Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 13:06:19 GMT
From: jim andrews <jimandrewsnopsamintexas.com>
Subject: Re: 2002/1 9-3 versus loaner 2000 9-5


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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