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Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 01:49:03 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: Saab's reliable or not??????

jlp wrote: > > Note that GM owns 100% Saab as Ford owns 100% VOLVO so in future we can expect > more GM parts in Saab and Ford parts in Volvos... I rather have GM parts in my > future > Saab ... except for those GM alternators that serpentine belt seems kill their > bearings. > Anyway Saab has some plans to use German OPEL platform for future GM - Saabs. > Not sure that would add to Saab reliability in future. Note that 86 Saab 9000 and > Alfa 164 > share plaform but use quite different engines etc. Also use very different rear suspension layout. The 9000 cars are really quite different and heavier that the other type 4 cars. The weight of my Fiat Croma was 1100 kg, the same as a modern Ford Focus or VW Golf. In contrast, the weight of my Saab 9000 is 1400 kg, but the performance is still better due to the addition of 16 valve and LPT. It feels more solid and refined than the Fiat Croma, So sharing platform does not tell you very much. Johannes

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