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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 17:09:36 -0400
From: srlondonnopsamo.com.com (S London)
Subject: Re: Help! how reliable are Saabs


In article <70ar5o$h4j$1nopsament5-gui.server.ntli.net>, "Mark Evans" <mark.enopsameol.co.uk> wrote: > Help me! > I am (seriously) considering buying a 1995 900s but have been > put off with horror stories regarding reliability. > The latest J.D.Power survey mentions various mechanical problems > along with poor performance and fuel consumption. > What's your advice. I have had good overall luck with my '98 900 SE Turbo so far, and truly love the car. No car is going to be completely fault-free, but Saabs do seem to have a long lifespan, rather than some domestics (like a friend's Dodge Neon which ate about $2,000 in repairs between 60k and 65k miles). As far as poor performance goes, I would beg to differ. While the normally-aspirated 900s might not quite have the oomph of a turbo, it is certainly no dog, and a hell of a lot faster than your average sport utility. The great thing about Saabs is that they feel very responsive. The brochure alludes to the fact that they supposedly design the 900 to have a center of gravity at hip level so you can really feel what the car is doing. The car lets you feel exactly what is happening in terms of the car's path when you lift off the gas in a turn, or accelerate. The car is smooth, yet responsive. Few cars are able to find that balance. In my 20 mile round trip commute, I get approx. 24mpg on mixed highway (75mph) and dense urban driving, which I consider to be pretty good. On the highway on long distance drives, I got 33mpg cruising at about 75, which is twice what my Dad's Tahoe gets, so it is all a matter of comparison. If you are really that interested in economy over performance, you will not beat something on the order of a Honda Civic.

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