Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 22:14:17 -0400
From: "Kenneth S." <>
Subject: Re: 9-5?

I find that the Miata's steering is much more "hands-off" than the Saab's, and not as sensitive to things like grooves in the road or the camber of the road. The center of gravity of the Miata is so low that it seems that you can do almost anything with the car. The Saab certainly is more agile than the big Mercury, and the hatchback feature is very useful. But the Saab doesn't compare in agility with the Miata, which in three years has cost me far less in repairs than the Saab has in six months. I'm going to stick with the Saab, and I think I've now worked my way through the problems it had when I bought it. However, I'm not at all sure that I will buy another one. Nutmegger wrote: > > Kenneth S. says... > > > The Miata IS low to the ground, > > I paid extra attention to one I saw today - it is very low. I don't feel > comfortable in them, same as when I was in a friend's MG. > > >It has -- to me -- a very agreeable retro feel to it. It > >reminds me of the MGs, Austin-Healeys, and Jaguars that I couldn't > >afford when I was a teenager and in my early twenties. > > Like the PT Cruiser. > > > > In a way, the Miata is responsible for buying the Saab. After I got > >the Miata three years ago, I got addicted to its maneuverability, and I > >found that even a small four-cylinder engine could deliver good > >quantities of air conditioning. > > Heh-heh....I know about the a/c and already replaced the compresser in the Saab. > > >So about six months ago I traded in my > >Mercury Grand Marquis, which at that time was my "sensible" car. > > That is what my father had, he went to an Avalon, just about the same as a Lexus > and it did not impress me much. > > >I still use the Miata more than the Saab. > > What is the difference in handling? I mean, is it so much better being that > lower to the ground and smaller. My Saab just hugs the road so well, I love > that. > > >My daughter borrows the Saab > >without complaining that it is a big boat, > >which she used to say about the Mercury. > > A big boat?! My first vehicle (not counting tractors and the truck) was a 1973 > Buick LeSabre. Talk about a boat! The Grand Marquis is _moderate_ compared to > that thing. > > ~J~

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