Features and Specification
- Heated Leather Seats
- Air Conditioning
- 4 Window Power Button
- Power Soft Top
- Glass Heated Rear Window
- CD Player with Digital Media Player input
- ABS braking
- Passenger & driver airbags
Ride = Comfort
- Seats 4
- Note: Rear seat passengers should be < 6 foot!
- Luggage Space = Good
- Boot space roof up = 100 x 70 x 41 (cm LWH)
- Boot space roof down = 100 x 70 x 32 (cm LWH)
- Also significant storage space on rear seats
- (An average large suitcase is 78 x 50 x 32)
- (An average small cabin case is 54 x 37 x 20)
- 2.0 litre Turbocharged
- Manual 5 speed transmission
"What more can one say? Well, if you want a bit of fun touring around don't hire a standard car try a classic. It was easy to do so from the UK...we chose the SAAB convertible as it has 4 seats. Perhaps not really a classic but it served four of us well, even in the rain..."
"What a brilliant drive - just one day of typical downpour over Arthurs Pass, (stayed totally dry!). Exceeded my high expectations - only way to see the South Island. Return after 25 years - still empty, curving, beautiful roads...."
"A wonderful 2 week trip around the South Island - the car was a joy - perfect for the open roads of NZ! Mountains were higher, valleys deeper, skies bluer - all because of the wonderful Saab convertible. Stephen was fantastic to deal with - kind and thoughtful!"
"Perfect roof down weather and very hard to wipe the smile off our faces. The Saab's a beaut."
1999 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible (4 seater manual)
“Of all the cars I’ve ever owned or run, the Saab fights for top billing”
James May, Car Magazine, Jan 97.
What's she like to drive?
From $130 per day, measured, mellow and smooth, but deceptively sharp and punchy when called upon, somewhat akin to Nat King Cole with a good ruby port. Not brash but solidly understated, this car is the epitomy of sophisticated european cool. Very easy to drive, the light pressure turbo isn’t snatchy or ‘all or nothing’ but can effortlessly despatch long mountain climbs or trucks with equal consumate ease and responsive, confident cornering. Turns every outing into an event – as Seinfield said, “black Saabs rule” in convertible car hire!
What do I need to get used to?
Heads turning wherever you go with the top down?! If you haven’t driven a convertible before, the occassional ‘scuttle shake’ over significant bumps can make things feel briefly more wobbly than expected, but the handling is still deceptively sharp. You’ll need to take extra care reversing as the rear view is pretty limited with the roof up, (all the more reason to keep it down frequently…). Saabs have the quirky ignition key near the gearstick that you can’t remove unless in reverse, but you’ll soon suss that. Like many of our cars it’s manual transmission for a real driving experience, but unlike the MG you do get some help on the dials themselves to translate miles per hour into kilometers per hour for NZ roads. Nelson Tasman is ideal convertible weather but the sun is surprisingly strong – between November and March, a hat and sunblock are essential top down accessories.
What about safety and reliability?
Saabs like their Swedish counterparts are renowned for their approach to safety, coming with front airbags, ABS and innovative features like the Night Panel, that dims all dials except the speedometer to minimise distractions. In all the days above hired out our Saab 9-3 Convertible has had just one failure to proceed due to a split fan belt. Otherwise it has done many thousands of kilometers of trouble free motoring and in the unlikely event of issues you have full roadside assistance included in your hire charge. She’s regularly serviced and has to pass the Certificate of Fitness (CoF) test required for rental cars every 6 months.
What condition is she in?
Very good. We only acquire cars that we’re sure have been very well looked after inside and out and this Saab 9-3 Convertible is no exception. The climate control system has been overhauled to keep your body cool on those hot summer days and everything electrical is in full working order right down to the heated front seats, (not that we think you’ll have a need for those). The mohair roof with heated glass rear window keeps you snug and dry even in serious New Zealand deluges, (we can personally vouch for that).
How much luggage can fit?
That depends on how much you like to have the roof down and how many you’re sharing the fun with! If 4 are travelling you’ll all need to pack very light. With the roof up, around 2 suitcases and a couple of medium holdalls can be squeezed in the boot. With the roof down however, it does cut down on space to a degree. A group of 3 people have done a weeks touring fine though. Please refer to the Seating & Luggage tab above for exact dimensions. However if not all seats are occupied, you have those to belt in additional luggage on. We recommend always bringing multiple soft bags to maximise flexibility.
And the best driving tracks from the same year as the car would be?
These songs are just made for driving roof down, stereo cranked up, and enjoying life. For 1999 the best driving tracks for very cool cruisin’ are:
- Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed – Swing Out Sister
- Breather 2000 – Afterlife
- Filth and Dreams – Swing Out Sister
Now we acknowledge driving music is a very subjective thing, but clearly here, we’re right. So download, hire our Portable Bluetooth Speaker & enjoy!
How fast will she go Mister?
Easily as fast as the legal road limits allow……but of course, you can have a lot of turbocharged fun getting there….
How would a certain Mr Clarkson describe it?
“For girls and architects……”
And the RentAClassic description for the Saab 9-3 Convertible?
“…and for gentlemen who aren’t architects, but secure enough in their manhood to be seen in a mohair hoodie, convertible or otherwise…. “
Classy and refined cruising, with effortless press on from the turbo when required. Lap up the sunshine, cosseted in tan leather comfortably seating 4 adults, and experience our stunning scenery from a whole new open air perspective. And should the evening air start to chill, merely engage the power soft top, flick on the heater built for Scandinavian winters and pipe your media player sounds through the concert quality CD stereo to restore that sense of well being.
Satellite Navigation Hire
Far superior to most phone apps, with HD dashcam option to record your epic drive! $15/25 per 24 hours.
Portable Speaker Hire
Beam your perfect cruising soundtracks to our best in class UE Roll Bluetooth speaker! $15 per 24 hours.
Pack a picnic
Hire a picnic hamper with settings for 2 or 4, (minus food & drink), plus rug. $30 for 24 hours.