Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 14:55:54 GMT From: bertnopsam.net (Bert Hyman) Subject: Re: Cold weather performance?
In article <362acca9.4535766nopsam>, Derek Aldridge <derekaldnopsam.com> 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 | bertnopsam.net