Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2006 10:49:55 +0200
From: "Renaat Mattheus" <>
Subject: Re: Sad day

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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