I have a 2001 Saab 93 automatic with 174,000 miles on it. It’s a sport model with all the spices and it has never let me down during winter. Oh, and did I mention I live 250 miles north of Helsinki? It starts cold in any temperature, albeit I regularly use an engine warmer. Last year we had -25 F for a few weeks running and the car started every morning without so much as a cough. The car passes inspection every year and has no rust. Drawbacks: the car is bound to die soon with so many miles on it. AND it’s expensive to run. Doesn’t get good gas mileage, and gas here is 8 dollars per gallon. Mind you, I don’t really drive much at all. Probably less than 20 miles a week.
Our neighbor has offered to sell us a 1997 Peugeot 306 sedan manual transmission with 38,000 miles on it for $2,000 USD! This is about the same amount we’d get if we sold the Saab. Of course this car will be cheaper to run and has more life left in it. We’re told it was extremely well cared for, and knowing the Finns, I believe it! But I’m worried about the winters. When you drive the Saab in winter you can just feel that it was made to withstand the harsh conditions, and has front-wheel drive, a gem in winter. It also feels so safe, like a little tank plowing through the snow.
What would YOU do?!