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Date: 17 Sep 2001 14:54:30 GMT
From: gregoryknopsamres.wharton.upenn.edu (GREGORY KNESER)
Subject: Re: Help! About to become a SAAB owner?


The Grand Poobah (eyles_jnopsamgovt.nz) wrote: : Help me! : My wife wants us to buy a 1996 9000 CS 5dr hatch LPT. Has anyone had any : problems with this particular model? I've got to admit, I like the look of : it but judging from this group, SAABs are either the best car you will ever : own or total lemons. There doesn't seem to be anything in between. : Has lots of fancy features like sunroof, dual airbags, cd stacker etc (no : leather). 143,000 km on clock (about 90,000 miles). : Why she can't like a late model jap car is beyond me! Go to www.edmunds.com or www.vehix.com (I forget which) and compare the model she wants with the "late model jap car" of your choice. I think you'll find them amazingly close in reliability (I did this recently and those were my findings). The benfit of these sites is that they aggregate lots of data from unbiased sources (or equally biased depending on your viewpoint). On this group or a Toyota/Honda/Nissan group all you're going to find is the "I love my brand X car" or "My brand X is a total lemon." That's just the nature of usenet. The people who devote the time to post are the fanatics on both sides, just like customer comment cards at restaurants. Beyond that, I have only one hesitation for you to consider. If you are in a snowy area or moving to a snowy area that has hills, the traction control system can sometimes halt progress up hills in snow. Not freeway packed snow kind of progress, but loose snow gotta-spin-the-tires-to-get-up kind of progress. The traction control is on all 9000s after 1991 IIRC. Enjoy and good luck, Greg

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