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Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2005 20:17:49 +0100
From: RichardK <>
Subject: Re: 93 Convertible buying advice

Bob wrote: > On Tue, 04 Oct 2005 09:20:42 +0100, RichardK > <> wrote: > > > >>>OK it's been said the chassis not the greatest, but test drive one - it >>>might just be the car for you.. >> >>Nah. I'd rather buy a BMW 3-series, TBH. At least the proper wheels are >>driven. I've driven a Cavalier before. >> > > > > I was about to ask "then why do you post in a Saab group?" - then I > noticed that some of these replies are cross posted. > > If you like to make decisions without driving the cars involved, so be > it - your choice. In fact, I might even encourage it - the fewer > people that like Saabs, the lower the prices for the rest of us. Awww, did I touch a nerve? I've driven Saabs, but not the 900/9-3. There's a phrase here which goes "You can't polish a turd", and as the 900 (as opposed to C900, which is a REAL Saab, and one I would own) is based on a particularly uninspiring GM chassis. I have driven that chassis with rather good engines in it, and it still manages to leave me hankering for the quality and refinement of a Dodge Neon. Since they managed to take the Group 4 chassis which is reasonably entertaining in the Alfa 164, and make it into something akin to the automotive interpretation of porridge, I'm not convinced that Saab could save the dire Cavalier underpinnings. Given that the new 9-3 is not only based on the current Vectra, but also looks worryingly like a Mk 3. Cavalier, I think it's safe to assume that GM have managed to dilute Saab to little more than a brand. So, I'll take my SAABs in 94, 95, 96, 90, 99 and C900 forms please. I might be persuaded to try a 9-5, especially an estate, and I would obviously enjoy a Sonnet, but a fancy plastic dashboard and relocated key do not a SAAB make. Richard -- RichardK - 1980s in a can. Retro computing - Cars - 2004 Beetle Cabrio, 1989 Supra 3.0i, 1990 Sera, 1989 Volvo 740 MidiGuitar, AU/X. Apple 77-04. See links. Email - upgrade to 128 ;)

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