by VIGGEN LOVER on Apr 29, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Amazing car. Engineered like no other. Find a good honest mechanic and you will be fine. Avoid GM like the plague. Use resources for parts and advice and learn to turn a wrench. In no time you will know more about your car than the harried GM mechanics who mistake it for a Sunfire. A few mods and PRESTO! you have a 400 hp fire breathing monster. In my experience, this is an incredibly well thought out car which is engineered like no other.
by telrod on Apr 20, 2008 Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I've had Porsches, Bmw's, et al, ad nauseum but this is the first manual I've had that I need to check the tach to see what gear I'm in. It's that quiet and that smooth. When I first bought it I'd be going along the freeway at 60 and notice that the tach was at 5000 and I was in 2nd gear. The gears are VERY long in this car. The Viggen driver's seat is the best, most comfortable seat anywhere including Buster chairs and couches at home. I've gotten used to the torque steer which adds a quirky challenge to stay earthbound. It reminds me of the fishtailing 1980's Porsches I've had, about which the reviewers used to say, "Fishtailing off a cliff is part of the 911's charm"
by Vanmark on Jun 19, 2005 Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Hi Everyone, This review is dedicated to SAAB (GM), This car was a marvelous achievement especially with a 4 cylinder engine generating so much power, great fuel economy and low emissions. The bottom line is SAAB's turbo engines rule. It dont matter how you cut it !! and by the way I love the exterior styling with the hatch back, its SAAB's unique finger-print and its highly functional, its a sports car, its almost a station wagon its great for a family and it cranks 230 bhp from a 4 cylinder engine that can easily be tuned to produce 300 bhp.
by Champ on Jan 19, 2005 Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
The Viggen has been a great car. Great performance all while obtaining great gas mileage. Front seats are a dream to sit in. In all climate areas, make sure to put the Continental Extremes on this car. This tire is great in snow, water and still is 'Z' rated for performance. This car is highly recommended. This car was built in the same plant as the Porsche Boxter.
by lerxst on Jul 27, 2004 Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Bought w/200 miles on it. Fun to
drive, amazing acceleration, 30 mpg
on highway, to me it looks sharp and
has very nice classy lines, one of the
most unique cars, costs less than
cars that people think are
'better/faster'. The only sub-par facet
of this car was the suspension. i
paid 300$ or so for braces etc. and
installed myself, so now the
suspension is great, and for cheap
money!!! oh yeah, it carries a lot of
stuff and people, and i have only
seen 5-6 other viggens and i am on
the road a lot. it has been problem
-free and i am always excited to
by 2-years Saab owner on Nov 29, 2003 Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
The car definately falls short in its
structural regidity (convertible only).
Therefore, you are bounced all over the
place on bumpy roads - honestly I feel
more comfortable riding my skies on
bumps than the Saab convertible.
Also the general interior setting
becomes enoying very quickly. There is
no cetral lock, and the romote car key
only works from about three (3) feet of
the car - funny you would find many of
us Saab owners sticking the key to our
chin to make the door open or lock from
ten twenty feet of the car.
Having said all of this, I am going to
sell this car this spring and by
another German or even a Japanese car.
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