Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 20:14:28 +0100
From: Paul Hutchings <>
Subject: 93 Convertible buying advice

Went to look at a local Saab specialist dealer today. Saw a 1999 9-3 2.0 lpt SE Convertible on a "T" plate, 87k miles, 2 owners, FSH, in metallic light blue (best I can describe the colour). Spec is pasted below some some of it's stating the obvious. This place is basically a sister company of Bond Street Saab in Leicester, so anything that's too old for a "centre of town main dealers" goes there. The car's up at 8.5k, the guy I spoke with is the owner of the place and he explained that as winter is approaching and he has 8 convertibles in stock, he's willing to do a deal, he suggested he'd be able to take around 800 off the ticket price. The interior is in excellent condition, the exterior has a few stone chips and minor scratches that I would want putting right, but nothing noticeably wrong. I had a brief test drive (will probably arrange a lengthier one if I'm still interested) and, not being a mechanic, don't know what to say other than it started, it went, it stopped, and I now know what they mean my "scuttle shake". What I want is something that will handle 40 miles a day commute mostly down straight major A-roads with town driving at the "home" end. I want something a bit nippy for when I want it to be, but sensible enough for everyday use, comfortable, and reasonable fuel economy (I squeeze around 44mpg from the Golf) Appreciate any opinions. My car (2002 Golf Mk IV 1.4) is worth approx 5k part-ex going off Cap/Glasses/Parkers so it comes down to 3k for something a bit older, a bit better in "marque" terms, hopefully sensible, and obviously the hood seems nice when it's decent weather - not going to pretend I'm looking at a convertible entirely for practicality :-) cheers, Paul Climate Control Power Assisted Steering Passenger's Airbag Electric Aerial Headlamp Wash/Wipe Leather Upholstery Immobiliser ABS Electric Mirrors Driver's Airbag Cruise Control Alloy Wheels Metallic Paint Alarm Factory Audio Remote Locking --

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