Date: Mon, 05 Jul 2004 09:25:59 +0100
From: Martin Rich <>
Subject: Re: Help needed! 900s or 900 se?

On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 07:51:26 GMT, "James Sweet" <> wrote: > >"David Taylor" <> wrote in message > >> , I'd say 99% of people learn to drive manual transmissions >> over here. That's a guess mind you, I don't have actual stats but I >> only know of one person that I know over the past 20 years that ever did >> an automatic only test and she then had to do a manual test a couple of >> years later when she changed car. >> >> David. > >Over where? I know plenty of people who don't know how to drive a manual, I >don't get it personally, I think automatics are boring and sluggish, can't >imagine actually preferring one but to each their own I suppose. Went to the >Volvo dealer today to pick up some trim clips and browsed the new models, >every last one they had on the floor was auto. > I'm not sure where David Taylor is, but the poster who started this thread is on Blueyonder which is the Internet arm of one of the British cable TV companies. I've come across quite a few people in Britain who only drive automatics, though it's certainly a minority. In London at least, automatics do seem to account for quite a lot of the Saabs on the road. I'm fairly certain the GM-based 900 has the same automatic transmission as my 9-3 - it's made in Japan by Aisin and, with the light-pressure-turbo engine at least, runs very well indeed. Martin

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