Date: 30 Nov 2002 07:10:58 -0800 From: stafford2525nopsamo.com (Elizabeth) Subject: Re: Any thoughts on safety?
(Dads response to this one) I am the Saab fanatic in the house that got this whole thing started, there are many reasons that I am responding to this but I think I would have to say that the most significant is that I am among the living. If my brother had believed that a Taurus was a good choice for a student driver then my girlfriend at the time who was driving his car would have killed all 3 of us in 1989, although anicdotal, the police officer (I am thinking a person who has like seen a few accidents in his day) at the scene told me that I should thank my brother for saving my life, because had I been in like a Subaru they wouldnt have been able to get a full set of body parts out of the car for our parents to bury, then he added 'I drive a Volvo myself'. the Taurus is not a safe car, Ford does not make safe cars, at all, neither do their american and japanese competitors. the statistics and ratings you read about compare all of these cars as if any of them were even acceptable. I was in the passenger seat when the car struck a huge powerline pole sideways at 45mph on my door, I was totally unharmed. I can give you a list of other cars in which that would still be the case, simple physics. no wonder our school system is so poor, if the masses were ever properly educated they would never buy our cars. anyway sorry to get so terse about it, just that whole alive vs. dead thing has made me a bit opinionated on the issue. As for Saab, all I can say having driven them for so long and having never crashed is that a Saab would have avoided that accident altogether because of superior handling, a safety feature that American insurance testers only cosider at the rediculous problem of SUV rollover. You are not at all alone in your thinking, a very close friend of mine lost his mother in a car accident just 2 years ago, she flipped a Ford Probe and was killed instantly, he now drives a Taurus even after all the education I could offer him on a daily basis that his mother would have WALKED away from that accident if she were in a SAAB, in fact if the car ended up upright and not stuck, she would have drivin away. clearly, this is a perfect modern manifestation of Plato's Allegory of the Cave. Drive safe, -Dave COLUG <colugnopsammbus.rr.com> wrote in message news:<wiKF9.32275$pa7.2967922nopsamter.columbus.rr.com>... > Bill Canning wrote: > > Actually, Elizabeth said Alero, not Aurora. See this link: > > > > http://www.iihs.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/99026.htm > > My error, they were right next to each on the selection list. I picked > the wrong one. The Alero get a "Poor" rating too. :( > > There are plenty of inexpensive North American cars which have excellent > safety ratings. A Taurus would be a good choice for a student driver.