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Car reviews - Saab - 9-3 - S convertible

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30 Mar 2001

Convertible roof is unlatched by a single lever on the windscreen header rail Front seats incorporate Saab's "active" head restraints Boot can be accessed by folding down the rear seat Standard engine in S model is the 113kW, low-pressure turbo four-cylinder The convertible is available with four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox The mechanical clutch of the 900 has been replaced by a hydraulic unit that requires less effort to operate The new air-conditioning compressor has better performance, particularly at low speed and when the engine is idling The top mounting of the front MacPherson strut has been modified to provide a longer spring travel which improves ride comfort Steering precision has been improved by the use of new mountings for the steering gear and a revised steering gear ratio The front airbags are inflated by a "soft" charge, making them less aggressive to occupants seated well forward Two-stage head-thorax side airbags protect the occupants' rib cage and head in side impacts The engine drives through the front wheels Four-wheel disc brakes are complemented by an anti-lock braking system The convertible uses Saab's "night panel" instrument illumination that displays only need-to-know information at night Leather seats are standard in both S and SE convertibles Alloy wheels are standard on convertible models

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