Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 15:27:45 GMT
From: (SMF)
Subject: My new 9-3 and some thoughts

Finally got it! Am extremely pleased but thought I'd voice a few comments: 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? 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. 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) 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) 5. Car cover from the Saab catalog is very difficult to fold. In fact I haven't once been able to fold in on the car and it ends up on the ground and then occupies more than half the hatch space. The material is nice and light but is less compliant and seems to prefer to keep itself flat. I don't recommend this at all. 6. Would have preferred a full size spare and wonder if it will fit the wheel well where the mini one is? A few positives too: 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 :)

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