Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 13:36:04 +0100
From: Grunff <grunffnopsam.com>
Subject: Re: SAAB 900 price


MB wrote: > It's a 1990 model year, 900 turbo 16valve S. Great so far... > It's completely standard, (no Abbott or similar mods of any sort), 136000 miles, and > I've all the bills back to 1994, which include new steering rack, clutch, all four > brake discs, head gasket (ouch - that hurt the wallet at the time), timing chain, four > new tyres (in Feb at the 130k service). Timing chain changed at this mileage rings *big* alarm bells. Why would it need a new chain? > It's been serviced for the last five years by the Saab specialist in Liverpool, and I > would happily drive it for another 70000 miles or so other than the fact that new > family means that a 5 door car is required > > It hasn't had the turbo changed, but I'm told (by the garage) that it's OK at the > moment. It doesn't smoke or anything like that - oil changes every 6000 miles must > have helped I suppose. > > I have found the downsides from a buyers point of view are that it is white and only > two doors (ie not the 3dr hatchback), and I suspect these together are probably what > is holding everyone back(!). That and the fact that it will only appeal to the > enthusiasts like myself. White is a pretty bad colour, but I haven't let it stop me in the past. As for it being a saloon, rather than a hatch, well, that's more of a problem. Most people who love the C900 love it's shape, and IMHO they really ruined that with the saloon. That's not to say it's not a good car, it sounds very good, and it'll probably give several years good service. But for me, owning a C900 is a complete package, and yours being a saloon, really spoils it. So my guess is this - you'll have trouble selling it to Jo Public because it's a 12 year old luxury car, with a (undeserved) reputation for being expensive to run, and you'll have trouble selling it to most Saab nuts because most (not all, but most) prefer a 3 door hatch. My view, YMMV. -- Grunff

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