Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 01:56:56 +0100
From: "Kristian Steve Jensen" <>
Subject: Re: Opinions about new SAAB 92x

"Pumba" <> skrev i melding news:Hz4nd.11121$ > Hello everyone, > > I am currently in the market for a new car. I am looking at the new volvo > S40 (AWD T5 version), the SAAB 92X (Turbo AWD version) and the Subaru WRX > (not sti). From my research all 3 cars appeal to me and are up my budget. > I have heard that the SAAB is merely a Subaru WRX engine with a SAAB > body - > is that true? If it is true.......would current 92x owners recommend > buying > the Subaru for about 1k less? > Out of all 3.....the Volvo appeals to me the most......but > with the options i want (like moonroof etc)......the price is going over > my > budget. > > I have also never owned a SAAB and so I am interested to hear > opinions/concerns about its reliability etc. I generally tend to keep > cars > for at least about 6-7 years.......My current Honda has about 120K miles > and > is 7 years old and has served me really well with respect to realibility. > So my 2 main factors are I want a car thats fun to drive (I think all 3 > above models would be fun to drive) but at the same time gives me the > reliability i want. > > Just wanted to get opinions from die hard SAAB fans on what i can expect > by > owning a swedish car for about 6-7 years. > Subaru reliability is top notch, people drive these cars daily and use them on trackdays several times each year, with almost no maintenance needed outside normal service and the occasional brake pad change if driven hard. It is true about the 9-2X being a rebadged Subaru, but if the difference is just 1k, then go for the Saab. It has (to my knowledge) a better interior with more quality feel, and is a more exclusive brand which reflects on you as being a person with good taste. The Saab/WRX also has a true 4WD system with constant power to the rear wheels, while the Volvo only applies power rearwards as needed. The Saab should also make for a far more comfortable and, if necessary, sporty ride than the Volvo. Neither of the cars are very practical as wagons, but I believe the Saab has the most space. The Volvo is the definitive winner when it comes to the design of the exterior and interior, and noone makes better seats than Volvo('s subcontractors, who also delivers seats to Saab ;) ) but the Saab is the best car of the three you have mentioned here when it comes to quality and driving experience. However, you really should test these cars for yourself and make your own opinion. Also, have you considered waiting for the BMW E90 3-series, or the new Audi A4 Quattro? Kristian

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