Date: Sun, 05 Nov 2000 09:31:29 -0500
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Saab 900 reliability?


JBrown wrote: > Hello, > I owned a 85 900 up to two weeks ago, and loved it. The truck behind me was > a bit jealous of a beautiful Swede and rammed right into it. The Saab is a > great car for Nordic weather, it is right at home there, because reminds it > of its home in the sub-artic lands of Sweden. The cost of new parts can be > high, but I have noticed that they have come down since GM bought them > fully. Find a reputable dealer in you area and see what they have in stock. > Don't let the opinions of the anti-GM side sway your opinions, I have heard > that a lot of people like the newer cars. Parts for the older cars are more > readily available because of "retired" vehicles at local auto-recyclers > (junk yards for you non-PC crew), so there are advantages for both sides. > Try to stay away from the base model Saab's from the 80's, no power at all. > Go for a S or Turbo model with a manual transmission. I owned an 86 900 with the low HP engine with a manual transmission and it was GREAT in the winter. In fact, it was MUCH better than the higher power engines because it did not spin the wheels as easily, make it harder to lose traction. I left many V-8 four wheel drive SUVs at the bottom of a hill, in my "no power" Saab. Other notes will back this this point up. Some owners of the newer, higher powered Saabs are crying for electronic traction control or the ability to reduce the power of their engines because the wheels lose traction with all the excess power going to the wheels in the winter. I will agree with power issue on DRY roads. But then, like you, I eventually owned two cars. A relatively low powered Saab for winter driving and a Volvo Turbo for fun when there was no snow. > While the standards > have their eccentrics, but are much more fun. Look for power heated seats, > they are a real plus in the colder climates of the great white north. > Nothing like a warm tush on a very cold day. Get the center console, it > makes adding stereo components much easier, since it has a second DIN slot. > > I hope my rambling has helped, > Jeremy in MA, USA

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