Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 07:39:24 +0100 From: johannes <johsnospam-nospamme95754-fitter.com> Subject: Re: What killed this group?
Adrian wrote: > > Al (alistairdorenospamo.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they > were saying : > > > Real Saabs died with the 9000, the last Saab with any true Saab > > bloodline. > > The Alfa 164/Fiat Croma/Lancia Thema, y'mean? <grin> > > I s'pose that had a hint of Saab heritage - after all, there was the Saab > 600/Lancia Delta... The 9000 was a more integrated design than the 900, which was after all a cheap editing job on the 99. As I have posted many times, the 9000 couldn't be more different from the Italian sisters; I have owned a Croma CHT (1150Kg) and now drive a solid 9000 CSE (1400 Kg). The cars have little in common apart from some basic dimensions. There is some usenet folklore going round that parts are interchangeable, but that is complete bollocks. It is quite amazing that the weight of the Croma now matches the weight of a modern super-mini car. It did make the Croma quite a nippy car to drive, but the doors felt tinny.