Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 16:08:31 -0700
From: "John" <lewjwnopsamntmail.com>
Subject: Re: SAAB depreciation?


No pun intended but this is my personal evaluation: I do own a '93 9k CSE, my 1st Saab, bought it 2 yrs ago. I traded in my MB for it to minimize dues when my little girl had a serious medical situation, doc & hospitals are not cheap at all. So there was 93 9K CSE, Turbo, 200hp, fully loaded, immaculous condition, full paperwork, sitting in my MB delaership. I'd read decent reviews on Saab, it did appeared to be roomy, versatile, & nice looking. (I didn't like look of the 900, this is purely personal preference, of course). I wish it was a rear wheel drive, but hey, it fits my budget & its a lot of car to the price tag. I bought it after a brief test drive, so brief that I only drove around ONE block. ... it was $$$ first at that time. After 2+ yrs, I still wish its a rear wheel drive (yes, I'm obsessed), I still wish it handles & steers like a BMW, but I have no doubt that I'll keep it, as I REALY like the car. It's fun, fast, and man, I have the best of both worlds: a spirited "lux full size" and a "truck". No other European car is as versatile as a Saab (well, at least the 9K). Any VERY importantly (may not be the most), no other USED European car can beat the value of a USED Saab! Sometimes I ask myself why I want to keep it, I come to 2 reasons (but I can't figure out one reason is actually over the other): 1. It REALLY is a VERY nice car at its own right. 2. There WILL be a hugh depreciation at time of selling, so hugh that I feel it unfair to this damn fine car. Most of us Saab owners love our cars, but how many of us actually share the 2nd reason over the 1st? It may be my main reason of keeping it ....... This is only my personal opinion. John 93 9K CSE 92 325i

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