Date: 10 May 2002 05:51:42 GMT
From: aj023nopsamcom (AJ023)
Subject: Low demand for 1999 off lease Saab 9-5's?

After reading the consumer reports review, and fooling around with a 9-5 in the dealerships showroom where I work which was an offlease return, I am curious as to why the resale value is very weak on the 9-5's when the car seems to have top notch reliability and was highly rated? The Saab 9-5 SE's in terms of price for the 1999 models are selling for the same prices as loaded Honda Accords + Nissan Maximas for the 1999 model year assuming similar mileage. The Saab is considered an upscale car and was much more expensive than the ones now selling in the same price range for the 1999 models. Is it just that the brand name recognition of Honda + Nissan is very powerful, and the general public is not aware of the increased reliability of the Saabs? Or is there a real reason why these cars are not selling, such as reliability or problems which did not show up in the 2002 edition of Consumer Reports?

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