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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:35:11 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: I checked the last years that PSA's cars were sold here, DE [Profile/Gallery] , Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:06:27
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That's not really true - lots of people bought new saabs or leased them. Maybe not *enough* people for a business case the way things were, but probably it would not have been too hard to make that right.

This website originated with (and still revolves around) sharing repair advice for SAABs. The sort of person who fixes their own car is often a car enthusiast (perhaps from engineering, tinkering reasons) and may or may not be a driving enthusiast. A driving enthusiast can easily not be a repair enthusiast (take the car to the track and then to the mechanic).

People who are repair enthusiasts (many here) are generally aware of the economics of fixing vs buying new... I bought my 2004 9-5 for $6k and I've had it for 8 years now and probably spent another $6k or so in repairs (including several sets of tires) over that time. If I leased an econobox at $300/m... after just 4 years (half the time!) I would have spent the same or more on a much less nice car, just on the lease, and I still would have probably had to buy tires! Obviously, there is a little more work involved maintaining a car myself (some jobs go to my indy also), but it takes less of my time to do an oil change on a weekend than to get a proper garage to do it... the big thing is I don't mind getting my hands dirty, some people don't like that, which is totally ok.

Though DIY types and mechanics are common on this bb, they are not so much in real life... and the people who buy used cars are valuable to the people who buy new or lease because they help prop up the value. Would you put $50k into a car to get $0 out after 4 years in a world where nobody buys used so the car goes to the crusher? If the car is still worth $20k, you're buying a $30k car, not a $50k car... if the car is worth $10k used, it's $40k not $50k new, and this is reflected in the lease rate you pay...

I guess the other factor is that many new car buyers get excited by the new releases and then are dissatisfied when a first model year has problems... that is common with most brands. I know your 2001 was not a first model year, but that is a common thing that happens. SAAB was slow sorting out the 9-5, so 2001 still had numerous issues. I avoided 9-5's until the 2004 model year.

I think probably more people relate the SAAB nameplate to the c900 and 9000 days... the 9-5 and 9-3 are nice cars but the uniqueness is not quite the same. When we think of Citroen or Peugeot nameplates, again the cars that spring to my mind are not what is in production now...

I do agree though that those nameplates have plenty of cache or recognition on their own and I really do not see how using the SAAB name would help them significantly... so I agree with you!

There's actually a guy with a early 90's Peugeot on my street. Kind of cool!

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