Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 16:30:03 -0400
From: "Bob" <withheldnopsamam.com>
Subject: Re: Considering a new Viggen


"Nutmegger" <Menopsamcretroadagain.com> wrote in message news:hn4l7.3110$4z.4712nopsamnewsranger.com... > Bob says... > > >I've only had my Viggen for > >about 7,000 miles. The only problem I have is a 3rd gear that is hard to > >get out of gear and a 4th gear that's hard to get into gear. > > Is it blue? > How do you like driving it? > I like driving it a lot. I bought the Viggen because it does a lot of stuff pretty well: it has a lot of space (including head room and rear seat space, not to mention hatchback space), it's quite fun to drive and sporty, it looks good, and it's priced fairly compared to the competition. Unfortunately, they no longer had blue when I bought mine. Mine's red because black cars require too much cleaning and don't hide dings, and silver is a little bland for a sporty car. Even the infamous "torque steer" isn't bad once you get used to it and realize when it comes into effect and how to control it. The car is actually quite stable at speed and in the rain. I haven't tried it in the snow, yet, but will this winter. > >Supposedly this is a known problem for some Saab tranmissions that I plan to >have remedied at the 10k check up. > > It sounds like a strange problem to have with a new vehicle that doesn't have > that many miles on it. It's one thing I've always liked about my 9000, and both > 900's I owned - it is like shifting through butter. > > ~J~ I think what happened (and I don't know -- I'm just guessing) is the supplier for certain parts made some inferior parts or perhaps Saab changed the design. If you go to: http://www.nospam/cars/problems/tsb/Servicemmy5.cfm and choose 2001 Saab 9-3, you can see a short description of the TSB (a copy of it is in the bulletin boards at www.saabnet.com, although you'll have to search). This is called an "update" kit. On Saabnet, someone posted the actual TSB. 1st, 2cnd, and 5th are fine. Third is hard to get out of, fourth is very hard to get into, and both third and fourth will sometimes get "blocked" half way into gear. If I can get this transmission thing resolved, I'd say that the car is overall excellent and everything I wanted: sporty yet practical. One reason I bought the car (over, say a BMW) hasn't yet been tested, and this is snow performance. However, I'm optimistic that it can handle well in the snow (with snow tires).

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