Date: 26 Feb 1999 15:19:05 -0500
From: (Lloyd R. Parker)
Subject: Re: SAAB 9-5 or Charysler 300M ? wrote: : : Still, is it really better than most of its luxury competitors (C&D) or worse : than its entry-luxury competitors (R&T). In the C&D test, I would choose the : 9-5 personally, for performance and safety; I like the design of the Audi a C/D didn't like the handling of the 9-5, as I remember. : lot, but I'm one of the few who doesn't like the interior too much -- too : much of a pure luxury car, not enough sports sedan. I really like the A6, but it needs more power. If VW had offered a Passat GLX Synchro this year, for under $30k, though.... : The M-B, Catera and : Millenia don't offer anything I'm really interested in. The GS400 is cool, : but the 300 doesn't do it for me -- excellent car, no doubt, but the styling : is weird. Curvy front, square back, not very integrated. I also don't like : the I.P. too much... In the R&T test, I like virtually all the cars, but I : would buy a 3-series or 9-3 -- probably the 9-3 for performance, safety and : cargo ability. Of course, more importantly, with all the great cars costing : <$30k today, who needs any of them? The 3-series is way too small inside for me, plus the styling is boring (especially the I.P., which looks like every BMW I.P. since the 60s). The 9-3 rides too harshly and has a bad reputation for reliability. Plus, the nearest BMW and M-B dealer are 35 miles from the town where I live; the Audi and Saab dealers are closer to 50 miles away. That was a big factor for me. Also, I purchased my Intrepid. I would have had to lease an Audi, Saab, or BMW.

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