Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2005 19:25:37 GMT
From: "Al" <>
Subject: Re: Maintain Your Identity - Saab

"Grunff" <> wrote in message news:42bd0c82$0$16431$ > Al wrote: > >> A Saab 9-3 is, IMHO far superior, for to a BMW 3 series. I admit to >> quite fancying a 328, but frankly a 318 or a 320? Nah, doesn't come >> close. >> >> Audi A4?!? What! Generally driven by young sales managers with quiffy >> highlighted hair. Yes I love my stereotypes, but as an ageing fat bloke >> with a goatee I get stereotyped and judged all the time so who cares. >> >> The 9-3 is in a different league to some of the cars I mentioned >> previously, Mundeos etc. I also made the point that on the second hand >> market Saabs represent tremendous value in the UK. I don't know about >> other markets, US or European, so I won't comment. >> >> The NG900 is again streets ahead in terms of value compared to equivalent >> aged Beamers, and at least it came with a stereo when new. An old work >> colleague of mine had a new 318 every 4 years, I couldn't believe how >> spartan they were for the money. >> >> BMW's are fine cars, image problem aside which I do not want to go into >> again, but there is no doubt about it the equivalent 2nd hand Saabs offer >> much better value for money. UK residents have this idea that Saabs cost >> alot to run. Which we all know isn't really true. >> >> However, I am happy for the general population of the UK to carry on >> thinking Saabs are expensive to run, it means I can afford to buy a 5 >> year old 9-3 SE for less than 5k. Try getting a good beamer or merc for >> that money. > > > The above seems to indicate that your main criteria are image and price. > If that's the case, then maybe Saab are hitting the target after all. > Hmm, yes I guess image is somewhat important, but the main reasons we choose saabs are, (in no particullar order) Strength/safety (Again old saabs are IMHO safer than most other cars of their generation) Cockpit layout/ergonomics Looks Driveability I guess brand loyalty comes into it too.(stick with what you know) Finding a SAAB specialist I can trust. High mileage achieveable I am not however ashamed to say I like being seen driving a SAAB, it has kudos for me. I wear Primark clothes, I eat Morrisons food, but I draw the line at what I drive. > >> At the end of the day I love Turbo Grin, and only Saab can do that. > > D'y know, I love that turbo grin too - but I haven't managed to get one > out of a 9^3 yet! > -- > Grunff True, maybe not out of the box, but Abbott and others can turn them into monsters if that's your desire. Anyway I have my C900 Aero for that....which I guess supports your line eh? :-) Al

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