Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 20:13:16 -0400 From: J Dexter <noaddressnopsamantispamtrick.org> Subject: Re: Any thoughts on safety?
Salutations: No offense taken - I now buy good snow and ice tires every two years (weather I need them or not). They are great in the rain and haven't been in trouble with a Saab since.. The key issue though with more modern Saabs (post B Series engines) is absolutely rigid maintenance and repair as needed.. The early 8 valve 900 and late 99's I always kinda of thought of as sports tractors for their durability and ability to take neglect and abuse.. On the 9000 - which is a much more comfortable and elegant car that I'm pleased with - that little turbo sputter issue I mentioned has been a problem for the previous two owners. It caused the engine to buck so severely that it prematurely tore the lower hydraulic mounts apart as well.. This has all worked out for me as I was able to pick it up for $1,800 dollars (like $800us) with a perfect body and chassis and this mysterious sputter problem - which was assumed by everyone to be everything from an insolvable electrical failure to a burned out turbo to a serious automatic transmission fault.. Sadly - it's spent a great deal of time parked in the sun waiting for buyers or mechanics and the interior (dash - rear deck) are cracked, the windshield is hazed and the roof liner is messed up now.. Anyway, as to Canadian weather - yeah - people who haven't seen this sort of thing really don't get it (see Hennrik's note above).. It was once explained to me by a weatherman pal of mine that it happens because of the Great Lakes and the pretty much flat run of land north to the pole and west to the rocky mountains through Canada from the great lakes.. Hell with only 30 million people total across the whole country - there aren't even enough buildings to break up the wind from Alaska some days.. I happen to live in Nova Scotia on the east coast, which has it's own share of North Atlantic weather issues. That little road temp gage in the 9000 is a life saver in black ice country like here - but there is still nothing quiet like rain bursts in southern Ontario.. I gather northern New York state has the same thing on the other side of the great lakes.. Anyway - now smiling from ear to ear every time I look out at the now sputter free darling in the parking slip.. Tune into the station below if you have realaudio running - I'd love to have a listener in 'The Mother Country'.. Let me know how it works from there if you have a mind to.. J Dexter - webmaster - http://www.dexterdyne.org/ All tunes no cookies no ads no news no weather no phone in All the Time.. > I'm sorry if my reply offended you, but your story seemed so silly, > especially involving bald tyres and an inexperienced driver. > > I live in Holland, rainbursts are reasonably common overhere, but you can > always see it coming, maybe there's a difference with those "Southern > Ontario Specials" ;-) > -- > Zweef