Date: Sat, 02 Nov 2002 22:32:27 -0500
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Saab or Volvo?


Joseph Oberlander wrote: > Four Weis wrote: > > > > SimonJ wrote: > > > > > >>Or more specifically........ > >> > >>Saab 9000 CSE 2.3T (preferably Aero) > >>or > >>Volvo 850 T5 Estate. > >> > >>I'm looking to buy either of the above, have had several 9000's, but am > >>considering the T5 for a change. Any comments, pros and cons of either? > >> > >>I'm in UK, if that makes any difference! > > > > > > Just my highly biased opinion - I think Saab has done a better job with > > front wheel drive cars than Volvos - get the 9000. I think the classic > > rear wheel drive Volvos are the better Volvo, but again, just a personal > > bias from driving even today, a classic Volvo turbo rear wheel drive wagon > > with a manual transmission and a Saab, with a manual as well. > > > > The one complaint about the front wheel drive Volvos in general was the > > philosophy of making them disposable cars by designing them to be expensive > > to repair. One example is the power window switch design. The fwd Volvos > > have a one piece design, if one contact goes bad, you replace the whole > > unit, even though the other three switches work just fine. In the rwd > > Volvo you can replace the switches individually. > > Saab isn't any good in this reguard either. Perhaps he shold buy a mint > condition 1993 240? He was looking an 'estate', so a 1993 245 would be perfect. The classic 900 hatchback does give up some space to the 245, but it still holds alot. I know because I still drive a classic 900S hatchback and a 245 Turbo.

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