Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 23:39:33 -0400
From: "JC" <johnc_22nopsamo.com>
Subject: Re: viggen vs. bmw 330


I got a brand-new '01 Viggen (5-door) for US$33K + 0% financing right as the 2002 cars were showing up. While I think BMW's are nice cars, they are omnipresent in Atlanta, and not as fast as my car during rolling accleration. Moreover I couldn't possibly have justified or afforded a 330 with the options on it that I got on my Viggen - standard. The interior in the Viggen, especially the seats, are much nicer and more unique than the BMW, IMO, so if you don't absolutely fall in love with the 330 engine, it's an overpriced car. I think that your experiences with the 900 are common. I had a '98 900 which was supposedly the year they "got it right" and I had no problems the 3.5 years I drove it, and has been mentioned the 9-3s seem to be reaching the very reliable stage. Of course the Viggen is a different beast and they really haven't been on the road long enough to know what maintenance headaches could ensue. But, you'll be glad to know that all Saab convertibles, as well as convertible and hatchback Viggens, are assembled in Finland by the same plant that builds the Porsche Boxster. See http://www.valmet-automotive.com to check it out. "Craig" <crodenopsamdnet.att.net> wrote in message news:32534eac.0205100718.6d00c526nopsaming.google.com... > I'm on my sixth year in a '96 900 SET, which I bought new. Compared > to my 88 900T, it's a POS. Since I've owned this car, the computer > went out, the ignition switch failed, the battery died twice, the > cabin blower motor control melted, the DIC failed, the "check engine" > light goes off and on like a neon sign at a cheap diner, rust has > appeared under the trunk lid, and the shifter bushing failed leaving > me with no reverse in yellowstone park. In additon, compared to the > 88, the sheet metal is tinfoil. It flexes when I wash it, fro crying > out loud. With 85K miles on it, the "Time For Service" light just > went on, which I'm interpreting as "time to trade this in". > > I took a BMW 330i out for a spin the other day, and I was prepared to > be blown away. BUT...and perhaps this is because the bimmer had an > automatic transmission, I wasn't all that impressed. Rode nice, > steered nice, cornered nice, but just didn't put in in the back of my > seat like the 900. SO.....I'm thinking, against all common sense and > learned lessons, perhaps the viggen. Am I nuts? Have I just a badly > built anomaly on my hands, or should I be prepared to suffer through > more quality problems with another Saab for the sake of acceleration? > > Comments?

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