Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 06:03:57 GMT
From: Frank Guglielmo <FRANKGUGnopsamdnet.att.net>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-5 Questions


I just leased a "basic" 9-5 with the premium package. Let me just say that there is nothing basic about this car. Immediately after leasing the car, my wife and I left on a 4,000 mile vacation trip. It was without a doubt the most comfortable trip we have ever taken. In addition, with the cruise control usually set at 70-75 mph, we averaged over 27 mpg for the entire trip. There was plenty of power whenever we needed it. As a matter of fact, we were amazed at how easily and smoothly the car ran to 90 mph or better. Unless you absolutely need the extra power of the Aero (and I can't imagine why) the "basic" 9-5 should be more than sufficient for your needs. As to what's coming in 2001....the basic engine is being increased from the current 170 hp turbo-four to 185 hp. So you can wait for the 2001's to come out and gain 15 hp, or you can get your car now and enjoy driving it immediately! "Scott G. Stewart" wrote: > > I am seriously considering purchasing a 2000 Saab 9-5 for my business > travel. However, I have a couple of questions the knowledgable folks on > this group might be able to answer: > > 1) Even though I am willing to spend the extra money on an Aero, my > dealer seems to keep directing me to the basic model w/ premium package > (and Saab's very attractive lease special of $400/month). What would > his reasons be? > > 2) If I don't get the Aero or SE, will I eventually regret not having > the extra power? How will it effect the car's resale value? > > 3) Apparently, the 2001 models will be out soon. If I purchase a 9-5 > now, what new features will I miss out on? > > 4) Have you had any positive or negative experiences with after-market > performance chips? > > Thanks for your help. I appreciate it. > > -- Scott

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