Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 11:54:28 +1200
From: Richard Sutherland-Smith <richard.ssnospamr.net.nz>
Subject: Re: information on Saab 1995-96


In message <4159E8D9.7343E7A1nospamvwnmzusxsizefitterzxursaxzoe.com> Johannes H Andersen <johsnospamvwnmzusxsizefitterzxursaxzoe.com> wrote: > > > Richard Sutherland-Smith wrote: > > > > In message <41597240.9AB7D190nospamvwnmzusxsizefitterzxursaxzoe.com> > > Johannes H Andersen <johsnospamvwnmzusxsizefitterzxursaxzoe.com> wrote: > > > > > > > > > > > ma_twain wrote: > > > > > > > > Henrik B. wrote: > > > > > > > > > "ma_twain" <ma_twainnospamo.com> skrev i en meddelelse > > > > > news:4156DBB3.70407nospamo.com... > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >>A good thing is you can get a 5-door hatchback in the years you are > > > > >>considering, a body style Saab discontinued in the 9-3. > > > > >> > > > > > > > > > > Rubbish! The hatchback is avaiable up until 2003, when the new 9-3SS > > > > > arrived. > > > > > > > > > > Cheers! > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Actually, the Saab hatchback was discontinued after 1993 - when GM took > > > > over :-) The "real" Saab line stopped then. I am ready for the replies > > > > in my flameproof suit :-) > > > > > > GM didn't take over in 1993, they bought half of the company in 1990 and > > > bought the rest much later. The Type 4 project which resulted in Saab 9000 > > > was planned in 1974 after the oil crisis and the first Saab 9000 from 1985 > > > was a hatchback. It had no GM content whatsoever. It had also very little > > > in common with the rest of the Type 4 cars, apart from wheelbase dimensions > > > and styling in some cases. > > > > Ummm.... and body..... and doors..... and front suspension........ > > The styling may look similar. But I have also owned a FIAT Croma, and I > can tell you that the doors of the 9000 are in another league; much heavier > and far more substantial construction. The electric door mechanism gave up > quickly on my Croma, not so on my 9000. The same with the body; the Croma > rusted around the window frames, the 9000 body has no rust. I could go > on; they are vastly different cars. I have had the Lancia version next to my 9000 and the only things that differ are the ends of the body, the engine the interior trim and the rear suspension. The doors may not be as well made but they would fit in the 'oles. -- Richard & Mary Sutherland-Smith 19 Webb Road, Wanganui 5001, New Zealand

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