Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 12:44:26 GMT
From: "X" <xnopsamm>
Subject: Re: 2002/1 9-3 versus loaner 2000 9-5


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. 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. Xorg "jim andrews" <jimandrewsnopsamintexas.com> wrote in message news:MPG.174d0579a58f938798977anopsam-server... > At similar pricing, does anybody have any thoughts on the general > pros and cons of a 2002 or 2001 9-3 as compared to a 2000 9-5 > loaner with 7k miles? I like the *look* of the 9-5 better (it's > the 4-door sedan) compared to the 9-3 hatchbacks, but even then > it's a close call. For what it's worth, I've never owned nor > even driven a Saab . . . and yes, I'll drive before buying! > > Thanks in advance, > > jim andrews

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