Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2001 05:16:42 GMT From: "Brian Greene" <delinquent1nopsamdnet.att.net> Subject: Re: Viggen vs base 9-3 differences?
Bob wrote: <<The "stinking yuppies" have kept Saab alive since the OG900 days.>> They aren't *now* are they? Maybe things are different in your part of the world, but where I live yuppies and the "jet set" group scoff at Saabs. In my age group (25-30), people I know think I "settled" on my Saab as opposed to purchasing a 330I or an Acura TL. They don't see Saab as the yuppie variety vehicle. The german makes and high-end Jap marques have nabbed that market. When I'm visiting the service department, I don't see any other young, ambitious 25 year olds sitting around in the cafe' waiting on their car. I find that the average (NG) Saab owner is around 40-45 with grown children and have very little concern with appearing trendy or uppity. Some have even asked me what it was that made me choose a Saab over the typical yuppie mobiles. I agree, however, that most people do not buy Saabs to appease some feeling of brand loyalty or even work on thier own cars. They probably bought the car for the same reason I did. It's fun to drive, unique, (dare I say quirky), and comfortable. This is what I look for when I purchase a relatively expensive car. If I wasn't completely comfortable with the car, I'd feel really bad about the $10,000 depreciation suffered as soon as I left the lot. Some people think they get more when they pay more. They can keep thinking that. As for price, take a look at http://www.edmunds.com. Check out what the total market value (tmv) is for the '01 base Saab. I believe it's less than most vehicles in its class which include the Jetta and Acura Integra just to name a couple (that don't even compare to a 9-3). Even the SE HOT is listing for around $25K. This is not high end. This is middle of the road. If someone is willing to shell out for high end, they'll have to settle for a 9-5. Brian