Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 22:28:33 GMT
From: th <>
Subject: Re: Sad day

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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