Date: 28 Sep 1999 12:48:32 GMT
From: Roger Williams <>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-5 wagon vs. V70 Volvo

Also spracht William Rector <>: > I am in the market for a new wagon and was recently told by a neighbor > that Saab introduced one this year. I currently have an '86 Volvo > 740GLE wagon and have been very pleased with it (170K and climbing) > although I have had some transmission problems. I went to look at the > Saab today and must admit that it looks very good. I don't know much > about the Saabs and am curious what kind of reliability they have. I > know several people who have gotten 150K + miles out of them, but I > don't know if they are always fixing them?? How do they compare with > the Volvos? Price seems to be very comparable. Looks like both cars > are very safe and well appointed. I would give Saab the nod concerning > luxury. Currently, the American auto insurance industry rates the 9-5 and the 9-3 as the safest cars in their respective classes. Anecdotally, the reliablity of the 9-5 is quite good, but it hasn't been around long enough to judge longer term issues. With regard to how well they compare to Volvos, I would give the 9-5 the nod in safety over the S70. Performance? That's where it gets tricky. All the 9-5 models are equipped with a turbocharger, but you have your choice of a manual 4 cylinder 2.0 liter, 2.3 liter, and an automatic 6 cylinder 3.0 liter engine. The turbocharged 2.3 is actually quite responsive with the manual shift, but it feels a bit sluggish with the automatic transmission. I had a chance to test drive the automatic 6 cylinder, and I'm happy to say it performs like V6 Camry with a turbocharger. There's also the new 9-5 Aero limited edition to consider as well. I'll have to take your word on the 9-5 being more luxurious than the competing Volvo models, since I haven't been in one of the cushier Volvos for a while. I can say the the base 9-5's are VERY well equipped with standard power seats, power windows/locks, AC, remote keyless entry, defogger, etc. Almost all the 9-5's shipped to dealers in the north have heated seats as well. -- {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} \|/ {} RogerW {} 0< --! {} {} ^^^^(*)^^^^ {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} ^^ / \ ^^

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