Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 13:37:23 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <johsnopsamfitter.com>
Subject: Re: new 9-3 Convertible


MIck X wrote: > > Johannes H Andersen wrote: > > [...] > > > > Yes, I though so. But if they are great cars, then they are not as great > > as their full bodied sisters: > > > > 1. Heavier > > 2. Body flex > > 3. Crash strength? > > 4. Hood maintenance > > 5. Impaired rear visibility > > 6. Noise penetration > > 7. Break ins > > > > But they do look nice. > Well there are alwasy pro's and con's J > > I have not assessed the stats of points 1-3 so I bow to your knowledge > > Point 4 - Hood maintenace - This IMHO is very low, is included within > the service and quick spray with a conditioner once a month will > suffice. Mine is coming up 2 yrs old and still looks like new. > > Point 5 - yup I agree (when the roof is up), still with excellent wing > mirros and a turn of the head, no problem. > > Point 6 - noise penetration, sorry J it is acceptable I use my mobile > phone handsfree kit and since I've changed from my hard top Saab 9-3 SE > 3 dr coupe no one can tell the difference. At 100 mph plus noise is > still low > > Point 7 - Well that depends on where you live how you store your car, > touch wood, I have been very lucky with all my cars. I think any car > that that looks nice, or stands out will always be a target for car > crime so that comes with the terrority. > > But I agree they do look nice and the pro's IMHO well out way the cons. Much of the look is due to the low shape of the roof rather than the soft material. On a car such as e.g. a Porsche 911, I prefer the cleaner look of the coupe rather than the cabrio. But sitting in a Saab 9-3 convertible gives you a sense of occasion or maybe it is the decadence of the compact (cramped?) space as in a sports car.

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