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Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2005 16:14:13 -0400
From: Malt_Hound <Malt_Houndnospamm*>
Subject: Re: Any Saab employees here?

MH wrote: >>It seems like such a natural to have employees of >>a company interact with the very customers >>that buy from them > > > Do we? 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 do all the > maintenance myself too and (have to) buy parts from non OEM sources as most > parts are NLA from Saab. > I am hardly an interesting 'prospect' for Saab or GM since I will not buy a > new car that looks like a Saab but actually is a Chevrolet that was formerly > a Daewoo... I bought a new SAAB once. It was a 1990 900 stripper. Cloth seat, normally aspirated, no sunroof, nothing. That car was a pisser (FYI, that's good in US lingo). I wish I still owned it. It was the only car I have ever bought new, except for work cars. I got new cars from the company I work for for about 20 years and bought one new once and wrote it off. They were all US domestics and completely uninspiring, even the Turbo Dodge Lancer I bought. It was a mistake... I now own 7 cars. 2 SAABs (a 93 9000CSET and a 98 NG900SET) 3 BMWs ('94 540iA, '95 325i and a '97 Z3) a Ford Exploder (boat hauler) and a 98 Jeep Wrangler Sport. The key to being able to own older cars and actually save any money is exactly what you inferred: You have to be able to fix them yourself because (let's face it) they are bound to break somewhat more often than a new Honda. Financially that is key. That and ordering parts from online places like where I get almost all my SAAB parts. Their prices even on OEM SAAB parts is much lower than anywhere else. And they ship it to me for free by FedEx ground, which gets here overnight since I live in New England. So no, I'm sure that SAAB (or BMW for that matter) doesn't really care what I think about their new cars. The last time they got any of my money was 15 years ago. -Fred W

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