I am looking for a second car and considering 00-02 saab convertible 9-3 I am looking to spend around $6000 for a car with less than 90K Miles.
How reliable are used Saab? If properly maintained, they can be quite reliable. Make sure that any 9-3 of that vintage has a complete service history and that PCV rev. #6 has been installed (or get it installed ASAP)
how often oil change? I use Shell Rotella T Synthetic 5W-40 changed every 5000 miles March through November and 3000 miles November through March.
how often the service? There is a minor service or a major service scheduled every 30k miles. Plugs changed every 10-15k if using copper core, platinum maybe 25-30k.
can you give me examples of repair costs? Hard to say exactly, more expensive than Chevys, Fords, Toyotas, Hondas. Less expensive than BMWs, Mercs, etc. The key is to find a GOOD SAAB indy mechanic.
are convertibles more likely to problematic and rattle?? The convertible chassis is a bit more flexible than the sedan. You can get a "6 point brace" as an after market piece that will stiffen it up a bit. Convertible Top does add some additional potential expense as well.
these 9-3 convertibles are pretty I agree. I think they are among the best looking convertibles on the streets even today.