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Date: 13 May 1999 22:10:25 GMT
From: tsbeckmannopsamcom (Tsbeckman)
Subject: BMW M3 vs. Saab 9-3 Viggen

I guess a lot of people would like to have this type of decision to make, but it is a troubling one. I now have a '95 BMW M3 (silver/black) -- fantastic car with 38K miles on it. The warranty is up in November, and as is always the way, I'm sure the car (which has been totally trouble free) will wait until then to need a major repair. The M3 is terrible in bad weather, and though I've been lucky so far, it can get nasty here in Baltimore during the winters. I have a Jeep, but I'm selling it. I want to get back to having 1 car. The 9-3 Viggen is out next week. I have a line on one, and am thinking of buying. Would I be crazy? The Saab is front wheel drive, and while it is a Viggen, it COULD be driven in snow (unlike the M3). But is it up to or close to the performance of the M3? 15 less hp and 15 more lb/ft of torque. My question is: Do I keep the M3 or sell it and buy a new Saab 9-3 Viggen that'll have a warranty? How has Saab been on reliability? What about resale? I am thinking that the limited production Viggen might hold it's value more than many other Saabs. I've owned 2 BMWs (liked them both -- a lot) and have never owned a Saab. Let me know what you think I should do. --Thanks. TSBeckmannopsamcom

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