Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 16:24:27 -0400
From: Dexter J <lamealameadingdongnopsamlamelame.org>
Subject: Re: SAAB  To buy or not to buy


Salutations: geo wrote: > > Wow! That's nothing short of poetic. I love Canada but NYC is cold enough > for me in the winter. > > What do you have against the 93+ models. How can you live without a rear > wiper in snow country??? > > BTW, I'd like to use your site but Real Audio always crashes on my XP box. > > Natural Light Black and White Photography > http://www.phastnet.com/~geos/ > -George- > Thanks - the experience has kinda brought the poet out in me I suppose.. They say every man has one good story in them - perhaps that is mine.. One of the things I have always liked about SAAB is that they - can - be really reliable and long lived compared to equally old cars.. I mean - if you compare a 13 year old good Jag or Audi - and an example of an equally old good SAAB - you are likely to get much better overall service out of the SAAB at that age.. Also - with a little creative work - you can usually transplant a lot of power train components between a given model line.. Which is nice if you are just plain working folk like me trying live on a budget.. For example - many years ago - I had a used 1979 99 model which we eventually rolled - I found a dead 84 900 and swapped in the power train/iginiton system from the 1979.. The auto tranny failed eventually - so I found an old 4 speed manual box (great BTW - never changed gears much at all) - and dropped that in. I drove the 900 until the body rusted out - when I dropped the power plant into an 1986 - and drove that until it got run over by a 3 ton in parking lot.. Insurance gave me a fair price and we got out of SAAB's for a while and bought an used VW Vanagon Water Boxer (young family - nice van at the time).. Almost all the parts between the 86-89 9000T are interchangeable - and the whole engine/tranny swaps into the cross-over 1990-1993 years - but the ignition systems and computer controls are not interchangeable as near as I can figure out and there is a lot of experience which suggests that post 1989 electronic controls (particularly TCS) are not as robost as pre 1990.. As to the new gen - post 1993 models - well as my wife puts it - that would mean owning a car that is less than 10 years old and that could very well thrown the greater balance of the delicate global economy out of wack such that I would fear the consequences.. :).. When they drop into the sub-$2,000 (Canadian) price range - we'll have to consider them too I suppose.. :) .. Please explain your RealAudio problem in more detail - what version of realaudio do you have on board? .. The site works great for it's 600 hundred or so regular listeners - some of them on G2 cell phones in 'Yurp' - to quote your President.. -- J Dexter - webmaster - http://www.dexterdyne.org/ all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Stan Rogers Live - Barrett's Privateers http://www.dexterdyne.org/888/167.RAM

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