Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 19:19:39 -0500
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: 1998 GM 900 vs. C900

I drove Hondas, Toyotas, Fords, Volvos, Saabs, BMWs, and Audis with manual transmissions. The MR2 manual with the high revving engine was fun. The Audi Quattro had one of the smoothest manuals I ever drove. The Volvo M46 is one of the easiest to drive, perfect for a beginner. The Classic manual has a well earned reputation for being "difficult", but if you can drive a Classic with a manual, you can drive any manual. meld_b wrote: > No - it was a manual. I had an '84 900 that with the 8valve engine and > me being young I wasn't good to the transmission (rev to 6K & shift!) so > I had to buy a syncro and a fork at 90K miles or so. So when I got my > '89 900 I listened to advice that was around and put MTL in the tranny > from the beginning. The shifting was MUCH smoother. I think about 2 sec > in a C900 would reaffirm my opinions...Yes maybe the C900 was more FUN, > but then again so was the Sonnett I got to drive once, with that > wonderful freewheeling clutch! Actually, I think you can't beat the > feel of a Honda gearbox. > > Wow from Sonnetts to Volvo's we've strayed a bit from the Subject huh! > -D > > ma_twain wrote: > >> Am I guessing your C900 was an automatic? All of mine were/are >> manuals and there is no need for special lubricants to get them to >> shift. I will agree that a C900 with an automatic is not that great, >> but try one with a manual :-) >> >> Yes - I am talking Volvo. I learned to drive in a P1800. I still >> have my first Volvo, a 1982 245 Turbo with a B21FT engine and M46 >> transmission (4 speed electric overdrive). The 740 has better >> visibility and I have heard good things about the "newer" B23 engine. >> I still drive the 245 for fun - rear wheel drive, turbo and manual >> transmission :-) >> >> meld_b wrote: >> >>> I realized after I wrote about improvments that someone might not >>> think they were better... >>> I know I'm supposed to like wishbones over struts...but when going >>> over bumps - I'll take the struts. >>> >>> In order to get my C900 to shift I put RedLine MTL in the >>> transmission. Without that I think it was almost unshiftable when cold. >>> >>> Are you talking Volvo?!!??? >>> -D >>> >>>>>> >>>>>> The transmission feel, suspension, & interior noise I think are >>>>>> all WAY better in the NG900. Having a remote and Alarm system is >>>>>> taking some getting used to but I think this is an improvement. >>>>>> I'm really missing the ability to open the back hatch using a >>>>>> latch where it should be like the C900's (and our 02 Subaru!) >>>>> >>>>> >>>>> >>>> Some of us don't think they are improvements - but then that is only >>>> our opinion. Now, the 740 was an improvement over the 240. >>>> >>>> >>> >> >

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