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Date: 20 Jun 2004 08:58:53 -0700
From: (The Diesel)
Subject: Re: Howcome the 1998 Saab 9-5 wasn't available in the US?

Your reply and Dave Hinz's reply got me thinking(they're the only ones that showed up on my newsreader so far). Maybe the 2002 Saab 9-5 is not out of my price range. You see my original budget was $11,750, but my dad recently paid me back $950 that I'd loaned him years ago so now my budget is $12,700, and my dad will also let me trade in his beat up old 1994 Lincoln Town car that just sits there and collects dust anyway. I was only looking at cars within 100 miles of my area, but when I did searches for "all distances" I realized that it's not unheard of to find 2002 Saab 9-5 Linears with auto trans for about $13,900 so that a 2002 Saab 9-5 may actually be in my price range which would be great since among used cars the Saab 9-5 is listed in Consumer Reports as one of its "Good Bets", while the Volvo S80 is listed as one of its "Reliability Risks". There may not be any 2002 Saab 9-5s in my budget in my area at this time, but I know that they are out there in other parts of the country(some within just 187 miles) so if I just wait and keep looking, maybe there will be a 2002 Saab 9-5 within my budget in my area soon. The Volvo S80 does have major edges in the Side impact for the rear seat and rollover resistance, but the Saab 9-5 seems to have the edge in the Front Offset Crash Test and it has a major advangage in reliability, and you guys are saying that Saabs have and advantage in accident avoidance as well, while the side impact ratings for the front seat are a wash between the 2 cars. lkrznospamcomnospam (LauraK) wrote in message news:<>... > >Crash tests will vary from year to year, as you're seeing. It's not > >all that exact of a science. Even more impressive than Saab's > >crash test results are the injury statistics in the real world; > >it takes into effect not only how the car performs in an arbitrary lab > >test, but how it does in the real world - including crash _avoidance_ > >which the superb handling helps with a lot. > > Saabs are definitely the best at crash avoidance! It saved my life at least > three times on Friday, which seems to have been Drive Like an Idiot Day. > There's no doubt in my mind that those three near misses would have been > crashes in any other car I've driven. > Best way to find out about how Saab does in overall safety is to ask your > insurance agent how much it will cost to insure compared to other cars (or > other years in your case). > You should be able to find a good 1998-1999 Saab for less than your budget, > particularly if you're willing to go extra miles to buy one. I got my 1995 > 9000CS in Nashville, 280 miles from Knoxville, where I live. Great car at a > great price. > Search with and there's another site like it, can't remember the > name. > Check the classifieds and check with independent Saab mechanics in your area to > see if they know someone who is selling one. > Visit Saab dealers in your area, tell them what you're looking for and that you > wouldn't mind a higher mileage car if the price is right. A lot of times > they'll sell tradeins with high mileage to auction since there isn't much > market for them, since buyers fixate on mileage and not on how the mileage was > put on the car. Highway miles put very little wear on a car, stop and go miles > do. > When you got more time than money, you need to spend it looking for the best > deal. You'll find it, maybe not right away but you'll find it. > > > > > > > > web design, print design, photography

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