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2012-04-01 11:21:02 PM  
No more douchey Saab owners? This is a bad thing?
 
2012-04-01 11:42:21 PM  
www.switchimage.org

Was a hot car back in the day.
 
2012-04-01 11:59:56 PM  
What a saab story.
 
2012-04-02 12:00:02 AM  
These were cool too.

www.instablogsimages.com
 
2012-04-02 12:19:04 AM  
CSB activated/

I was at a company lunch, when an entitled rich kid was talking about his graduation present.

"So my mom was offering me a choice between a Hummer or a new Saab", he was bragging.

I looked at him and said, "Don't give me that Saab story!"

/end CSB
 
2012-04-02 12:25:29 AM  
It got married?
 
2012-04-02 04:22:46 AM  
I'd take 1 or 2. I wouldn't even be picky.

Well, if the price was right ;)
 
2012-04-02 04:32:14 AM  
i.imgur.com

This car, manual, turbo, convertible, was amazingly fun to drive all up and down California and the West Coast.

Sigh.
 
2012-04-02 04:34:22 AM  
I know Saab owners really love their cars, but the stunted, sloping trunk just looked funny to me.
 
2012-04-02 04:35:35 AM  
Purchased it used from a new car dealer while I had a broken arm and couldn't test drive it for about $4K less than asking. Test drove the automatic which was a dog, but the dealer swore up and down the manual was completely different, and it was. A very fun car.
 
2012-04-02 04:37:15 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I know Saab owners really love their cars, but the stunted, sloping trunk just looked funny to me.


Oh yeah, never a looker unless it was truly clean and washed, and from the inside the convertible was like sitting in a huge bathtub.
 
2012-04-02 04:56:44 AM  
Cool Saab Bro.

My first car was a 1975 99 LE hand-me-down from my Mom. It had lots of great design but it was a maintenance nightmare. My parents still have a 1973 99 EMS rotting in their front yard.

/Sob
 
2012-04-02 05:08:03 AM  
I just looked outside and I didn't see any. Subby is full of it.
 
2012-04-02 07:49:45 AM  
My ex-wife's vajayjay?
 
2012-04-02 08:04:43 AM  
'83 900 Turbo was the first car that I bought completely on my own. Loved that beast ... now, granted, I bought it in '94 so I paid a bit under sticker

/csb
 
2012-04-02 08:24:09 AM  
peacetek.net

This looks like very much like a project car I bought just before the start of my annus horribilis.

Worked with an engineer who is a SAAB nut. His regular driver was a Saab Monte Carlo and he hot rodded a drab 99 EMS with a big turbo, liquid intercooler and water injection.
 
2012-04-02 09:47:52 AM  
Florida?
 
2012-04-02 09:50:03 AM  
Had an '80 Turbo, purchased new off the lot as my first car out of college.

Loved that thing.

Sucked that I didn't take care of it and the turbo had to be replaced a few years later.

And the transmission crapped out after 70K miles.

And the head gasket went bad at about 96K.

And then I dumped it for a Toyota. Dependable, not nearly as much fun.
 
2012-04-02 10:02:46 AM  

Thoroughly With Foil: Florida?


Close. My bedroom.
 
2012-04-02 10:15:26 AM  

vernonFL: These were cool too.

[www.instablogsimages.com image 602x323]



I am actually looking for a SAAB 96 as a project car. I love the looks of them. There is a pair of them for sale down in MD that i have been half wanting to drive down to check out.
 
2012-04-02 10:30:47 AM  
I'd take that 9-3 Sport Combi off their hands. That is a fairly able kid hauler for Dads.

That being said, the last actual SAABs designed and built cars were '94 model year 900's. Or if you aren't a purist, the Trollhattan built '98's.
 
2012-04-02 11:31:57 AM  
www.saabsunited.com

If you can't appreciate the nuttiness of the Saab Inca wheels then you deserve your Camry.
 
2012-04-02 12:04:10 PM  

foo monkey: No more douchey Saab owners? This is a bad thing?


Oh come ON!? Saab drivers, douchey? WTF are you driving, a duh-mestic V6 in base trim?
 
2012-04-02 12:39:04 PM  
When I was a kid it seemed that every second car on the road in New England was a Saab. Maine definitely sounds a likely candidate for a place "where hope, happiness and life slowly rot away" so I assume without reading the article that New England got the last of them as a reward for their intense brand loyalty to a car that was designed and built for crappy Scandinavian weather conditions that very nearly approached New England climatic conditions. ("If you don't like the weather, wait fifteen minutes" was originally said about New England, and quoted shortly thereafter by Mark Twain in a speech he gave there.)
 
2012-04-02 12:42:05 PM  
Well, I read the article and it really is a Saab story. It did not occur to me that the cars could go to worse place than Penobscot County or the salty Maine Coast.. But some how, somebody found one. Yikes!
 
2012-04-02 12:50:25 PM  
Ah, the Saab, where a broken side window cost an arm and a leg because everything went through the doors.
 
2012-04-02 12:52:18 PM  
The 99 and some of the 900s were fun, but I'm not sad to see this brand go. Some of the few cars that actually looked decent in the '80s.

The ones from TFA are soulless little sedans no different from all the other crap out there. You might as well buy a Camry and at least get the reliability to help offset how boring the thing is.
 
2012-04-02 01:17:30 PM  

Kar98: Oh come ON!? Saab drivers, douchey? WTF are you driving, a duh-mestic V6 in base trim?


I've never thought Saab drivers were douches, either. Blind, perhaps. Poorly equipped to make sensible car decisions, maybe. Completely insane, probably. But not douches.

/ I'm sorry... Saabs are just soooooooooooooooo ugly
// BMW drivers are douches
/// especially 3 series
//// you drive an entry level BMW, you're not cool, you're just poor and your lousy car buying decisions keep you that way
 
2012-04-02 01:25:59 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: CSB activated/

I was at a company lunch, when an entitled rich kid was talking about his graduation present.

"So my mom was offering me a choice between a Hummer or a new Saab", he was bragging.

I looked at him and said, "Don't give me that Saab story!"

/end CSB


I would have used the opportunity for giving him no end of ragging for getting hummers from his mom.
 
2012-04-02 01:40:00 PM  
what a bunch of Snaabs.
 
2012-04-02 01:46:07 PM  

foo monkey: No more douchey Saab owners? This is a bad thing?


There will still be Volvo's to fill that particular need.
 
2012-04-02 01:58:05 PM  
They were all sent to Detroit???
 
2012-04-02 02:26:10 PM  
I thought they were talking about the UK.
 
2012-04-02 02:29:33 PM  

brantgoose: Well, I read the article and it really is a Saab story. It did not occur to me that the cars could go to worse place than Penobscot County or the salty Maine Coast.. But some how, somebody found one. Yikes!


There are worse places than Penobscot County. I grew up there. Then I left to work for the government, and I have been on a world tour of those worse places ever since.

/My family had a saab and a subaru for most of my young life
 
2012-04-02 03:32:53 PM  

Gilligan13: They were all sent to Detroit???


Well, GM did do an excellent job of destroying the brand.

/whereas Ford did an astonishing job of saving Volvo
//yes, I know Volvo is now owned by the Chinese
 
2012-04-02 03:48:48 PM  

Splinshints:
I've never thought Saab drivers were douches, either. Blind, perhaps. Poorly equipped to make sensible car decisions, maybe. Completely insane, probably. But not douches.

/ I'm sorry... Saabs are just soooooooooooooooo ugly
// BMW drivers are douches
/// especially 3 series
//// you drive an entry level BMW, you're not cool, you're just poor and your lousy car buying decisions keep you that way


The 1 Series has been the entry-level BMW in the States since 2008 and I'll disagree with your statement that buying a 3 Series means you make lousy car buying decisions.

/If said 3 Series is an "M"
//Otherwise, generally agree with the douchiness and poor decision-making labels
///Not sad to see Saab go, they've been a GM-badged car for a while now
 
hej [TotalFark]
2012-04-02 04:21:22 PM  

Splinshints:
// BMW drivers are douches
/// especially 3 series
//// you drive an entry level BMW, you're not cool, you're just poor and your lousy car buying decisions keep you that way


Interestingly, for the last decade and then some, pretty much every car magazine out there has been consistently ranking the BMW 3 as the #1 car among it's competition. Must be some sort of douche conspiracy.
 
2012-04-02 06:26:56 PM  

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: /If said 3 Series is an "M"


farm3.staticflickr.com

And, yea, I know about the 1 series, but the less mentioned about anybody who would spend over thirty grand on that pointless disaster the better.

hej: Interestingly, for the last decade and then some, pretty much every car magazine out there has been consistently ranking the BMW 3 as the #1 car among it's competition. Must be some sort of douche conspiracy.


Or a conspiracy of idiots. You can buy a better sports car for less and if you have at least the brain power god gave a dead halibut you can walk across the street to the Benz dealer and buy a better luxury car for about the same price.

I've driven the 3 coupe, the Benz C300, the G37 (sport and standard) and several lesser cars. For the life of me I cannot figure out why anybody would ever buy a BMW 3. They're less comfortable than the equivalent Benz, slower than many cars much less than them and less practical than just about everything.

Pointless. They do everything just shy of well enough to actually be good at any of it.

/ I picked the G37 Sport 6 speed, in case you were curious
// it's a bit heavy, but it's still fun
/// not the nicest ride I've ever had, though
 
2012-04-02 06:37:32 PM  
The Saab 99 Turbo was an epic car, largely responsible for the "turbo" craze of the 80s.

I picked up a 9-5 Aero wagon (manual) for peanuts. It's a fantastic car, but omg is it a pain to work on.
 
2012-04-02 06:45:33 PM  

Splinshints: IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: /If said 3 Series is an "M"

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 500x282]

And, yea, I know about the 1 series, but the less mentioned about anybody who would spend over thirty grand on that pointless disaster the better.

hej: Interestingly, for the last decade and then some, pretty much every car magazine out there has been consistently ranking the BMW 3 as the #1 car among it's competition. Must be some sort of douche conspiracy.

Or a conspiracy of idiots. You can buy a better sports car for less and if you have at least the brain power god gave a dead halibut you can walk across the street to the Benz dealer and buy a better luxury car for about the same price.

I've driven the 3 coupe, the Benz C300, the G37 (sport and standard) and several lesser cars. For the life of me I cannot figure out why anybody would ever buy a BMW 3. They're less comfortable than the equivalent Benz, slower than many cars much less than them and less practical than just about everything.

Pointless. They do everything just shy of well enough to actually be good at any of it.

/ I picked the G37 Sport 6 speed, in case you were curious
// it's a bit heavy, but it's still fun
/// not the nicest ride I've ever had, though


Disagree. That's the whole point of owning an M3--it is good at everything, not exceptional. It's not cheap, plasticy and fast like a Vette, and it's not obese and sluggish like certain other models of a similar class. It handles good (although slightly undersprung), has great fit and finish, has a good amount of power, and gets good fuel economy all while being an everyday, practical sports car. That's why I bought one.

//M3 owner :)

and slightly off-topic, Jesus christ, why do so many dickbags buy this car. Each other owner I've met I sincerely do not want to be associated with.
 
2012-04-02 07:18:45 PM  

beta_plus: Gilligan13: They were all sent to Detroit???

Well, GM did do an excellent job of destroying the brand.

/whereas Ford did an astonishing job of saving Volvo
//yes, I know Volvo is now owned by the Chinese


TopGear presented an interesting argument that puts the blame at Saab's mangement for this.

sure, GM gave them lackluster platforms to develop cars. however, Saab management, in an attempt to maintain independence, deviated too far from the cars it was based on, leading to massive cost overruns.

Saab only used 1/3 of the parts from the Vectra/Malibu to make the 9-3. For example, instead of using GM's existing Sat-Nav vendor, Saab developed its own system from scratch at considerable expense. because of the lack of parts sharing, the 9-3 and 9-5 could only be built at the underutilized plant in Sweden.

this is far less of an integration than Audi/VW; most Audis can be built anywhere VWs are built; many Audi models are not built in Germany at all.
 
2012-04-02 10:33:12 PM  
Speaking of cars rotting on salty docks, I used to own one of these (new window). Got a lot of use out of it.
 
hej [TotalFark]
2012-04-02 10:38:25 PM  
 
2012-04-02 10:42:04 PM  
I'm on my 3rd (and -- obviously last -- Saab).

It's my first new car, a '00 9-5 Aero Turbo Wagon. It just crossed 178K miles yesterday. Only one major fault which was covered by warranty, then I replaced the turbo with a new one at 150K miles, 30K after the recommended 120K. When it's washed, it still looks new.

Before it: a used '87 9000 Turbo 5 door, and before that a used '83 900 Turbo 3 door. Before them a '68 VW bus. All my cars have been manual transmission.

*sigh*
 
2012-04-02 10:53:19 PM  
They're going to Ohio?
 
2012-04-02 10:55:05 PM  

The Hutt: Speaking of cars rotting on salty docks, I used to own one of these (new window). Got a lot of use out of it.


My old college Economics teacher had one of the infamous Iraqi Malibus and was quite proud of his bargain purchase, though it was the fugliest car in the parking lot on any given day.
 
2012-04-03 12:51:07 AM  

dumbobruni: beta_plus: Gilligan13: They were all sent to Detroit???

Well, GM did do an excellent job of destroying the brand.

/whereas Ford did an astonishing job of saving Volvo
//yes, I know Volvo is now owned by the Chinese

TopGear presented an interesting argument that puts the blame at Saab's mangement for this.

sure, GM gave them lackluster platforms to develop cars. however, Saab management, in an attempt to maintain independence, deviated too far from the cars it was based on, leading to massive cost overruns.

Saab only used 1/3 of the parts from the Vectra/Malibu to make the 9-3. For example, instead of using GM's existing Sat-Nav vendor, Saab developed its own system from scratch at considerable expense. because of the lack of parts sharing, the 9-3 and 9-5 could only be built at the underutilized plant in Sweden.

this is far less of an integration than Audi/VW; most Audis can be built anywhere VWs are built; many Audi models are not built in Germany at all.


The only 3 series worth buying are the 335's and the M3, the rest are just sub-par versions of those, same with the 1 series, even the M1 seems pretty meh.

I'll take a Jag XFR though, cheaper and commonly compared with the M5.
 
2012-04-03 12:54:23 AM  

This poster says: Splinshints: IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: /If said 3 Series is an "M"

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 500x282]

And, yea, I know about the 1 series, but the less mentioned about anybody who would spend over thirty grand on that pointless disaster the better.

hej: Interestingly, for the last decade and then some, pretty much every car magazine out there has been consistently ranking the BMW 3 as the #1 car among it's competition. Must be some sort of douche conspiracy.

Or a conspiracy of idiots. You can buy a better sports car for less and if you have at least the brain power god gave a dead halibut you can walk across the street to the Benz dealer and buy a better luxury car for about the same price.

I've driven the 3 coupe, the Benz C300, the G37 (sport and standard) and several lesser cars. For the life of me I cannot figure out why anybody would ever buy a BMW 3. They're less comfortable than the equivalent Benz, slower than many cars much less than them and less practical than just about everything.

Pointless. They do everything just shy of well enough to actually be good at any of it.

/ I picked the G37 Sport 6 speed, in case you were curious
// it's a bit heavy, but it's still fun
/// not the nicest ride I've ever had, though

Disagree. That's the whole point of owning an M3--it is good at everything, not exceptional. It's not cheap, plasticy and fast like a Vette, and it's not obese and sluggish like certain other models of a similar class. It handles good (although slightly undersprung), has great fit and finish, has a good amount of power, and gets good fuel economy all while being an everyday, practical sports car. That's why I bought one.

//M3 owner :)

and slightly off-topic, Jesus christ, why do so many dickbags buy this car. Each other owner I've met I sincerely do not want to be associated with.


Oh, and you're bang on about the M3 drivers, they've got an astonishing superiority complex. It's as if they don't think anything can beat them.
 
2012-04-03 02:40:58 AM  

hej: These guys explain it pretty throughly.


Like asking a whore who pays the best.
 
2012-04-03 08:13:46 AM  
Saabs ever built sent to a place where hope, happiness, and life slowly rots away

Obama bought 'em?
 
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