Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 13:05:08 +0000 (UTC)
From: H. <>
Subject: Re: Test Drove a 9-5 Aero

Quite agree Marc, and I think that you have touched on one of the most crucial points - The simple fact of the matter is many of us, deep down, would have to admit to having considered Audi's or BMW's or Merc's as alternatives to our beloved Saabs - they do have good sides, they are on the whole very capable cars, yet the issue is one of overinflated price - and options. I recently specced up an Audi A4 and BMW 330 as possible replacements for me 9-3, comparing to the 9-3 Aero. With the Saab, I'd have the thing fresh off the shelf, unmodified - no options, no nothing. After all it has climate/cd/heated electric leather sports seats/sports suspension/ large rims etc. All I needed was there, for a paltry 22,995. The A4 was a similar price, but by the time I had added the above options (and I didn't even bother with electric seats!) The price was well up over 29,000 - and that was with only the 1.8T engine - God alone knows what would have happened if I had tried that with the 3.0V6..... I was appalled to find that on a 20k+ car, I was being forced to add such basic items as electric heated mirrors, and electric rear windows - all at extortionate cost. With the BMW the story was much the same, though the car started around 25,500, and again virtually everything had to be added to it as an option..... and oh look..... I seem to be way over 30,000.... It was purely an intelligence gathering exercise, as I knew I wanted the Saab, but looking at it this way it was blatantly clear that the Saab was not only the best specced, and fastest car out of the group, but also the cheapest by a huge margin - okay so Saab's depreciate more than their prestige competitors, but when you start low, you haven't got so far to fall! So this way I get as you also quite rightly pointed out, a somewhat more unique car, which is not only better equipped, but more practical (LOVE that huuuge boot) and a damn sight faster than even the BMW 330. And I'm saving the pennies, so the wench is happy...... what more can I ask!

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