I've had two 9000 5-speeds since 1986, put over 250,000 miles on both, sold them very reluctantly. I got a great deal on an '04 Arc, 5-speed, but, so far, I'm really missing my '97. The new one acts like it doesn't want to let me drive - it wants to do that itself. It's impossible to really control the engine speed, among other things. There's a very annoying lag of about a half-second, from the time you let off of the gas pedal, to when the engine starts to slow down, and reluctantly even then. In the old days, a little WD-40 on the linkage would have probably done the job. Last month, the Saab tech just shrugged and said "they're all like that", and that he had no way to change it. I called the Saab hotline, and was told they'd "open a file" on the problem. Meanwhile, the car that's been so much fun to drive over the years is much less so. I'm adjusting, but it's a pain. It's like the computer was programmed by someone that had never driven a manual transmission before (perhaps a "helpful" dufus from GM). Can this be fixed? Has this been corrected in newer models? Are there any cars out there (Saab or not) that let you actually drive them???