I test drove one of these at my dealer and was pretty much ready to buy when
he told me it was an 8 week wait... Not sure I can wait that long.. I don't
mind flying somewhere and driving home (Santa Barbara, CA) especially if I
can save a few bucks.. Wouldn't be bad if it had a few miles on it and was
below MSRP which seems to be what my local dealers want + the 8 week wait.
Looking for NAV, Sports Package, 6 speed automatic and a few other mods.. Is
there a secret I don't know about or is this just a reality for this
You can shop the other dealers within the mileage you are willing to drive
and see if they have the color and options you want. Normally, Dealer Stock
is going to be package deals that the factory puts together according to
Best Guess estimates of what the customers are going to want. If you want
these items, the car should be relatively easy to find. But, if you are
wanting an option that is not part of the "best guess package", then you
have to wait for a build sheet to wind its way through the system and spit
your car out the other end ...
I had an opportunity to read Motor Trend yesterday, and it had an ad for the
335i convertible. It was the ad where they talk about building the car from
the ground up insted of the top down. The first impression I got from the ad
was a positive one. The only thing that gives me pause is the twin turbo. I
still remember turbo problems from cars built in the '80s. Surely they have
gotten those troubles worked out by now, but my driving style does not
demand a turbo, I'd be perfectly happy with the 3.5L inline 6 that was
Good luck, and Happy Motoring. Wait, that's another car maker's tag line ...
8 weeks is not too long to wait for the ultimate driving machine.
Yes, they have. Turbochargers are very reliable these days. I have
owned 5 different SAABs with turbos and none have had the slightest
issue with it.
Until you've owned a car with forced intake, you don't really know
whether you "need" it or not.
What a turbo can do (if properly designed) is provide the power of a 4
liter normally aspirated car, but in a smaller 2 liter package, which
also provides the advantage of the fuel economy of a non-turbocharged 2
My current 2003 SAAB 9-3 Vector has the High Output Turbo 2.0 liter
engine, lots of power on tap and gets a steady 32+ mpg on the highway at
75 mph. I kind of like it, especially now with gasoline prices on the rise.
I've driven cars with forced intake. If I could get the 335 with normal
aspiration, I'd be thrilled to death. Crap, I drive a 110hp E36 with the M50
motor, and it has got all that I need. I'll admit, there are times that I
wish it had more, but the vast majority of those times would be accomodated
with naturally aspired motor that was half again larger than the one I have.
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