Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 22:17:04 +0100
From: Leroy Curtis <Leroynopsamm.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Re: '98 900 vs '99 9-3


In article <7g77ec$dse$1nopsamsc03.worldnet.att.net>, earth mood magic <earth.mood.magicnopsamdnet.att.net> writes >Does anyone have any thoughts? I've seen plenty of people who love their >9-3, but have only had it for a few months. And if I've learned anything in >my car research, it's that Saab are at least as "quirky" as those by any >other manufacturer. That said, I thought that I might want to look for a >remaining new '98 900 since those have been around longer. However, I >haven't seen anyone discussing the '98 900 and thought I could request >feedback here. (I also saw more favorable reviews, generally, in the trades >on the '98 900 than the 9-3, but that could have been because most thought >the 9-3 would be radically different). Thanks for any help. > IMO, the 9-3 is so different from the 900 to drive that I find it hard to believe that they re essentially the same car. The clutch on the 900 is much heavier and more abrupt on take-up, the ride is choppier, and the steering feels vague by comparison. The 9-3 is really the car the 900 should have been from day 1. Of course, you will buy a left-over 900 at a keen price, because it is an obsolete model. You need to ask yourself, though, what will happen when the time comes for you to sell the car, particularly if you plan to keep it for only 2-4 years. I suspect that whatever you save now will be compensated by decreased resale value later. Certainly, prices of late used 900s are depressed at the moment, at least here in the UK. Good luck, whatever you choose. -- Regards Leroy Curtis Please replace "nospam" with "baram" in my address if you wish to reply by Email

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