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Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2003 18:09:53 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: What car would you buy INSTEAD OF of a Saab???

Grunff wrote: > > Andy Evans wrote: > > I have a 1985 900 turbo, and the warning signs are beginning - the recon turbo > > I had fitted 3 yrs ago just went again, so we're replacing replaced parts now. > > I'm considering that while I have a window of opportunity with a fully working > > car - once the turbo is fitted - I should sell it. I like the 900s, and I might > > get another, but my eye is roving. If I like a Saab, what else might be good in > > a much newer vintage - say late 90s. I want low maintenance, reasonable cost > > parts and a solid body shell that will withstand impacts (I've been > > concertina'd in the fast lane - bad memory). We're all Saab lovers, but there > > may be a next best option. What would you do in my shoes for a low cost low > > maintenance but solid car? A mechanic suggested a VW Jetta. > > I'm biased, but I believe I have good reasons. I've owned cars > from the following manufacturers: > > Saab > Volvo > BMW > Renault > Citroen > Honda > Vauxhall > Rover > > And to me, only BMW come close to (and in some aspects surpass) > the quality of a Saab. > > If I were you, I'd get a late 9000 Aero. You will love it very, > very much. Alternatively, go for a late 5 series. Superb cars. I shouldn't say that, but I quite like the look of Volvo S60. I haven't tried it, but tests suggests that it is more comfy than sporty and a bit heavy, suits me fine. Turbo engines 180-300 bhp. However, no chance that I can afford one and my 1993 9000 is still going strong.

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