Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997 14:22:35 GMT
From: (Brian Hochhalter)
Subject: Re: My New '98 Saab 900 SE -- I got it!!

I bought a '98 900SE 217 miles ago and I am pleased so far. I find that switching from a fine Japanese car (Infinity G20 which never had a problem in 22k miles) and the fact that I am dealing with a turbo tells me I need more time behind the wheel. The runner up to this decision was the Passatt, but timing (my lease is coming up) was not in my favour as the V6 was not avial.'till Spring and although the 1.8 turbo is robust, only 150 peak hp. I should note that I have owned VW's primarily in the past 30 yrs so I feel comfortable with them. Volvo was attractive but the thier turbo's were mated to auto transmisions except the T5 which was more expensive that the 900SE. I debated, having never owned a SAAB, over a choice. The Websites for cars had a lot of usefull info to process. I think what won me over aside from my test drive and such, was 4 yr warrantee, the performance, individuality (can spot it in the parking lot) and the refined look and feel inside. Opted for the 98 rather than 97's still on sale 'cause of the hydraulic clutch. My awareness on the road was hieghtened as I entered the gauntlet of high speed steel, flying debris, sand and obstacles in a vehicle in absolute perfect condition. The first day offered up a rock out of nowhere. The kind that you catch a glimpse of 50 yards before reaching you. On it's first bounce ahead of me I thought it might have enough on it to bounce right over me and the SAAB. SMACK! Direct Hit! Very loud. I could only wait and check out my first flaw and from the sound and size of the rock (about and inch and a half) I was expecting more of a dent than just a paint chip. Fortunately the rock struck the hard plastic moulding between the windsheild and the post on the driver side. That shed the object and absorbed the impact nicely. An inch to the left or right would have meant a broken windsheild or a dent/paint chip! So far, so good. I just need a forcefield to thwart flying objects. /Brian On Fri, 21 Nov 1997 22:11:52 GMT, bakernopsamnet (Tim R. Baker) wrote: >On Tue, 18 Nov 1997 21:29:24 -0800, Natalie <> >wrote: > >>Hi All, >> >>I picked up my new Saab last night! It is beautiful, IMNSHO. It's >>Scarabe Green, tan leather inside, and I had the Walnut dash installed >>(looks wonderful). My dealer did a great job of showing me everything >>and giving me tips, etc. The car was in pristine condition (I looked it >>over everywhere, checked the fit and finish of everything) and really >>showed well. I was so paranoid that someone would run into me on the >>road. Three weeks ago I was in a 5-car pile-up on the freeway (hence my >>need for a new car) and it's been raining and raining here (SF Bay Area) >>this week. The car has performed really grip the >>road. After my eventful negotiation for this car (see the old posts >>titled, "Saab Dealer went ballistic") at another dealership I'm happy it >>all worked out. >> >>Now if I could just figure out a female swedish name for the car, that I >>can stomach, so I can give her a proper welcome <vbg>. > >Natilie, > >Congrats on the new car. I hope you enjoy it for many years and >miles. Please let me know how the car is after a couple of months. I >am considering a replacement for my '92 and would be interested in >your thoughts once the novelty wears off. I had a '95 SE that was >very bad and I swore I'd never buy another Saab. But, I'm >reconsidering. > >By the way, the car does not have to be named a gender specific name >at all. Nor, does it have to be Swedish. My wife calls our pristine, >slightly tweaked '94 turbo convertible "Belle Veloce". Which is >Italian and translates loosly to "Beautiful Speed". Something to >consider. > >Regards, Tim

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