Date: Sun, 14 Feb 1999 16:52:26 GMT
From: Riff <>
Subject: Re: Please help me decide whether I should buy the 9-3?

in case of finding steel rims for the saab, call local junkyards, they sell them for as low as $15 a rim Bob Burchsted wrote: > > Michael Vollmer wrote: > > > > > I will driving through southern Vermont to go skiing a lot (Stratton > > Mountain) and want to make sure I can get there. (Getting back, my boss > > can worry about). > > I bought a 9-3 in November (have had 83 900T, 84 900T, both 'shortened' > for me, but I walked away without a scratch, and now also a 85 900S with > 201,000 miles). Although the winter has been mild so far in Southern NH, > the 9-3 does great in the snow. Just buy 4 good snow tires. Saab has a > nice package of 4 Gislaveds on rims - you should be able to get them for > under $600. I personally prefer the Nokia Hakkepilitas, so went that > route. However, getting the rims was a hassle. If I were to do it again, > I may buy the Saab tire package, and replace the Gislaveds when they > wore out if I wasn't happy, although Gislaveds have a good reputation. > With the extra torque the 9-3 has, just have a light touch on the > accelerator to not break the front end loose in the snow. > > > Michael > > > > Terence Liu wrote: > > > > > I am planning to purchase the 9-3 SE 5 door but am worried about the > > > problems Saabs' car have. > > > > > > Can I please get some feedback? > > The car is great to drive. Yes, all the Saabs we have had have had > initial problems, but were all backed by the factory during the warranty > period. A hassle, nonetheless. This new 9-3 seems better than the rest. > EXCEPT, I have to confess, there was one day the heater fan, the > electric sunroof, and the electric windows didn't work. I called Saab's > roadside service and they towed it in (since I was at work and didn't > want to take the time to drive it in). The dealer took it, and of course > couldn't find anything. They did push and prod all the connectors, and > the problem has not re-occurred. > > Yes, they have their problems, but the cars are overall so great, I keep > coming back. If you are so concerned about reliability, buy a Toyota > Camry. If you want a good car that is a blast to drive, buy the 9-3. And > to Michael - the Saab is good in snow, but even in Vermont it stops > snowing in the summer. And by then, you will really appreciate the > handling the Saab has over the Subaru and Audi. > > Bob Burchsted

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