Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 12:51:35 GMT
From: Tony <>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-5 wagon vs. BMW

Two considerations here: 1) If you live in north eastern US, snow plays a big role in your life and so FWD is a big consideration here. BMW (new or old) are not known for handling snow (personal experience). If snow is not big in your life, disregard the above consideration 2) We know the quality of BMW (Always top notch), the new SAAB/GM is not the same as the classic SAAB FelixC wrote: > 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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