1966 Saab 96Review
I I Miss It. Though Rare In Much Of The Usa, These Were Once Common In Maine. — Loved the flexibility, the handling feel, and the economical operation. I also appreciated the ruggedness, and the bulletproof non-boosted brakes. (dual diagonal circuits, before the government mandated them) Worst radio ever (Motorola AM only with no push buttons.. 3 inch speaker built into the unit itself. It was disgusting.) Seats were truly somfortable, with adjustable seatbacks too.
Primary Use: Commuting to work
Pros: Great in snow! Great in off road situations with a full belly pan. Fine fuel mileage of about 28 MPG in mixed driving. Pretty quick too; Top speed on my particular car was 86 mph. Turnpike cruising was pretty good. The three carb, 46 horsepower engine was a big improvement over Dad's 1961 Saab with its single 1 barrel carb, and 36 horsepower.
Cons: Too small and not enough horsepower for towing much of anything, though I towed light utility trailers and small boats with it. Alas, It rusted out all too soon, and I junked it at 9 years old. (Maine!) Spak plugs had to be cleaned often... 2000 miles max. (oil fouling on the 2 stroke engine)
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