What?? When my MG was obviously down for the summer (last summer), and I
had to dump my Saab sedan (a 9000) because it didn't have long to live, I
decided to get a used Saab 900S convertible - great shape, half the price
of a new one, but only 26,000 miles. That thing drives
great! Comfortable, real heat, electronic power convertible roof, and I
don't feel vulnerable to every large vehicle that comes along. Roof goes
up in seconds, it's snug and luxurious.
This summer, my MG is on the road, and I have only driven the Saab if (1)
it's raining/cold, or (2) I have more than one passenger. Other than that,
I have passed up my wonderful "modern" Saab convertible to drive my MG
everywhere. I can't even stand the thought of having to get in the Saab if
I could be driving my MG.
That said, I've never driven a Miata, but if I had a choice between my MG
and a Miata, the MG would win whenever possible. Miatas are a dime a
dozen, though there is something to be said for having a car that you don't
feel compelled to carry around a cell phone and a fire extinguisher in
order to drive it. :)
'96 Saab 900S Convertible
At 01:23 PM 9/2/02, mga wrote:
>I posted this to a fellow who provided some assistance to me recently. He
>had commented that he found it not as appealing to drive his old MG as it
>used to be.
>Trouble for me is that I have several old British cars. I love the things
>but when it comes time to drive somewhere, the Miata is so pleasant to drive
>that it's begging me to take it rather than an old British car. I guess
>it's the nostalgia, the longing for youth and of a simpler time that makes
>the old sports cars appeal to me. But practicality and ease of driving
>overcome those sentiments when it's time to actually go somewhere.
>If it wasn't for this e-mail lists, I would really feel isolated since at
>least 95% of British sports car enthusiasts have moved on to other
>interests. The ones on the lists are real diehards, and their enthusiasm
>makes me feel like I'm not alone. It used to be so neat to have a local
>fraternity around the cars. My friends all had British sports cars. It was
>an instant bond- if you met someone with an MG, he was a potential friend.
>I spent many weekends and evenings helping my friends on their cars, and
>vice versa. But no more- very few of those guys are still into the cars.
>Young guys rarely get interested in this hobby unless possibly their dad was
>too. Even sadder, the older ethusiasts are starting to pass on. Another
>factor that hasn't helped is the export of many of the cars which has got to
>have hurt this hobby in the U.S.
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