Saab 9-3 Viggen – by the numbers

UPDATE: This entry has been re-written. You can find the production numbers for the Saab 9-3 Viggen here.

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The Saab 9-3 Viggen is one of those iconic, flawed Saabs that’s loved by everyone who’s ever owned one. The car was absolutely bonkers and quite capable of killing its owner under the right wrong circumstances. But it was so beautifully made inside and out, and it was so out there, that it still draws plenty of oohs and aahs whenever it’s seen.

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I’ve owned a Viggen (that’s my old one, above) and over the years I’ve had a lot of email from other Viggen owners asking if I knew how many of them were made and imported into their particular market.

I’m pleased to be able to pass on the following, which should satisfy most of you detail-oriented statisticians. The only thing we haven’t been able to get are the distinct numbers for 3-door and 5-door models.

Note: these are production numbers and there may be some difference between when a car was produced and when it was sold. Your car might have been first sold in 2002, but been produced as a 2001 model and sat on a dealership forecourt for some time.

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UNITED STATES

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GREAT BRITAIN

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Lots more markets below: Germany, Canada, Vehicles used internally (press, etc), Sweden, Australia, and many many more……

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GERMANY

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CANADA

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INTERNAL USE

I haven’t included them in the table, simply for the reason of maintaining the correct formatting, but…… there were 5 hardtops and 2 convertibles in 1999 painted in Cayenne Red.

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SWEDEN

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AUSTRALIA

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SWITZERLAND

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FRANCE

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INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC (IDS)

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NETHERLANDS

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BELGIUM

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SOUTH AFRICA

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ITALY

Two different importers were used in Italy. I’ve combined both figures below.

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SPAIN

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JAPAN

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NORWAY

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HUNGARY

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FINLAND

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GREECE

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AUSTRIA

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I will do the rest of them without the use of tables as they’re all reasonably small…..

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IRELAND

Viggen produced only for MY2000 and only in hardtop form.

Black – 1
Lightning Blue – 4
Silver – 1

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TURKEY

Viggen produced only for MY2000 and only in hardtop form.

Lightning Blue – 3

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PORTUGAL

Viggen produced only for MY2000 and only in hardtop form.

Black – 1
Lightning Blue – 1
Silver – 1

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RUSSIA

Viggen produced only in hardtop form. Figures are for three different importers.

1999 – Lightning Blue – 1

2000 – Silver – 1
2000 – Lightning Blue – 2

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POLAND

Viggen produced only for MY2000 in hardtop form

Black – 1
Lightning Blue – 1

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CZECH REPUBLIC

Viggen produced only for MY2000 in hardtop form.

Lightning Blue – 1

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HONG KONG

Viggen produced only for MY 2000

Lightning Blue Hardtop – 1
Lightning Blue Convertible – 1

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SAAB OPEL FINANCE

Viggen produced only for MY2000 in hardtop form.

Black – 1

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LITHUANIA

Viggen produced only for MY2000

Lightning Blue Hardtop – 1
Lightning Blue Convertible – 1

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43 Comments

  1. Thanks Swade.  I often wonder why we didn’t get a Monte Carlo Yellow colour option down here in Oz?  Perhaps buyer reaction to the 9-3SE HOT Monte Carlo special edition that preceded the Viggen, wasn’t favourable?  I’d still love a yellow Viggen, but I’m happy with my 9-3 Monte none the less.

  2. Great Stuff! It appears that Laser Red was only for the USA and a handful for internal and diplomats. My Red Viggen turns heads everywhere, like an exotic. The way that the colors are listed does not mention 5 or 3 -door but I have never seen a red convertible or a 5-door. I heard that as a sub-category there are only 12 red 2-doors in the USA.

    Mine is the only red in Wisconsin and sat on the lot for 10 months before I walked into the Orphanage to take it home! Later a friend of mine bought another red one after he asked me to teach him how to drive with a clutch. He later traded the Viggen for a red SAAB 9-2 and his Viggen ended up in California.

    The reason I have the factory wheels black-powder-coated (many of you have seen this car at the conventions) is that a few years ago some benevolent person in Chicago with these wheels on a blue Viggen was trading to a BMW and posted them as a “Free Giveaway.” So I called my son and he arrived there first, so have never looked back. In fact I liked them so much on that car that I had my own silver wheels also black-coated for spares.

    I now have a full spare in the trunk with the donut replaced by a spare DI Cassette and other unmentionables, including an aluminum low-racing-jack. At this year’s convention I picked up a free set of the heavier duty Viggen convertible, rear springs. They are being installed on Monday.

    1. I’m the proud owner of a 02 Laser Red Viggen 5-door… and I’ve never seen another one in person in all my driving around the country for work.  Plenty of silver and blue but never a red. 

    2. Peter,

      A 2001 Laser Red convertible resides in Wisconsin 2 hours north of you. It was shipped up from Texas in in August of 2008.

  3. EXCELLENT!

    The statistics that a generation of fanatics have been waiting for… finally revealed!

    Nice to know there are another 22 Black Viggens somewhere in Oz in case I need some spare parts 😉

    1. Oh… and just for the sake of 100% absolute indisputable confirmation, what is the grand total of Viggens ever produced, and does that include the 7 in Cayenne Red? 

  4. Thanks for the Viggen number Swade. This list is much more detailed than the one I already had. Now what would be really interesting is to figure out how many Viggens have survived. This wasn’t exactly the best car for the ‘un-initiated’ so many must have been totaled over the years. Of course this only adds to the collectors value. Maybe a poll of who still owns one would be in place?

      1. Hi Ray. It has the BSR upgrade, however the Viggen has been owning his racing category before and after the upgrade. My only complaint is the exhaust. While it still sounds nice, it is nothing compared to the deep gargle of the OEM Viggen exhaust.

        1. I have A BSR from Genuine SAAB. It is stainless Steel with a 3″ down pipe Sounds even better than OEM and Smooth! The end looks beautifully tapered. see it on their site.

  5. Terrific stuff Swade…many thanks! I’ve always wondered how many Lightning Blue Viggens made it to Canada, and now I know that I have one of the 28. Of course, it would be really nice to know how many were 3-door models like mine — I’m sure it wasn’t a 50/50 (or should that be 14/14?) split.

    I bought mine new in January 2000 right in the middle of the Canadian winter — and promptly put it into storage until the Spring. Then went to to the Viggen Flight Academy in the October. And mildly upgraded the handling with the Abbot Viggen Rescue Kit. Even after 11 years I still get a massive smile from ear-to-ear when driving it. This one is a keeper!

    And I’ve just acquired a Turbo X SportCombi with manual transmission in exceptional condition to replace my ’99 9-5 wagon (also manual) as my car of choice for the Canadian winters. Since I hear there were only 125 Turbo X models brought to Canada I’d love to see a breakdown between SportSedan/SportCombi and Auto/Manual. Perhaps you can dig out numbers for the Turbo X sometime in the future?

    Best regards from Ottawa (sadly now without a Saab dealer…but hopefully not for too long).

  6. I’ve got one of the 24 MY2000 230BHP Lightning BlueHardtop’s in the UK 😉 I also have a CD full of Viggen pictures from launch. This now explains the picture I have of a Cayenne Red Viggen on the production line. And very strangely it and the Lightning Blue car infront of it does not have the 5-Spoke Viggen alloys but alloys from the 900 SVO Concept.

  7. 2 Viggen sold in austria (1 1999 2door coupe blue, 1 1999 5door blue with sunroof) both are still  running (at the moment approx. 170.000 km)

  8. Hi All, in the UK there are approx 236 left according to http://howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/saab_9-3_viggen_turbo 
    On my travels I have photos of one in Germany, Switzerland and Australia 🙂 

  9. I now own a hardtop blue Viggen in HK. This is my 4th Saab and still loving it. According to my information, there was 2 blue Viggen in HK 1 hardtop, 1 convertible. Recently I see a silver Viggen convertible in HK. If my information is correct, the blue Viggen conv got shipped to UK. I guest the count for HK would be 1 hardtop blue and 1 silver conv as of Oct 2011.

    My first experience Viggen in the US in 1999, I test drove it and the dealer said 99 had only blue since it was a special edition. They came out with other colors in 2000 model.

    Eric

  10. Neo
    I have a 2001 black viggen. Does anyone know why the number one piston blows up? I’m going on my 3rd. engine now. I love the car but don’t know what to do.

    1. Not something I’ve heard of as being commonplace at all.  3rd engine?  Same problem each time?  Sounds like the piston is the symptom of something being wrong elsewhere (but I’m no diagnostician)

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