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By Far, the Best Car I’ve Ever Had: A Saab Enthusiast’s Journey!

Embracing the timeless allure and community spirit of Saab through the eyes of an enthusiastic 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible owner.

Vicki Griffiths enjoys the freedom of driving through the Caledon Hills in her navy blue 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible with the top down.Vicki Griffiths enjoys the freedom of driving through the Caledon Hills in her navy blue 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible with the top down.

Just few brands evoke as much nostalgia and admiration as Saab. Vicki Griffiths, a dedicated Saab enthusiast, epitomizes this devotion with her 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible. Her story, recently highlighted by the Toronto Star, provides a compelling glimpse into the unique allure of Saab cars and the deep connections their owners feel. As a Saab enthusiast myself, I couldn’t help but reflect on Vicki’s journey and the broader Saab community’s enduring dedication to these exceptional vehicles.

A Love for Saab Rooted in Aviation Heritage

For Vicki Griffiths, the love affair with Saab began with an appreciation for the brand’s aviation roots. Saab, initially an aircraft manufacturer founded in 1937, seamlessly transitioned its engineering prowess into the automotive world by 1945.

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Vicki, a former pilot with a passion for flying, found the design and functionality of Saab’s dashboards reminiscent of small airplane cockpits. This connection to aviation is more than a superficial feature; it embodies Saab’s commitment to precision and innovation.

Vicki’s choice of a Saab was driven by this unique heritage. The brand’s ability to infuse aircraft engineering into their cars created a bond for Vicki, one that mirrored the precision and control she experienced as a pilot. The cockpit-like feel of her Saab’s dashboard brings a sense of familiarity and joy every time she drives, making her feel like she’s in a small plane, soaring through the skies.

The Timeless Appeal of the Saab 9-3 Convertible

Vicki’s 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible is more than just a car; it’s a cherished companion. The navy blue, four-cylinder turbo model with two-tone cream-and-grey leather seats stands as a testament to Saab’s design excellence and durability. Despite being 16 years old, the vehicle remains in impeccable condition, having required only routine maintenance and minor repairs over the years.

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This timeless appeal is a hallmark of Saab vehicles. Built with meticulous attention to detail and quality, Saabs are known for their longevity and resilience. Vicki’s experience reflects this, as her car continues to perform flawlessly, delivering a driving experience that few modern cars can match. The 9-3’s combination of style, performance, and reliability ensures it remains a standout on the road.

A Community of Enthusiasts: The Unspoken Bond

One of the most fascinating aspects of owning a Saab is the sense of community it fosters. Vicki notes that her Saab often attracts attention and sparks conversations wherever she goes. This “hidden fraternity” of Saab owners is bound by a shared appreciation for the brand’s unique qualities and history. Whether it’s a casual nod from a fellow Saab driver or a detailed exchange about the car’s features, there’s an unspoken bond that connects these enthusiasts.

This sense of community is a defining feature of the Saab experience. Saab clubs and gatherings around the world bring together owners who share stories, exchange tips, and celebrate their love for these distinctive vehicles. For Vicki, being part of this fraternity adds an extra layer of enjoyment to her ownership experience, knowing that she is part of a larger, passionate community.

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Driving Dreams: The Saab Experience on the Open Road

The joy of driving a Saab extends beyond the vehicle itself; it’s about the experiences and memories created on the open road. Vicki’s Saab 9-3 Convertible has taken her on countless adventures, from the picturesque Caledon Hills to the scenic coastlines of Florida. Each drive is a new opportunity to savor the car’s performance and enjoy the freedom of the open road.

For many Saab enthusiasts, driving a Saab is more than just transportation; it’s a deeply personal experience. The car’s responsive handling, turbocharged power, and comfortable ride create a driving experience that is both exhilarating and relaxing. Vicki’s descriptions of her drives through beautiful landscapes capture the essence of what makes Saab ownership so special—the thrill of exploration and the sense of freedom that comes with every journey.

Preserving a Classic: The Saab 9-3’s Future

As Vicki’s Saab 9-3 approaches classic status, her commitment to preserving it underscores the lasting value of these vehicles. With only 72,000 kilometers on the odometer, the car remains in excellent shape, a testament to Saab’s engineering and Vicki’s dedication to its upkeep. Storing the car during the winter months and ensuring regular maintenance are part of her efforts to keep it in pristine condition.

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This commitment to preservation is a common theme among Saab enthusiasts. Many owners go to great lengths to maintain and restore their vehicles, recognizing their significance as both functional automobiles and pieces of automotive history. The Saab 9-3 Convertible, with its unique blend of style, performance, and heritage, is a prime candidate for classic status, and Vicki’s efforts ensure it will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

The Unmatched Joy of Convertible Driving

One of the most enchanting aspects of Vicki’s story is her love for convertible driving. The feeling of putting the top down and cruising through the countryside is described as almost kite-like, offering a sense of freedom and exhilaration that is hard to match. Even on cooler days, Vicki enjoys the convertible experience, keeping the windows up to savor the open-air feel while staying comfortable.

This joy is a key part of the Saab convertible experience. The design and engineering of Saab convertibles are focused on delivering a seamless and enjoyable open-air drive. From the ease of operating the convertible top to the car’s stable handling, every aspect is designed to enhance the driver’s connection to the road and the environment. For Vicki, and many others like her, driving a Saab convertible is not just about getting from point A to point B—it’s about embracing the journey and finding joy in every mile.

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Saab Enthusiasts: Keeping the Legacy Alive

Vicki Griffiths’ story is a shining example of the passion and dedication that define the Saab community. Her love for her 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible is more than just an appreciation for a well-built car; it’s a celebration of Saab’s rich history, innovative spirit, and the unique driving experience these vehicles offer. Through her enthusiasm and commitment, Vicki helps keep the Saab legacy alive, inspiring others to discover and cherish these remarkable cars.

As we reflect on Vicki’s journey, it’s clear that Saab ownership is about more than just the vehicle—it’s about the stories, the connections, and the shared passion that bring enthusiasts together. Whether you’re a long-time Saab owner or new to the brand, there’s a place for you in this vibrant community, where the love for Saab continues to thrive and evolve.

In conclusion, Vicki Griffiths’ experience with her Saab 9-3 Convertible is a testament to the enduring appeal and unique charm of Saab vehicles. Her story, filled with joy, adventure, and a deep connection to the brand’s heritage, resonates with Saab enthusiasts everywhere. As we celebrate her journey, we also celebrate the spirit of Saab—a brand that continues to inspire and captivate, one car and one driver at a time.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

12 Comments

  • Mine is a 2011 2.8 white aero convertible.A spotless 2011 SAAB with just over 40000 miles! It sits alongside my 2010 93 Carlson with 24000 miles on the clock.And at 90 yrs,they are special in my life.My son is looking after a red 1964 96 Sport. I also have a lovely non SAAB,again VERY special- a Steinway- all these have a driving seat!

  • I love my 2007 Saab 9.3 Convertible. It has been my summer car for 6 years. Yes- a Pleasure to drive. I am going to sell it – once I start driving it again – I have trouble with letting it go.

  • Of the 5 that I’ve owned, I do enjoy it….A Lot! But the best one I’ve owned was my 900 turbo, 3 door!

  • I know the feeling! Best of the best!! .. moved over to Volvo.. Sweeds.. stick together after bankruptcy.. Always my baby.. owned 3!

  • I bought a brand new 9.3 convertible in 2001,midnight blue,cream leather interior,auto. Lovely car.

  • made the big mistake to sell my 900 Turbo 1984, special edition after 20 years in best condition 🙁

  • My 2004 black 9-3 convertible is my third SAAB convertible. Just crossed 85,000 miles and drives like new. I get great comments all the time about the car and about his sad it was to lose the brand. It’s been my go to car for 20 years and I hope there’s many more.

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