Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 16:26:40 -0500
From: "Bob Mauri" <>
Subject: Re: Viggen vs base 9-3 differences?

I think that the Viggen is quite a bit different than the base 9-3 (or even the 9-3 SE). The Viggen has better seats, a different engine (with higher boost levels and--I think--a different turbo), a different exhaust, Automatic Climate Control, a different suspension, better brakes, free service for 3 years (other than oil changes at certain intervals), 17 inch rims and tires, different engine management system (I believe), and better steering wheel. I'm not sure about the transmission. It also has a chromed exhaust tip, a rear spoiler, body molding, a better stereo, and power seats (driver's with memory). There's more, but I cannot remember it all. Is it worth the difference in price between the two cars (especially considering that there have been dealer incentives on the base and SE but not the Viggen -- at least lately)? You could be talking a difference of perhaps 16,000 dollars, depending on what options are on the base model, what you can get for an incentive, and when you buy. My recommendation: drive both, determine what your budget is, then decide. "Dave Hinz" <> wrote in message news:3a969909$0$46008$ > I'm looking to buy a new 9-3, and really like the idea of the > performance of the Viggen. However - the trim level of the base > 9-3 would be just fine with me. > > Are the mechanicals of the base 9-3, and the Viggen, the same? > Is it the same engine/turbo/transmission? My current car, an '88 > 900T, was pretty much identical to the SPG mechanically, and I > just added the APC computer, the SPG exhaust, and the higher > pressure fuel regulator, to get it near SPG performance. > > Can this sort of thing be done to a base 9-3? Is all of the > main componentry the same, with just a difference in a chip, > exhaust, and fuel system? > > Dave Hinz >

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