Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 21:41:10 GMT From: Paul Halliday <pjghnopsamyonder.co.uk> Subject: Re: 9-3 Sport Sedan with 1.8L and 122 HP.
in article HoM71z.LKtnopsamove.se, Goran Larsson at hohnopsamlid.invalid wrote on 19/11/2003 19:49: > In article <3fbbbe42$0$29406$edfadb0fnopsamd15.news.tele.dk>, > Henrik B. <saabnopsamdsl_nospam_.dk> wrote: > >> My fears are, that this "new" Opel-engine will end up like the V6 -give >> Saab bad kredit. > > What V6? What bad kredit? AFAIK the two 3.0L V6 engines in the 9000 > and 9-5 has been solid and reliable engines. The one Saab has just dropped from the 9-5 range. Presumably this was the one we also saw in the Opel/Vauxhall Vectra. In a Saab shell, it did not sell as well as GM executives expected :) > Saab just has to sell a car of this type. The German tax systems limit > at 130hp, the insane car taxes in Denmark and Norway, etc, all make > this car important for Saab. This is precisely the market that I heard this car was targeting. There is another market that is growing in popularity and concern, certainly so here in the UK. If Saab introduced the bi-fuel system that can be found in the current Opel/Vauxhall Vectra 1.8i (presumably the same engine we're talking about here), I'd be very tempted indeed. I've seen a lot of LPG conversions on 9000s, but the C900 does not _seem_ to be a popular candidate. Volvo have done this for a few years now and it just galled me that Saab haven't offered it yet, what with their "eco" reputation. I must say though, it makes a change and gives me smile not to see "UK" or "Britain" in the same sentence as "insane taxes" :) Paul