Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 19:47:49 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <pjghnospamyonder.co.uk>
Subject: Re: OK, the T16S is for sale. UK, Cheshire.


in article MPG.1b89c9f2ca8a2c5998a00cnospam.individual.net, MeatballTurbo at carl.robsonnospamcing-czechs.com wrote on 15/08/2004 20:29: > In article <BD44EE99.10EE5%pjghnospamyonder.co.uk>, pjghnospamyonder.co.uk > spouted forth into alt.autos.saab... >> We do have a Punto Sporting, which is actually a very fun >> car. You can slide it with yer bum :) > Well, I passed in a Punto Diesel (not turbo diesel, just plain diesel). > I thought it was fantastic, bearing in mind I was getting extra practice > in my then Skoda Estelle 120L. In comparison, the Punto was amazing, > first time in all the time I had driven in L plates, for power steering, > 5 gears, tinted (factory tints, not Nova Neds), front wheel drive, and > only the second servo assisted braked vehicle I had driven (my Skoda was > the other). When my Orca was smashed up in her behind, I was loaned a Siecento S (same spec as the Sporting) and I drove it like I nicked it ... Apart from a run down to my parents in the West Midlands where I was passed by a few C900 Aeros (grrr!), I really enjoyed that car - around town, it could no be beaten. I would not like to have a crash in it though. As for Puntos ... The GTs are seriously tuneable and (for FIATs), pretty hard! The block is, well, almost indestructable and the FIAT FIRE system is well honed by now. Put all that with a turbo and you've got 300 BHP in a car well under a tonne ... Nice :) The Sporting model can hold its own with most cars up to around 50 or 60 MPH. Again, the FIRE system is very good. Our Sporting can still pull at over 110 MPH in 5th - stamp the fun pedal and you can still feel it. It's just nowhere near as comfortable, self-driving or cool as a C900 though :) > But previous learning experience was limited to a Relian Robn supervan, > and a Bedford HA Viva (ex GPO) van that was my brothers vehicle after he > passed (2 years younger, but passed 10 years before me). Tasteful P) > Then after passing, had the Estelle for about 8 months (similar winter > experience to the Saab, built for cold weather so all the engine weight > right over the rear wheels for maximum traction), then the Favorit for > about a year (really boring to drive even with dropped suspension, and > slightly weight relieved), and not that comfortable after I added bucket > seats to save weight and go with the motorsport shocks and springs I > fitted, then the Saab for the last 18 months. I think SWMBO might like a newer car ... The MR2 sounds like a good buy. There's been some discussion in Retro Cars mag recently; even a buyers guide. That might satisfy both of you ... Paul 1989 900 Turbo S http://saab.go.dyndns.org/

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