Date: Wed, 25 Aug 1999 22:21:16 -0400
From: "John W. Pruitt, III" <>
Subject: Re: Ok, so I've picked up my Viggen. Thoughts...

Wow, That's the same feeling and stares I received when I was driving my dad's (now my) '88 SPG in 1988. The wow what is that. It's definately a good feeling. More power to you. -John '88 SPG '98 900 SE Roger Williams <> wrote in message news:7pt3di$ > I finally ditched Herb Chambers. I have never been so annoyed with a > car dealership in my life. So I decided to call the oldest Saab dealership > in America (40+ years) - Charles River Saab in Watertown, MA. > > "Hi, guys. Got any Viggens?" > > Why, yes! > > "Got any I could drive out with tonight?" > > Why, yes! One in the showroom (!) > > "Can you beat the offer Chambers made me?". I filled them in. > > Why, yes! > > I went down, traded in my car, and drove off with the Viggen. Identical > the one I test drove at Chambers, but with fewer miles. > > This car is low. Real low. Watch those speedbumps and inclines low. And > fast. 75 mph in third fast. Go up 25 degree curving inclines at 50 mph > fast. Pass cars without thinking fast. Ok. > > So what can I compare it to? It feels a bit like the BMW 3 series cars, > or more accurately, an older RX7 with regards to acceleration and > handling. How is compared to the Aero? The 9000 turbo? The 9-5? I don't > know. It's certainly more hair raising than the 6 cylinder 9-5 I test > drove last week. > > Under the hood is a 2.3 liter turbo charged four cylinder. This car is > a torque monster! Everything you've heard about the torque steering is > true, but it's certainly not bad or difficult to deal with. You're so busy > zipping along, that you don't notice excessive torque. > > The shifting is also just right. Not notchy, not rubbery, just fine. > > The car also has every single gadget Saab could cram into it, except > rear heated seats. Do I care if my passengers have cold asscheeks? No. I > don't. The trunk room is astounding. The rims are stunning. The Viggen > logo? Tacky, but wonderful. I don't think I've ever seen so many people > stare at anything I was driving. Not so much "wow!" stares but "what the > hell is THAT?!" stares. The design certainly attracts attention. > > There are some minor gripes, but minor is the key word. No dead pedal. > I have size 14 feet, and resting my foot that near the clutch at that > angle could get a little fatiguing. The same goes for the "where the hell > is the armrest?" design of the cabin. > > In a word - this is unlike anything I have ever driven in my life. I > hope I can keep it on the road, and out of the air. > > -- > {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} \|/ > {} RogerW {} 0< --! > {} {} ^^^^(*)^^^^ > {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} ^^ / \ ^^

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