It was 5 years ago during the IntSaab in Spa. With friends, I sat in one of those typical street cafes. We enjoyed the scenery and the many Saabs that drove through the city. The conversation came on a Saab 9-3 convertible. A full-featured blue V6 that has been on sale for a long time on a platform.
Just over € 20.000 expensive - and the question was whether we should buy. If only we had done it! Today, after a few years of driving pleasure, you could resell it at an additional cost. A Saab can be an investment, or at least a stable asset. Which is especially true for the convertibles.
Not only at Saab, they have always had a different position than vehicles with fixed sheet metal on the roof. Convertibles are bought for the pleasure. For the days with sunshine and free time. They are cared for and cared for, they are allowed to spend the winter in garages and carports.
The prices for the Saab 9-3 Cabriolet are stable and at a high level. If you drive a facelift model from model year 2008, or one of the intermediate models. Less if you own a pre-facelift convertible. There the prices start below € 5.000 and with high mileage. Well-maintained, well-equipped vehicles are around € 10.000. The pre-facelift models are not always convincing. The processing of the vehicles built by Magna is often listless and apparently depends on the daily shape of the employees.
With the facelift, the prices are increasing; beautiful and well-maintained cabriolets start from 15.000 €. At the top, everything is open, and the younger, the more expensive the Saabs. This is primarily due to the tight market, because fewer and fewer new cars were launched after 2008. The prices for harmonious cabriolets are then between 20.000 and 25.000 €.
The trend is clear. Prices are rising year after year. Not strong, but steady. The replenishment is here. And while it is really difficult to find an attractive vehicle on all other 9-3 II models, top-quality convertibles are coming to market again and again. Assuming a well-stocked account, it's almost like the fairy tale, and you can find your dream cabriolet.
Saab 9-3 Griffin Cabriolet 2.0t, 2012, 65.000 kilometers.
Griffins are rare, and they were built like all convertibles after the separation of GM in Sweden. Rarities have their price, because they are desirable, but rarely cheap. This very convincing convertible is for sale in Saab center Rostock. There, too, you live our brand, and without any restrictions.
Saab 9 3 Vector 2.0t, 2008, 86.500 kilometers
For half the price of Griffin you get this cabriolet from the year 2008. According to listing very well maintained and well equipped. Fairly priced in and from a good Saab address. A guarantee is included, on request there is Hirsch tuning. It is for sale in Saab Zentrum Giessen.
Saab 9-3 Aero 2.0T, 2005, Automat, 101.500 kilometers
Exciting is the Pre-facelift Cabriolet, which is offered by Saab Zentrum Kiel. With carbon dashboard, deer feathers and deer performance boost hard to find. The new engine has 0 kilometers, and at the latest it could be worth considering.
You buy a Saab from the Saab dealer. That seems to be still valid wisdom. The few Saab partners who actively buy and sell have their customer base and do profitable business. That could also be true for the 9-3 Cabriolet. How else is it to explain that beautiful convertibles, not too expensive, the Ford dealer and the Citroen dealer immovable for months?
The spare parts supply is, as with all 9-3 models, good, but the convertible with small restrictions. Because in Sweden, the Orio executives already afford some rough long-term blunders. Incomprehensible is the eternal problem with the straps, which are always not available. There are safety and TÜV relevant parts, which are apparently reproduced only in small quantities. Hardly in stock, they are already sold out. And the waiting starts all over again.
Finally, a word about the diesel models. I never understood the motivation to buy an open vehicle with a commercial vehicle engine. Regardless, open diesel vehicles are indeed much cheaper than the turbo petrol engine. But they are not sold out like limousines or station wagon. The further market development remains to be seen.
A Saab Cabriolet is an investment. The market observation of the last 5 year speaks for it. This applies to well-equipped, well-maintained vehicles. Driving pleasure and value stability are not mutually exclusive. In the next market check we look at the predecessor with the 9-3 I Convertible.