Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 01:16:57 -0600
From: "William T. Brown III" <Ra137nopsamamp.Net>
Subject: Re: SAAB 9-5 or Charysler 300M ?

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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