Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 11:49:52 +0100
From: MeatballTurbo <carl.robsonnopsamcing-czechs.com>
Subject: Re: Starting to shop


In article <3ECDAC42.4000705nopsamteme.charter.net>, jgoogsnopsamteme.charter.net says... > For me, older is in the 4 - 7 year range. I already drive a 10 year old > car and I'd like something newer. Besides my better half doesn't much > like the idea of even a '97. And this may be heresy, but I don't like > the Classic body style as much as the 900 SE. I like the aerodynamic > style of sloped windshield and the hatch. If the NG handles well it's > good enough for me. > Thats fair comment about the shape. I wasn't keen at first, and when i went looking for a Saab, I deliberatley avoided it, looking only for a Classic, wihtin the few hundred GBP mark, rather than the few thousand. I noticed that the upper end of the Classic market (not the collector/owners club, but normal prices) is actually higher than the lower end of the NG 900 market. I took that as telling me something about the NG900. I know in the UK it is basically a "Vauxhall Cavalier in drag", as none saab owners know it. But it doesn't seem to suffer from the rust/wear and general image aging that a simialr aged Cavalier would suffer from, so if a NG900 floats your boat go for it. Personally I'm happy with my '84 Classic 900 T16 Aero. it is nearly twice the age, more than twice the mileage, and cost me 3 times as much as previous 2 Non Saab old Bangers that did me a year each. But it drives better, go faster, handles much better in standard trim, and is quieter/more comfortable. And I have been reliably informed that as long as I keep the serviing upto date, the 121k miles I have on it now is just enough to have it properly run in. biggest expense I'm expectingwill be the gearbox. First and second synchros have wear on them, and it will pop out of gear when backing of off the throttle at low speeds ocassionally. Not enough to be a problem, but just something I'm aware of. -- The poster formerly known as Skodapilot. http://www.bouncing-czechs.com

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