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Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 00:10:55 -0400
From: ma_twain <ma_twainnospamo.com>
Subject: Re: Any Saab employees here?


Tex wrote: > "MH" <nomailnospamere.no> wrote in message > news:d2undb$l8c$1nospam4.zwoll1.ov.home.nl... > >>Do we? >> > > Well, technically no consumers actually buy directly from Saab...they buy it > through a privately held dealership. > > >>I think most people in this group bought their Saabs pre-owned. I own >>several SAABs but none of them was bought new by me, >> > > I already pointed this out in my "dichotomy" sub-thread of a week or so ago. > > >>I do all the >>maintenance myself too and (have to) buy parts from non OEM sources as >>most >>parts are NLA from Saab. >> > > Great. But you are certainly not the typical Saab owner. I think he is a typical Saab owner, at least typical of the Saab owners who hang on this forum. Read the posts and see just how much work these Saab owner are doing on their own. I highly doubt > most owners of Saabs have or should even need training in automotive > mechanics to own one. When I buy a copy of Microsoft Word (or download > OpenOffice), I'm not expected to know anything about coding C++, I simply > expect that I can type a letter with it. > > >>I am hardly an interesting 'prospect' for Saab or GM since I will not buy >>a >>new car that looks like a Saab but >> > > All the more reason you should want to give feedback to Saab and GM. But > I'm guessing you've got a ready list of excuses: 1) Saab is shite now, > they're owned by GM afterall 2) GM has killed Saab forever 3) No one at Saab > cares anymore 4) etc etc. > > >>actually is a Chevrolet that was formerly a Daewoo... >> > > I'm not aware of any Saab that has any connections to Daewoo (Chevrolet > Europe is a completely different ball of wax vis-a-vis its American cousin > of the same name). The 9-7x is surely a controversial Saab-badged vehicle, > because of its Chevy Trailblazer origins. I don't think you will find many > in the Saab community who will bother to argue that it's a true Saab (same > for the 9-2x). > > On the other hand, I've noticed that while all the naysayers poo poo GM for > their tainting of the Saab model lineup with the two US-only models, the > 9-2x and the 9-7x, they hastily overlook the two true Saab vehicles, the 9-3 > and 9-5. These are two incredible cars which completely retain all that has > embodied Saab for decades (safety, performance, sleek/tasteful looks, and of > course quirky features). And last I checked these cars aren't getting axed > by GM. > > - tex > > > Tex - I notice you did not use the words "reliable" and "durable" to describe the "two true Saab vehicles". I did not hesitate to buy a 12 year old Classic 900 turbo. I have not bought a 9-3 because of the reliability and repair cost issues. The electronics have gotten too complex and too expensive to fix on your own. This makes the car very expensive to repair once the warranty expires. This is just one of the reasons Saabs don't retain their resale value.

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