Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 00:50:06 +0200 (CEST)
From: Nomen Nescio <>
Subject: "Born from Jets" ad campaign - Fact or Fantasy?

Both Saab and G.M. have aircraft experience. GM's a bit dated, going back to WWII, but certainly not irrelevant. So, the Sixty-four Dollar question is this: Does the Saab automobile feature any bona-fide aircraft engineering in it's design or is it fundamentally no different than any other automobile, right down to the cheapeast on the market? Well, since the Saab is not jet powered, a fair comparison is to a a piston-engined light plane. Some of the features of a typical light airplane include: Two spark plugs per cylinder powered by independent ignitions Two fuel pumps in low wing configurations Fail safe cooling Batteryless starting capability That's enough for starters. If an ignition system fails on an aircraft, there is another one on stand-by to get you home. Ditto for fuel pump failure. There are no head gaskets to fail. If the battery is flat, you can "prop" (manually crank) the engine. Now check out the Saab. Does it have a myriad of wires ignition that can give out without warning? Is there a back-up? Does it have one electric fuel pump in the tank that can fail and turn off the engine for good like a switch? Does it have a head gasket that can leak and overheat the engine in moments? And if the battery is flat, can you start the engine or are you stranded. Ask yourself these questions and decide for yourself if the aircraft heritage is for real or just a shitload of hype? P.S. How about a little, itsy-bitsy reality check on aircraft heritage: Are fine thread AN bolts and self locking nuts used throughout the car? How about safety-wire on machine screws and drain plugs to keep them from loosening and falling out? My bet is the answer is no and no. GM you are headed to bankcrupcy and you have only yourselves to blame. "Born from Jets" my ass.

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