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Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 13:53:11 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: Considering first-ever Saab...viewpoints?

"Daniel J. Stern" wrote: > > On Sat, 5 May 2001, Bob wrote: > > > I love Saabs, but I think Mom needs something else: > > > > > particularly since she is quite short and > > >has difficulty gauging the position of a car with an extended rear > > >overhang (e.g. trunk) when parallel parking. > > > > Saabs (at least 9-3's) are not really good for short drivers. They > > are built more for larger folks. My wife is short and is not at all > > comfortable in my car. Visibility out the front and back is poor > > for short folks. The 9-5 may be better. > > Interesting. Thanks for that pointer. > > > >She is most assuredly NOT a performance-type driver. She's not even a > > >particularly *good* driver. > > > > Saabs require a little more active attention than some other cars. > > Not really a good fit for folks who don't think of driving as a > > hobby. > > More good info. > > > If it was me buying a car for my Mom with the qualifications you > > mentioned, I'd buy her a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. Very reliable > > (easy on the budget) and very comfortable to drive. A Nissan Maxima > > would be another good choice, SE model for a firmer suspension. > > (Note:Earlier (pre-2000) Maximas don't have a fold down rear seat) > > She wants an American car. Don't let's debate the matter of what > constitutes "American"; a Saab is OK "because it's GM", but not a Toyota > or Honda, regardless of where it was made. I didn't set the criteria, I'm > just shopping within them. Truthfully, though, if it were to be a > Japanese car, I'd point her towards Subarus (this is Colorado). I must > remember that we're trying to find HER a car, not me! > > Thanks for the info and any further comments. > > DS AFAIK, GM has fingers in Toyota as Ford has fingers in Mazda. In the UK, the GM Vauxhall Agila and Possibly the Frontera are derived from Japanese versions. Johannes

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