Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 00:43:01 -0400
From: Dexter J <lamealameadingdongnopsamlamelame.org>
Subject: Re: Well - I wrecked her..


Salutations: On Mon, 17 Nov 2003 02:18:17 GMT, Harvey White <madynnopsametcom.com> wrote: >> > Jetta is not a luxury car, looks like a bmw at best. Same German > design philosophy, and you might not have the same feel as a Saab. > > Might not, never driven a 9000, just a 9-5, but I'd prefer the saab. > > Harvey Welcome brother Harvey and well, so do we really. The SAAB is our favorite ride and while I'm a 9000 man myself, the 9-5 is nothing to sneeze at. I'm very impressed with the fact that my 9000 is still working well (you know, aside from the missing front end thing) at 310,000km. Moreover - it provides an almost Tardis like trade regarding amount of space inside against it's total wheelbase. This is a family car and I have the crayola stains on the back of the drivers seats and loose soil in the trunk to prove it.. :) .. I think I'm on record here as once saying that of the great many machines we've had over the years - I think the interior and ergonomics of the 9000 are pretty much perfect in every way except the lack of a floor start key and the flipping wide door pillars.. arrggg.. The 1995 Continental isn't the yacht it's TownCar sister is and given several million kilometer examples I've ridden to the airport in - no slouch on the longevity or ride/drive sides. It will never be as good on the fuel as the 9000 and it might also start getting expensive as the various first generation electronic controls (suspension, tranny, steering rack) start to age.. The 97 Jetta is supposed to a real tank - I expect it's about as well appointed and rides like one too. I get the impression it's not very roomy inside, but it gets around 35-40 miles to the gallon on anything from Lamp Oil to Bunker C. While no SAAB, the turbo is supposed to make it fairly good engine wise. My understanding of the machine is that it is easily a 700,000km+ outfit with minimal care and service. It's rides worse and starts to smell a lot as you go along - but things don't seem to break much on them. The only real problem with the SAAB in question will be the price the current owner (local garage) will let it go for. While I note $8000 as what I might offer - he is asking considerably (and somewhat unrealistically) more. It's in good shape - but it's no peach. Moreover - while I would have spares - not a lot of the fairly expensive stuff bolts over and it's a darned automatic I've been looking for a 5 speed.. Anyway - as we can't be without a car for any length of time - we're going to have to make a call shortly. Maybe we'll just buy a beater for a while and see what comes up. Nobody is happy with that idea, but cars tend to get fairly cheap after New Years around here.. -- J Dexter - webmaster - http://www.dexterdyne.org/ all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Nelson Charles - Seven Spanish Angels http://www.dexterdyne.org/888/179.RAM

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