Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2003 16:34:11 -0500
From: Tom Reingold <>
Subject: Re: the perfect car

The respectable Walt Kienzle wrote: > [snip] > > >>I should look at other minivans like the Ford Windstar. Looks like a >>huge gas guzzler, though, but my mechanic, who specializes in Saabs, >>likes his wife's Windstar a lot. > > > I haven't driven one, but I don't think it is too bad in the fuel > department. The original Windstar was based on the Taurus platform. I > believe the new version still is. I also own a Taurus (with the 220hp gas > guzzling engine), and the highway fuel economy is almost as good (within > about 2 MPG) as with my Saab. I would guess the size and weight of the > Windstar might cost another 1 or 2 MGP. I think the height of a vehicle (or really, the air drag) is a big factor, especially lately, now that engines are more efficient. I think the taller the vehicle, the worse is your mileage, and this seems to matter more than the displacement of the engine. > So, where do you live in Joizy? I just came back from a 6 month assignment > in Bergen county. My Saab and I visited Joe and crew at The Swedish > Connection. They did excellent work for me, and even provided me with a > "free" rental car for the day when the header pipe for my exhaust decided > that it couldn't keep itself together anymore. I live in Maplewood, in Essex County, near Newark. See Where is the Swedish Connection? My mechanics are two brothers, who run an independent shop in Warren, NJ. They specialize in Saabs but they can work on anything. I've been going to them for MANY years.

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