Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 11:39:41 -0700
From: John Yuen <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 vs 9-5

John: I have not put a lot of miles on it yet, but here an account that was posted by another Viggen owner that have already put over 1000 miles on theirs: ************************************************************************************** Picked up my Viggen two days ago. Was unable to get a secure deal where I live, so I got one from my old dealer who is nearly 1700 miles away! I drove the car in the northern Midwest on the same curves I drove my previous 4 Saabs, including a modified '90 SPG. The Viggen has essentially no turbo lag; indeed the only way you'd know it has a turbo is the gage they put in the dash. The ride is excellent for a car that can corner so well. The seats and the brakes are awesome! The car is definitely a long-range cruiser pulling 80 mph just under 3000 rpm. You can cover a lot of ground at nearly 27 mpg. It's very easy to drive 400 miles nonstop! I took the car on some of my favorite very curvy roads, such that most turns required first or second gear. I tried like hell to spin it into the weeds with the doom of torque steer, but I just couldn't do it. Five miles later, I decided that any previous Saab owner will have no difficulty driving this car. In comparison to a '90 SPG with modified APC for maximum turbo output, I'd say that the Viggen is much more refined, both comfort-wise and sound-wise. It's very difficult to judge how fast you're going in the Viggen. I thought the speedometer was so badly off that I had a law enforcement friend of mine ride with me with his radar unit! The speedo was only 1 mph off!!! The Viggen rides very nice for a performance car. Much better than an SPG. I kinda miss the roar of the exhaust and the hardriding suspension of an SPG, but the Viggen definitely gets the job done. The engine has absolutely zero turbo lag, even in comparison to a modified 2-liter turbo. There's no comparison between the 9.3 HOT engine and the Viggen engine. ****************************************************************************************** My slightly more limited experience pretty much echos theirs. The Viggen is deceptively quick, pay attention to your speedo. The turbo is very smooth, it's one continuous long pull instead of the sudden sharp pull when the turbo kicks in on the older Saabs. The options I had installed is the CD-Changer, Cellphone carkit and I'm looking into an armrest (Don't know if it will fit with the new seats), the clear alcrylic hood edge protector, sport pedals set and maybe a center headrest for the rear. Regards John Yuen John Roi wrote: > John Yuen <> wrote in message > > what do I know, I went and bought a Viggen :-P. > > > > Regards > > John Yuen > > > > 85 900T16 > > 89 9000T > > 99 9-3 Viggen > John, please tell us what you think of the car. It hasn't reached the > dealers in my area (Cherry Hill, NJ) yet. Is it everything you expected? Any > disappointments? Would you do it again? Did you have anything added to the > car? Don't keep us in suspense! John.

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