Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2002 01:12:59 GMT
From: John Davies <>
Subject: Re: 9-5 Buying advise

On 02 Apr 2002 21:51:41 GMT, "Eric" <> wrote: >I am looking for a sporty sedan. Currently I am driving a 99 9-5SE. I am >married with 3 children 7,10 & 13. I live in a suburban area with moderate >traffic, 1/2 hour, 15 min. commute each way to work, again moderate >traffic. I have not driven a manual since before having children. > >I am considering the Linear with 5-speed manual - a great buy this month or >the Arc with automatic. They both drive great! Any experiences good or bad >in similar situations with manual transmision? > >Thanks, >Eric > First off, can your wife drive a manual tranny? Or should I say, is she willing to? If not, I suggest you forget about it. My wife loves to drive a manual, but her left knee is shot, so she has an auto. I have a manual Aero Wagon, and she loves to drive it ocassionally. A stick is lots of fun, but can be a real PITA in traffic. For long highway trips and fooling around a manual is great. If you have to face a lot of stop and go traffic you may soon tire of it. I was delighted to discover that my Aero is quite happy to trickle along in heavy traffic at idle rpm with my foot off the gas and clutch. That makes it a lot easier to tolerate such situations. As far as not having driven a manual in 13 years, don't worry - it's like bike riding - your body never forgets. The 2002 9-5 5-speed auto is greatly improved and has received great reviews. It seems to be welll matched to the power characteristics of the engine and is smooth and responsive. I don't think you would regret picking the automatic. John Davies Monroe WA USA 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon 2000 Audi A4 quattro 1.8T 1991 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4x4

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