Well, I'm very happy with my Saab. I love the way it rides. The motor is so quiet that one thinks sometimes that the engine is off when it's on. It's a great experience to drive such fantastic piece of machinery. The style of the body just talks to you. Its' my girl and I can't get enough of her. She handles sweet and she's fast. I'm putting a new convertible roof on her and I can't wait.
I have owned this car over 13 years and can't give it up. I used to trade every 3 years, but my Saab has it all (except cup holders). Spent very little in repairs, gave it regular maintenance and it just keeps running through everything. Have hauled everything in the back including bricks, but she still cleans up like a new car. No rust (after 13 years in Indiana winters), paint still like new, as is the interior. I had to replace the CD player, and convert the air, but after 13 years and nearly 140,000 miles, I wouldn't dream of trading her for anything. She is a great work car and will drive on any terrain as long as the clearance is OK. I will drive her until the wheels fall off.
Turbo (don't forget oil changes). Seat heaters, more features than on new cars. Tight turning radius. No blind spots. Doesn't look like every other car on the road. Love the six feet of cargo space when the back seats are down. like having a small truck. Take care of her and she'll love you forever.
This car has been a joy to own. It has
the unique image I desire, the cargo
space to accommodate my photo gear and
dog (and now husband too), and was
tough enough to handle forest service
roads as long as they weren't
designated 4WD only. While the
clearance is low compared to an SUV,
it's high for a sedan. Other than
regular maintenance items, I have had
no extra expenses with this vehicle. It
is still very reliable, though as it
gets older, obviously more and more
basics will need replacing.
Interior cargo space, dash design,
excellent reliability, unique image
appeal, comfy seats, lots of well
designed storage space.
More umph on mountain passes. (Of
course I chose the non-turbo for the
better gas mileage. Give up something
to get something.) The lack of cup
holders, and silly ignition placement.
NEW hatchback models have a ledge in
the back that gear has to be lifted
over. Big mistake.
Had it since day one drove it as a
first car for 3 yrs nows its asecond
vehicle . Economical to run comfortable
to drive ans SAFE to operate in ALL
conditions . I'm a Alpine Skier am use
this as my ski car . Its very stable in
all conditions , Holds a TON of gear
and get great mileage . I'm holing onto
it tillIT DIES which may be a LOOONG
time .I have a little Sports car too
which after 2 yrs I'm trading to get a
NEW 2003 Saab
Safe , stablw , economical and UNIQUE
other than normal maint i replaced the
head gasket --the only thing i wished
worked better ( after 11 yrs )
widshield washers freeze up but I live
within spitting distance of the
Canadian Border !!!