Date: 05 Nov 2000 02:06:56 GMT
From: Jack B <>
Subject: Re: 2001 9-3 cup holder

Keith Grider <> wrote: > What saab has done is not > yet spent design effort to adapt this car to the current tastes in the US. I Mr. Grider's posts have always impressed me with their lucidity and reasonableness, but just this once, I think he is dead wrong. I think the neat thing about owning a SAAB is that it is not a particularly American car. There are plenty of choices out there for people who want a perfectly America-adapted car - in fact, for most American driving conditions, something like a Discovery or Montero makes more sense than a car of any type. As for elitism... well, it's a SAAB newsgroup, and I'd suspect there are a lot of elitists reading, self included. I don't see anything wrong with SAAB's cupholder situation. I am one of America's patented Fat People (6'2", 260), and I eat and drink in my 9-3 all the damn time, without problems, particularly since McDonald's went to the plastic cups. Furthermore, very large cups can be accomodated in the center console by removing the coin holder. During enthusiastic cornering, the cups may wander a bit, but that's true of nearly anything you can buy. I think the 9-3 is a very junk-friendly car - I typically carry around a ThinkPad, a Franklin planner, two cell phones, a variety of computer equipment, a sixty-CD case, a notepad, a few pens, et cetera. Which brings me to a complaint. If you are listening to a CD and pop it out, the antenna pops up. Replacing the CD makes it go back down, but it's a pretty useless cycle of a delicate piece of equipment. Nowdays, I tend to turn the player off, pop the CD out, and then insert another one. -JB > Keith Grider > "Tony" <> wrote in message > >> >> >> PaulS wrote: >> > >> > I have a '99 9-5 wagon....great car overall, but the Saab cupholders are >> > the most pathetic I've ever seen! I got a *nasty* burn when the lid > popped >> > off a cup of coffee while trying to lift it out of the holder (while >> > parked, I might add). Seems you can't fit a cup with a cardboard 'heat >> > jacket' into the cup holder. >> > >> > The cupholder and the lack of reasonable 'holder' areas in the front > seats >> > are part of Saab's arrogance, IMHO. Who the hell are they to say what > is >> > reasonable to carry in a car? Not having a place for sunglasses, the >> > garage door opener, coffe cups, etc. etc. poses a greater danger since >> > they items 'wander' around the cabin when you make sharp turns. >> > >> > If Saab doesn't improve their cupholder and other storage issues by the >> > time I'm ready to trade this in, my 1st Saab will likely be my last > Saab. >> > >> > Paul >> > >> Perfect, this is exactly what us real SAABers want. SAAB is a European >> car that, even with GM trash in the loop, is trying to cater to the >> intelligent European design requirements; this is not a Toyota or a >> Honda or a Pontiac. The less of customers like you the more honest this >> proud company will remain to its original purpose. >> >> You can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink!. >> -- >> Remove "NOSPAM" from address for direct e-mail >> ####### >> # #### # # # # >> # # # ## # # # >> # # # # # # # >> # # # # # # # >> # # # # ## # >> # #### # # #

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