Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 22:44:42 +0200
From: "KBB" <>
Subject: Re: '98 900 vs '99 9-3

> 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. The 94-98 900 is probably one of the worst Saab ever. Based on an Opel platform ( GM Europe ), the 900 was a little bit the result of conflicts between Saab and GM. Reliability was among the design flaws of the design and the front suspension was really mediocre. The 9-3 is far superior to the 900 . The intent of Saab was to give more of the "old" Saab feeling and look to the 900 as well as further improve the ride and handling of the vehicle. An another reason was to improve the crash test performance of the 94-98 900, which were among the worst of any car !! You will find more effective side-impact airbags, much better headrests for rear impact protection ). The 9-3 should be considered as a " real" Saab, to the contrary of the 94-98 900, which was really a Opel Vectra in disguise!

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