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Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 13:11:23 +0200
From: Peter Bozz <>
Subject: Re: 1998 9-3 2.2 TiD

Grunff wrote: > > I know what you mean - but sometimes you just have to say "screw image, > this is good engineering". I have 4 saabs, but I also have a (very > pimpy) 1987 325i, white with body kit!! I didn't but it from a pimp or a > dealer, I bought it from a very nice old gent who'd owned it from new. > > I would've thought at your price range you should be able to get a 97-99 > 3 series diesel, no? Well, yes, but chances are it'll be a 318tds, probably Touring. If I'm getting a BMW 3-series, then I want at least a 325tds. Those are kind of hard to get -- most have galactic mileages already. I've heard of BMW reliability, but still, if I'm gonna invest a lot of cash, I don't want a car that's been worn out from the start. The Saab I was looking at had only done 110,000km, full opts, no leather. No way you can get a similar BMW for that price (9000 Euros), or it'll be a 1996 5-series with 300,000km on the clock. > >> Of course, for half the price I can get a diesel Mondeo or >> Escort, or Opel Vectra. But what's the fun in that? > > > Then go for the Vectra - very little difference between that and the 9^3 > - think of the 9^3 as a Vectra with better trim. Yeah, that's true. Shame I find the Vectra utterly dull and uninvolving. Can't bring myself to invest in a car like that. I'd rather get the Honda, if any decent Accord diesels were available currently.

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