Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 17:32:14 GMT
From: r600nopsamejanews.com
Subject: Re: SAAB 9-5 or Charysler 300M ?


In article <7b1flm$djt$1nopsamy.cc.emory.edu>, lparkernopsamy.edu (Lloyd R. Parker) wrote: > r600nopsamejanews.com wrote: > : In article <7aubjo$lif$1nopsamdin.cc.emory.edu>, > : lparkernopsamy.edu (Lloyd R. Parker) wrote: > : > r600nopsamejanews.com wrote: > : > : > > : > : > What about the Volvo S70? Both the base and T-5 are available with a > : > : > manual. The VW Passat V6 is too (if they had offered the GLX Synchro this > : > : > year, I would have seriously considered it). > : > : > : > : Volvo's good, but S70 is getting a little long in the tooth. Under-rated > : > : handling and performance, but ride is rough and interior really feels old. > : > : Passat V6 not nearly worth the money. Mediocre performance, plus, here in > : > : Europe, VW and Audi are starting to get a reputation for poor quality > : (despite > : > : excellent fit and finish)(you'll see some evidence of this in C&D's latest > : > : Passat long-term test). Everything would be fine if Chrysler would offer a > : 5- > : > : speed. > : > > : > The Passat GLX V6 is $10k below a smaller Audi A4. How can that not be > : > worth the money? The GLS is even lower priced. Same engine, same > : > transmission, same platform. > : > > : > C/D rated the S70 above the 9-5 in a recent comparison. CR agrees that > : > the 9-5 is better than an S70 though. Both really like the Passat. > : > : Compared to the A4, yes, it's a great deal... But $28k is pretty steep for a > : VW Passat with mediocre performance. The Passat 1.8T has simialr performance > > I don't believe you can option a Passat GLS (the only model available now) > over $25k, and even the GLX Synchro (listed but not sold here for 99) was > around the $28k you mention (and that IS with awd, memory seats, wood > trim, Tiptronic, automatic climate control, etc.). > > : to the 2.8, but costs a lot less. In regard to the S70, R&T just ranked it > : last in a comparison of 3-series, A4, 9-3, etc... Meanwhile, C&D ranks it #3 > : in a test of seven cars. > > Behind the Lexus GS and Audi A6, and ahead of the Saab 9-5, Catera, > Mercedes C280, Millenia S. > > : S70 is a good car, but drive it back to back with > : the 9-5 or 300M and it feels old. > > Perhaps, but its acceleration is just about unequalled in its class. > Still, is it really better than most of its luxury competitors (C&D) or worse than its entry-luxury competitors (R&T). In the C&D test, I would choose the 9-5 personally, for performance and safety; I like the design of the Audi a lot, but I'm one of the few who doesn't like the interior too much -- too much of a pure luxury car, not enough sports sedan. The M-B, Catera and Millenia don't offer anything I'm really interested in. The GS400 is cool, but the 300 doesn't do it for me -- excellent car, no doubt, but the styling is weird. Curvy front, square back, not very integrated. I also don't like the I.P. too much... In the R&T test, I like virtually all the cars, but I would buy a 3-series or 9-3 -- probably the 9-3 for performance, safety and cargo ability. Of course, more importantly, with all the great cars costing <$30k today, who needs any of them? > -----------== Posted via Deja News, The Discussion Network ==---------- http://www.dejanews.com/ Search, Read, Discuss, or Start Your Own

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