Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 02:37:09 GMT
From: Ywan Mason <>
Subject: Re: High Perf Hatchback: VR6 vs. GS-R vs. 900SE

> The Saab is junk. It has a lousy shifter, terrible clutch, spotty > reliability and won't be the equal of handling to the other two. It's > only real advantage is it's cargo bay. > How do I know this? I worked for the dealer for six years. > This response couldn't possibly be biased by the way they left that dealer could it? I think you can pretty much write this response off as a bitter former employee. Look at safety studies and see which is highest rated as well. > While it won't > have the personality of the other two, it's a great car for someone > inclined to change rides due to boredom after three or four years. > If you want a car to go for more than that, buy the Saab. My 86 has 239000 miles on it with the original turbo and engine. I replaced the bearings in the tranny along with its first clutch at 225000. I ain't bored yet. The engine in the SET is the same design and the tranny is improved over mine. How do you get bored passing the other two mentioned cars when they are flat out and you still got more? They may get you off the line, but no way will they top end with the Saab, or accelerate with it after you get to 30 mph. When you put 200000 miles on it, the car will still have the same performance. And you could almost put the VW in the Saabs hatch;-) If there is a down side to any of the cars, it is the service you receive at any of the dealers. My advice is use them for the warranty and have a reputable, personable independent take care of you for your service needs, unless you happen to find one of the few dealers providing good service. No car is reliable unless reliabily maintained. If the car is automatic, I'd pass on it though. IMO, autos can't be described under reliability and performance in any make. How do I know this? I worked at the dealers for 10 years and on cars and Saabs for 15 years. I still work on Saabs for a living. IMO, there isn't a better designed and engineered car in the world. Go drive them all and decide for yourself. It'll be your money and your car.

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