Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2005 09:18:30 +0100
From: RichardK <>
Subject: Re: 93 Convertible buying advice

pablo wrote: > I extensively test drove different cars before buying a '02 9-3 convertible, > on pothole ridden Silicon Valley roads (the public contractors here probably > build Motocross tracks on the side or something). The later 9-3 convertible > scutlle shake is not any worse than others. In fcat the Volvo C70's is far > more noticable, in my opinion, and the BMW's about the same. The Mercedes > CLK was the most robust by a mile, then again it felt heavy as well. The > newest Audi was not avalable at the time. The CLK I looked at, which would be in 2000, was so poorly made in terms of fit and finish compared to my old Mercedes that I simply couldn't bring myself to like it. They seem to be improving now. The C70... oh god, that's a horrible device. I drove the 2.4 LPT model and it shimmied under mild acceleration, shuddered over bumps, and felt like you were peering over the edge of a structurally unsound bathtub. The MX5 seemed quite free of it, though it was hard to tell with the jarring suspension on the 1.8i Sport, and my Beetle doesn't suffer from 'scuttle shake', but it does twist very slightly, enough to make roof noises at the header rail, if you drive over large bumps - say in a field. Real twist, though, was when you could see daylight through the doors on certain bends in my old Renault 5 Cabrio. Richard -- RichardK - 1980s in a can. Retro computing - Cars - 2004 Beetle Cabrio, 1989 Supra 3.0i, 1990 Sera, 1989 Volvo 740 MidiGuitar, AU/X. Apple 77-04. See links. Email - upgrade to 128 ;)

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