Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 20:08:05 +0000
From: Richard Tibbetts <richardnopsamepeace.ltd.uk>
Subject: Re: Alfa164/Saab9000 similarities?


Per Amneus <panopsame.forbrf.lth.se> wrote: >Consider buying a -90 164, but have some doubts, as Alfas reputation for >quality is not the best, and the spare parts for Alfa 164 are quite >expensive. This is a bad combination, but as Saab 9000 and Alfa 164 is >basically the same car, are any parts interchangeable between the cars? >I mean, this would improve my economical position, as spare parts for >Saab are quite easy to track down. > >For example brakes, suspension and shock absorbers? (and a lot of joints >and other stuff for the stearing and front suspension that i don't know >the english words for...) > >What about Fiat Chroma? Does any other car have the same clutch as 164? > >thankful for any answer! (Adding to the other comments here about how different these cars are, despite sharing a basic chassis design.) I've owned both a 3.0l Alfa 164 and (currently) a SAAB 9000 Carlssen. Both lovely cars, but the SAAB has the edge. Specifically, it is larger (particularly in headroom, especially for rear-seat passengers), and (at least in my case) the paintwork of the SAAB is far superior (my Alfa had dreadful stone chipping on the front of the bonnet when I sold it at 7 years old with 140k miles). FWIW, I had more complaints of car sickness from passengers in the 164. Mechanically, however, the 164 was very good. I'd guess that the SAAB has cost me more in unexpected repairs, and it's not been too bad. I'd recommend either, however. I've always wanted to try a Fiat Chroma or a Lancia Thema too! -- Richard Tibbetts http://www.primepeace.ltd.uk/ Feeling generous? Then see http://www.ppeace.demon.co.uk/richardt.htm#swimathon

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