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2002. - 2007.
D - Large family car
cabriolet, 2 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2003. - 2007.
D - Large family car
cabriolet, 2 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4635 mm
1762 mm
1434 mm
235 liters
352 liters
63 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4921 mm
1763 mm
1401 mm
320 liters
320 liters
60 liters
2002 SAAB 9-3 Cabriolet
2003 Chrysler Sebring Cabrio

Engine

Opel / General Motors
2.8 Z28NET
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2792 cc
250 hp
350 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Chrysler
2.7 V6 EER
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2736 cc
203 hp
256 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1650 kg
7.1 s
245 km/h
l/100km
l/100km
10.6 l/100km
254 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1675 kg
8.1 s
240 km/h
l/100km
l/100km
11.1 l/100km
266 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1565 kg
9.9 s
210 km/h
13.6 l/100km
8.2 l/100km
10.2 l/100km
243 g/km

Expenses

1500 EUR
Price from
2000 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the large family car segment and utilize the same 2-door cabriolet body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Opel-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 250hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 203hp engine designed by Chrysler.

Safety

The fact that the SAAB got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, puts it sky-high safety-wise, in my eyes at least. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the Swedish car offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that SAAB as a brand displays somewhat better results, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of SAAB with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Chrysler badge with 4.4 out of 5. The same official information place 9-3 as average reliability-wise, and Sebring is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the Swedish car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

SAAB is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 245 kilometers per hour, 35km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 10.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (27 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

SAAB is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Swedish car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with SAAB being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but SAAB. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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