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 DAVIDR on Dec 29, 2002 Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
THIS CAR IS JUST PLAIN FUN TO DRIVE.
LOTS OF POWER FROM THE 230 HP TURBO. IF
YOU'RE LIKE ME, THEN YOU LOOK FOR
UNUSUAL STYLING IN AN AUTO. NOT TOO
MANY ON THESE ARE AROUND. I JUST LIKE
TO BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER
GUY ON THE ROAD. TOP NOTCH SPORT
LEATHER SEATS AND INTERIOR. TORQUE
STEER TAKES SOME GETTING USED TO. THIS
CAR CAN GET OUT FROM UNDER YOU,
ESPECIALLY IN 3RD AND 4TH GEAR
by Glossyaussie on Apr 29, 2002 Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Bought this car in January, 2002.
Cannot stop driving it. Great over
long distances (100 mph feels like 55),
great over windy mountain roads, great
in stop and go L.A. traffic, and good
in the snow. Have yet to go to the
Viggen Flight Academy--can't wait to
know how to make the car really
perform. Saab service has been
wonderful. Best feature: Have only
seen one other Viggen in Orange County,
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