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Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 21:27:59 GMT
From: "Brian Greene" <delinquent1nopsamdnet.att.net>
Subject: Re: Viggen vs base 9-3 differences?


<<2001...base 9-3's are not covered under the "no charge maintenance plan". >> Wow, that sucks!! Although it does coincide perfectly with a conversation I had with a Saab salesman at my local dealership. After milking him for just about every piece of information he could provide on the 4 different versions of the 9-3, he confessed that Saab/GM's ultimate marketing goal is not to appeal to people like me, the low-end buyer. From the discussion we had, I gleaned that Saab/GM, with marketing directors straight from Saturn, will attempt to revamp every aspect of the sales end, including dealership layouts, informational computer systems, down to the very colors around the showroom floor and the finish on the wood furniture. It seems to me that this may be one reason why Saab's future plans for the 9-3 exist only to supplement the 9-5 line. Any and all "quirkiness" that some of us find so admirable in the Saab marque will be lost, and another cookie cutter line of vehicles will be born. Not to mention the goofy plans for an SUV. I don't know about most of you folks (especially owners of original 900's that Saab has turned a blind eye to) but this pretty much spells out the death of "SAAB" in my eyes. I guess we'll just have to learn to conform along with the stinking yuppies. Ken Ferguson <Ken_Fergusonnopsamosoft's.web-based.e-mail.com> wrote in message news:TZSl6.901$ju2.114021nopsamread2.prod.itd.earthlink.net... > I did some more research, and on model year You can pay up front for > it, but then it isn't "no charge" I guess they changed it between the two > years. > > > Brian Greene <delinquent1nopsamdnet.att.net> wrote in message > news:cXIl6.2620$rL4.203275nopsamsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net... > > My base 9-3 (2000) is covered for 3yrs. > > > > Ken Ferguson <Ken_Fergusonnopsamosoft's.web-based.e-mail.com> wrote in > > message news:VWBl6.4739$oX3.417860nopsamread1.prod.itd.earthlink.net... > > > The 3 yrs of free service does not apply to base 9-3's > > > > > > > > > Kalman Rubinson <kr4nopsamedu> wrote in message > > > news:l3pd9tk6j65e086t149ig6748ns0l2413nnopsamcom... > > > > Depends on where you live. > > > > > > > > >I think that the Viggen is quite a bit different than the base 9-3 > (or > > > even > > > > >the 9-3 SE). The Viggen has better seats, a different engine (with > > > higher > > > > >boost levels and--I think--a different turbo), a different exhaust, > > > > >Automatic Climate Control, > > > > > > > > 9-3SEs have ACC. > > > > > > > > > a different suspension, better brakes, free > > > > >service for 3 years (other than oil changes at certain intervals), > > > > > > > > Don't they all come that way in the US today? > > > > > > > > > 17 inch > > > > >rims and tires, different engine management system (I believe), and > > > better > > > > >steering wheel. I'm not sure about the transmission. It also has a > > > chromed > > > > >exhaust tip, a rear spoiler, body molding, a better stereo, and power > > > seats > > > > >(driver's with memory). > > > > > > > > My SE has power seats (driver's with memory). > > > > > > > > >My recommendation: > > > > >drive both, determine what your budget is, then decide. > > > > > > > > Yup. That's the only way to appreciate the difference. > > > > > > > > Kal > > > > > > > > > > > >

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