Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 14:39:42 -0400
From: "SkiGrrl" <>
Subject: Re: Cold weather performance?

Hey gang - in the new 9-3 they've changed the airflow for the defrost... starts right at the bottom of the windshield! and the heat came up FAST when I tried it... the wipers also don't seem to do that 'smear dance' anymore. looking forward to driving up route 100 in VT this winter! - so far, so good! SkiGrrl '99 9-3 Bert Hyman wrote in message <_pIW1.201$>... >In article <362acca9.4535766nopsam>, Derek Aldridge <> wrote: >>... >>In the winter we drive our car in temperatures that are regularly in >>the -15C to -25C (5F to -13F) range and occasionally as low as -40C >>(-40F). So I'm wondering how good are the Saab heaters? How about >>starting the engine in the cold? Anything else notable? >> >The weather here in St. Paul, Minnesota sounds essentially similar to yours, >and I've got a '94 900S which I think is essentially similar to the 9-3. > >It's failed to start exactly once, when the OEM battery failed (why do they >put such cheap batteries in new cars?). The heater is perfectly adequate >although airflow to the footwell is a little weak but the heated seats are >a nice touch. Although freezing rain and sleet are infrequent here, the >heated outside mirrors have come in handy a few times. > >The air conditioning is marginal in the summer, but that's another story :-). > >There are a couple of minor problems. The air from the defrosters hits the >windshield several inches up from the bottom, so ice can build up down there; >I'm assuming this hasn't been changed in the current 9-3. > >Also, when using the windshield washers, the wipers run for a few seconds, >pause, and then give one extra swipe, supposedly to catch fluid that might >dribble down the windshield. In the depths of winter, this sometimes causes >the wipers to simply smear road spray into a thin film wich quickly freezes. >-- >The opinions expressed in this message are my own and are not the opinions of >anyone who does not hold those opinions. > >Bert Hyman | St. Paul, MN |

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