The 9k was sold in Europe as an '85 model. I agree though Saab was able to get it right on the 9k for whatever reason, the '86 and '87 seem to hold up if anything better than later models. I think it was a huge release for them and they really wanted to get it right, and did stunts like Talladega to prove they had. I'm sure a year in Europe to work out the bugs didn't hurt, though I know from the included records that my '87 had a number of trips to the dealer for 'initial quality' issues, I guess not so uncommon the US/European cars at the time but probably not so tolerated today. The only thing you missed out on with the '86 is the water cooled turbo, and all the luxury goodies weren't bundled with the turbo then either (so the only opportunity for cloth seats, no climate control, no sunroof, etc. with the turbo).
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Enoy!, Cary, Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:56:34
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