By the stopwatch, the Saabs belong there. Specifications Engine Type Linear Arc, Vector 2. In a tire-smoking-and-screeching tight course, the rear-wheel drive entry from Munich and the front-wheel-drive Swede were equals using two different ways to achieve the same end. Vector has 17-inch wheels and the serious look of matte chrome trim. Joel Levin writes about autos, wine and food, entertainment, and travel copyright Joel Levin 2002 Feedback Do you have any feedback on the Saab 3 series? But whatever the taxonomy, youll find that driving or passengering these Swedes feels really good. Power will be lowered somewhat, but it might not be apparent in ordinary driving.
While this information is specific to vehicle make, model, model year and body type, your personal information is not taken into consideration and could greatly alter the actual premium quoted by an insurer. The Arc and Vector wont be available until 2003, but for the remainder of 2002, there is a promotional package on Linears, featuring 10-spoke 16-inch wheels, a 150 watt audio system with 6-disc. Any opinions or experiences ofyour own? The Linear has 15-inch alloy wheels. Translation: This stuff makes anyone look like a good driver. But if for any reason you have to use lower-rated fuels, the engine management system will recognize it and adjust spark timing so no damage will be done. The Audi hung around 45.
The interior is silent because wind-tunnel testing led to a smooth body shape that doesnt cause objectionable wind noise. Compare this with the numb and isolated steering of some other vehicles. And engine torque peaks at a very low 2300 rpm, so that most of the oomph is on tap without having to downshift or use the kickdown. The premium has been determined based on annual premium data for defined coverages liability, comprehensive and collision from a major insurer. The Saabs have active anti-whiplash head restraints, a three-stage crumple zone, and beaucoup airbags. Good thing, because the sound system was so bad, I wouldnt use it even to drown out noise. Every 9-3 Sport Sedan has a standard leather interior and OnStar telematics.
To get the power to the wheels are two never-before-offered transmissions, a 5-speed automatic with U-shift-it capability, and a 6-speed manual. When you first see it in action, you have to laugh at the contortions of this plastic butterfly. . And a big, tall trunk. We would love to hear from you.
A company spokesman claims that production model radios are much improved. The result: a less Saab-like Saab, this one bigger, quieter, and more high-tech. Youll also appreciate the heads-up display in the drivers line of sight that shows audio-system settings and which gear the automatic is in. If you hurry, you can take advantage of a promotional package on Linears, featuring 10-spoke 16-inch wheels, a 150 watt audio system with 6-disc. If enough buyers prefer Saabs combination of looks, sounds, features, colors, comfort, and feel, theyll have a winner at the box office.
Factors that will affect your rate include your age, marital status, credit history, driving record, and the garaging address of your vehicle. This is all done with software through the engine management system, another way to make the new cars more palatable to a wider range of customers. Faster, smoother, tighter, more luxurious, and. Everyone is comfortable, with firm, supportive seating, better legroom in the rear, power seats right and left Arc and Vector , and 2-zone heat and air. Arc upgrades to 16-inchers and beautiful real poplar wood.
Both engines are turbocharged, meaning they employ free heat energy from the exhaust to yield more output from the small-displacement engines. The company estimates calendar-year 2003 sales of 25,000 units. Saab aims to do that by offering lots of good stuff standard and by specifying high power-to-weight-ratios for the Sport Sedans. Speaking of safety, Volvo no longer owns the personal security field. Instead of having to wait for a sudden burst after stomping on the gas pedal, the power now comes on with no rough edges. Improvements and Upscale Details This year, the company also seems to have smoothed the power curve. And there are other thoughtful things like door handles that can be gripped from top or bottom and opened with gloves on.
Attention to detail is exemplified by little ideas like the cupholder that does the Saab dance. The cars weigh around 3200 pounds, very light for their size and space, and an easy load to pull fast with 175 to 210 horses. In calling the Linear, Arc, and Vector Sport Sedans, Saab does not want you to confuse their latest progeny with the family mushmobile. Its difficult to not be sarcastic about cars that steer themselves where they want to go last years models. The steering is precise and feeds back sufficient road feel to tell if youre on smooth concrete or nubby asphalt. If youre in a hurry, these sedans get underway with a whoosh and a whir, rev freely, and then cruise quietly. Also fixed are the former buzzy engine vibrations and the rubbery stick shift, two character traits that did not jibe with the brands upscale image.