Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 23:53:57 +0000
From: "Charles C." <>
Subject: Re: Lifetime of Saab

Fred W wrote: > Charles C. wrote: > >> And on it goes ... bottom line I don't like the 9-3 (too small) and the >> 9-5 is too big. So what am I going to do after the 9000. >> > > Have you looked closely at the newer 9-3 Sport Sedans yet? While the > exterior dimensions have not changed greatly from the OG 9-3's, the > interior room is quite a bit better. The back seat is actually usable > by full size adults. > I had one as a loan when mine was in for a service (yes I pay dealer prices ... getting old to get underneath the car on a gravel drive). When I am on the drivers seat you could only get a 10 year old behind me. Simply getting in/out of the car, reaching the controls etc. the 9-5 is more agreeable with me. Then I would like it in estate form (station wagon) but it could double up as an undertaker's car :-) I also had on loan a 9-5 estate diesel (2.2L engine yikes) which did nothing for me ... It was battleship gray outside and it was battleship gray inside. How interesting :-( Both cars made me appreciate the one I have. It is more fun, and if it is a bit short on the leg position for the driver it feels more vroom-vroom (if you know what i mean). Also if I go vroom-vroom I tend to sit more upright (as in the C900s). The newer SAABs give me the impression that the seat is lower (more like BMWs). All said and done a 9-5 aero wheel spinning and sliding a bit might put a smile on my face. The 9-3 I drove (also diesel 1.9 sport, and the 9-5 diesel) where a bad move from the dealer to give them to me as courtesy cars. For now I am staying with the 9000 for a while longer. It will soon mark 100k miles. :-) Charles -- Please remove _removeme_ to reply.

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