Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 17:57:19 -0400
From: Dexter J <lamealameadingdongnopsamlamelame.org>
Subject: Re: How do you convince your wife that a c900 is a wise choice?


Salutations: Andy Hookins wrote: > > Well, the time has come to buy another car, but opinions > as to what to buy and what purpose to put it to are - shall > we say divided. > > This would be a second car - the 9000 is staying we're > agreed on that. This car will replace our '91 Nissan Micra. > > My wife wants a newer, pretty (for want of a better word), > automatic with the same sort of point and squirt power as > our ~200bhp 9000. I would then use the 9000 as my daily > driver - not an unattractive thought in itself, but I would rather > have something a little cheaper to run. > > My wife thinks that a Rover 200, Renault Megane, Peugeot > 307 or 607!!!, Ford Focus would fit the bill - All of which > seem to be a very different mix to me - what do they have in > common? > > I have a shortlist of 4 cars - and have come to realise that > I have been bitten by the SAAB bug hard. I would like a > c900 T16S or Aero, which are available at a purchase price > that doesn't require financing. (my other choices are a 9-3 > SE, 9000 Aero or maybe a 9-5 something). > > Trouble with the c900 is it's a bit ugly - far too ugly in fact > for my wife's sensibilities. > > Trouble with getting another SAAB is the perceived running > costs - not helped by the fact that it cost around 900 about > 3 years ago when a timing chain guide broke and the whole > set of chains, sprockets, tensioners and guides were replaced > (including balance shaft components). > > Whats a guy to do? > > AndyH > '94 9000 CDE Well - you bring an interesting question.. Can the average man happily support a bigamous relationship between two SAABS?. It has been of course done and makes for a very nice looking drive way - but my take would be to go for second 9000 if only to keep the spares coming when one or the other falls ill.. However - that said - where's the variety and tawdry, sometimes spicy, excitement of 'the outside relationship' by going with a sporty 900?.. It's a pickle Andy - I'll give you that.. But - if someone hates the looks of the 900 (I don't - but some do) - they will always hate it passionately and there is nothing that will foster a sisterly understanding relationship between your wife and - 'the other SAAB'.. My wife and I had the same thing going over a chev she loved and to this day I fear she secretly believes I deliberately swung into the road heave and tore off the sump and tranny pan at 80kph.. I didn't - I was trying to avoid it's associated pothole - but you will understand the pwob and ill will it generated at the time.. No - I think my best advise is to shoot for a second 9000 and stick with what you know.. It been good and I'll wager getting better as everyone gets more comfortable with each other.. In that case - a second SAAB on te side is like getting more of that great stuff if you choose carefully.. Like you and the missus adding weekly nooners - you know - if you have older kids around the house a lot.. -- J Dexter - webmaster - http://www.dexterdyne.org/ all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Sinatra Martin Davis - Ain't That A Kick in the Head http://www.dexterdyne.org/888/036.RAM

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