Date: Sat, 03 Jul 2004 23:15:34 GMT
From: Bob <>
Subject: Re: Help needed! 900s or 900 se?

On Sat, 03 Jul 2004 20:48:52 GMT, "Nichollette" <> wrote: > Hello, >I'm shopping for my first second hand saab and looking for a convertible Good choice, I have a 1997. I love it. I drive it just to drive it. I look for places to go. I take the long way home. >(I'm a woman!), I won't hold it against you. In fact, I actually find it makes you somewhat more appealing to converse with that the other 99% of the posters out here who are crusty old male Saab cult members with grease under their fingernails. (as Bob ducks to avoid incoming flames :-) >and don't know the difference between the 900s and the >900se. I'm in the USA and it may be a little different in the UK. (Someone there will speak up in a minute or two.) In general, the 900SE has "all" the options. Electronics, leather, wheels & tires, upgraded stereo, CD, power everything. Considering the minor difference in price now, the SE is a much better choice, with much more enjoyment per mile. >Looking at 1996/1997 models. I suggest the 1997. There are a couple of minor, but not necessarily cheap things, that they had fixed by 1997. You get all of those fixes in a 1997. A 1998 is an even better choice, but prices will be higher. >Non turbo. Automatic. >And is there a big difference between the 2.00 and the 2.3? I'm not going >to be racing it, but I don't want to be lagging behind gravel trucks on long >slow hills! Again, I may hit a country difference, but AFAIK, the 2.0 is always a turbo. The 2.3 is a non-turbo. However, we all (me and the crusty guys here) suggest a turbo. It's not some overpowered, racers toy. It just a refined car with a little more power. Maintenance is the same as the 2.3. Mileage is probably about the same too. You mentioned an automatic: first, I would *highly* recommend a standard and a turbo. It's a winning combination. If you don't know how to drive a standard, you can learn. Really, it's lots of fun. I don't like the 2.0 or 2.3 with an automatic because the motor does not have a lot of power at low RPM's when pulling away. WIth the standard, you can just rev it a little to get the turbo and engine moving. With an automatic. it will pull out very slowly. Try to cut across traffic and see what you think before buying. You might consider the V6. It's not a real favorite around here as it's a non-Saab motor (Opel/GM source) but it's not a bad motor. It does need the timing belts changed religiously every 30K miles ($400USd) and a couple of maintenance items (like spark lug and thermostat changing) are more work than they should be. Aside from that, it's probably a better choice for an automatic. >All help appreciated. My pleasure, mademoiselle, Bob >Nichollette >

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