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Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 12:38:56 -0500
From: "kwbrewer" <>
Subject: Re: SAAB 9-5 or Charysler 300M ?

i agree with you 100%.....kwbrewer wrote in message <7a9ms1$qs3$>... >There's more to a car than styling. Yes, the 9-5 sedan is more generic >looking than the typical Saab, but it's a handsome car; the wagon is >downright hot, and I'm no wagon lover. The convertible is a beautiful car and >compared to the competition, the 9-3 is just as distinctive as the old 900. > >More importantly, Saab 9-5 offers innovation. Hooped door handles, so more >force can be applied to the doors if they're stuck shut in an accident; >unique horse-shoe shaped crash beams that deflect impacts around the >passenger cell instead of through it, like Audi and M-B. The result? How >about the 9-5 receiving the best crash score ever recorded in Euro NCAP >tests? How about the world's first anti-whiplash seat? How about 229lbft of >torque at just 2,100 rpm using the world's first assymetrically turbo V6? The >result? Better performance than the 300M's 253hp. How about the first >ventilated seats in a car? Etc... Etc... Etc... > >Or take a look at the new wagon. Innovations like cargo tracks, to secure >luggage and cargo so it doesn't shift to the passenger cell in an accident >(taken straight from Saab's aircraft heritage). Or the sliding load floor, to >make loading and unloading easier. how about the only wagon to offer a hard >secruity cover for the cargo area? or lighting on the inside of the tailgate >that illuminates the cargo area and the ground around the back of the car. Or >a tailgate that's so well balanced that it doesn't need hydraulic struts? > >I'm no GM fan, but don't tell me they've ruined Saab. If it weren't for GM >cash, Saab wouldn't exist. And if you look at substance rather than just >styling (which has always been Saab's philosophy) you'll see Saab is still at >the leading edge. Bottom line is that the 9-5 is the best car Saab ever built; >the 9-3 is the best 900 ever built and no Saabs have ever had better >performance, safety or quality. > >In article <36C3D569.D4092807nopsamamp.Net>, > Ra137nopsamamp.Net wrote: >> The newer Saabs (9-5 & 9-3) don't have as much 'snob' appeal; let me >> explain. The main reason, as someone stated before, is it looks like a >> generic sedan. I find it difficult to spot a 9-5 or a 9-3 from a >> distance. But rest assured I can pick out a pre 95 Saab from miles >> away. Saabs used to be unique, and in a way the 900 & 9000 are still, a >> bit. I only wonder what the cars would look like today, had GM not >> slipped it's grip into Saab. I hope that Saab goes back to the original >> body style, even for an anniversary, or LTD Edition type promo. Oh >> well, one can dream, right? >> >> "Lloyd R. Parker" wrote: >> > >> > Mark Orr (morrnopsamu.caS*) wrote: >> > : A couple of things to say on this, the LHS and its brethren are all very >> > : impressive designs, Chrysler leads auto design right now. Chryco has >always had >> > : a poor (and deserved) reputation for manufactring quality. I also wager >you >> > : will get better service from a Saab dealer then a Chrysler dealer. The >300 M is >> > : a bigger car though. While the styling is excellent, my guess is that it >will >> > : start to look "old" well before the classic lines of the 9-5. >> > >> > In the way a 63 Chevy's styling is classic? Put a 9-5 side by side with >> > most any sedan from the past 30 years and get people to tell them apart. >> > The Saab says "generic sedan" from all angles. At least the 9-3 has some >> > unique styling cues. GM seems to homogenize everything these days. >> > >> > : The 9-5 is >> > : particularly good looking in light colours that bring out its subtle >lines. I >> > : think the Saab will be the more satisfying car in the longer term, >regardless >> > : of your initial instincts. Besides, its much cooler to say "I drive a >Saab" >> > : then "I drive a Chrysler", so I think the Saab wins on snob appeal. >> > >> > I'd guess 80% of the public has no real idea of what "sob" means except >> > "to cry." OTOH, Chrysler is a recognized, somewhat prestigious nameplate. >> > Face it, the only foreign nameplates the public perceives as prestigious >> > are Mercedes, BMW, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, and Rolls-Royce. Maybe you >> > can add Lexus to the list. >> >> -- >> William T. Brown III _\\|//_ <> >> | ///|\\\ | >> ----------------------------oOO--(_)---OOo--------------------------- >> ---* Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them as much *--- >> > >-----------== Posted via Deja News, The Discussion Network ==---------- > Search, Read, Discuss, or Start Your Own

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