Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 17:09:40 GMT From: "Al" <alistairdorenospamo.com> Subject: Re: NG900 owners, what are you opinions of it?
"Paul Halliday" <pjghnospamyonder.co.uk> wrote in message news:BEF86A71.15249%pjghnospamyonder.co.uk... > in article 42d28e55$0$7809$da0feed9nospam.zen.co.uk, Grunff at > grunffnospam.com wrote on 11/07/2005 16:24: > >> As for the NG900, most disappointing drive of my life. And I've driven >> Triumph Heralds. > > They've got none of the "go" of either the C900 or the 9000, none of the > style of either and certainly none of the luxury of the latter. I disagree on your last point, all round EW are standard options include aircon, leather etc if you look hard enough. >Very poor cars, IMO, both for performance and for safety. The Talladega >might sound > like a special car, but it just doesn't feel like a SAAB. Given that fact, > why not go for a fast Vectra or a turbo Astra? > Hell why not go for a Punto Sporting?!? I mean the guys looking for a Saab, he's done the other marque thing, so lets not move the goalposts eh?! ;-) > When I was in a similar position recently, fed up with putting up with > little problems that I could sort out at my leisure if my C900 was a > "second > car", I started looking about and came to a number of conclusions: > > 1. There are very few cars that are anywhere near the style, power, > performance, stability, fun and "wow" factor as the C900. I would say, for > the price, but they are very special cars. I totally agree with Paul on this one! > > 2. As a C900 owner, the NG900 simply does not stand up. In it's own right, > it does not compare to other cars of its peerage. Again, I would say for > the > price, but BMWs of the era out-class them and are no more expensive. Heck, > even the Vauxhall Vectra is definitely a better car! > Sorry Paul but I strongly disagree on both points, having had a NG900 in the family for four years. As you know I also own a C900 Aero, and for performance and fun the NG900 doesn't compare, although our NG900 is non turbo so it's not really compaing apples with apples is it? > 3. A "daily car" would need to be very much an exact opposite of the C900 > for me to be interested. That, or be another SAAB, which is where I > started > to look very seriously at 9000s and drive a few 9-3s and 9-5s to see how I > liked them. > > I found the 9-5 to be a very nice car indeed; more so than the 9-3, but > that's my opinion. The 9-3 did not feel to have anything like the C900 in > the good ways, but the 9-5 had very much the feel of the 9000, but less > spacious. More like the humble C900 (updated, of course) in many ways, I > felt. > > What about a 9-3 of the right vintage for the price? I gather the very > early > ones were almost a simple re-badge of the former NG900, but I could well > be > wrong. 1999 seemed like a good year to take as a starting year when I was > looking :) > Onthis we agree, if you can afford a 93, preferably 1999/2000 then you'd be happier. I know a man who has a 2001 185bhp 93 Turbo in cosmic blue with FSH for around £5k. Looked at her today, looks great but we went for a 9000 Anniversary instead, see some posts later tonight. > Of course, someone who has owned a NG900 as a daily driver may well have a > very different story to tell, but do bear in mind that they are now a > couple > of years older since you last owned a SAAB and as a general rule of thumb > are cheaper than C900s in the "trade". That, in itself, is starting to > tell > a story. Merely that C900's are becoming more and more sought after by us enthusiasts, it's merely supply and demand thats keeping C900 prices high. Sadly many of the C900's are no longer with us, i.e. the supply is dwindling, whereas there are still plenty of good NG900's to be had. Many of our number (wrongly IMHO) poo poo the NG900. > > Paul > > Vart tog v”gen v”gen? > SAAB : Nothing on earth comes close > Paul, none of my ripostes above are meant as a personal slight, so please don't take offence! I don't really think he wants a NG900, it is after all a completely different kettle of fish to a C900. BUT a NG900 is a far better car IMHO than any Vauxhall, and I'm a Vauxhall fan, I drove em for 12 years before I finally got the C900 I'd always hankered after. Al