Date: Sat, 04 Nov 00 18:20:02 GMT
From: (Andrew Stephenson)
Subject: Re: Doubts about the 9-3's "nervousness"

In article <> "WV" writes: > [...] The steering is very precise and if you are not used to > it you may be over correcting which can translate as "nervous > ride" I am pretty sure this was not the cause of my dissatisfaction. A poor choice of words may have led me to characterise the handling as "nervous". I thought the steering okay: neatly accurate, with good gearing (er, rather like my current Volvo 440's, in fact). Thinking further, what bothered me was how poorly the occupants (or the driver, at least) are insulated from chassis vibration. Better springing of the seats would help. But SAAB are not alone in this. It seems the fashion of the age, as if hitting the driver with every bounce and jiggle is meant to impress him/her with the car's dynamic excellence. Hmm, not this driver: I am of the school of thought which is more impressed by how _effortless_ a machine makes its task seem. The 9-3 goes far in this (eg, all the canny gizmos) but not far enough. Certainly, there are people who relish the rush and the roar and all that. Good luck to them. To me, a car is for going places, as efficiently and restfully as can be managed. Arriving there reasonably fresh is desirable. Anyhow, thank you to all who fielded this question. To be fair to the 9-3, I shall try out one with the standard smaller wheels, if the dealer offers an opportunity. There is no hurry. -- Andrew Stephenson

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