Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 21:54:52 +0100
From: "Charles C." <>
Subject: Re: 93 Convertible buying advice

Hi, Responding only to the saab group as that is the one I frequent. Paul Hutchings wrote: > Went to look at a local Saab specialist dealer today. >=20 > Saw a 1999 9-3 2.0 lpt SE Convertible on a "T" plate, 87k miles, 2=20 > owners, FSH, in metallic light blue (best I can describe the colour). Cosmic blue I think is what you are talking about. >=20 > Spec is pasted below some some of it's stating the obvious. >=20 > This place is basically a sister company of Bond Street Saab in=20 > Leicester, so anything that's too old for a "centre of town main=20 > dealers" goes there. Yes, uhmm, ehmm. Also anything that is not up to scratch to sell through = a main dealer. [Having written the message ... I am more convinced the=20 sister company may be used to sell cars the dealer can't sell. See the e= nd] See that it has a service book full of dealer service history stamps.=20 And if it does, esp. if it is from the parent company, take a drive=20 there and see if they are willing to give you a print out of the service = history. Stamps in the book are not worth much, receipts or a printout of the=20 services/repairs would be worth more. >=20 > The car's up at =A38.5k, the guy I spoke with is the owner of the place= =20 > and he explained that as winter is approaching and he has 8 convertible= s=20 > in stock, he's willing to do a deal, he suggested he'd be able to take = > around =A3800 off the ticket price. And then you will get the usual story ... your car is not worth much.=20 If you are willing to sell your car privately ... and so on you might=20 get the best price to change. >=20 > The interior is in excellent condition, the exterior has a few stone=20 > chips and minor scratches that I would want putting right, but nothing = > noticeably wrong. I had a brief test drive (will probably arrange a=20 > lengthier one if I'm still interested) and, not being a mechanic, don't= =20 > know what to say other than it started, it went, it stopped, and I now = > know what they mean my "scuttle shake". >=20 > What I want is something that will handle 40 miles a day commute mostly= =20 > down straight major A-roads with town driving at the "home" end. I wan= t=20 > something a bit nippy for when I want it to be, but sensible enough for= =20 > everyday use, comfortable, and reasonable fuel economy (I squeeze aroun= d=20 > 44mpg from the Golf) You will not get 44 mpg :-) If you are nice mid-thirties (I hope 9-3=20 owners can put me right on this) and if you like pressing the fun pedal=20 then below 30. >=20 > Appreciate any opinions. My car (2002 Golf Mk IV 1.4) is worth approx = > =A35k part-ex going off Cap/Glasses/Parkers so it comes down to =A33k f= or=20 > something a bit older, a bit better in "marque" terms, hopefully=20 > sensible, and obviously the hood seems nice when it's decent weather -= =20 > not going to pretend I'm looking at a convertible entirely for=20 > practicality :-) >=20 > Sorry can't pass further comments on convertibles or 9-3. It may be=20 worth your while checking dealers direct. I just found an Aero on the Y = plate with 62k miles in Edinburgh for =A311.5 =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D visit select Approved used cars then Approved used car locator Do a national search and select model =3D 9-3 2 door convertible (PS. sorry I can't quote url it is all done with POST requests). YOu will find there are cards below =A310K. and in fact they sound cheape= r=20 than yours once age and mileage are taken into account. Regards Charles --=20 Please remove _removeme_ to reply.

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