Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 21:03:06 -0700
From: RED <>
Subject: Re: SAAB depreciation? / Reliability of late models

> > 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.

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