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2010 Saab 9-3 2dr Conv Aero FWD

2dr Conv Aero FWD

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Price with options: $45,080

MSRP: $45,080

Base Invoice: $42,826

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2012 Saab 9-3 Pros

For 2012, the Saab 9-3 gets a mild refresh, a new engine, and a new name. In homage to the car's longtime mascot, the 9-3 is now known as the 9-3 Griffin. The 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine has been replaced with another 2.0L turbo engine, taken from the 9-5, which produces 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque--a significant improvement over the 210 horsepower and 221 lb-ft in the outgoing model. In addition, the new engine is E85 capable, and it's said to achieve 4% better overall fuel economy.

Styling highlights include new badges, a larger Saab grille emblem, revised headlights and new fog lamp recesses. 17-inch wheels are now standard on Aero and Turbo4 models. Inside, the dash has been slightly redesigned and gray fabric is now available, alongside new optional tan and black leatherette upholstery.

A new Independence Edition is also available for 2012, all of which are to be convertibles with special orange paint and beige leather interiors. Other features of the package include special carbon fiber look dashboard components, shifter, door handles, and handbrake lever. 18-inch wheels are standard. Only 366 are scheduled to be built.

2012 Saab 9-3 Model Highlights

The Saab 9-3 Griffin is offered in two different body styles--a sedan or convertible. No matter the 9-3 Griffin model, it comes with an all-new 220-horsepower, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, which was sourced from the 9-5. This engine is all-aluminum and features twin-scroll turbocharging and E85 capability. Saab says it achieves 4% greater fuel economy over last year's 2.0L unit. Most Saab 9-3 models are now offered in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive XWD models and there's a choice between a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic.

In addition to a Haldex all-wheel drive system with multi-plate clutch, 9-3 XWD models add self-leveling shocks and ventilated rear disc brakes. Their Sentronic transmission has a manual-shift mode that allows the driver to command an upshift or downshift.

The 9-3 Convertible is a true 4-person drop-top, with enough space in back for two adults and a nice, tight-fitting top. Other 9-3 models have space for five, though backseat legroom isn't quite on par with most mid-size sedans. The interior is in most iterations quite dark, yet tastefully designed, and the instrument panel has a sporty cockpit design that arcs slightly around the driver.

Standard 9-3 models come about as well equipped as any entry-luxury European cars, with standard rain-sensing wipers, fog lamps, power front seats, remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control and a cooled glovebox. Top Aero models upgrade to black leather sport bucket seats, carbon-fiber interior trim, chrome exhaust tips, other exterior upgrades, a limited-slip differential, a remote garage-door opener, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Bose Centerpoint premium audio system. A DVD-based navigation system is also on offer, along with an Aero Premium Package that adds memory seat settings, rear park assist, heated side mirrors, and folding, light-sensitive mirrors.

The 9-3 also lives up to Saab's reputation for safety, with active front head restraints, electronic stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front side airbags and side-curtain airbags for outboard occupants.

2012 Saab 9-3 Model News

Saab features available all-wheel drive across its model lineup, and that certainly increases the desirability of the 9-3 Griffin sedan. The Saab 9-3 Griffin has very unique design and styling details when compared to other sport-sedan models, as well as a perky yet efficient turbo 4-cylinder engine. Steering and handling are also strong features of the 9-3. Finally, the 9-3 Convertible is an unusually strong entry in its segment today, with real seating space in back and a tight, quiet cabin setup.

2012 Saab 9-3 Value Writeup

Strong but fuel-efficient performance; excellent handling; solid feature list; standout convertible model

Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake Type Pwr
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )  
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD -
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.4 x - TBD -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)  
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0? F (Primary) - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120
Displacement 2.0L/121
Engine Order Code  
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System MPFI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5500
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 221 @ 2500 - 4000
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (N/A) 23
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Clutch Size (in) - TBD -
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.55
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.58
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.32
Reverse Ratio (:1) 5.02
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.98
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.95
Trans Description Cont. Manual
Trans Description Cont. Again Sentronic
Trans Order Code MM3
Trans Type 6
EPA Classification Sub-Compact
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3700
Antenna, combined OnStar/XM Satellite Radio trunk mounted
Antenna, rear integrated diversity
Audio system feature 300-watt amplifier and 10 speakers
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer seek-and-scan, digital clock, speed-compensated volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack.
Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)
XM Radio is standard on more than 50 2010 GM models including three trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels for virtually every music genre, all in amazing digital quality sound. Turn on your favorite sports, the biggest names in News, Talk and Comedy, family programming, exclusive concerts and original music series, wherever you go from coast to coast. Everything worth listening to is now on XM (XM service available only in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia. XM Radio subscription required and sold separately after trial period. Fees, taxes, and a one-time re-activation fee, may apply. Subscriptions governed by XM Customer Agreement available at All fees and programming subject to change. Family programming Packages are available.)
Automatic convertible soft top
Door handles, body-color, exterior
Fog lamp surround, matte-chrome
Fog lamp, rear
Fog lamps, front integral
Glass, tinted and heat absorbent
Headlamp washers, high-pressure
Headlamps, Xenon cornering
License plate bracket, front and rear
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable
Moldings, bodyside, body-color
Spoiler, rear, trunk mounted
Tires, P235/45VR17 all-season
Tonneau cover, color matched
Turn signals, side-mounted indicator lamps
Wheel and tire, spare, compact
Wheels, 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) 5-spoke, alloy (Included with (QYR) P235/45R17 94V all-season tires.)
Wipers, front rain-sensing
Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual temperature settings for front passengers and rear seat air outlets
Air filter, cabin
Cargo anchorage loops, in the trunk
CargoSET, self-expanding trunk feature
Console, front center armrest with coin holder and cupholder
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Cup holder, front folding in instrument panel
Defogger, front, side-window
Defogger, rear-window, electric
Driver Information Center includes trip computer, outside temperature, fuel consumption, distance to empty, average speed, speed warning and driver warning messages
Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
Glovebox, cooled and illuminated
Headrests, rear, outboard seats, adjustable
Instrumentation, analog includes speedometer, tachometer, boost gauge, fuel level, engine temperature and digital odometer with trip meter
Lighting, front door illuminated entry
Lighting, interior includes delay-off feature, overhead map, footwell and remote 'halo'
Lock control, central with remote keyless entry
Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with compass
Power outlets, 2 - 12-volt
Profiler, menu system for individual settings
Remote Keyless Entry
Seat adjuster, driver 2-way power lumbar
Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
Seat adjuster, front passenger 8-way power
Seat trim, leather-appointed two-tone upholstery
Seats, front leather-appointed sport buckets
Seats, heated driver and front passenger
Steering column, adjustable tilt/telescoping
Steering wheel, mounted audio controls
Steering wheel, sport, perforated leather-wrapped
Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm with engine immobilizer
Trim, metallic decor on the gear lever
Trim, metallic decor on the glovebox
Trim, metallic-rimmed gauges
Trunk illumination
Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
Visors, driver and front passenger with dual illuminated vanity mirrors
Windows, power Express-Up with Express-Up and remote opening for front windows and convertible top
Windows, power with driver and front passenger Express-Down
Alternator, 120 amps
Battery, maintenance free
Brakes, 4-wheel disc with ventilated front and rear
Chassis, lowered, sport-tuned
Engine, 2.0L DOHC MPFI 4-cylinder, turbocharged (210 HP [156.6 kW] @ 5500 rpm, 221 lb. ft. [298.4 N-m] @ 2500-4000 rpm)
Exhaust, dual bright finish tailpipes
Front wheel drive
Steering, power assisted rack and pinion
Suspension, front, MacPherson strut type with gas shock absorbers, anti-roll bar and hydroformed sub-frame
Suspension, rear independent, four-link with toe-link, coil springs, gas shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, sub-frame and 'Re-Axs' passive rear-wheel steering system
Transmission, automatic, Sentronic with manual shift mode (Includes 5-speed automatic transmission.)
Comfort Package includes (KA1) heated front seats and (CE4) headlamp washers
Air bags, frontal, driver and right front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Air bags, side head/thorax for front seats (Head/thorax side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock
Brakes, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
Daytime running lamps
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Head restraints, active, front seats
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats
OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, Hands Free Calling, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, and Low Mileage Discount (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Vehicle Diagnostics capabilities vary by model. Remote door unlock success varies with conditions. Ability to locate stolen vehicles varies with conditions. Subscription Service Agreement required. Call 1-888-4ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827) or visit for OnStar's Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and details and system limitations.)
Safety belts, 3-point, all rear seating positions
Safety belts, 3-point, front
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Does not monitor spare tire.)
Traction control system (TCS)