Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 14:55:38 GMT From: Johannes <johsnospam-gets-lost-sizefitter.com> Subject: Re: how to buy a used 9000 CSE
george struk wrote: > > "Sleeker GT Phwoar" <carl.robsonnospamcing-czechs.com> wrote in message > news:MPG.1d769b8766f4e1b698b339nospam.individual.net... > > In article <daing19oq75idoarkl0kpegqrm2jpdjf1vnospamcom>, nonospamom > > says... > >> 9000 vs. 900 > >> I don't get the idea of the 900. Less room than a 9000, a touch better > >> gas mileage, about the same price. No thanks. The "classic" pre-94 900 > >> had a distinctive look but it's nothing special in terms of > >> reliability OR safety despite Saab's reputation. How could the Saab > >> brain surgeons leave out a rear wiper??? > >> > > You won't make friends with that attitude. > > Heresy, I know. The Saab faithful will start marching around my house with > pitchforks & torches any day now I'm sure. > > And another thing-in the 9000 why would the Saab braintrust leave out their > signature feature: the key between the seats??? Signature feature? There were good reasons to put the key between the seats, but you can't have everything in life. The 9000 is wider and roomier than the C900, so maybe there was space enough around the steering column so that the key was less of a hazard. The cockpit environment that curves around the driver is an obvious Saab signature feature, if you like. The 9000 really went in a new direction for Saab, the planning started already in 1974 after the 1973 oil crisis. The Type 4 project was the first attempt to design a fuel and space efficient large car with the transverse fwd layout.