Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 13:21:24 +0100 From: Pooh Bear <rabbitsfriendsandrelationsnospamail.com> Subject: Re: C stands for Classic and here is the "Historical Timeline"
Johannes wrote: > Pooh Bear wrote: > > > > Johannes wrote: > > > > < snip > > > > > > Well, then we'll never agree. I just think it's idiotic to say that 9000CC > > > is a classic car and 9000CS is not. Why not use their Saab names instead > > > of the Classic/NG nonsense. > > > > I'm 100% with you here. > > > > The '92-93 model on 9000 was simply a 'facelift' in my view. Nothing significant > > in the mechanical dept changed for sure. The bodyshape isn't changed much either > > other than to be a bit sleeker. > > > > In comparison the C900 / NG900 is a clear difference, not least in the chassis and > > indeed the total body has no relationship whatever to the previous model. > > > > Graham > > Yes, even the enthusiast web site http://www.saabmuseum.com/9000/my.html confirms > that view. Notice that they have two entries for the 900: '900' and 'GM900', > but only one entry for the 9000. For the 9000, you find a complete list of MY > changes. The 1992 MY was introduced as follows: > > Model Year 1992 > > The most significant change for 1992 was the introduction of the 9000 CS - > a five door with a lower bonnet and four headlamps - separate lamps for full > and dipped beam. The new rear section had improved safety reinforcements. > > Catalytic converters became standard on all Saabs for all markets provided > that fuel grades and local rules allowed them. Saab made another industry > first with the introduction of CFC-free air conditioning systems. > > ABS (Antilock Braking System) was standard on all models for Sweden, Europe > (not UK) and the United States. On sale from the Spring of 1992 was the 9000 > Griffin - which came equipped with every available option as standard. > > > That's it! Conclusion: The earlier 9000 are no more 'Classic' than the later > models. Incidentally, the Parker's price guide to used cars available here in the UK also doesn't distinguish between any 9000 model - but it certainly does between the C900 and the GM inspired 900 with the Opel Ascona / Vauxhall Cavalier chassis. Graham.