Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2001 19:47:52 -0500
From: "Kenneth S." <>
Subject: Re: Purchasing a Saab

Just Bob wrote: > > On Sat, 03 Nov 2001 22:22:35 -0500, "Kenneth S." <> > wrote: > > > > > I'm aware that the Saab key has always been where it is. I just don't > >see the point. A longstanding gimmick is still a gimmick. > > The point is that Saab put their key their before key locations were > really standardized the way they are today. The only reason that > keys moved from the dash to the steering column (a terrible location) > is that they wanted to lock the steering wheel on cars to prevent > theft. > > A 'gimmick' is something you do to attract attention. Saab put the > key in the most convenient place for the driver to reach (many > years ago). It's no gimmick, it's an early design decision. > > > As to the driver's side mirror on my Saab, at the limit of its outward > >adjustment, it it leaves a blind spot, and requires a glance over the > >shoulder before certain kinds of lane change. The blind spot wouldn't > >exist if the mirror had convex glass, as European-specification cars > >do. I have not found this on other U.S.-specification cars. > > This may be an issue with the design of the body, but it has nothing > to do with the mirror. The mirror is the same rough size and design > as every other car, US or not. I myself always look over my left > shoulder before changing lanes - I've never found a car that didn't > require that for safety. > > cars, the other one being a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the driver's side > >mirror on the Miata doesn't have this problem. So I am constantly aware > >of it (as well as a number of other respects in which comparisons > >between the two cars are not to the Saab's advantage, although the Saab > >cost much more money). > > Yes, we know, the Miata is perfect and the Saab has all these flaws. > I think you'd better sell your Saab as you don't seem to like it > very much. Buy a Camry next time. > > -- > Bob > > United We Stand If I may say so, that's very characteristic of some of the comments that I see in this news group, and is one reason why I now feel reluctant to count myself among the ranks of Saab owners. The comment amounts to saying that anyone who finds problems with a Saab is deficient, but on no account can anything possibly be wrong with the car. Saabs -- love them or leave them, right? It would be more constructive to acknowledge that there are problems with Saabs. (For all I know the problems may have been fixed in the current models, but I'm unlikely to find out, because after my experiences with a 1996 model it's very unlikely that I would ever pay $35,000 - $40,000 for a new Saab, even though I think the basic concept of a four-door hatchback is a good one.)

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