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Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 13:17:07 GMT
From: (Peter Wilkins)
Subject: Re: Saab 9-3 or a BMW 328i

On Mon, 29 Mar 1999 14:16:19 -0800, 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. Hi Elan > I don't really know too much about the 9-3, but if it's anything like my 1998 9-5, I would say go for the BMW, or stay with your 900, even though it is front heavy and ploughs through corners. I've had many Saabs for over 20 years, 99's, 900's, and my 1998 9-5SE is the worst one I have had. The steering wheel controls are awkward and can't be used without taking a hand off the wheel, the steering clunks when turning left, the SID is difficult to programme and keeps forgetting settings and giving false readings for fuel consumption, the quality control was very poor: fog lamp fell off inside a month, first time I went to use the cigarette lighter the whole assembly came out in my hand, the power seats kept forgetting all the memorised positions, it's got a stupid small spare wheel with 80kmph limit- useless in Oz, the turn indicators are on the wrong side (not converted for RHD) and I could go on and on. The car is not yet due for it's first 15000km service and the alarm system has failed and I have already blown two headlamps at $50 each. The SID told me 2 moths ago I had to put it in for service -wrong! Apart from that, the car is fine..... Enough for you? I think Saab boo-boo'ed with this series. Regards, Peter -- _--_|\ Peter Wilkins Email : / \ 2/24 Cove Avenue Phone/Fax : +61 2 9977 2395 \_.--._* MANLY, NSW, 2095, Mobile: 0417 415 014 v AUSTRALIA

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