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Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 21:30:49 GMT
From: bakernopsamnet (Tim Baker)
Subject: Re: Saab 9-3 or a BMW 328i

I have been a fan of Saabs for many many years, have owned several different ones and am a current owner of two of them. But, my next new car will probably be a BMW and not a Saab. Allow me to respond to some of your "opinions". >Of course this is a tricky question, especially when posted in two >newsgroups together. The happy Saab-drivers will of course praise their >Saab (and most of the Saab-drivers are happy with it) and the BMW-drivers >will praise their BMW. First off, let me say that I am very happy with the Saabs I currently drive. >I'm an incredible Saab lover but I still try to remain a little bit >objective. I will try a little harder to be objective. >Here is my idea. > >The Saab Turbo is one of it's kind, you don't find a 4 cylinder in that >region with that performance. This is the same thing they said about the Lotus Esprit. But, what kind of engine does that speedy little devil now sport? Can you say small displacement V8? I dont think your arguement for the for the 4 cyliner has much merit. Who care if its the fastest 4 cylinder? >The interior is indeed build as a plane >cockpit and the handling is superior. Built as a Plane? How does that benefit the driver of a car? Personally I found the interior of my '95 900 SE to be cluttered and functionally annoying at times. Its a matter of personal tastes. Although, I will say the seats in a Saab are second to none. Too bad the seat heaters and window switches are utterly unreliable. I would love to see some data to support your claim that the Saab is a better handling car. Personally, I dont think you'll find any. BMWs are some of the best handling and most driveable sedans on the market today. >The beamer 328i is a great engine and fun to drive, but I find the dash >boaring and from 100 m away you can't say wether it is a BMW or the Toyota >Avensis. Some of us see this as an advantage when facing over-zealous highway patrolmen who love to nab BMW drivers. Besides, looks is a rather subjective thing, wouldn't you say? >The posting from the men who said he had nothing but trouble with his 9-5, >well I suppose everyone can have this kind of trouble : My best friend >bought a 325i a few years ago : fully loaded : price 1.500.000 BEF ~= 40.000 >$. He had nothing but trouble with it : car stalled, airco didn't function, >there were air bulbs on the doors, BMW couldn't do a thing about it (they >never found what it was) and he sold it after a year with a loss of 500.000 >BEF ~=13.500 $. I suppose every brand has it once in a while. Any car can be troublesome. I have had SEVERE problems with a Saab I once owned as well as a VW and an Audi. >If your feelings speak, and if you want an incredible car with a lot of >personality, go for the Saab. I cant agree more. Both BMWs and Saabs are fine cars. But, if your looking for performance over personality, I'd have to give the nod to the BMW. If you want unique personality and quirky ergonomic freindliness, go with the Saab. Bottom line is it depends on what your looking for. >Johan >Saab 83 900 GLi >Saab 94 9000 CS >Saab 94 9000 CSE Tim Saab 92 900 Saab 94 900 Commemorative Edition Turbo Convertible

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