Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 00:04:02 GMT From: sundancenopsamalias~net (Sundance) Subject: Re: 9-3 vs 9-5
On Mon, 21 Jun 1999 17:32:47 -0700, "Chuck Millirons" <chuckmillironsnopsamspring.com> wrote: >I think the 9-3 has a proven track record in reliability since it is >basically an updated 900. The 9-5 is a totally new car and shares nothing >with the 9000. As for options, the cooled glove box is not an option...that >is the way they designed the a/c to run. As a matter of fact, after leather >and the moon roof (which you mentioned you wanted) the only option left on >the 9-5 is really the fans in the seats. >As for cost, the 9-3 is really not much cheaper than the 9-5. The 900 was >quite a bargin over the 9000...but the 9-3 is more than the 900 and the 9-5 >is considerably less. And I think you can expect the reliablilty to be very >similar between the 2 cars. The invoice price your dealer is showing you is >probably bogus. Those numbers you quoted are about correct. The invoice on >a 9-5 is NOT $33K! Let me try and be more exact about the prices since I believe I was unclear. Below are the exact prices, the lowest I've been quoted. 9-3 base with leather, moon roof and auto trans: 28,900 9-5 with same: 33,100 But, according to every internet and book source, the invoice for these cars with the options listed are approximately 9-3 27,271 and the 9-5 is 30,936. Have they raised the prices recently or is this some sort of price fixing scheme. The auto sources seem quite accurate when looking at competitors so I don't understand. These quotes are coming from dealers in the Northeast USA. If it happens to be that these are fair prices, so be it, and I'll factor that in my decision, but as of right now there's a wide unexplained discrepency. >So I think your decision comes down to this: The 9-3: A smaller car >overall, especially in the cockpit but a car that is better equipped to >handle cargo due to the hatch. Sportier and you pay for that with a rougher >ride. >The 9-5: Roomier in the passenger compartment and a luxurious ride...just >not much in the cargo capacity department (especially compared to the old >9000.) It's a very difficult decision since what's ideal is a combination of both :) Appreciate you comments and opinions.