Date: Sun, 05 Nov 2000 17:37:09 -0500
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Saab 900 reliability?

S London wrote: > In article <3A056F41.4D655C79nopsamcom>, Four Weis <mweinopsamcom> wrote: > > > I owned an 86 900 with the low HP engine with a manual transmission and > > it was > > GREAT in the winter. In fact, it was MUCH better than the higher power > > engines > > because it did not spin the wheels as easily, make it harder to lose > > traction. > > I left many V-8 four wheel drive SUVs at the bottom of a hill, in my "no > > power" > > Saab. Other notes will back this this point up. Some owners of the > > newer, > > higher powered Saabs are crying for electronic traction control or the > > ability > > to reduce the power of their engines because the wheels lose traction > > with all > > the excess power going to the wheels in the winter. > > > > You make a good point here, but even in Saab's higher output engines, > the power delivery is quite tame below 2200 rpm's or so since the turbo > hasn't had a chance to really spool up yet. Quite a different driving > experience than with an 8 or even 6 cylinder car. Quite tame for an experienced driver, but still more than enough power to make it more difficult to start up an icy hill for the average driver. This makes the low powered base engine in a Saab the perfect car for a beginning driver in the winter.

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