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Re: After Saab .......what?! Posted by Itsasaab [Email] (#2054) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Itsasaab) on Tue, 8 Sep 2020 09:27:51
In Reply to: After Saab .......what?!, Bruce A, Mon, 7 Sep 2020 14:52:33 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
Apart from many other aspects, a problem for me is that the storage space in my 9-5 wagon is better than all mid-size SUV's and challenges or beats many of the larger ones.
For me that helps make it worth fixing for longer.
Also, I love the simplicity of the Saabs compared to so many out there now. I just love that I know so much of the car (a lot of which of course is from this board).
A friend has had Volvos and Subarus so is a good reference point. He currently has a 2019-ish S90 and it is very, very good. I may look at a Volvo of some description when forced to do so. But the V60 is a clear 22 cubic feet less storage capacity.
Even the V-90 is slightly less than my wagon and the X-90 is worse again.
I cannot warm to the Subarus. The CrossTrek is nastily cheap and the Outback is just, well, Japanese. Hondas for me in same category. They are just so b-o-r-i-n-g.
Along with Saabs (mine) we have always had Mercedes (hers) and find them to be excellent value.
For instance, the old C280 has done 340,000 miles and hardly had a wrench put to it in anger. (It sits now only awaiting, finally, some tranny work and it will go again for yet longer soon.)
The other current GLK350 is very good. It is far from perfect mind you (horrible storage space and poor economy) but it's of course inherently European. Solid, reliable and pretty good used value. (With that one I had a solid complete service history to go by too and it is quite DIY-able.)
For all Merc's though, obviously storage space and DIY are not a strong point.
Japanese, Korean, or even American, frankly, are just not for me. So there are definitely not a lot of options. Maybe just Uber????
I would be interested in other's opinions.
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