Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 22:52:33 +0000
From: Grunff <grunffnopsam.com>
Subject: Re: Used Car Advice


Photogenix wrote: > You got me thinking whether I should hang on to my '94 900S V6. I bought the > car in Aug of 2001 on a whim. I knew nothing of Saabs, but my mechanic who > serviced it occaisionally said it was a pretty good car. > It had quite a few issues before I bought it, which the owner explained to > me. eg. tranny, water pump, belt, tensioner and other sundry items. All > fixed by the dealer. > As it now has 215,000 kms, I pretty much drive it wondering what will go > next. AC condenser is gone, as are the heated seats, cruise, and the > traction control. > The flipside is the engine is strong, the car still looks good, rides great, > and feels solid. And what's more, I think I've become a life-long Saab guy. > Should I keep this car? > I know there's alot of people in this NG who can give me valuable insight. You're asking the wrong guy Anthony - I'm very biased against NG900s, so I doubt my opinion would be balanced enough. Here's what I think anyway, FWIW. The NG900 is an OK car, but it's a poor Saab. It's full of compromises, including big ones on safety (the shell isn't even as strong as the C900, a car first produced in 1979) and on the engine (the V6 is a completely unmodified GM unit, with little going for it). I've worked on many Saabs in my spare time, including a NG900. Of all the Saabs I've worked on (99s, C900s, 9000s and a NG900) the NG900 was the one with the least 'Saab' characteristics, and by that I mean good, logical design, and few compromises. Objectively, given the mileage on your car, and the fact that it's a V6, I'd be looking to sell it - now is a good time, while it's still running ok. If I were you, I'd look at 9000s, 9^5s, or if you're feeling adventurous a C900. -- Grunff

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