Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 09:16:42 -0500
Subject: Re: Dependable Cars JD Power Survey

On 8/10/2006 7:13 PM, Tex wrote: > "solarsell" <> wrote in message > news:HNKCg.4905$f8.2283nospamny09... >> <> wrote in message >> news:44db42d6$0$497$ >>> Lexus #1 for 12th straight year. Saab 2nd from last :( >>> >>> See for press >>> release. >>> >> Pity. The GMization continues in every area including (lack of) >> reliability. From the Consumer Reports survey it would appear the 9-3 is >> really dragging down the score and 9-5 continues to be average and ahead >> of most of the other euroboxes. > > I'm not so sure GM had a lot to do with it...most of the engineering and > design on the 9-3ss came from Sweden, not Detroit. Yes, the epsilon I > platform design came from detroit (albeit with heavy input from Sweden), but > most everything else was sourced directly from Trollhatten. The epsilon > platform actually proved itself quite well. The rest of the car, left much > to be desired (as far as quality/reliability were concerned). > > Unfortunately, all this will make it all the more difficult for Saab as it > fights to make a profit...their insurance premiums against warranty claims > will be going up markedly. > The epsilon platform is very stiff/solid so the stuff that is attached to it better be attached correctly else there will be squeaks. Couple that with a stiff suspension (in the Aero) and this ups the need for good assembly quality. Awhile back there was in article in the WSJ where Lutz was bitching about SAAB sourcing its own stereo for the 9-3! Wrong priorities? Dan

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