Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 23:41:33 -0400
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Opinion:  Sale or Keep '86 900 SPG?


I think you should get rid of that car right away - and I will take it off your hands immediately! I had an 1986 Saab and I wish I had kept it. All it needed was new front fenders. Don't think you are compromising safety or braking because you don't have airbags or antilock brakes. I never had a problem stopping on wet or icy roads without ABS in my Saab. Keep the Saab because you will get next to nothing if you try to sell it or trade it in. It will make the perfect first car for your child, and you will get to drive it for another 16 years. I ended up buying a 1990 900S for my daughter, which I have to drive for 3 years before she is ready to drive. The things parents do for their children . . . .. KeithG wrote: > Yes, it is safe as long as it is not rusted to compromise the structure. > True, ABS is a good thing when used correctly. The airbags of today are > pretty darn good, too (lower power, etc). The important thing is that the > c900 was designed to protect its occupants and it is a very good survival > cell. I put my wife in one every day, though hers is a later model with the > airbag and ABS. Keep in mind that the other point of safety of a Saab is > that it is nimble enough to avoid accidents unlike just about any SUV. The > C900 is more solid and affords more protection to its occupants than the PT > cruiser by a long shot and it is more stable than the Liberty also by a long > shot. > > $0.02, YMMV, Yada Yada > KeithG > "Kathy Robertson" <katydidnopsamworks.net> wrote in message > news:pQzD8.22002$Ru2.483164nopsamsc05-news.ops.worldnet.att.net... > > Help. I need some opinions. I have an '86 900 SPG; excellent condition > > save a few cracks in the dash and the leather; low mileage (67,500); I'm > the > > original owner. > > > > I'm now having a baby. I've been thinking it might be better to get a car > > with air bags, anti-lock brakes, etc. Also, I think 4 doors vs. 2 would > be > > easier to get kid in and out of carseat...plus what carseat would work in > > '86 900? > > > > Another nit: my mechanic is in another town, 40 miles away, if I ever do > > have problems with it. > > > > But the car is in such good shape, it seems a shame to sell it. Plus, I'm > > in Iowa so I don't know I would ever find someone who would appreciate the > > car for what it is. I admit, as much as I love the car, after 15 years > I'm > > sort of ready for a change. But on the other hand, I really haven't found > > another new small/med car that can compare in terms of handling, room, and > > real fun out on the highway. > > > > So opinion: is an '86 saab still a "safe" car by today's standards, even > > without the air bags and anti-lock brakes? If I sold it, I couldn't > really > > afford to get something real fancy. Probably something like a PT cruiser > or > > Jeep Liberty (in the $25000 or less range). > > > > Kathy > > > >

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