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Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 20:00:25 GMT
From: "Mark Rayner" <>
Subject: Re: Help me decide on a replacement car

Here are the most relevant links that I have links I hope that is of at least some assistance. Cheers, Mark "Craig M. Bobchin" <> wrote in message > We decided to keep both Saabs for now. Mine pulls pretty good for a 12 > year old car, but after driving the 230HP Viggen I want more power! :) > > I'll probably keep the wheels I have for now since I recently put on 80k > rated tires less than 10k ago. But suspension and engine mods.... Those > I'll go for. Post the links please I'll see if they are any different > than those I have. > > Thanks > > Craig > > In article <HLVKf.13623$>, > says... >> You are in the same boat (mostly) as I am. >> >> I have a 96 CSE and I have had the turbo tuned up and put Aero front >> struts >> and a sports exhaust. I took it to my local Saab performance guy to get >> his >> opinion on best bang for buck to improve the performance further. He said >> that I could get 17" wheels, but more engine management would cost quite >> a >> bit and add very little. Already mine goes harder than a standard Aero >> according to him and my test drive of another Aero I agree with him. >> >> I also have little niggles that need repair like new bonnet badge, >> headlight >> wiper, sunvisor etc. In the end with performance mods, if I go too far, I >> will spend say, $4k if I did the wheels, suspension and engine management >> and end with a car that would be fun on the race track but not as nice a >> daily drive as it is today. Also the car would not be worth much more, so >> from a financial point of view it makes little sense, but I know that my >> head does not always rule my heart! >> >> Having said all that I am still looking for alternatives from Maptun in >> Canberra (I am in Sydney Australia) who are an international firm that >> provides lots of Saab performance products. >> >> I have been doing some weeks of research, so if you'd like some websites >> to >> refer to or compare other notes let me know. >> >> >> Cheers, >> >> >> Mark >> "Craig M. Bobchin" <> wrote in message >> >> > 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. >> > > > -- > You have no right to protection against being offended.

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