Washington Times: The Saab 9-3 Convertible

Let’s start at the end for a change:

A fun-in-the-sun car for optimizing weekend cruising, a safe family hauler, a sporty hard charger for blasting through the switchbacks or elegant transportation to that special function, the 9-3 convertible provides it all in one distinctive package

Darn right.

The Saab Convertible has always been regarded as a decent car in Australia, but convertibles are much rarer here than what they might be in other markets. One of the things I’ve learned since I started this blogging thing is that the ‘Vert really has earned its stripes as a torchbearer for the Saab brand.

It’s always been well received as a classically shaped and truly practical convertible.


This review appears in the Washington Times, where the editor should be sacked for letting through such a significant number of typos. I know I let a few sneak through here, but I’m not getting paid for this stuff.

Anyway, if you can get past the composition, the sentiment in the review portays the author’s thoughts: The Saab Convertible’s a bloody good drive.

Acceleration is determined and effortless. Even at speed, it has plenty left in reserve to sprint around slower traffic….

….Saab evidently chained its engineers to their desks in the quest for eliminating torque steer. This is the natural tendency for a front driver to pull in one direction or the other under hard acceleration. Torque steer is nearly a non-issue for the 9-3….

….While the sedan is configured for five, the convertible accommodates four. Legroom in the rear seat is tight. Up front, occupants are treated to well-bolstered seats with plenty of support. Intimate in nature, the 9-3’s cabin is sporty, yet comfortable. Gauges are large and clear….

Long live the ‘vert. I’ve really got to get a drive in that V6 Aero version.

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1 Comment

  1. Swade: You’re right about the lack of strong editing on this one — typos and quite a few passive constructs = mediocre writing. Oddly out-of-place for the Washington Times, since it is a well-respected newspaper.

    This is a positive review, so I’ll take what we can get.

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