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A Fantastic Saab
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By dcross15
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2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen Viggen 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Words cant describe how much I love this car. It is a classic high performance Saab, and anyone who's driven one knows how special they are. It is a true sleeper. There is nothing better then blowing away a GT Mustang in an old Saab. The interior is classic Saab, very comfortable. It's a future classic for sure. The Saab front wheel drive limits it in corners compared to an M3, but its still very capable, and you'll have no problem catching them on the straights. Very reliable too, just look out for vacuum leaks. The fact that it is electronically limited to 155 shows just how performance oriented this thing is. Just watch out for that torque steer in 1st gear.


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The power, its mind blowing. The seats and interior. The classic Saab look.


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Viggen, a classic sleeper car
12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By VIGGEN LOVER
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2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen Viggen 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Acceleration, handling ( after frame braces), sleeper aspect, governor that cuts out the engine at 160 mph, and the timeless understated styling


Worst Features

frame brace, 8 pt frame brace, Viggen Rescue kit, bigger downpipe, BSR exhaust, larger intercooler, metal dump valve, 3,5 bar fuel regulator, ECU upgrade to stage 4, T-7 valves, and bigger turbo inlet will produce 325 hp for this 3000 lb car. It's a timeless classic made in Finland.


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I feel the need--The need for speed
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By telrod
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2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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"


Best Features

The stereo is like a seat at the opera house.


Worst Features

They should add 10 feet to the car's length and a 3rd set of wheels to improve stability.


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Bring the Viggen Back !!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Vanmark
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2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Acceleration and overtaking ability. Interior leather seats and styling. SAAB's unique dashboard is great and has an easy accessable layout, and floor mounted egnision key. The car is reliable, I dont know what the consumer reports mags are talking about ?? and 30 mpg from a 230 bhp car is an A++


Worst Features

This car could have eaten BMW's M3 in the market with improvements e.g 4WD or AWD in lieu of FWD, for better handling especially with initial acceleration and corners. The car can be lighter for better power/weight ratio, a stronger chassis could also be a plus for higher tune. GOOD LUCK SAAB :)


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VIGGEN!
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By Champ
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2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen Viggen 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Seats, engine, slick shifting, gas mileage, looks, many features, stereo cranks once you turn-up the amp, On-Star, safety features, and heated seats.


Worst Features

The tires must be exchanged for Continental Extremes. The rims are made of a thin alloy. In rough areas, they will get dented/damaged. Either get new rims or be prepared to get these rims repaired.


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