Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2002 21:00:49 +0100
From: "Lee Marshall" <leenopsamvespamenigma-it.com>
Subject: Re: My hopes for the new 9-3


"Walt Kienzle" <wkienzlenopsam.com> wrote in message news:3d663cde$0$3569$272ea4a1nopsam.execpc.com... > I own and have driven several cars with over 200 hp that could potentially > have traction problems like you mention. Since you are driving courtesy > cars (from the dealer, I assume), they probably include the tires that came > from the factory. Factory equipment tires are typically different (meaning > "cheaper") from the ones that you purchase from a tire store. At a car > convention I attended, the Goodyear representative was very diplomatic in > explaining that the tires they sold to Ford were "different" even if they > were the same model name, size and traction rating, without offending the > Vice Presidents and other members of Ford management that were there. Its > possible that some better quality aftermarket tires could remedy the > traction issue. From experience, the Michelin Pilot Primacy tyres on the 9-5 have been awful on all cars. Although being in mind the large size (215/55R16) they should be able to cope with 150bhp. > > Your reports of build quality are disappointing. I didn't think anything > could have less storage space than a 9000 with a passenger airbag very true. and > thankfully there aren't any Peugeots, any other French cars, or Diesel Saabs > sold in the US. That's a shame a lot of Peugeots, Renaults and Citroens are very good cars. My second car is a Citroen Xantia Activa, it has probably of the most advanced suspension systems avaialble (active roll bars etc). > > Walt Kienzle > 1991 9000T > 1990 Ford Taurus SHO > --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.384 / Virus Database: 216 - Release Date: 21/08/2002

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