The Saab 9-3 is among the ten best used convertibles available for under $10,000, according to the car buying experts over at Kelley Blue Book.
The 2009 model year Saab 9-3 was last on KBB’s list of the ten best used convertibles under $10,000. KBB didn’t have much good to say about the unique GM-built Swede, though, cautioning would-be buyers to locate a Saab specialist before plunking down thousands for one of these rather uncommon droptops.
“The Saab 9-3, and indeed the entire Saab brand, is now defunct, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still deals to be had,” KBB said in its ranking. “With a large cabin offering plenty of space front and rear, it’s worth looking for independent mechanic shops near you that specialize in Saabs.”
A choice of two different engines was available in the 2009 Saab 9-3. The base engine was a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder producing 207 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, which was offered with front-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. Meanwhile, the Aero model received a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 making 280 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which was paired with a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
The Saab 9-3 was produced at the automaker’s Trollhättan Assembly plant in Sweden and utilized the GM Epsilon platform, which also underpinned the Chevy Malibu, Cadillac XTS and Pontiac G6, among many other GM passenger cars.
The best used convertible for under $10,000, according to KBB, is the 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Japanese roadster received almost universal praise from media when new for its easy upkeep, spry handling and fun-to-drive nature. The 2009 Ford Mustang Convertible was second, while the 2008 Toyota Solara was third.
Other entries on the list include the 2010 MINI Convertible, 2013 VW Beetle Convertible, 2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible, 2006 Nissan 350Z Convertible, 2004 BMW Z4 and 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder.