Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2000 17:28:41 -0500
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: used '96 vs '98 900's


I own two Swedish cars, one a turbo and the other a normally aspirated. I would not buy another turbo if I were going to use the car for daily driving. You can quickly destroy a turbo by not letting it warm up and cool down properly. Turbos are not cheap to replace. While you are driving the turbo is more fun, but idling the engine a couple minutes everytime you park the car becomes a real pain. You cannot drive to the store in a turbo, shut the engine off as soon as you park the car and grab something real quick. If you keep this up you will be replacing a turbo. I use my turbo for commuting to work. I sit in the parking lot for about two minutes to let the turbo cool down when I get to work and do the same when I get home. The car is only started twice a day. I am looking to go beyond 300,000 miles on this car. Which should be possible if it is driven this way. The normally aspirated car is used for the quick runs around town with many stops and starts. Obviously, this car is showing more signs of wear, despite having fewer miles It is your decision. From my personal experience, the thrill of the turbo does not make up for the pain of the extra care and maintenance requires. You could do what I did, buy both, have the 900SE for fun driving and the 900S for the quick stop and go trips. Both would still be less expensive than one new 9-5. Anand Modi wrote: > I'm looking for an opinion on what to buy-- i recently lost my beloved > 92 acura vigor in an accident. I loved that car because it was so unique > (2.5L inline-5 cylinder engine). So I started looking for a car that was > just as unique, and in the same general category as my vigor (compact > 4-door sport sedan). the search led me to my local saab dealer, and i > was presented with 2 options: > 1996 900S, ~37K miles, off a 48 month lease. 5 speed: $16,500, auto > $16,900 > 1998 900SE Turbo (w/ leather and the like), ~28K miles, off a 24 month > lease, includes 4 snow tires on rims in addition to normal street tires, > $21,000 > > which is a better deal? is there a substantial difference between the > turbo and the normally aspirated engines? are there any mechanical > issues inherent to either model that i should take into consideration? > thanks > > aj

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