Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 22:22:02 +1000
From: "The Gardners" <>
Subject: Re: S80

That 9-5 is a nice car and is it ever, good value! But I hate the plastic vents and so forth that stand out against a wood lined interior or even a plain one for that matter! Al Gardner Michael McWilliams wrote in message ... >Recent articles I've read noted some significant problems on the S80. I >can't recall where or what...Big help, eh? But I do recall some remarks >about Volvo not working out the new model/technology details as well as it >should. > >On the other hand, I have read nothing but glowing raves on the 9-5. I even >drove it myself a few weeks ago...albeit for a total of a half hour. Not >conclusive...but I was REALLY impressed. If I were in the market right now, >the SAAB would get the nod. > >However, I will say that the S80 is more impressive stylistically -- a big >improvement over the yuppified boxed geezer look of the other models in the >Volvo stable. The Saab 9-5 sedan is rather plain cosmetically IMHO -- but >the new wagon has nice lines. > >I would be VERY cautious before jumping to the S80 at this juncture. Check >out the reports...perhaps Volvo has nailed the problems by now. When and if >they do, it looks like the S80 would be a contender in its niche. > > >Jim Brown <> wrote in message > >> My wife is thinking about buying a C70 or an S80 (new). She also likes >> the Saab 9-5, although I like the Volvo's better. If it were my car, I >> would probably buy the S70 AWD. >> >> We live in Chicago, so good traction in snow is very important. None of >> these cars are available with all wheel drive. >> >> Any thoughts on these choices? By the time we total the options we >> would buy, all of these cars are within about $1,000 US of each other. >> >> Jim Brown >> Chicago >> > >

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