A Saab Cabriolet market check in the middle of winter? Yes, when, if not now? When it comes to open-air driving throughout the year, you can not miss a Saab. Who invented it? Just. Saab. The 900 Cabriolet cultivated the ideal of a year-round cabriolet. And the 9-3 continues this philosophy.
The first 9-3 Cabriolet is the last draft of the pre-GM era. The design and conception were already fixed before the Americans joined the Swedes. People who were allowed to lend a hand with the 99, 900 and 9000 contributed to its design. You can see that, you can feel it. The 9-3 Cabriolet shows the brand's typical design language. The interior is solid to classy, garnished with the promise of eternity that once distinguished cars from Trollhättan. Its successor no longer achieved this level, but it is also a completely different caliber of car.
The first 9-3 generation is based on the 900 II and was built, in a short time for Saab, only from 1998 to model year 2003. Nevertheless, the selection in the market is still relatively large today. What is the reason that about half of all sold in Germany 9-3 I wore a fabric roof. And convertibles, in contrast to their closed siblings, always had a higher survival rate. In addition, convertibles are better maintained, maintained and often used only as a second car.
Another reason lies in the production location. The 9-3 I Convertible was always built by Valmet in Finnish Nystad. There, the bands ran a little slower, the workers were more careful, the processing better. The first 9-3 are now 20 years old and are on their way to becoming a classic. If you have fun with a care-free, car-free car, you might find your love of motoring here. The 9-3 is close to the classic 900 in its design idiom, it combines modern, relaxed travel in a sympathetic, relaxed way with a lot of style.
Attention: bargain alarm!
The 9-3 I Cabriolet offers real bargains due to the relatively large selection. Even for well below 5.000 € checkbook-maintained first-hand convertibles come into the trade. Partly in fantastically beautiful color combinations, and always awarded the same. Patience is worth it, and the market has offers for almost every wallet.
The entry starts at around 3.000 € for vehicles with high mileages and not very clear history. Looking at it can be worthwhile, because the technology is robust and rust is usually a smaller problem than with vehicles from Trollhättan. Well-maintained vehicles cost from 5.000 € upwards. The mileage is then just over 100.000 kilometers, often a complete history is included, and you get a lot of Cabriolet for relatively little money.
And then there are them, the real treasures! Carefully maintained from day one. Often better than new, from true fans. The prices may then be 5-digit, but still remain moderate. Because often a fast new car rolls out of the garage, for a fraction of the original price.
Fancy summer, sun and an open Saab? Here are some ideas for the coming, nice days.
Saab 9-3 Cabriolet 2.0t, Design Edition. 2002. 99.000 kilometers
A first-hand convertible with less than 100.000 kilometers. Well motorized with the small 150 hp turbo. Nice equipment, and at a fair price. Landed on a gravel place in Bonn. Definitely worth considering.
Saab 9-3 Cabriolet Aero. Viggen Body Kit, 2003. 75.355 kilometers
The completely emotion-neutral computer of Autoscout rated this first-hand copy as too expensive. For real? An ingenious, rare color. Great equipment and an emotional motorization make the open Saab desirable. Contrary to the opinion of the cloud, my advice would be: watching and testing. And, if the Saab keeps what the ad promises, bargain and buy. Even if you have to liquidate the home savings contract. The 9-3, whose Turbo harmonizes very well with the automatic, is for sale in Bad Vilbel.
Saab 9 3 Viggen Cabriolet. 2000. 110.00 kilometers.
If you want a little more, then a Viggen would be a good choice. It's the over 9-3, with a big 2.3 liter engine. One vehicle that will increase in value in the coming years is this convertible from the Netherlands. With an attractive color combination in the interior that only the Viggen has to offer. Second hand, at a fair rate. The open Saab is for sale from a private provider in the Netherlands.
The market offers a wide selection, the 9-3 I Cabriolet is not an object of speculation. Not yet, but the closer the series gets to classic status in the next few years, the more the focus will fall on the last Saab design from the pre-GM era. But there is still enough time to approach the topic in a relaxed manner and to look for your dream car in peace. It doesn't look quite as relaxed with the sedan and coupe. The next market check will deal with these vehicles.