Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2003 18:38:01 -0500
From: (Ramsey Frist)
Subject: Re: What would you do, should I trade up my 9000?

In article <KOL_9.3379$>, "Grand Poobah" <> wrote: > Well, I own a fairly basic 1996 9000 CS, 2.3 LPT with 159,000km on the > clock. Moon roof, velour trim, basic computer and basic air con. I've had an > ABS sensor and a head gasket job in the last 16 months. The auto trannie > still seems OK to me but I hear rumours that the box can go at any time and > 100,000 miles is about the limit and I'm just about there right now. I do > have a 10 CD stacker and Aero wheels though (which I think look fantastic). > Hi Jon, I would not worry too much about the auto tran as long as it is not abused with jack rabbit starts. I gave my 1994 CSE Auto to my son and it is going strong at 175,000 miles. A year ago I could not resist buying one of the last of the 9000s (1998 CSE with the Aero engine, 5 speed) that came up for sale nearby. It is a great car. Although it requires top premium fuel it does get a little better mileage then the automatic. With the 94 auto I averaged 24.5 mpg and with the 98 5 speed I now average 26.9 mpg. Most of my driving is on the interstate highways. Would that be "moterways" in New Zealand? Both are great cars that have been relatively inexpensive to maintain. You should not go wrong either way. Best regards, R. Frist

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