Date: 20 Aug 2002 16:14:42 -0700
From: (Johannes H Andersen)
Subject: Re: no more hatchback?

"Walt Kienzle" <> wrote in message news:<3d628b7e$0$3573$>... > Thank you Dave, I guess we can just wait and hope. Maybe the timing will be > right so that we can also get the variable compression engine that Saab is > working on. I think it would be a grand slam if it also was a Flexible Fuel > Vehicle that could optionally use Ethanol 85. I'm from the Midwest; we have > that bizarre fuel here. For some reason, the idea of 100 AKI octane fuel at > regular 87 AKI octane prices intrigues me. > > Maybe my history escapes me at the moment, but didn't the 9000 start out as > a hatchback and the sedan was added later -- or was it that the hatchback > got the turbo first and then that engine was made available on the sedan? > Of course you may be a purist that doesn't consider the 9000 a true Saab ;-) Yes, it started out as a hatchback with a 175 bhp 2.0 Turbo. It was a very expensive and upmarked car at the time, around 20.000 GBP in 1985! I remember that the high price made it very exclusive and contributed to its mouth watering desirability. Apparently this was the showpiece, but Saab had to sell cars so a 130 bhp non-turbo version came out the year after for 15.000 GBP. I couldn't quite stretch to that, so I bought the next best thing; a Fiat Croma (also type 4) for around 10.000 GBP. Then I changed the badge... No I didn't really :) Johannes

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