Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 17:07:47 -0500
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: Newbie question

James Sweet wrote: >>I am 6'2". Mazda Miata's are not an option. They are built for short >>people. For a tall guy a Saab, some other European car, or god forbid a >>truck is the best option. Your only other choices are monster Lincoln >>Continentals, Cadillacs, and numb nut Buicks. I drive a C900 (prior to >> > 1993 > >>Saab). This car works great for me. I don't drive near the miles you do, >>and I don't have a real good feel for what a GM 900 will do for a person >> > of > >>taller stature, since I don't own one. Saab's have a love it or hate it >>type of disposition. If you don't mind tinkering with odds and ends, and >>occasionally enjoy getting oily, a Saab is for you. If you would rather >> > let > >>someone else work on your pride and joy, I would advise a Volvo, MB, BMW, >> > or > >>some other ragtop. As always I advise a ragtop! >> > > > Owning both a few Volvos and a C900 I can say with certainty that a Volvo > (at least a RWD one) is at least as easy for a shadetree mechanic as a Saab. > Both are a joy to work on, lots of space under the hood, everything fits > together in a logical manner, and the fuel injection and many other > accessories are similar or identical. Both are well known to run 250-300k+ > miles without major problems as well. > > I have a Classic 900 and a Volvo 245. The old design rear wheel drive Volvo is very easy to maintain and lasts "forever". My 245 is a 1982 and I still use like a pickup truck - it keeps on truckin' with the heavy duty springs :-) The Classic 900 is a great design. It has great visibility with the big curved windshield and the bottom hatch edge does not have a lip. This is great for us "older" Saab drivers who want to protect their backs by sliding heavy loads instead of lifting them over a lip - like the NG900. Back to the OP. The model was listed as 99 900 S Turbo. This is a good car, not a great car, in my opinion. It has the a flat windshield with big front pillars which block your view - if compared to a Classic. But Classics are getting hard to find and the NG900 body is no better or worse than most other current cars in terms of visibility. If I had to chose between a NG900 and a Camry, I would take the NG900. I would trade off reliabilty, better gas mileage, and lower maintenance cost for the better handling and ride. I drove a Camry and NG900 for while when I was looking for a nice Classic 900. I prefer a Classic 900, which is what I eventually found :-)

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