Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 03:11:58 GMT
From: "Pierrick Brenot" <cknopsamer.qc.ca>
Subject: Re: BMW M3 vs. Saab 9-3 Viggen


I have got a 1991 SAAB 900Turbo16V Coupe with 118000km and I am dreaming of the brand new BMW328Ci, the new Coupe for 3Series type E46. Life is not fair !!! More seriously : YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. To my mind, BMW and SAAB are two makes which produce both products respecting the Bavarian slogan : "Freude am Fahren", means "Le Plaisir de Conduire" or "The driving pleasure". I enjoy a lot driving my SAAB everyday. I have chosen this car instead of the 1992 325i sedan I also saw during my research period because of hard winter here. I live in the Montreal, Québec area and I was not feeling confident to handle a BMW on snowed/icy roads. With the SAAB, no trouble at all if you are equipped with 4 good winter tires, I have chosen Michelin Arctic Alpin. And talking about performances, you won't loose a lot with the Viggen because of the huge torque of its engine. Though, it will probably be a different kind of driving but you will manage... If you can afford the 9-3Viggen, jump on it beacuse they will be a few to be produced, an already "collectionnable car". And if you wanna visit Montreal, come and see me, and please let me try the Viggen. :-) Pierrick Brenot Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada 1991 900T work for Montupet aluminium alloy wheel and heads maker (the SAAB cylinder head maker) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------- Tsbeckman <tsbeckmannopsamcom> wrote in message news:19990513181025.02135.00000157nopsam.aol.com... > I guess a lot of people would like to have this type of decision to make, but > it is a troubling one. > > I now have a '95 BMW M3 (silver/black) -- fantastic car with 38K miles on it. > The warranty is up in November, and as is always the way, I'm sure the car > (which has been totally trouble free) will wait until then to need a major > repair. > > The M3 is terrible in bad weather, and though I've been lucky so far, it can > get nasty here in Baltimore during the winters. I have a Jeep, but I'm selling > it. I want to get back to having 1 car. > > The 9-3 Viggen is out next week. I have a line on one, and am thinking of > buying. Would I be crazy? The Saab is front wheel drive, and while it is a > Viggen, it COULD be driven in snow (unlike the M3). But is it up to or close to > the performance of the M3? 15 less hp and 15 more lb/ft of torque. > > My question is: Do I keep the M3 or sell it and buy a new Saab 9-3 Viggen > that'll have a warranty? How has Saab been on reliability? What about resale? > I am thinking that the limited production Viggen might hold it's value more > than many other Saabs. > > I've owned 2 BMWs (liked them both -- a lot) and have never owned a Saab. > Let me know what you think I should do. > > --Thanks. > > TSBeckmannopsamcom

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