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2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen

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Swedish Sleeper...a future classic
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By m11171
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2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Viggen Turbo 4dr Hatchback


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They don't build cars like the Viggen anymore. This car is an animal, pure and simple. But, with 5-door configuration, I can take my family and plenty of belongings (in the huge hatch) anywhere in comfort and safety. This is a very limited production car. With the right modifications, they can be made into not just fast - but also excellent handling vehicles. As long as you stay on top of maintenance these cars are fun and reliable transportation. The acceleration on this car will shock those who don't know what this car is. This is the fastest car SAAB ever produced, and remains so to this day (Oct 2011). Still, I get 31 mpg on the highway and about 20 in the city. Love it!


Favorite Features

Motor, blistering acceleration, best front seats ever made, ergonomics and convenience, safety features ...a SAAB hallmark


Suggested Improvements

parts can be expensive, at this point these cars are aging and need TLC/maintenance, manual tranny isn't the smoothest


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Fun to drive no fun on your wallet
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Kabir
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2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Viggen Turbo 4dr Hatchback


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Owning my Viggen was like being addicted to a drug. You know it's bad but you cant get rid of it. It was the most fun to drive car I ever owned. I've had an older Porsche and many BMW's but the Saab blew them away when it came to fun. I had to replace the engine at 120,000km ($8000repair bill) then a piston went 5 months later. My dad had a 9-5 at the same time and had nothing but trouble also. Stay away from these car's GM ruined them. If you want a Saab look for a pre 1991 model that's when they were reliable. On a positive my Viggen got AMAZING fuel economy for a turbo car. I once got 1012 km on one tank of gas on a road trip.


Favorite Features

Styling, Color I had lighting blue, Interior seats and dash layout. Turbo performance. Gas mileage. Owning a unique car.


Suggested Improvements

Engine Reliability, better warranty and customer service from dealer.


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Fast, fun and functional.
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By menzo
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2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Viggen Turbo 2dr Hatchback


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This is the definitive Saab. Best Saab ever, only the '78 99 turbo compares. It is not a typical 9-3. It has improved suspension, wheels, brakes, aerodynamics, seats, electronics, computer settings for the engine (higher horse power). Overall it is a pleasure to drive. Instant acceleration, great cornering, handling and control when braking at high speeds. Because of the high torque it does have torque steer which is most noticable at lower speed acceleration. 31+ mpg highway - 29 mpg country road commute. This car is for you if you enjoy windy country roads taken at fast speeds.


Favorite Features

Plush leather seats with side restraints that keep you locked in when diving into corners. Suspension gives it a stiff ride but worth it for the performance. Instant acceleration, can pass almost anything anywhere. Stealth appearance, looks like a 9-3, moves like a Porsche.


Suggested Improvements

Better SID (display units crap out).


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I love it - but be gentle...
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By Antoine
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2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Viggen Turbo 2dr Convertible


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We looked for this car for over 6 mos., and were excited when we got it! Wow - what great looks! Rides firm (but not harsh), responsive steering and brakes, and acceleration is phenomenal. With the Viggen's torque and horses, you WILL leave cars behind rather easily. However, the car IS rather temperamental and requires TLC. If you drive on other than the SMOOTHEST of roads, you'll probably bend the rims, requiring immediate attention so as not to ruin your alignment. Additionally, we just passed 100k, and our water pump, brakes and a/c compressor all went out within 2k miles of each other, amounting to almost $3k in repairs. Be aware - but you can definitely enjoy yourself!


Favorite Features

Acceleration, tight conv. top, comfortable seats, heated seats, GREAT fuel mileage


Suggested Improvements

stronger rims, more accessible/less expensive maintenance, quirky LED system, more secure cupholders


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Welcome to the State of Independence
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By bikeriderk
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2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Viggen Turbo 4dr Hatchback


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Three letters sum up this car - FUN! A sports car feel in an everyday driver with lots of room. Viggen leather seats are about as comfy as it gets. The real beauty of this car is the engine. Just be ready the first time you put it to the floor, you WILL be surprised at the torque. This car is not for the timid as the torque-steer will keep you in check. As fast as anything you will run into from 30-80mph. Get one and enjoy!


Favorite Features

Awesome seating, great sound system and did I mention the rocket-like acceleration. Viggen means "thunderbolt" and that sums it up pretty good.


Suggested Improvements

Road noise is a bit loud for the price tag. No full size spare tire. Inadequate cupholders. Lots of torque steer.


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