Date: 06 Nov 2001 22:21:33 GMT
Subject: Re: Purchasing a Saab

Kenneth S. <> pressed random keys until the following was produced: > I'm aware that the Saab key has always been where it is. I just don't > see the point. A longstanding gimmick is still a gimmick. Pre model-99 cars didn't have it in that location, so your "always" statement is wrong. Also, the deliberate decision to put it in an ergonomically proper location, and one which doesn't involve impaling one's knees on a keyring in a frontal crash (ask me how I have first-hand knowledge of that one) makes it decidedly not a gimmick. A gimmick would be, oh, I dunno, a box that made a "whoop" noise when you open the passenger door. Placement of a control for conveninece and safety reasons is hardly a gimmick. > As to the driver's side mirror on my Saab, at the limit of its outward > adjustment, it it leaves a blind spot, and requires a glance over the > shoulder before certain kinds of lane change. The blind spot wouldn't > exist if the mirror had convex glass, as European-specification cars > do. I have not found this on other U.S.-specification cars. Blame the US D.O.T. They've restricted our mirrors and lights for way, way too long. > I have two > cars, the other one being a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the driver's side > mirror on the Miata doesn't have this problem. So I am constantly aware > of it (as well as a number of other respects in which comparisons > between the two cars are not to the Saab's advantage, although the Saab > cost much more money). Nor did the blind spot problem exist on other > cars I have owned that had electrically adjusted mirrors. You always drive just by checking the mirrors, and not looking directly? My, what a staggeringly unsafe practice. In any car. Dave Hinz

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