Date: 4 Dec 1998 20:41:47 GMT
From: "Harrie van Dijk" <>
Subject: Old Saabs vs New Saabs

Hi everyone, The reply tree on the New V6 is here has become so long it takes me too long to go through it and see if there are new additions at the end. Since the reply's are flowing in both on the group and on my personal adress I thought it would be a good idea to start a new line of comments. To those who missed out on the first messages: It started with a posting that the 9-5 was now available wit V6. I boldly stated that i couldn't care less because I liked the old Saabs better (ie before GM came in to the picture). I would really like this discussion to go on. I am a realist and know that Saab was saved by the GM bell. But I also feel that too many concessions are made to the market and to money. GM owns a company called Opel here in Europe and the make mostly cheaper and small family cars. Parts of these cars are used by Saab like the undercarriage of the Opel Vectra in the new 900 (with in return didn't do so great in European Road safety tests) and the V6 is not new at all; its taken from the Opel Calibra the only Opel or Vauxhall if you live in the UK that is worth a second look. My point is this: The rescue by GM is appreciated. But they should give Saab more freedom to make those special cars again. The ones that stick out in crowd, are good fun to drive and above all save. In my humble opinion The new saabs are still good cars, no dought about that but they are starting to look like japanese cars a little to much. And please let them bring back that sound to the doors that if you close it you have the feeling to be in a vault. To those who think they need a V6; have a spin in an old 99 or 900 Turbo and then you will know that cilindernumbers or qubic inches mean nothing. Harrie If you reply please delete the original message so we don't have to go through them again and again.

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