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Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 23:34:21 -0600
From: Rick and Lorie Mieras <>
Subject: Re: SAAB depreciation? / Reliability of late models

RED wrote: > > > > > On Tue, 02 Jun 1998 14:23:43 -0700, Justin VanAbrahams > > <jvanabranopsamnet> wrote: > > > > > >I'm actually glad you mentioned that... I've read MANY reviews > > >of various Saab models, and the one thing that keeps coming up > > >is the reviewer saying "awfully pricey for a four cylinder." > > > > > >What I utterly fail to understand is how the number of cylinders > > >affects the perceived value of a car. If the four cylinder is > > >every bit as smooth, fast, and powerful as other engines in > > >it's market, what's wrong with that? > > I think you used a key word--"perceived." I'f SAAB is to expand its > market, it has to attract buyers who would otherwise buy something else. > But they "perceive" that if they're paying 30 K, they should not be > getting a four cylinder engine. All of us may understand that the SAAB 4 > cyl engine is sophisticated, but it's hard to persuade a non-SAAB owner > of the same. Don't tell a Lotus Esprit Turbo owner that he/she has "only" got a four-banger......

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