Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 04:00:47 -0500
From: "dave" <>
Subject: Re: Newbie question

"Scott Stephenson" <> wrote in message > Here's the deal- I commute about 135 miles a day (round trip) and need > something fairly comfortable for a 6' 2" guy. I'm looking for something > reliable and capable of going 120,000 miles over the next five years or > so. > I've always loved Saabs and have the opportunity to get a 99 900 S Turbo > (109k miles) at a very good price. The car meets all of my requirements, > is > ultra clean and appears to be sound. > > The questions- if the car is all good off the lot, can I expect it to hold > up well with the high mileage requirement I have? If I treat it like a > member of the family, how many miles could I typically expect to get out > of > it? Are there any problems with this model that I should specifically > look > for? I've heard stories of 400k miles plus, but find it hard to believe. > > Thanks in advance for any help. > > 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! A properly maintained Saab will return far more positive feedback than most cars you could purchase as a general rule. They tend to handle better and accelerate much faster than the numbers would indicate. A Saab is much more kin to a MGB than anything else. The odds and ends, like power windows and such, tend to have more faults than most cars. All in all though, if you want an enjoyable and visceral driving experience, it's hard to beat a Saab. If you are worried about pure raw miles, Saabs and most other well built cars will do far more miles than you will want to endure. You will likely get tired of the car before it wears out. dave 1992 C900s 106k too cold to change oil today!

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