Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 18:35:00 GMT
From: "James Sweet" <>
Subject: Re: Newbie question

> 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. The ragtop thing definitly depends on climate amoung other things, here in Western WA I can't understand why anyone would want one, it's raining and/or cold probably 80% of the time I'm in a car. Perhaps in a warmer dryer area there would be more appeal, though given a choice between a hard steel shell or a flap of fabric protecting me in the event of a serious accident the choice is obvious for me.

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