Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 19:04:11 -0400
From: "KeithG" <noonenopsamhlink.net>
Subject: Re: Opinion:  Sale or Keep '86 900 SPG?


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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