Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 19:56:55 GMT
From: Saab Guy <>
Subject: Re: Maintain Your Identity - Saab

On Thu, 23 Jun 2005 18:59:37 GMT "Al" <> wrote: > > "Grunff" <> wrote in message > news:42bac046$0$22628$ > > Saab Guy wrote: > > > >> What years do you think were the good years? It seems like everyone I > >> talk to had different opinions. > >> > >> Such as the Stroker groups, as those were the only REAL last SAABS > >> > >> or the V4s were the only last SAABS, or the 1980s. > > > > > > You're of course correct in that everyone will have their own take on > > this. > > > > My personal opinion is that the C900 was the last real Saab. The 9k was a > > pretty good car - I enjoyed owning one for several years, but it could > > very easily have been another make. > > > > The C900 was the last car produced by Saab which incorporated a long list > > of design features aimed at making the driver's life better. This was done > > with little regard for convention - the designers did what they did > > because they believed it was the right thing to do, just as they had on > > the 99, the 96, and all the previous models. > > > > Today's lineup leaves me distinctly unimpressed. With the single exception > > of turbocharging, the Saab range is really very close to the lineup > > offered by other mid-range euro brands. There's nothing about the way they > > are built, or the way the drive, that makes me want to own one. > > > > > > -- > > Grunff > > Ah the purists... > > "There's never been a better train than the Flying Scotsman" > > "The spitfire was the last true fighter plane" > > "The supermarket has killed the corner shop" > > "LP's sound so much better than CD's" > > "Good music died in 1970" > > Whilst I drive a C900 Aero, and love it to bits, I am grown up enough to > realise that time moves on. We own a NG900 too, and I've said it before and > I'll say it again, it has been a superb car, reliable, tough, comfortable, > safe and actually a bit of a head turner with my clients. I work in Civil > Engineering, most engineers I work with drive Focus or Mundeo type vehicles > it's not a rich business. I keep trying to spread the word, Saabs are well > priced on the second hand market here in the UK. > > Yes the NG is a GM car, so what, it's a good car. As was my 1996 9000. > Currently thinking about buying a 1999/2000ish 9-3. > > I am bored with all the negativity here about newer Saabs, read the posts > guys, many of our posters are drivers of NG900's, 9-3s and 9-5s. > > The C900 was actually the car that made Saab, it was the car that moved Saab > from a vehicle driven by quirky eccentric head teachers and vegetarian > college lecturers to a vehicle bought by company directors. Rather than the > obligatory Jags and Beamers of the 80's. > > The C900 was the beginning not the end, and the NG900 was not the beginning > of the end. > > Al Al, I completely agree with you. I have moved on myself. The best way to judge someone is how well they transition from situation to situation thus, how they grow as a person. I continue to live in the present, looking forward to the future not to the past, and not what to wait for, but what to contribute to. I think that it is time that others here and elsewhere grow up as well. SaabGuy

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