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Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2005 15:34:21 -0400
From: Malt_Hound <Malt_Houndnospamm*>
Subject: Re: Who Drives a Saab?

Simo wrote: > On holidays I found time to waste on car mags, especially Top Gear which is > in my opinion the most entertaining of the english language bunch, by far. > It's refreshingly reliable in political incorrectness (a UK government > publication. hooray.) and passion about a good drive. > > The June issue has a test on diesel saloons, featuring BMW 320d, Audi A4 2.0 > TDI and the "a bit of a wild card but often overlooked" Saab 9-3 1.9 TiD > Vector, bringing the writer eventually to the "dinner party discussion > point." > > "Your accountant drives a Mercedes, and we already know who drives the > Beemer [angry, over-achieving real estate agents with a penchant for > pinstripe and too much hair product], but who the hell drives a Saab? > > Saab themselves would have you believe that the sort of people who drive > their cars are fighter pilots on weekend leave in a desperate rush to cross > snow-swept landscapes to knot limbs with their outrageously nubile loved > ones. But the reality seems to be that 9-3 drivers are slightly > self-satisfied types like dentists and middle-weight architects with hard to > quantify career trajectories who'll have you believe that the act of Saab > ownership has somehow etched their success in stone and distinguished them > utterly fron the common saloon driver." > > > My question now is, which of these groups do YOU, my dear fellow > newsgroup user, belong to? Or rather, any thoughts to follow this up? > > > Oh, their verdict, BTW goes BMW way: > Saab is found to be "beautifully designed", "distinctive and refreshing" > with "something desirable about", "but that'll seen like a crappy pay-off > when the kids pull the interior apart on the way home from your local > dealership." > > "Buy the Audi and no-one thinks you're flash, granted, but every time some > grinning spiv in a 3-series bolts from the lights you'll know that, tosser > or not, he's still got the better motor." > I agree, I love Top Gear. Color me a "grinning spiv", whatever the hell that is. Another odd observation of my own is that many (especially European) SAAB drivers seem to feel a great need to put-down all BMW drivers, but I have never observed the reciprocal? -Fred W

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