Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2002 18:15:54 -0300 From: J Dexter <webmannnopsamdress.org> Subject: SAAB Safety - You bet your life!
Salutations: Well - I can vouch for SAAB Safety as we rolled our $500 '77 99 off the TransCanada between Montreal and Toronto at 120k (hydroplaned in oily road ruts) with three passengers and everybody walked away with scratches and some serious seat-belt burn.. Effectively, we caught the right corner in the ditch without being able to brake on the in and went end over end so that we tossed the gas tank about 10 meters down the road and separated the engine bay from the frame.. However, the passenger compartment remained completely intact and while the roll crushed everything on both the front and back ends - we were able to salvage enough parts to put and engineless 900 on the road later that year. I am trying hard to avoid a GM/Opel SAAB. We currently have a 1,800 '89 9000 CS with weird turbo sputter - but which appears to have the "same egg in a crate" passenger compartment that saved us way back when - but I fear I will have to bite the bullet eventually and buy a '96 CS. Anyway, reading with great interest "DI" thread (I assume you mean Direct Ignition).. It might be that as when we bought the car it had the same kind of sputter - which cured itself temporarily with fresh plugs and wires.. I'm also getting a weird high pitched whine from the belt area - which sounds very familiarly like an alternator burning out - however the voltage seems to hold steady between 13.6 and 14 (depending on what's running in the car).. Anyway - while pretty much ignored by the motoring press as one of the safest cars on the road I think SAAB's were (at least once) much better than Volvos - if for no other reason than front wheel drive.. My two cents.. J Dexter webmasternopsamerdyne.net http://www.dexterdyne.com/ All tunes, no ads, no news, no weather, no phone in, All the Time..