Date: Sun, 27 Sep 1998 19:36:00 -0400
From: "Chris Thurrott" <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 or 9-5?

Do you want to stick with a stick shift or go to the dark side, I mean automatic. I think you can only get a stick on the Base 9-5, and you give up a lot of luxo goodies. My personal preference would be (and *will* be when I replace my '93 Saturn SL2 with another car to go alongside our '96 900 S) for a 9-3 coupe, perhaps one of the 225 HP TWR editions due out in the spring. That way you can get all the luxo goodies, keep a stick shift, and still be able to haul things. The 9-3 hard-top will also be stiffer and lighter than the convertible, contributing to better performance. The 9-5 seems like much more of a "family" car to me. If I need a larger car come replacement time, though, I wouldn't cry if I got a 9-5 sport wagon with manual tranny, maybe even with AWD (I'm an A4 Avant freak as well). Good luck in your search, -Chris This message was sent by either: Chris Thurrott _or_ Kris D'Anci scully at ma dot ultranet dot com remove "nospam" from our e-mail address to send a reply ---------- In article <>, "John Roi" <> wrote: > Hello fellow Saab lovers. I own an '85 900 SPG turbo which I puchased >new. We have had a wonderful relationship for 14 years but now I'm getting >the "new car itch". I'm torn between a 9-3 SE Conv. & the new 9-5 SE. Since >the prices are similar for the 2 cars my question is: Which car would be a >better value for the money? Is the 9-3 just an update of old technology? Is >the 9-5 the superior machine? Since I have no children I do not need a >"family" car. I want sport car performance, luxury, & a car thats fun to >drive! Any advice, input or opinions to help me make my decision would be >greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, John > >

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