Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 23:46:04 +0000
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: Best built recent Saab?

pablo wrote: > I perfectly understand if others sense for aesthetics and passion > runs differently, but don't try to overdo it and claim all old Saab's are > better cars than the Saab's build today. They're not. They're undoubtedly > more *legitimate* and *pure* Saabs for those who care about such things, but > they're not "better" by any rational technical benchmark. They were built in > worse plants, and designed with access to worse tools, and within finacial > constraints that in the end threatened Saab's very existence. Have you ever actually worked on a car? The C900 was an *outstanding* car in it's time (as was the 99 before it). The platform was used to launch a huge number of innovative features. Can the same be said of *any* of Saab's current offering? Of course my 1987 900 16vT isn't as smooth or quiet as a modern car - modern cars are built to be very quiet and soft. It'll still see off *any* new Saab. The point is this: Up until the late 80s, Saab made cars which were different - not for the sake of being different, but because they believed they were a better product. They were innovators and market leaders. These days, Saab make cars that are perfectly nice, but have nothing to distinguish them from the rest of the market. If I was about to buy a new car, and had to choose between a 9-3 and a Vectra, I'd be a fool to pick the 9-3. The only things the 9-3 has over the Vectra are minor styling differences and a nicer interior. Is that worth the extra money? No. -- Grunff

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