Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2002 12:32:21 GMT
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Subject: Re: Questions on 9-3 SE Convertible

No matter what the design is the steering of SAAB is suppose to be the best in its class , if there is slugish movement, then there has to be a fault in the system (maybe someone jumped the car off the curb) and as far shaking goes , at that speed , it it were me I would have have the balancing checked. Convertables do have added structural strengh (send the salesperson comment to SAAB and see how they response... chances are they will ask for his name and dealer location ) In any case , report thecase to SAAB and I am sure they will give you the true story . From what I heard, it seems the car has been driven really hard and perhaps in the accident and it was just been repaired (bad) "Lance" <> wrote in message news:SApp8.7951$ > Hello all, > > I took a test drive in a 2000 model 9-3 SE LPT 2.0 convertible. I have had > two Saabs, (1985 900 Turbo and a 1996 900i). Unfortunately, I am limited to > getting an automatic for domestic reasons, so I wasn't too worried when the > Turbo aspirated engine, although seemingly smoother than my '96 non-turbo, > didn't seem to have the same responsiveness. But the steering was shocking. > It was very unresponsive (lots of understeer) and at around 40mph, shook > like a tin shack in an earthquake. I've never had a convertible before and > the salesman said it was a combination of the car requiring wheel > alignment/balancing and the fact that it is a convertible.. apparently > (according to the salesman), because it is minus a roof, its structural > integrity isn't so true and the steering is slightly compromised. The latter > may be true, but isn't part of the reason why convertibles cost so much more > partly because of the increased structural strength they have to build into > the body? > > In any case, the car had under 9000 miles (15,000kms) on the clock, so I > wouldn't have thought it would beed an alignment/balance so soon unless it > was either driven hard or had a bump (e.g. with a kerb or something). > > My questions are.. should the steering be a bit more warbled than the > non-convertible examples, and by how much? And is it normal for them to > require steering adjustments after 9000 miles? The braking also seemed less > responsive than my '96, but I'm also chalking that to the slush box rather > than the manual. > > As a side note, some time ago I drove an MX-5 Mazda.. About a '94 model.. As > I recall, its steering was far more responsive (so much for the structural > integrity stuff), although, I mainly drove large 4x4s back then as well as > an Aussie Commodore.. both not the best handling vehicles on the road... So > its not a fair comparison > > Thanks in advance, > Lance > > >

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