Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 12:24:49 -0400
From: Fred W <>
Subject: Re: GM's excess baggage - Buick, Pontiac, Saab, Hummer

Willy wrote: > "Fred W" <> wrote in message > > >>Willy wrote: >> >>> >>>I don't agree. Although I own two new Chevy's (Impala and Equinox)... I >>>previously owned 13 Nissan's..... so it's not like I'm doing the rahrah >>>American Car sthick. But in looking at the Chevy's line up, you'd be >>>HARD PRESSED to find any brand that offers better gas mileage in a >>>similarly sized vehicle. Even the huge Tahoe now delivers amazing >>>mileage - better than anything else in it's size or class. >>> >> >>I can't speak to the whole lineup, but I have an '05 Chevy Impala as a >>company car. This is a very big car and I am not particularly fond of it, >>but this is what they give me. It gets over 30 mpg on the highway doing a >>steady 75 mph. Last week I drove from Manchester, NH to Baltimore, MD on >>a single tank of gas and was flabbergasted to find that the tank took less >>than 16 gallons. >> >>-- >>-Fred W > > > As a matter of curiosity, what about it makes you say "you're not > particularly fond of it"? > It handles like a boat. It really wallows on the road as the suspension is designed to be ultra soft. The small 6 cylinder engine is gutless. To pass requires the automatic transmission to downshift 2 gears and is still not a particlarly blistering acceleration. The car that *I* own is an '03 SAAB 9^3 Vector. It has lots of power, snappy acceleration, decent handling, good comfort and gets 32 mpg (actual) on the highway. Compared to the Vector, the Chevy is a dog. But it's free and comes with free gas and maintenance from my company. -- -Fred W

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