Date: Sun, 19 May 2002 23:23:20 -0400
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: 2002/1 9-3 versus loaner 2000 9-5


I concur - take the stroller and car seat and try fitting both of them in the two cars to see which one works out the best. I think you will end up with the 9-5. But you and your kid just might like the stiffer ride of the 9-3 - many babies and kids( small and big) like to bounced around. Keep the S2000 if you can - it will remind you of the lifestyle you had . . . . As far as the stroller barely fitting in the 9-3 hatchback - it would easily fit in a Classic Hatchback. I have a Classic 900 hatchback and we did the stroller and car seat thing without any problems. We added a mini van with two sliding door when we hit the soccer carpool stage - 5 kids and a driver do not fit in a 3 door hatchback. However, I still have the Classic 900 and my first born will be driving it soon. X wrote: > Ours is the 5-door . > > Before you buy, I'd suggest tyring out your car seat and see what you think. > One other consideration, our stroller also barely fits in the hatchback - > we've started taking our to showrooms to try out the trunks of our future > cars :-) > > Xorg > > "jim andrews" <jimandrewsnopsamintexas.com> wrote in message > news:MPG.174ebc1d2f699a3098978enopsam-server... > > In article <KW6F8.11031$tg.348038nopsam2.east.cox.net>, xnopsamm says... > > > My two cents, based on what I've read... > > > > > > I like the 2001/2 9-3 a LOT. All of the bugs have been worked out, and > its > > > THE most comfortable driver's car I've driven priced under $40,000 - > really, > > > its that good. The ride dynamics are perfect. I would pick it over the > > > 1999 9-5. > > > > > > Now the bad news. > > > > > > You have a youngster on the way. The 9-3 is not a kid-friendly car at > all > > > because the backseat room doesn't exist. We had trouble simply finding > a > > > decent car seat that would fit back there, and getting the child in and > out > > > is a chore because of the car design. The seat doesn't sit right in the > > > middle, and if you put it to a side, you have to puch the front seats up > a > > > LOT. > > > > Well, we're short, so maybe this isn't much of an issue. > > > > > > > Trying to change a child in the back seat in an emergency or on a > roadside > > > is next to impossible once they get to a year old (my wife has resorted > to > > > do it in the hatchback!) As past one year when you flip the seat > around, > > > your children will be constantly kicking the back of your front seat. > > > > Just to clarify -- are all of these concerns as true for > > the 5-door hatchback 9-3 as the older 3-door hatchbacks? > > > > jim andrews

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