In Reply to: Beware of SUVs!!!! posted by Rudy on November 22, 1999 at 20:20:41:
I have to take issue with these comments on Saab drivers. If you go over to the Saab board, you'll find more than a few driving enthusiasts. My Saab 9-3 SE high output turbo (205 hp, 209 ft lbs torque) is comparable to a 323 0-60 and from 10-80, it'll beat a 328. The low speed handling isn't the same as a 3 series but on a highway it's just as good, if not better (no "floatiness" to my Saab!).
Most BMW owners think Saabs are ugly and I can understand that perspective. Saabs are an acquired taste. The hatchback makes for bad looks but I never have to worry about too little space for cargo. Personally I think the 9-3 is more attractive than an E36, but the E46 has it beat in looks.
Finally, the Saab has the 3 beat in safety and (for New England) winter handling. It was a difficult choice for me but I went with the Saab and took delivery three hours after I ordered the car. Got a great deal, too.