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Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 00:28:27 -0400
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Considering first-ever Saab...viewpoints?

"Daniel J. Stern" wrote: > Hi, folks. > > I've sold a lot of E-code headlamps to a lot of Saab owners, and they all > seem to love their cars. But we've never had a Saab in the family. > > It's new-car time for my mother, whose trusty 125k-mile-old '92 LeBaron > is getting long in the tooth. > > She's told me her size and packaging requirements, and I am thinking a 9-3 > 5-door would be a good candidate. She has initially expressed dislike for > the rear-end styling of the car, but I suspect she would quickly see the > practicality of the hatchback, particularly since she is quite short and > has difficulty gauging the position of a car with an extended rear > overhang (e.g. trunk) when parallel parking. Get her a station wagon model if you want to make it easy to gauge the position of the rear bumper while parking. The fwd Taurus wagon for a U.S. build car should work. If money is no object, a FORD/Volvo V-70 XC all-wheel drive wagon would be very nice. Otherwise a Subaru wagon should meet her needs. > > > She is most assuredly NOT a performance-type driver. She's not even a > particularly *good* driver. She doesn't need a huge lot of engine power > (wish we could get the 150hp/47mpg turbodiesel that Europe gets!), and > requires an automatic transmission. I tested an V-70 XC with an automatic. It is not a powerful or fast car by today's standards. Then again neither is the Subaru Legacy. > How good are Saab's current > automatics? I don't know about the current Saab automatics. I only drive manual transmissions :-). > > > I recall hearing that Saabs prior to '93 were rather expensive to service > and required service rather more often than other makes, but this is just > hearsay and I haven't heard any such things about the new models. What's > been the reliability/durability experience with the 9-3s? > > Really, just any comments, positive or negative, are appreciated. > > DS, prop. > Daniel Stern Lighting

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