Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 21:49:39 GMT
From: "Walt Kienzle" <wkienzlenospam.com>
Subject: Re: Help me decide on a replacement car


Craig, I have exactly the same quandary and had the same revelation with the Mazdaspeed 6. It is particularly disappointing because the original Mazdaspeed prototype was designed around the hatchback, but was changed to a sedan to provide better frame rigidity. I don't really need the all-wheel drive, so my alternative was the Mazda 6i with an aftermarket turbo (http://www.turbo-kits.com/6_turbo_kits.html). I may need to rethink that plan too. An online search of dealer inventory at mazdausa.com shows than none of the 10 dealerships within 25 miles have a 4 cyl, manual hatchback and haven't had one in the past 4 months that I have been checking. Other small problems such as the turbo cost of US$3795 plus installation, it not being EPA approved and I live in an area that requires emissions tests also come into play. I managed to fix my stalling 9000 that has been out of action since October - primarily since I was out of town and didn't have the time to look at it. The problem ended up being a US$18 coolant temperature sensor available at the local AutoZone. But, as you note, the car won't be that reasonable to repair all the time. If I can, I plan on waiting for the BioPower 9-5. The appeal of buying US$1.69/gal. fuel (the current price for E-85 in my area) vs. US$2.49 for 98 RON unleaded and then getting an extra 30 hp may cause me to waive the hatchback requirement. Please keep your findings posted. Since we seem to have the same taste in cars, we may be able to buy together and get a quantity discount! Walt Kienzle 1991 9000T "Craig M. Bobchin" <CBobchinnospaminSBCGlobal.net> wrote in message news:MPG.1e652724721c6696989785nospam.la.sbcglobal.net... > Believe me I'm biased towards Saab as well. I'm on my 4th Saab, and it > is only the lack of a true replacement for the 9k that prompts my > question. > > At some point the upkeep on the 9k is going to be more than is > economically worthwhile. I'm trying to head that off at the pass. > > My feeling is this: I like both cars (9k and Viggen), my wife is blase' > on both (even though she has been primary driver on the Viggen), so if > we have to get rid of one I don't know which I would get trade in. > > If only Saab had a 9-5 hatch or a true replacement for the 9k Aero it > would be a no brainer, But alas, they don't. > > I just found out the Mazda Speed6 is sedan only and no fold down rear > seats, Based on specs it is about the same size as a 9-5. <SIGH> if only > they had a 5 door hatch. It is a 274hp turbocharged 4cyl. And here I > thought the 9-5 was the fastest/most HP 4 banger around. > > > > In article <1140550273.551745.28770nospam2000cwa.googlegroups.com>, > yaofengchennospaml.com says... >> When you ask the question such as you posted on this NG, you can >> practically eliminate #3 because most are biased toward keeping the >> SAAB. For me personally I would drive the wheels off the 9k before >> getting the 9-5. You won't get any SAAB which seats five as >> comfortably as the 9k except probably the new 9-7. >> >> > > -- > You have no right to protection against being offended.

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