock.  So including my daughter, it has had five owners from new, and now shows just on 120k miles.

It’s fitted with the smooth and powerful 1.9 TiD 16-valve Turbocharged Diesel Injection engine, producing 150 bhp and 320 Nm torque; this gives it sparkling performance, with the 0-60 dash coming up in just around 10secs, and on to a maximum speed of 124mph.  It accelerates quickly, handles very well, and on the motorway it settles down to a smooth and comfortable cruise, benefitting from the cruise control and the fabulous Saab seats.  It’s fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox, and has just had a replacement clutch and dual-mass flywheel fitted – so you have the peace of mind to know that that will last for probably another 120k miles!  It has also just had a new cambelt kit (incl water pump) and a full service – the cambelt had also been done previously in 2010.  In January, it had an MoT and to support that it also had two tyres and new brake pads all round – so it’s been well maintained mechanically.

It is finished in Steel Grey metallic paintwork, all of which is in excellent condition without any obvious signs of damage or rusting, and this is complemented by a black fabric hood and parchment leather interior.  Vector trim level brings a very high level of specification, including dual-zone climate control, leather interior, 17” alloy wheels, in-dash 6-cd changer with auxiliary input jack, front and rear fog lamps, traction control, cruise control, trip computer, and a full complement of airbags too.  When you add that all to the amazing fuel economy, then it all becomes very compelling.

This 9-3 has just turned 120,000 miles.  The mileage is fully warranted, and is supported by a stamped up service history and a sheaf of receipts for work completed too.  There aren’t any odd noises, squeaks or rattles, and the car performs just as you would expect it to do.

The service history is set out below, but in summary the car has had nine services, the last one being in May at 119k.    Also at this time, the replacement clutch, dual mass flywheel, and cambelt kit were fitted – so you have the reassurance of knowing that all these components have now only covered about 1000 miles.  The MoT is valid through to the 23rd January 2019; after initially failing on two tyres and low brake pads, these were all replaced in January, leaving one advisory notice for low tread on one rear tyre (currently at 3mm).  The Saab has been fully valeted, and has been Experian Data Checked (like HPI) and is clear, and there is also an MoT history printout showing how the mileage has built up through the car’s lifetime, providing further evidence to support the mileage shown.

The pictures illustrate how very bright, shiny and well presented this car is.  There is no significant damage to the bodywork, just some light scratches and stone chips as you would expect at this age and mileage.

This series of 9-3 was introduced in 2003 and continued through to 2011, and has earned itself a well-respected place in the UK car scene.  Parker’s Car Guide comments:-

Saab has been building convertibles for many years but the concept has remained the same – a four-seat soft-top that can be used all the year round. The 9-3 Convertible is the company’s most desirable model, helped by its neat styling and understated image. While folding hard-tops are becoming more widespread, the Saab’s soft-top still impresses. It’s fast acting, opening or closing in twenty seconds and at speeds of up to 20mph, plus it is highly insulated. There are two good diesel choices – both 1.9-litre engines. The standard TiD version has 150bhp and a 0-62mph time of 10 seconds while returning an impressive 48mpg.  Despite the lack of a roof, the body feels sturdy and resists the shake and flex that some convertibles suffer from. It is set up to be a relaxing, high-speed tourer rather than a sports car, but it offers decent grip in corners and can cope with being driven quickly over twisting roads when the occasion arises.  Finding a comfortable driving position is easy thanks to outstandingly supportive seats with plenty of adjustment and a multi-position steering wheel.  The 9-3 Convertible isn’t especially cheap but all models are very well equipped and feature the powered roof, climate control, electric windows and mirrors, heated seats and a trip computer. The 9-3 Convertible was the first car in its class to score five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests. In addition to the four airbags it also features pop-up roll-over protection should the worst happen while the windscreen surround is massively strong ensuring that it is every bit as safe as the 9-3 Saloon. Deadlocks and an alarm/immobiliser help deter thieves.

On the road, the Saab feels assured, confident and comfortable, with plenty of performance available when you need it, great handling and roadholding.  It’s huge fun in the sun (or in the rain!) – especially when you can put the roof down and spot the envious glances!    Only you will know how economical it is at the same time – the official figures show an astonishing 44.8mpg for the combined cycle and 55.4mpg for the extra urban cycle.

If you wish to do so, you can also optionally purchase a comprehensive Warranty Assist Gold vehicle warranty covering all major components (including the roof mechanism), at a cost of £119 for 6-months, £149 for a year or £269 for two years with a £75 claim excess.  Please click on “our services” above for more details.

Equipment and Features

> Finished in Steel Grey metallic paintwork, with Parchment leather interior trim and black fabric fully-insulated electric powered folding hood
> 1910cc 4-cylinder turbocharged fuel-injection diesel engine, producing 150 bhp and 320 Nm torque
> 6-speed manual gearbox
> Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Dual-zone climate control air conditioning, including chilled glovebox (but see mechanical condition below)
> 5-spoke 17” alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts
> Saab 6-in dash CD-changer, RDS Radio, auxiliary input, boot-mounted bee-sting aerial, steering wheel mounted remote controls, and anti-theft protection
> Electric front and rear windows
> Electrically adjusted and heated door mirrors
> Cruise control
> Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
> Rear parking sensors (but see mechanical condition below)
> Traction Control System
> Remote central locking, with two keys
> Tinted windows
> Trip computer with distance-to-empty, average speed, average mpg, distance covered and speed warning functions
> Four seats, each fitted with 3-point seat belts and heat restraint, and ISOFIX seat mountings to the two rear seats
> Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
> Height adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seats
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s, and twin side airbags
> Night Panel dashboard illumination
> Front and rear fog lamps
> Heated rear window
> Cigarette lighter, separate 12v charger
> Security etched windows
> Vector kick-step trims
> New carpet overmats

History and Documentation

> The current mileage is showing as 120,303 miles which is warranted as correct.
> The 9-3 comes with its V5 registration document.  It was first registered 23rd August 2006 and shows five keepers from new
> The current MoT expires 23rd January 2019.  It was issued 8th January 2018 at 112,341 miles.  An MoT history check shows previous MoTs completed at:-
19/08/2009;   34,420 miles
23/08/2010;   47,674 miles
13/07/2011;   59,018 miles
09/05/2012;   67,697 miles
24/01/2014;   76,820 miles
20/01/2015;   81,355 miles
12/01/2016;   86,540 miles
29/12/2016;   95,567 miles
08/01/2018; 112,341 miles
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems.
> The car has a thorough service history, with records showing services at :-
7,064 miles; 15/06/2007 – Saab Main Agent
19,185 miles; 25/06/2008 – Saab Main Agent
33,315 miles; 09/07/2009 – Saab Main Agent
46,071 miles; 09/07/2010 – Saab Main Agent incl cambelt replacement
59,016 miles; 13/07/2011 – Saab Main Agent
67,716 miles; 18/07/2012 – Saab Main Agent
73,528 miles; 09/07/2013 – Independent garage
96,403 miles; 01/03/2017 – Independent garage (oil & filter only; receipt, not stamped in book)
98,366 miles; 18/04/2017 – Independent garage
118,750 miles; 25/05/2018 – Independent garage (my mechanics) incl cambelt kit, clutch and dual mass flywheel
> The owners handbook, service book, and book pack are all present.
> In addition, there are receipts for a replacement flexible exhaust section, two tyres, and all brakepads at 112,261 miles (08/01/2018), and replacement of the inlet manifold and EGR valve at 67,883 miles (31/07/2012)


> As you can see from the photos, the bodywork is generally in very good condition.  Inevitably at this age and mileage, there are a few stone chips and a few light scratches, but nothing of any significance
> The interior is very clean and tidy, with no damage to the leather
> There is a single small chip to the passenger side of the front windscreen


> The car has covered just over 120,000 miles.  It goes very well indeed – and runs, steers, stops and goes round corners just as you would expect!
> All the interior warning lights come on and go off as they should
> The rear parking sensors are not working; when reverse gear is engaged, a warning message comes up on the dashboard advising that the sensors need servicing
> The air conditioning is not blowing cold; it may just require a re-gas, or it may need more of a repair; the compressor appears to be cutting in as required, so the most likely diagnosis is a shortage of gas.  My daughter took the view that if she was hot, she would be putting the roof down – which is kinda hard to argue with!
> All the alloy road wheels have some scuffing and/or flaking paint (worst one pictured); if required, I can have these refurbished prior to sale at cost (£50 per wheel)
> The road tyres are all 225/45 ZRx17s.  The front tyres are Kumho Ecsta PS71s, each with 5mm.  The rear tyres and Mohawk M105s, one with 5mm and the other with 3mm. The spare wheel is a Pirelli space saver, with 2mm of tread.
> The tools, jack, wheelbrace and locking wheel nut keys are all present

All in all – this is a very presentable, smart and well-equipped example of this highly desirable, high quality convertible.  Well maintained, fully valeted, just serviced with new clutch and flywheel and cambelt, and well-priced, it makes a compelling case for itself!

The ‘book’ price for this car at this age and mileage is around £3,100.   Despite all the recent mechanical work, I’m advertising the car for well under this price to reflect the unserviceable parking sensors, air conditioning and the deterioration to the alloy wheels; many people will not bother to fix these items, so I thought it was preferable to offer the car “as it stands” at a lower asking price; any of these minor issues can be fixed prior to sale, if requested, at trade cost.

If you have any questions, please mail me or call me on 07917-234897.  Any inspection or accompanied test drive is welcomed by appointment.