Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 12:10:06 -0500
From: Dan <>
Subject: Re: Looking for "Real-World" Info on 9-3 and/or 9-5

On 7/26/2005 7:02 AM, Tex wrote: > "Pooh Bear" <> wrote in message > > >>Certain ppl have posted here that 9-3 and 9-5 models are more prone to >>squeaks and rattles than earlier models though. > > > Yep...the car is brilliant in most aspects except this (and ride comfort). > It's marred by various squeaks and rattles all over the place. It marrs the > overall experience somewhat. However, I have found and implemented fixes > for at least a few of the major squeaks/rattles, to quiet it down > considerably. One fix was performed by the dealer (they had to replace the > ACC fascia). > > The only other thing that leaves much to be desired is the ride comfort. > While the stiffer suspension assists in handling/performance it leaves much > to be desired for ride comfort. I have an aero with stiffer springs and 17" > rims / low profile tyres. However, i test drove the arc and linears and > found that they offered little to no improvement over the aero's ride > quality (despite softer springs and 16" rims). > > Having also driven the Mercedes C-class and BMW 3-series, those offer much > nicer ride comfort...much softer, yet still offer good handling/performance. > And few squakes/rattles...granted they do add to the overall price tag. > > - tex > > I have 2004 9-3 Aero USA. 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) and some skittishness over high frequency road surfaces. Then there is the issue with the passenger seat belt warning light staying on. Beyond these, the car handles excellently, is a joy to look at, and has a nice interior (bluetooth?). My Mom has a 2000 9-5 SE Wagon. It is a very nice road car. Dan

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