Date: 20 Jun 2004 14:18:20 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: BMW or Saab Convertible

On Sun, 20 Jun 2004 09:47:12 +0100, apk1 <> wrote: > Help ! > > I am considering the purchase of either a BMW or Saab convertible, the car > is to be used for work - about 20,000miles pa. I am looking to spend about > 10-12,000. Seems like a reasonable price range. I've got a 1999 Saab 9-5, with the 2.3 Litre LPT engine, enjoy it greatly. I put on about 30,000 miles a year, and expect to keep it for ten years - an unremarkable and totally reasonable mileage expectation for this engine, by the way. > 1/ which will be most fun/relaxing to drive? Hard to say. Try 'em both! > 2/ Which will take the miles the best ? They're both damn fine cars, with the same sort of engineering going in to both. I'm biased towards Saab, but it's subjective I'm sure. > 3/ As I'll probably be looking at a 318 or 2.0lpt Saab what sort of > fuel/servicing costs am I looking at? I've had only consumables (gas/tires/oil), scheduled checkups (30K, 60K, 90K miles), and a serpentine belt and tensioner as expenses on my Saab. Last one went 247,000 miles with equally unremarkable service history. > Any Help/advice gratefully received. Sounds like you'll be getting a lot of windshield time, and as you're saying, it's important that it's done in a comfortable, fun, safe car. If snow is part of your world, you might give serious consideration to the front wheel drive of the Saab. I can't see you being unhappy, at all, if you select the Saab. Dave Hinz

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