Site News - 11/22 Member of the Year Voting
Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2006 22:21:38 +0100
From: Mick x <>
Subject: Re: Sad day

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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