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Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 04:42:16 GMT
From: Bill Canning <MUTiger86nopsamo.com>
Subject: Re: Any thoughts on safety?


Actually, Elizabeth said Alero, not Aurora. See this link: http://www.iihs.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/99026.htm Good luck, Bill COLUG wrote: > Elizabeth wrote: > >> My son is 15 - of course he knows everything by now. He's not been >> willing, so far, to respond to rational argument - no. I could break >> down and cry, that worked in my efforts to keep him from wanting to >> buy a .22 rifle - but I don't know, he's being pumped full of hype >> from his Dad (the ex) - "Buy American", "Safe? How about cheap?" >> "It'll cost you a fortune to fix it." blah blah blah. (The man drives >> an Oldsmobile Alero, what does HE know?) Anyway - my self and my >> husband (sons stepfather) have this great car, are ready to buy a >> newer Saab, and so the timing is great - but you're right, maybe he >> needs more incentive. I was hoping the pictures of crash tests and >> wrecks, and stories of Saab survival would be enough to scare him into >> it. > > > I would say your ex knows how to pick a safe car: > http://www.iihs.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/99015.htm > > Which scores better than my 2002 Saab 9-3: > http://www.iihs.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/99004.htm > > So the Olds Alero gets a better IIHS safety rating than the Saab 9-3. > >> Maybe a great stereo...now THAT I know he'd respond to! You know, I >> just get so worried about him, I don't think he's grown up enough to >> drive yet - I just want him to be safe!! When he says "Cavalier" or >> Mazda anything - I get chills. I'm honestly not trying to play >> "yuppie mom" here - ("the ex" has accused me of this) - it's just that >> I've seen a Mercedes wrapped around a tree after skidding on ice - the >> occupants lived through that - and I've seen a little Ford Escort in >> the same situation where everyone in the car died - I saw a Corvette >> T-bone into another car and the entire thing - I swear - just EXPLODED >> into a cloud of parts. I REALLY wish my son would GET THIS INTO HIS >> HEAD!!! > > > All anecdotal evidence. > > Ford Escort - Acceptable: > http://www.iihs.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/97016.htm > > Chevy Cavalier - Poor: > http://www.iihs.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/95014.htm > > Mazda 626 - Good: > http://www.iihs.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/99024_2001.htm > > I used to have a I Citroen 2CV. I wonder how it would score? I don't > think the scale goes any lower than poor. :) > >> >> I'm sure in the end it WILL come down to "It's a free car" - I hope. >> > > The "Yuppie Mom" label sounds right on the mark. The crying over > sporting goods was the icing on the cake. >

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