Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 19:27:08 GMT
From: "Nasty Bob" <>
Subject: Re: This may real bad news, and truly the end of Saab as we know it.

"That begs the question: what makes a Saab a Saab? Is the location of the factory that important?" We shouldn't criticise GM for being BIG or successful at what they do. A lot of people wouldn't be able to afford a car at all if it wasn't for them and their like.... But the way their business works - (mass production and economy of scale) doesn't always suit the often quirky, awkward values and beliefs of the brand names they swallow up. And it doesn't represent my personal image of Saab as quality and individuality.... I drive a 2.0 '93 9000CS. It has 132,000 miles on the clock, and I fully expect it to do twice that much. I hammer it up and down the motorway, (80 miles a day) without complaint. It always starts in the morning. The leather seats are extremely comfortable. And there's hardly a spot of rust on her (10 year anti-corrosion treatment). My wife drives a Ford Fiesta. It's only 6 years old. It's riddled with rust, tempremental.. And two of the doors won't open from the outside... So, is the location important? I'd love to believe that Saab workers in Sweden were more passionate about their jobs than the same assembly line in Detroit or wherever... but what we all love about Saab, and debate at length in this NG, is the quality, integrity and quirkiness of the design... and that may have already left the building, wherever it is, a long time ago... (Sorry guys - guess I shouldn't have finished that bottle of wine)....

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