Date: 27 Aug 2003 17:59:38 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: should a buy a saab

On Wed, 27 Aug 2003 17:35:59 GMT, Paul Halliday <> wrote: > > How often would you expect to see what you're asking on > the computer sections of Usenet? "Hi, my Windows is working fine ... Just > thought I'd say ..." :) Yeah, that'll happen... >> At purchase I was unconcerned about depreciation.To me it's more >> important to have peace of mind and hang on to a car long term,provided >> it serves you well.It's not like you get anything from a trade in on any >> kind of car,anyway. > > Absolutely! Agreed. I buy 'em slightly used (3-year lease return seems ideal for me) and keep 'em for a dozen years or so. > Owning an older car is a different matter altogether. This is where sheer > passion for the brand can be mis-interpreted as pig-headedness or zealotism. > As I said, I doubt I'll be buying a non-Saab for a few years to come. I love > the classic 900 and have gone backwards from there. I had a brief lust for > the 99s, but I find the late 96s and the Sonetts to be something really > desireable. "Corners like a jackrabbit on speed" was one quote from a review of the Sonett III. It's true; when your butt is 9 inches from the ground or so, it's even more noticable. Fun little car...maybe next summer. > Saab cars are solid, strong and reliable and I'd always recommend anyone to > buy one. Well, I know a few people who are completely "a car is an appliance" folks, who I would suggest they go buy a Honda or Toyota or something. If the're not "car people" at all, they wouldn't notice the differences. It's like someone who drinks weak American lager - a "real beer" might be too much for them. > I would never suggest that, say, a late 80s 900 would run like a > new car though. I wouldn't say it would be in a better condition than any > other car that old, but I would say there is a greater chance it has been > looked after better than another car of that age ... Saabs that have been > abused do take an amazing amount of punishment though. The "fun to drive" factor is significant as well. I've said it before; over a sample of nearly 4 decades of production, all of my Saabs drive very similarly; the center of gravity, weight distribution, feedback to the's all there. Dave Hinz

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