Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 12:50:59 GMT
Subject: Re: What's the story with the 9-3?

In article <7qkvbt$plt$>, wrote: > I'm about to pull the trigger on what seems to be > an excellent '99 close-out lease deal on the 9- 3. > I've always had the impression that Saabs are > good cars, but a number of postings here and > elsewhere (i.e. Edmunds) have made me a little > nervous. Could anyone with experiences - good or > bad- please share their opinions on the '99 9-3. > If it matters at all, it'll be a base model 5 > door automatic (mainly because my wife can't > drive a standard). Thanks! > This lease deal is way too good to pass up. I hope to close the deal within the next few days on a 9-3 5dr manual in Imola Red. Yowza. This will be my 5th Saab in 22 years ('77 99EMS, '79 900EMS, '85 900T, '89 9000T). I caught the SUV bug 2 years ago and decided to get the most Saab-like 4 wheel drive vehicle I could find, which obviously was a Subaru Outback (weird, quirky, perfect). It has been satisfying, and frankly I like the all-wheel drive. But, it just ain't a Saab. There is the "passion-factor" that must be considered. There is a difference between a really good car (Outback) and a really passionate car (9-3). So with my 24 month lease coming to an end, and the lease on a new 2000 Outback actually costing about $50 more a month than a 1999 9-3, look out, Mamma, I'm coming home!!! (The only irritation is that here in Oregon, the State Cops now can require chains, except for all- wheel drive vehicles. I put well over 100,000 miles on the other Saabs in winter driving conditions and NEVER put on chains. It will really irritate me when some 22 year old cop tells me to put chains on while a new Outback just cruises on by. Oh, well, it's worth it.) Sent via Share what you know. Learn what you don't.

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