Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 22:50:47 +0100
From: "Simon Watkins" <>
Subject: Re: SAAB 9-5 or Charysler 300M ?

9-3 or 900. How different do they look? Not a lot. Have you been to an opticians recently? I love my 9-5. I have owned 2. One in Embassy Blue, (which I didn't like the look of, buy I loved to drive. My second was in Silver. Yes I was seduced. Most definitely THE colour for the car. So much was I in love, that I've ordered my third, in Silver, but an SE version. I'm a 5 time Alfa owner, which, IMHO, are the best looking mass produced cars in the world. However, I would never go back having owned a Saab. Better than BMWs for build (I've owned 4 - a 316, 318i, a 320i, and also a 323i. Sorry, but the build and quality are leagues ahead. Also test driven a C class Merc. Again sorry, but they do not match up. Forget the hype, try yourself and make informed decisions. If you haven't thoroughly tested the opposition, you do not qualify to make judgement against Saab. My cars are my own. As an engineer, I do NOT want crap. They are not leased, they are not company cars, they are mine - paid for from hard earned cash. As for prestige - sorry but the understated elegance of the Saab is far from mass market. You have a misconception my friend! -- Spammers, here's some for you: ucenopsamgov William T. Brown III wrote in message <36C3D569.D4092807nopsamamp.Net>... >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 *---

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