Site News - 11/22 Member of the Year Voting
Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2006 11:48:22 +0100
From: Mick x <>
Subject: Re: Sad day

Looks very nice in the black. On 6/10/06 09:32, in article 4526149f$0$30052$, "Renaat Mattheus" <> wrote: > All the people around (family and friends, who are no Saab freaks :- ) ) me > react very positive to the 'new nose' of the 9-5, whereas there were a lot > of doubts about it in the local 'saab community'. I never got that much > reaction on my previous 9-5, altought the one before that was a VW Passat. I > think the Saab designers managed to do a good design upgrade on an old > model, after all : I really liked that 'old' model. Altough this is not the > reason why one buys a car, but many heads still turn around when I pass buy > with the new 'chrome' 9-5. And to be honest: I like this :-) > > I drive the 1.9 Tid and I had the Hirsch Update implemented (175 HP, 370NM) > which is a very big difference with the standard power of this diesel > engine. The new 9-5 drives smoother than my 2002 one and there is less > disturbing noise inside. The interior also 'grows on you', altough it has > the reputaion of being 'not typical Saab'. I have the Infotainment Plus > package with GPS and Harman Kardon sound system, which really 'rocks' ! > > Conclusion : I really love my new 9-5 which offers a lot more 'style' than > all the 'common' BMW 5's and Audi A6's which seems to be sols d like '13 in > a dozain'. > > BTW Here's a link to a picture of my Swedish baby : > > > Renaat > > > "Mick x" <> schreef in bericht > >> Good to hear - if you can, please keep us updated on your thoughts of pros >> and cons with the new model. >> >> >> On 4/10/06 09:49, in article 452375b3$0$5519$, >> "Renaat Mattheus" <> wrote: >> >>> I have the new 9-5 and altough I first disliked it (on picture), I really >>> love the new make-up (my previous car was a 2002 9-5). As you American >>> guys >>> say: 'it grows on you' ... >>> >>> >>> >>> "th" <> schreef in bericht >>> news:logUg.18676$ >>>> Greg Farris wrote: >>>>> In article <QxWTg.18401$>, >>>>> says... >>>>> >>>>> Funny thing about that - When I was driving my 1990 900 CAB, and I >>>>> saw >>>>> the "New Version" 900's nd 9000's, I said to the dealer, "Next time >>>>> will >>>>> be my first non-Saab automobile". I felt they had gone too far in >>>>> seeking >>>>> the general public, and were alienating their mainstream support. But >>>>> with time, those 900's and 9000's, along with the first generation 9,3 >>>>> and 9,5's (that looked just like them) became more acceptable, and in >>>>> they end they seem almost as "pure Saab" as the older ones, even if we >>>>> know that underneath things were changing (and in fact, I am now >>>>> driving >>>>> one of them). From the 2003 and onward, we know they are just Opel >>>>> Vectras with Saab logos, and the latest 9,7's or whatever are direct >>>>> mid-market Japan imports... >>>>> >>>>> I have no doubt that GM has done what was needed to keep the Saab logo >>>>> from disappearing altogether, but it is not surprising hat most >>>>> "traditional" Saab enthusiasts will be hard pressed to find any reason >>>>> to >>>>> buy another. >>>>> >>>> Already the 9^5 is to a large extent an Opel Vectra, containing a >>>> significant amount of parts with quality problems. The most sad story is >>>> however the engine, which is not a GM product, going from the excellent >>>> and durable engines in the C900 and 9000 to the B205/235 with all their >>>> problems. The 9^5 is my seventh and last Saab but it will be a tough job >>>> finding a car with the same seating comfort, driver environment and >>>> winter >>>> driving capabilities as Saab used to provide. However, when a car >>>> manufacturer no longer seems to understand that the main idea of owning >>>> a >>>> car is that you want to comfortably and safely go from point A to point >>>> B >>>> and not end up at point C or be stuck at point A, and instead spend >>>> their >>>> effort on fooling the consumers with various branding tricks believing >>>> that it increases sales, that manufacturer is in trouble (pooh, long >>>> sentence!) >>>> >>>> -- >>>> th >>>> >>> >>> >> >> > >

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