Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2002 20:56:12 +0100
From: "Lee Marshall" <>
Subject: Re: Sat it in and.......

"James Eckles" <> wrote in message news:kex99.3038$ > Not to sound too negative, but I find it ironic that you're complaining > about the build quality of the 9-3 and 9-5 while your car's in the shop all > the time. If you read my previous postings about my 9000, you will see that my car has been totally reliable for 130,000 miles. It's just the dealer that's incompetent. > > Look at the latest edition of Consumer Reports and notice SAAB's reliability > ratings for the past 8 years or so - they've done nothing but get better and > better each year, and that means POST 9000 and 900. Reliability and build quailty and not necessarily the same thing. My main issues are with the interior quality, i'm sure that the current 9-3 and 9-5 will both do mega "typically saab" milages. > > I sat in the new 9-3 on August 10th while at the Viggen Flight Academy in GA > and I must say I'm impressed. The fact that it shares a platform with other > cars has absolutely no impact on its build quality. The new 9-3 is 100% > Swedish engineered and manufactured. GM writes the checks and leaves the > rest to the Swedes (while still demanding sales and quality-related results > mind you - it's not just a bank!). This is what I was told by the SAAB > execs at dinner that same night. I've just seen the new 9-3 on my dealers forecourt today, looks good. As for the new 9-3 being 100% swedish, I doubt that. The engine isn't a Saab motor, it's a modified GM unit. > > The interior's materials on the new 9-3 appeared solid, classy and well put > together. While the Vector's HP will only be 210, there WILL be higher HP, > all-wheel drive versions coming out in the next couple of years. > > I've been completely happy with my '01 Viggen convertible's build quality > and reliability, although I've only done 10k in it. Fit and finish is > superb in my opinion. Compared to? > > Thoughts? > > J. Kent > --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system ( Version: 6.0.384 / Virus Database: 216 - Release Date: 21/08/2002

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