Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 12:39:22 -0400
From: "kwbrewer" <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 vs 9-5

isn't the dealer allowed to make a little profit? don't you want him to stay in business to service your car? Sundance <sundancenopsamalias~net> wrote in message > Still deliberating over which of the models to purchase and hope I can > get some helpful responses from the experts here. > > I'm familiar with the differences in options and mechanics and have > test driven both cars twice. I found both cars to drive well although > the 9-5 seemed to be softer and more comfortable in comparison. The > power in the 9-5 is well within what I desire. The 9-3 took more > effort on my part, especially in steering (which I figure I can get > used to). The hatchback is nice feature of the 9-3 as well it being > more toned down in terms of options and less expensive to add. > > What I would ideally desire is an auto with good performance, safety > and reliability and a minimalist set of options. I don't envision > keeping my maps at 45 degrees to be very useful for instance :) > > My main question at this point concerns reliability. Based on most > auto writeups and my dealers opinion, the 9-5 is said to be a more > dependable and better car. Is this really true? If this is the case > it would be a significant factor to me in getting the 9-5, as the > extra options beyond leather seats and moon rood don't really interest > me. I would pay the extra premium knowing that I've made a sound > investment but if the reliability is the same I'd be very happy with > the 9-3 instead. > > Safety. I assume both cars are equal in terms of this but I have > nothing to base that on. > > I'm confused over cost. I get an invoice quote that is about $3,000 > over what every invoice quote I can find, be it in books or on line at > edmunds and so on. For instance, the 9-5 cost to dealer is quoted > including my options at approximately 30,895 base when the dealers > I've contacted quote 33,259. With other auto models the listings seem > equivalent. This is a significant difference to say the least and I'm > wondering if I'm getting taken advantage of or if the sources are > extremely outdated. I don't understand such a wide discrepancy and > won't purchase until I figure (and accept) this. The same differences > exist with the 9-3 too. > > Thanks for helping. > > > > > >

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