Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 19:25:01 GMT
From: bakernopsamnet (Tim R. Baker)
Subject: Re: Buying a new Saab, maybe.


On 21 Nov 1997 23:38:59 GMT, "Duane Dostie" <ddostienopsamtiernet.net> wrote: >. With Saabs currently starting at $26k, I am not sure they >> are such a good value any more. Especially when the Audi A4 starts >> around $24k, the VW Passat around $21K, and the BMW 3 series around >> $22k. Heck, you can get a Mercedes C230 for around $30k. >> >> But now I have to replace my '92. I would like to hear from other >> owners of late model (97&98) Saab 900s. Have they been reliable? Do >> you like them? What did you compare them to when buying them. Do you >> feel they offer a good value? > > >With respect to the price thing the '98 900S Turbo is $24500. A bargain. >I'm probably a bit biased as I will never own or drive anything but a Saab, >but maybe you just got a lemon. Every brand has them. Give a Saab another >chance and find a competant independant mechanic to do your service work >for you. Where are you located? Maybe I can recommend someone. The Saab >Turbo will wipe the little BMWs ass as well as the other cars you mention. >This is fact, not hype. Go test drive a new Turbo. > >Duane Duane, Maybe I'm missing something here. Edmunds lists the 1997 Saab 900S 3-Door Hatchback at $25,995. They do not have '98 listed yet. Have the prices dropped through the floor? How could a '98 turbo 900 cost $1500 less than a '97 normally aspirated 900? Where can you get a 900 turbo new for $24500. What kind of price can you get on a non-turbo 900? Besides, I already have a showroom perfect '94 Turbo Convertible with the high performance engine option and a few other performance tweaks for my weekend brawls with the little BMWs and others. So, I'm no stranger to the 900 turbo's performance. I'm really looking for an entry level European to use as a daily driver. Important features are safety, gas mileage (I have a long commute), comfort, and reliability. Performance is not really an issue. Although I would like something that handles well. Having owned 11 Saabs over the years, and the 97 Jeep being my first non-Saab purchase in 14 years, it should be fairly obvious that I too would like to own another Saab. Its just that I'm not as sure about them as I used to be. BTW, I live in south western PA about 70 miles from Pittsburgh. All of our service work is performed by Cummins motors in Canonsburg PA. I have never been unhappy with any of my Saabs except the '95. Regards, Tim. ------------------------------------------ Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. --Ambrose Bierce

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