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Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 00:43:00 -0600
From: Donald Paull <dpaullnopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-3 or a BMW 328i

I considered both of these cars earlier this year, prior to deciding on the Saab 9-5. The problem I have comparing a 9-3 to a 328i is if you equip the 328i with the same equipment as the 9-3, the BMW costs about $10,000 more. From my experience, when you compare vehicles, it's wise to compare ones that are priced similarly. Therefore, I think if you want to compare a 9-3 against a BMW, compare it against the 323i. When you load the 323i up with all the options, the sticker price will be similar to the 9-3 (probably a bit more). Then I think you can make a valid comparison. Elanchelvan Elango wrote: > Hello Saab'ers, > > I'm considering buying a new car in the next few months. I'm caught up > in a debate with myself whether to go for a 1999 BMW 328i 5-speed or a > 1999 Saab 9-3 5-speed Turbo. I've always loved Saab's unique character, > reliability, comfort and performance. > > Being a Saab owner (1995 900SE V6, though not the best Saab), I know how > comfortable Saabs are especially, during bad weather conditions and long > drives. Saab's instrument panels are unquestionably the best. I've > noticed that Saab's depreciate more than the BMW's and I've read some > not so good reviews on Saab's suspensions and torque steer. > > I like the richness and the looks of the new 1999 BMW 328i. I haven't > had a chance to test drive the new BMW 328i yet. But, I've heard it > drives and handles better. But, the BMW's are so commonplace and bland > in comparison to the Saabs. > > I'm sure some of you must have done some research on this. Please share > your opinions. > > Regards, > Elan > > P.S. I can't wait to get details and test drive the new Viggen.

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