Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 13:55:29 -0400
From: "Tex" <>
Subject: Re: Looking for "Real-World" Info on 9-3 and/or 9-5

"Dan" <> wrote in message news:O7uFe.24$ > 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

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