Date: 19 Jun 2004 23:57:56 GMT From: lkrznospamcomnospam (LauraK) Subject: Re: Howcome the 1998 Saab 9-5 wasn't available in the US?
>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 autotrader.com 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. lauraknospamousergraphics.com http://www.madmousergraphics.com web design, print design, photography