Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 12:30:44 GMT
From: "zoom" <>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-5 wagon vs. BMW

I was in just the opposite position, having a BMW sedan and looking at a 9^5 wagon. While the 9^5 had good power and overall comfort, the interior seemed "cheap", particularly the loose-fit leather seats and dash. Then there's resale value. Although I generallydrive my cars for ~10 years, a BMW is easier to sell and will yield a higher resale value, even with very high mileage. That's why I eventually decided to order a 2002 325xi. AWD, excellent resale, high quality and FUN TO DRIVE! And despite what others have said on this board, maintenance cost is similar to other luxury makes. Genuine BMW accessories can be bought for ~40-50% off of dealer retail through various mailorder places. As an example: The $700 (uninstalled!!) dealer price for a CD changer for my 1998 328 is widely available for $350-$379. I recommend you post your questions to FelixC <> wrote in message > I'm trying to decide between a dealer-demo year 2000 model 9-5 wagon > (base model, few options), and a very fine BMW 528i wagon with low > mileage. Until a recent unfortunate incident, I drove a classic 900 > hatchback. I loved the feel and the space of the classic 900, if not > the looks. The new 9-3 seems smaller and doesn't seem to handle as > well. Both the 9-5 and the BMW 528i are terrific on a test drive - > lots of fun, lots of power, great handling. Both feel bigger and > heavier than the classic 900. No question that the FWD Saab has more > cargo space back there, but the BMW seems more luxurious by a > considerable margin. The new Aero wagon is on par with the BMW, but > the price! Ouch! (Actually a new BMW is about the same price, but I'm > comparing specific used cars here.) > > Would love to hear from owners of these cars about their experiences > and opinions. > > Oddly enough, I recall that I was comparing to a BMW sedan when I > bought the classic 900 many years ago. That time the decision went to > Saab - not sure about this time. This time I also tried the Audi A6 > (underpowered with the non-turbo V6), the Volvo V40 (too small), the > V70 (too ugly), the VW Passat (too plain), and the Subaru WRX wagon > (fun to drive, but too basic).

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