Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 22:47:33 -0400
From: "Skip" <>
Subject: Re: My new 9-3 and some thoughts

Kalman Rubinson wrote in message ... >SMF ( wrote: >> 1. The interior pilar and roof off white felt trim makes me worry a >> lot. I wonder how long it will take to get filthy since dust comes in >> through the sunroof or mechanics leaning in through the window. Is >> this pre treated with some type of protector, or does anyone recommend >> I attempt to do this with an aftermarket spray? > >I had no problems with my 900's off-white interior. Over three years, it stayed pretty >clean and we used only a water-damp paper towel occasionally. OTOH, my new 9-3 has the >dark gray, so I have fewer concerns. Agree, my 88 900 was not a problem, 98 900 is OK too > >> 2. The automatic hatch lock which is set around 10 seconds seems >> mighty fast. I'm constantly having to either remember to leave it >> wide open to avoid it locking. I assume this can be adjusted or shut >> off at the dealer but haven't checked yet. I also don't understand >> the importance of this feature since when one goes to lock the doors >> this locks too. > >Agreed. The old system where it locked with the doors was preferable. Same goes for the >new remote with separate lock/unlock buttons and which requires 2 pushes to unlock all the >doors. A real bother: I find it easier to double click all the time on the remote and the >interior switches. We all agree on this one! As to the 'double push' for all doors: it is a safety feature designed to keep thieves and carjackers from having access to your passenger door when you unlock your car if you are alone. (or so SAAB told me) >> 3. The interior length could have been a few additional inches in >> order to fold the seats without having to move the drivers seat >> forward in order to get the greatest cargo space. (not a major issue >> for me since I don't really anticipate using that much) > >I use it a lot and do not find it a problem. I agree it's a bit of a pain, but you kind of get used to it. I like the articulating headrests, used to have to pull the rear headrests out in my OG 900 to get the seat flat. > >> 4. I believe the parking lights setting doesn't work properly. The >> manual says not to drive with using the parking lights so possibly >> it's set so it doesn't work while the engine is running. My switch >> goes from daytime to regular lights to regular lights and no parking >> in between. I have a feeling this is broken - the only thing wrong so >> far. (not really a big deal, but I'll get it fixed anyway) > >Same here. The parking lights only work in the middle position if the car is off. I recommend you leave the switch at 'lights on' all the time, you dont drive around at night with your DRLs on and no rear lighting! > >> 6. Would have preferred a full size spare and wonder if it will fit >> the wheel well where the mini one is? > >It is supposed to. The mini worked fine the one time I had to use it. Looks kinda funny, >though. Haven't used it but have in other cars and it was OK. >> Excellent driveability and feel, a real pleasure to drive. Well put >> together and refined looking with many subtle intelligent designed >> features I didn't anticipate, a car I'm happy to own! Need I say >> anymore :) > >And a significant improvement over the 1996 900SET I had. I like it better (wife's 9-3) than my 98 900SET also! > >Kal Happy SAABing! Skip.

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