Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 11:42:59 +1000
From: "rumiko" <>
Subject: Re: Saab dreams deflated

toasty seats - they come standard on the 9-3 Aero in Australia (as does sun roof, electric memory seats etc etc) and only the 1% of people who live in the mountains would ever get to use them Mark 5 dr 9-3 Aero 2002 (due August) "Ken Freeman" <> wrote in message > I don't envy your dilemma! Beemer 5 wagons cost too much, same for > Mercedes, Volvo has a poor recent track record for electronics (IMHO), and > Audi is also pricy. Subaru is interesting, and the Passat doesn't have the > space the 9/5 has, IMHO. Besides, why option up a $25k Passat when the same > dollars can get you an excellent used 9-5? My 99 wagon has a smoothness > that my two previous Passat VR6s never had, plus exemplary gas mileage. We > test drove an A4 wagon, and I felt like I was back in a Fiat 128, the > handling was so twitchy and sensitive. > > My solution: we bought the 9-5 for her, and I threw over my old Passat VR6 > for a matured 325i - now we both like both of our cars. > > I don't know how demand is for you, but the 5 speed funny Swedish wagon sat > on the lot here in Ann Arbor for about three months - the dealer gave me a > really good price. > > Reliability has been quite good, but mainly the car is so nice! > > Can't you get your wife to fall for the excellent seats, heater/ac, > quietness, and smoothness of the 9-5? That was my secret! Also, the seat > heaters are toasty. > > Ken > > > "Ryan" <> wrote in message > > > Heh heh heh, I have opened quite a can of worms, the Saab was $21,000 > > and just a bit expensive, so to keep payments down it would've been on > > a 72 month loan, not that that is a problem because whatever I buy I > > intend to be driving it in 7 years but the idea of paying for it for 7 > > years is what put my wife of the most I think, but I have since found > > an other 99 9-5 with about the same ammound of miles for $6k less (Did > > I say that already). > > > > As for keeping the van and getting an older Saab, the problem with the > > van is it is approacing 100,000 miles and is going to start costing > > more per month to fix than a brand new Saab would cost on a 1 year > > loan, okay maybe thats a bit of an exaggeration, also, the > > transmission is bound to go out in the next 20,000 miles, and the > > headlights are aimed much higer than they should be and cannot be > > fixed. While keeping the can is a nice idea, and one we had thought > > of, it is an unrealistic idea given our peticular situation. > > > > I think that I could still end up in a Saab, now I am looking into > > Audi A6s (Unreliable compared to the Saab but...) and VW Passats, I > > like both ALMOST as much as the Saab, but maybe when the family > > shrinks a bit more we can ditch those and get a Saab, so we'll see, > > I'll keep reading the fourm and keep you all updated, so until later > > > > Ryan > >

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