Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 01:35:54 GMT
From: Bob <>
Subject: Re: HELP!!! a newbie to the "saab world"

On 27 Jun 2002 01:09:19 GMT, mightykc98nopsamcom (MightyKC98) wrote: >. Can anyone tell me the difference between the 900 >and 9000 models circa 93-98? The 900 is a smaller car. I'd say sportier, but the 9000 owners would disagree. If you plan to carry 4 passengers often, the 9000 is probably a better choice. A 93 is a "classic" 900, a "94" was a redesigned "new generation' (NG)900, except for the convertible. The 'vert was a classic until '94, and went NG900 in 1995. >Is there a safety difference between the 900 and 9000? No. Both are exceedingly safe. Saabs are as safe or safer than Volvo's, they just don't talk about it a lot. FWIW, I've met several folks who've remarked "I drive a Saab because I was in an accident that should have killed me, but because I was driving a Saab I walked away from it". Like I said, FWIW. >If I got one of these, I would probably get a convertible one. How do the >convertible tops on these Saabs hold up? I think you are talking a 900 if you talk convertible, but I could be wrong. The tops are very high quality, insulated, and last a long time. The 900 convertible was a 'classic' until 1994, and the NG900 convertible started in 1995. The roof is all power, and there were some tonneau motor and mount issues in 1995 and early 1996. For a convertible, I highly recommend a '97 or later. There are a few things that wear out on an NG900, but the later 97+ years are good. > Also, are all of the 900 and 9000's >(or all Saabs for that matter) turbos? No. There is a V6 the GM jammed into the car because they thought that Americans wanted a V6 instead of a 4 cyl. The 2.0 turbo 4 produces more power than the V6 and is the motor to get. There is also a 2.3 liter non-turbo motor. The V6 has a few maintenance issues, some people hate them, some people say they are OK. The 4's are pure Saab motors. The turbo is a blast. >If I didn't get the 900 or 9000, I would probably look into the 9-3 and 9-5's. >Again, can anyone please enlighten me as to the difference, same questions as >above, between these two type vehicles? 900 = 9-3. 9000=9-5. The 9-3 was simply the NG900 with a few parts reworked. They are very similar, right down to most of the parts swapping between the two. I can't comment on the 9000/9-5, someone else will have to. >I'm lookin for a SAFE vehicle that will go for MANY miles...I've heard that >Saab's can go for 100K plus...does this go for all the Saab models? I mean, if >I do get a 9-3 or 9-5 it is going to have probably around 45-50K already on >it...should I expect it to go much further in re to mileage? Saab motors tend to run 200-300K without serious work. If you can afford it, get a car with at least 6 months/miles left on the 4/50 warranty. There are lots of "off lease" cars available in this range. If you are in the MA area, I can recommend a great small shop dealer... Other folks can help elsewhere. Bob

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