Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 14:48:41 +1000
From: Paul Panetta <>
Subject: Just ordered a 9-5

Well, after looking for a few months and test driving lots of different cars here in Oz I ended up going for a Saab 9-5. Why ? Plenty of room for the 3 kids in the back. Plenty of things that open and close. A nice 2.3 turbo engine. I thought the Alfa-Romeo 156 was a great car to drive but couldn't bring myself to squeeze the 3 kids into the back (and here you can't get a 3-point center seat belt). The Mercedes C200 was a classy looking car but under-engined and not a safe as Saab according to Euro NCAP tests and a little more expensive and not as roomy (again no 3-point center belt). Other cars I looked at were a Peugeot 406, VW Passat, BMW 323, Honda Accord. In the end the Saab made the most sense. So I bought it ! ...Regards ... Paul P.

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