Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2000 00:30:32 GMT
From: devil <devilnopsamlobal.net>
Subject: Re: Doubts about the 9-3's "nervousness"


WV wrote: > > AM wrote: > > > > No, they will not improve the ride. > > I had 15-in. wheels and the ride/handling was terrible. > > I sold the car after 6 months. > > I recommend that you wait for the new 9-3 coming next year as a 2002 model. > > > Have to disagree on this one. The 17" tires are extreme low profile > which have very stiff side walls. I have a 2000 9-3 with the 15" wheels > and I don't consider the ride bad at all and this is in Michigan with > some very uneven roads. The steering is very precise and if you are not > used to it you may be over correcting which can translate as "nervous > ride" Ditto. And actually, before coming home, I drove my (Canadian) 9-3 thru France, on a bunch of small roads, quite a few in narrow, curvy mountain areas. My driving pattern is normally not terribly comfortable to passengers, especially when I am enjoying the drive :-). Yet my wife had no complaints. She actually thought the ride was quite a bit smoother than in the BMW 318 we had rented earlier. (Although that may have been partly because the low end BMW is underpowered hence requiring much more frequent gear changes, and because somehow with the Saab's hydraulic clutch I manage to switch gears much more smoothly. I actually didn't like the BMW clutch.)

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