Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1998 14:59:22 -0800
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Old Saabs vs New Saabs

Paul K wrote: > > I am an older Saab ('86 900) owner who thinks the changes, > both mechanical and body, were a BIG mistake. The classic > Saab shape is gone, the wide hatchback opening is gone, > and I think I've even noticed that the trademark Saab muffler > "purrr" has been reduced. What a blunder to a near perfect car! > --Paul The new 9-5 actually bears a *very* strong resemblance to the classic 900 shape... take a look at the hoodline, and even the shape of the side windows. Of course, it lost its hatchback, which I am truly saddened by, but the Saab designers did a fine job with that car... The 9-3/ng900 OTOH is quite ugly IMHO - I've driven a couple and they are very nice cars, but no matter how hard I try I simply cannot like their appearance. Oh well. -Justin P.S. That old exhaust note you love was a function of the shape of the VERY inefficient exhaust manifold design. Despite the nice sound, if I could change was substantial thing about my '90 SPG, that exhaust manifold would be it... It's getting in the way of more power!

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