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Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 22:06:10 -0700
From: Joe Gugliemino <>
Subject: Re: Starting to shop

ma_twain wrote: > > > Joe Gugliemino wrote: > >> <Snip> >> It seems like I've got 2 options for buying used. I can either buy an >> off-lease for $10-15k (or more), or an older model for $5 - 10k. I >> really don't want to spend over $10k if I don't have to, but I don't >> want to buy a problem child either. What are some things to look out >> for in '96-'98 models? What would be a good price for an SE? Can I >> get one for $6k that would last? > > > > Define what you mean by older. I just did a search and found 4 Classic > 1991 to 1993 900s with manual transmissions in the Connecticut and New > York area, one as low as $1,800. Take a look at the Classics because > they have a different body style, with the most obvious advantage being > the superior visibility from the driver's seat. The Classics also have > a different engine layout and suspension, which has been given credit > for its great handling in the snow. Drive both a Classic and a NG model > and see what you think. If you can, compare them with the same tires on > wet/slippery roads to see how they handle. > 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. > >> >> The few Saab dealers I've called don't carry older models. <Snip> >> >> Thanks in advance for any comments, >> >> - Joe >> (To reply directly, remove the 'deleteme' from my address >> > -- - Joe (To respond directly, remove the 'deleteme' from my address)

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