Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 00:01:12 GMT
From: COLUG <colugnopsammbus.rr.com>
Subject: Re: Any thoughts on safety?


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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