Sunday, May 06, 2007

Ruing the day?

Andy, Andy. What have you done? Andy's sold his 1988 Saab 900 Turbo (with the SPG wheels). The hatch doppelganger to my convertible.

He wants a bigger vehicle for $2000+. With character. In Northeastern Ohio.

A search of reveals these options:

- 1984 American Motors Eagle Limited. This is a 4WD wagon, perhaps the only decent vehicle built by AMC during their last ten years of existence. Decent almost completely due to Jeep's 4WD know-how. (Jeep was a part of AMC at the time.) I'd avoid this thing like the plague, but it is interesting.

- 1990 Audi 100. The ad says that it's purple, and if that doesn't scare you away, the inline 5-cylinder should.

- 1995 Cadillac SLS. Not a bad car, really, if you lean toward the luxe cruiser. Lots of comfy room for the kids in that car.

- 1993 Chevy Lumina Euro. Bright orange trim. Uhh, no. Plus, it's a Lumina. Ugh.

- 1995 Chevy Camaro. If you like a car that's been mistreated by people that regularly listen to Van Halen and Kid Rock, this one's for you. I'll give you 3 to 1 odds that the windows were tinted and are bubbling so badly that backing out of a parking space is a real challenge. Additionally, the front fascia on this cars are always cracked and misshapen from drunken nights and curbs running together, and not in a good way. No room for the kiddos puts this one on the back burner anyway.

- 1995, 1996 and 1997 Chrysler LHS. Sweet highway machine. Tons and tons (and I do mean tons) of room in this bad boy. Not bad in a straight line, either. Very, very (and I do mean very) wallowy in the turns, however. Worth a look. Great leather in these cars. Seriously, your family would be very comfortable in one of these. Spotty service history.

- 1997 Eagle Vision TSi. Same platform as the LHS above, but the cache of a defunct marque. Uniqueness strikes again! Plus that cool Eagle badge that forms the middle opening of the grille.

- 1993 Ford Taurus SHO. Wow. You've got to drive this car! What an engine Yamaha made for these things! A delight -- plus a manual tranny in some. Definitely near the top of the list. The interior on these doesn't usually age well, but you can fix that stuff with a few dollars and a few trips to the junk yard. PLENTY of parts cars around when you buy a Taurus!

- 2000 Lincoln LS. A lot of car for the money. Plus a lot of room for the kids.

- 1992-1998 Pontiac Bonneville. The SSEi has decent performance (24-valve engine, IIRC) and TONS of buttons (the seat adjustments are amazing!). I had A 1998 Bonneville SE and it was a good car. Nothing fancy. Again, TONS of room.

- 1995 Subaru Legacy L Wagon. Practical, like a pair of galoshes in winter. About as fast, too.

- 1996 Volkswagen Passat GLS. If it weren't red, I'd like it a heck of a lot better. Manual tranny -- very good. Maybe too small for the Andy clan.

- 1994 Volvo 850 II. Whatever II means. Again, color hurts this car -- I don't know that I've ever really liked any white Volvos, P1800 excluded. On the other hand, safety is unquestioned, it's got leather, manual tranny and sunroof. Lots of room and it doesn't say that the A/C is broken! Bonus!

And, in my opinion, the winner is....the Taurus SHO. By a nose over the Volvo. Go drive it! You'll see what I'm talking about! The Volvo is a great fall back.

I'm curious to see what you come up with. Please keep us informed. However, please note that you've got only 30 days left during which you may refer to your blog as "My Saab Story". Unless you buy another Saab and renew your membership, that is.


Blogger Andy Rupert said...

Thanks for the suggestions. But I have to admit that after owning a Saab, it's hard to look at a Ford. I'm leaning more toward a Jaguar XJ6 or a Cadillac STS. But then there's a 1971 Mercedes-Benz for $1895 on eBay...

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