Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 10:21:35 +0200
From: "Roy Björkstrand" <nospamroilonopsamut.fi>
Subject: Re: Please help me decide whether I should buy the 9-3?


> Saab's have always been known for excellent driving in winter conditions, > at least in Scandinavia. Here you just have to take a look at those poor > German and Japanese cars you'll have to overtake in the winter :) > Have fun with whatever car you'll choose. > > Samuel I agree. This mornig I had to help Renault and Volkswagen out of the snow. I had no problems moving with my Saab on the same spot. But why Saab/any car manages in snow? A good winter car has: enough weight on driving wheels, suspension that distributes weight even to both wheels, enough space for the snow under the car - specially near (in this case) the front end and beside the wheels, even from underneath (slides on the snow), big wheels (at least 15"), good cluth that allows you to get on the move smoothly, torgue on the low RPM, enough power, a differential lock (or a hand brake on driving wheels). Saab has many of these features, only the suspension could be "longer" and the differential lock would be nice. Oh yes, of course it has to be easy to start in cold. Exsample: My sister and her husband has a Honda Civic, Accord and Nissan Vanette (it´s a little diesel van). Conditions -32 C, no block heater. Hondas did not start at all, Nissan did, but died after 200 meters (luckily it was not more). Where I live it was only -28 C but my Saab started like always (Yes many other cars started too and my Saab is not unique - this was an exsample from real life). Roy, 99 -82 900 -85 900 -91

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