Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2007 08:38:18 -0500
From: Fred W <malt_houndnospamo.com>
Subject: Re: Difference in ARC and AERO


eaglewing wrote: > Bob, > Point well taken. I'm going to test drive one this week-end still but after > discussing further with our insurance carrier and daughter, we've come to > the conclusion that she's better suited for a VW bug or Chrysler Sebring > convertible, so that's where we will concentrate our efforts for her. Eagle, you know the Chrysler makes a lot of sense to me. You will get the car at a much better price point. Yes it is a ho-hum car, but that's a good thing for a new driver. ;-) > > However, after driving the Aero this coming Saturday, I might choose to get > it for myself. Not sure yet but looking forward to it. > > I'd advise that you drive a sedan and skip the convertible. The sedan is considerably lighter and better handling than the convertible. You also get much better visibility (for safety). Oh and find one with a 6 speed if you can. That increases the fun quotient greatly, assuming that you have a commute that would be conducive to a standard transmission. If not, at least all the automatics have "steptronic", which means that you can put it in a manually operated mode and choose when it shifts (somewhat). I have an '03 9-3 Vector with 6 speed manual. For one year (in '03) they called their top of the line model Vector and then switched back to the SAAB traditional "Aero" moniker. Something about a trademark violation? Anyway, it is a seriously beautiful car for people that want to have some fun, but are also fairly serious about their cars. It is the best handling Front Wheel drive car that I've ever driven, bar none. Plenty of pop with the high output turbo boost. And get this... you get 32-34 mpg on the highway running at ~ 75-80mph. Oh and if you decide that the 210Hp, 221 lb-ft. powerplant is not quite enough, there are chip reprogramming devices out that can raise the power output to 245Hp & 288lb-ft with the push of a button. No other mods required. Sporty, fun, serious... -- -Fred W

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