Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 20:10:28 -0400
From: ma_twain <ma_twainnospamo.com>
Subject: Re: Looking for "Real-World" Info on 9-3 and/or 9-5


Tex wrote: > "Dan" <dannospamam.com> wrote in message > news:O7uFe.24$mw3.2884nospam.uswest.net... > >>On 7/26/2005 7:02 AM, Tex wrote: >>I have 2004 9-3 Aero USA >> > > Yep...same as what I have. > > >>Overall I like the car a lot. I think it is one of the best looking >>sedans out there. The car has an incredibly stiff unibody which I think >>leads to the rattles (plan to apply to documented fixes) >> > > Yes...but a lot of cars today have stiff construction yet lack squeaks and > rattles. If you apply the fixes yourself you begin to realize that these > things could have been avoided before the car left the factory. Most are > simply due to underengineering. Saab engineers should take a look at some > of the homegrown fixes, a number of which actually work really well and are > fairly cheap/easy to implement. > > >>and some skittishness over high frequency road surfaces. >> > > Ya...I think the P Zeros are to blame here...they account for a big chunk of > road noise/vibrations. I'm anxious to swap on some 16" rims and hopefully > some quieter tires for winter. But from what I've been told, winter tires > only get louder. > > >>Then there is the issue with the passenger seat belt warning light staying >>on. >> > > I've seen this on hot days though my dealer's service manager said he hadn't > seen it. Who is he kidding? ;-) > > >>Beyond these, the car handles excellently, is a joy to look at, and has a >>nice interior (bluetooth?). >> > > Just not for US market :-( > > >>My Mom has a 2000 9-5 SE Wagon. It is a very nice road car. >> > > Agreed, aside from the noisy 6 under the hood, the car is otherwise > extremely quiet and comfy to drive. > > - tex > > > Is this the same GM V-6 with the timing belt issues that was in the GM900SE?

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