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Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 02:06:57 -0400
From: "Joe Kane" <jkanenopsamedu>
Subject: Re: Low demand for 1999 off lease Saab 9-5's?

<> wrote in message<SNIP>. Smart folks like to take > > advantage of this by buying a 2 or 3 year old car for a great price. > > That was exactly my thinking when I just bought my 1999 9-5SE which was > a 3-year lease return. Let someone else take the obscene depreciation > hit, thankyouverymuch, and I'll drive it for another 200K miles or so. > Absolutely. I just paid $18K for a '99 convertible that listed for $37.5 K (I have the original window sticker). Nearly $20K in depreciation after 3 years - yikes!! BTW, I'm new to this group and to Saabs. After some intensive research to replace my Miata with something a little more powerful, more comfortable (OK, so I'm getting a little older/wider), and yet still fun to drive, I tested a number of mid- to late 90's makes. There were several roadsters, but I also drove the BMW 325iC and Saab 900 convertible. There was something I liked about the Saab, but the older (pre-95) 900 turbos were a little bulky, and the newer ones' turbos seemed unpredictable. Then I found a 9.3, priced as low or lower than most newer 900s, and was blown away by its quality and its exceptional value coming off lease. Sure, it doesn't have a few of the creature comforts of the 900s (power seats, climate control), but it has a lot of them, the turbo is powerful and predictable, and the car is beautifully designed and executed. I found mine at a dealership about 4 hours away, and drive it home on Rt. 80 through PA (the main east-west tractor-trailer route to NYC) through heavy rains and winds. Solid as a rock, and has the quicks to pass in any gear. <GGG> I think I'm in love. ><SNIP>> > I see the 3-year lease tradeins as the perfect way to buy a Saab. > You know they've been maintained, the price is *way* down from new, > and the vehicle will still have a decade or so of usable life. Terrific! I'm looking forward to it....

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