Used Car of the Day: 2001 Saab 9-3

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today we have a drop-top Swede for you -- a 2001 Saab 9-3.

There are only 76K miles on the clock on this one, and the seller says the interior is clean. He or she also seems to imply that the exterior has been cleaned up since the photos were taken, but obviously I cannot confirm that.

Apparently the car runs well and has been well-maintained, but the convertible top isn't coming down right now.

The price is $3,100 and this Saab is for sale in Connecticut.

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[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Aja8888 Aja8888 on Jun 28, 2024
    $2500 and it's yours. Everyone parks on dirt in Vermont.
  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jul 02, 2024
    This is probably worth messing with, the roof is the main variable. Not up on Saab but if this works anything like my C70 there is a manual roof collapse mechanism in the trunk or hidden behind the seat. Soft tops from what I have read were not meant to be kept permanently down but in the right climate you could probably just leave it down if used as a Sunday car (or mechanically raise/lower it as needed). All told if you could be in it for $5ish post roof repair, fluid changes, timing belt/water pump etc. I'd consider that a big win. Seller seems to have a newer Tech II attached in the pic so he may be knowledgeable on the car's needs and/or what's actually wrong with the roof. When mine broke, I had the same basic symptom and eventually the Volvo gods determined the mechanism which opened the rear roof storage compartment was snagged on one of the two rubber arms (car had a verified 39K miles at the time). I bought a roof door open motor from Volvo but had to source the rubber arm from a yard since it was NLA. May be something similar here, but it will likely involve taking the whole rear apart - still worth it IMO due to condition and miles.
  • Bob65688581 We bought zillions of German cars, despite knowing about WWII slave labor. Refusing to buy something for ideological reasons is foolish.Both the US and the EU have imposed tariffs, so the playing field is level. I'll buy the best price/quality, regardless of nationality.Another interesting question would be "Would you buy one of the many new European moderate-price EVs?" but of course they aren't sold here.Third interesting question: "Why won't Stellantis sell its best products in America?"
  • Freshblather No. Worried there will be malicious executable code built into the cars motherboard that could disable the Chinese cars in the event of hostilities between the west and China.
  • Bd2 Absolutely not - do not want to support a fascist, totalitarian regime.
  • SCE to AUX The original Capri was beautiful. The abomination from the 90s was no Capri, and neither is this.It looks good, but too similar to a Polestar. And what's with the whacked price?
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.