Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 13:19:52 -0800
From: "White Flame (aka David Holz)" <white-flame!!!nopsamemove!!!>
Subject: Re: seeking advice on a first car

Kenneth Timpe wrote in message <>... >I am soon to be 16 years old and looking for my first car. My parents >are buying but I want to make it as cheap as I can for them. I am in >the market for a mid-late 80s manual trans. car that is fun to drive. I >would prefer a coupe. I also need to go easy on insurance costs. I was >wondering if a Saab 900 is something that I should be intrested in. Is >the maintenence too much for a very limited budget? Does anyone have >any suggestions of cars that would be good for me if this one isn't? I >was also looking at some older BMWs like the 3 series 5 series or the >2002. Any help would be greatly appreciated. My first car was a little Chevy Sprint (3cyl, 5speed, 55mpg, $900) and was absolutely zero maintainance. I fell asleep on the freeway, and that car's now a cube. After that, I got a Saab 900S, and everybody told me that repairs are going to be WAY more than a domestic car, but I really didn't find that to be true. My car did have a lot of rust on it, and all of the problems that I had with it were rust-related (or related to getting the car airborne). The engine still runs beautifully, even though the frame finally rusted through and broke (this car was a winter car for an woman in Michigan for years). Others that I have known that have owned Saabs (without rust :) ) have had to do very little repairs on theirs. I will never own a domestic car again. I totally fell in love with the Saabs, and own another one now, although I wouldn't put out getting an Audi or Volvo. You will love a Saab, and since it's not technically a "sporty" car and has high durability (I've seen plenty over 200k miles) insurance shouldn't be too high. White Flame (aka David Holz)

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