This is a bloke’s site. It is perused by gents from various places in the world, written by a dude in Tasmania and it pertains to one of the most manly pursuits of the last 100 years – cars.
But it’s always good to get a woman’s perspective on things, which is why I’m glad we’ve got a publication like Woman Motorist and that lovely delicate little flower – Derek.
Gotta say though, Derek’s not one of those ambiguous names that could bat for both sides in these modern times, like Ashley (Judd), Charlie (Brown, fashion designer) or Drew (Barrymore – hahahahahaha). And this Derek even claims to have a wife, though that’s not cut n dry nowadays either.
So, androgyny aside, what does our hermaphrodite journalist have to say about the 9-3 Convertible?
basically an IKEA with wheels
The basic comparison involves cool stuff at a lower-than-expected price, and whilst I’d refrain from the direct comparison myself, it’s not far off the mark. The Saab convertible, in all three of historic guises, has always offered 4-seater ragtop style for less than the direct competition.
The 9-3 is a wonderful car to drive on the highway, with a smooth ride and cloth convertible top that seals out noise like it’s made of acoustic tile. When you consider the turbocharged engine and unique body style, it’s a compelling luxury package.
But it’s more than that. There are plenty of compelling luxury cars on the road, especially from BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Lexus, but increasingly from brands like Acura, Infiniti, Cadillac and Lincoln, too. There are lots of great luxury cars for sale if you’ve got the money.
The Saab is just — well — different.
There’s ‘Ben Harper’ different and then there’s ‘Paris Hilton’ different. One’s based on talent, substance and feel and the other’s just a freak. Those of us that drive them know that the Saab’s a car based on substance, function, practicality and understated style.
Wouldn’t have it any other way.
Beyond the basics of a good luxury car, though, is something harder to define. It’s the car’s soul.
Although Saab is now owned by General Motors, the quirky personality of the 9-3 remains the same. It still feels genetically linked to the old Saab 900, with a love-it-or-hate-it body shape like nothing else on the road. It still starts with a key in the center console, and it still has weird symbols on the buttons that people who drive American and Japanese cars would have a hard time figuring out. It’s sporty, elegant and very spunky.