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2008 Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible V6 Turbocharged Review

Non-Stop Entertainer

A three-quarter front view of a white 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible V6 Turbocharged

In short: A sporty and fun-loving four-passenger convertible.

Here’s a car that just wants to have fun. This four-passenger convertible’s soft-top can be opened remotely, ensuring that not a moment is wasted when you want to go for a spin. The Austrian-assembled 9-3 Aero features a 2.8-liter V6 Turbocharged engine, which makes even an ordinary drive to the grocery store entertaining. As a part of its athletic character, the Aero has a lowered, sport-tuned chassis and posh refinements, including a leather-trimmed steering wheel with aluminum accents, two-toned leather-appointed seats (eight-way powered in the front), and Xenon cornering headlights. While it may not be much use with the top down, there’s also a 6-disc in-dash CD changer, and a 300-watt audio system with ten speakers.

Read a review of the 2004 Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible

Warranty/Service: Five-year/100,000-mile basic warranty; three-year/36,000-mile no-charge scheduled maintenance; four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; five-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance and courtesy transportation; ten-year/unlimited-mile anti-corrosion warranty.

Base Price: $45,640 / As tested: $49,780

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door convertible

ngine: 2.8-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 Turbocharged
Horsepower: 255 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1,800-4,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed Sentronic automatic

Curb weight: 3,840 lb
Wheelbase: 105.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 183.9/70.1/56.6 in
Turning circle: 39 ft

Brakes: all-wheel disc with power-assist, ABS, co
rnering brake control
Suspension: MacPherson struts and hydroformed subframe in front; independent 4-link, coil springs and subframe in rear; gas shock absorbers and anti-roll bar in front and rear
Traction: electronic stability program, traction control

0-60 mph: 6.9 seconds
Top Speed: 155 (governor limited)

EPA City: 15 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Smog Index: .39

Safety: driver and front passenger front airbag; front seat head and torso side airbags; Saab active head restraint in front; anti-submarining seat feature; front and rear crumple zones; daytime running lights with automatic shut-off; OnStar; tire pressure monitoring system; impact-collapsible steering column

Likes: sporty; Euro appeal

Dislikes: trunk space

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PSV072108 (Updated 06/30/11 NW)