Two Saab reviews

Two new pieces have been published on the 2008 Saab 9-3 in the last 24 hours or so.

One’s a drive-based review and the other is a basic information piece.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This is the basic information piece. Don Hammond likes his Saabs and this shows through in a quick review of the new model that leaves you feeling like he can’t wait to drive it.

…our favorite boutique car, the Saab 9-3, is getting an all-new look and some new features to make it even more unique and inviting, including for the first time ever, an all-wheel drive system that at least some car publications are already saying is among the best in the business.

It goes on to give a good overview of the changes for 2008 as a basic introductory piece for those who probably don’t know much about the new car.

There’s not much to be learned here for the average TS-reader, but it’s always good to hear Saab written up in a positive light.

Forbes Autos

Forbes have published a review of Saab’s iconic Convertible.

I’ve got to say, my respect for the Convertible has lifted a whole other notch this year. I knew it was a well loved machine, but it wasn’t until I heard Saab Australia’s own statistics on it that I realised how much it’s loved (it makes up around one third of sales here).

Perhaps the Convertible has that level of cachet that the other body styles still struggle to achieve? And if so, what’s the magic formula?

Anyway, back to Forbes.

This is more of a drive-based review, though not an in-depth one. It’s another appreciative piece and for any prospective ‘vert owners out there it’s worth a five minute stint.

A sport-tuned suspension and standard stability control system ensure crisp and secure handling with a relatively calm ride. The Saab 9-3 Convertible lands somewhere between the convertible versions of the BMW 3 Series (more sporty than the Saab) and the Audi A4 (less sporty) in terms of overall performance. The Aero emphasizes handling over ride comfort and leans more toward the BMW in this regard. The Saab 9-3 Convertible boasts better structural rigidity than many open-top cars, which means it shakes and rattles less over bumps.

Truly, it is the iConvertible.

Check it out.

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  1. A great review! My order is in, and the days are ticking. The dealerships says that I should have my new baby in 45 to 75 days (ordered over two weeks ago, so those numbers are based on the standard 60 to 90 day timeframe).

  2. I had my 04 Aero SS into the shop today to have some door rattles fixed. I mentioned to the Saab tech that my 05 convertible is much more solid sounding over bumps – no rattles – with similar mileage. The tech told me that he has seen this regularly, and attributed it to the convertible being “hand made” compared to the mass produced sedans. My lease is up in a few months, and my wife will be in line for a new 08 convertible.

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