As a a Viggen owner myself, and as someone who’s driven a 335i, let me concede up front that the BMW outperforms the Viggen on the road. No questions asked.
Would I prefer to own one? Absolutely not. I much prefer the Viggen’s styling, interior, power delivery and character.
It seems I’m not the only one. This is from Jeremy, who’s got his sights set on a Viggen in the near future:
Just wanted to share a recent experience:
This past saturday, i attended a friend’s Tiki party where the talk was focused on beer/music/ & euro cars. One of the fellas was talking about the car he flew to Munich to pick up before bringing it back to the states. I inquired and he told me about his new 300hp twin turbo BMW 335i.
He didn’t have to twist my arm to go for a ride!
He drove us about 10 miles out….10 miles of roller-coaster/twisty road. He pulled over at mile 10 and asked if i wanted to drive back. I was outside of his driver’s door before he finished asking me. It’s a beauty of a car, btw – 18″ wheels, 6 spd manual box, leather, retractable side mirrors, simple gauges & dials.
A real beauty. The ride was nice, too. Tight suspension, but not to the point of it being a rough ride. It corners like a champ! Now i know why cars come with that lumbar support! The acceleration was neck-straining (excellent!).
The twin turbo units don’t take long to wind up & throw ya. Hardly noticed the turbo lag. The only real dissapointment was how quiet the car was. The engine/exhaust was hardly audible as we pushed that car to high RPMs.
That being said: would i take a 335i or a Saab Viggen?
I’ll take the Viggen. Why? There are thousands of reasons. Individuality is one of the tops for me. You can’t throw a rock around here without hitting
four BMWs. Looks is another. Viggens make me drool.
I’m a bit of a hatchback nut. My first ride: ’78 Pontiac Grand Am. Tons of HP, tons of space to haul stuff. Next ride: ’86 Integra (hatch). Lots of HP, plenty of ability to haul stuff. Next ride: ’91 Mazda 626 (sedan). It was fast (because that piece of shite was made out of tin)…but i couldn’t squeeze a computer box into that car – and that made me decide to get another hatch – but then two big dogs and a job that entailed 70 miles (sorry – too lazy to convert that to kilometers) a day meant i had to get either a truck, or a wagon. Found a 5spd Subaru Outback wagon (’96) in great shape for a great price and that’s what i drive now.
It’s got 170,000 miles on it and it still drives like a champ. Fits dogs + baby + baby stuff w/ no problem. I’m finished with the “wagon” category after this car. Need to get something more sporty. Hence my unwaivering interest in the 9-3 SE/Viggen.
The 335i is an awesome piece of machinery, but my drive in a hardtop convertible 335i didn’t leave me lusting at all. On the contrary, the rawness of the Viggen is something I can’t wait to get back into.
As Jeremy doesn’t have a Viggen that I can show you yet, here’s a picture of mine. I haven’t seen it for nearly 2 months now *sob sob*
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