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2012-06-08 02:13:15 PM
As a Swede I say: Let SAAB die with some dignity.
 
2012-06-08 02:47:34 PM
As a former SAAB owner I say, it died a long long time ago. Stop poking the corpse.
 
2012-06-08 03:28:12 PM
As a never owned a Saab owner, I say, good luck, the company deserved better than it got.
 
2012-06-08 03:37:29 PM
As somebody who once owned a SAAB I say we can't bust heads like we used to. But we have our ways. One trick is to tell stories that don't go anywhere. Like the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for m'shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt. Which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Gimme five bees for a quarter, you'd say. Now where was I... oh yeah. The important thing was that I had an onion tied to my belt, which was the style at the time. You couldn't get white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...
 
2012-06-08 03:47:03 PM
relaxitsjustme

As somebody who once owned a SAAB I say we can't bust heads like we used to. But we have our ways. One trick is to tell stories that don't go anywhere. Like the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for m'shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt. Which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Gimme five bees for a quarter, you'd say. Now where was I... oh yeah. The important thing was that I had an onion tied to my belt, which was the style at the time. You couldn't get white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones..
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As a former Saab 99/900 owner, I can say this: your onion belt is useless. Having tied garlic to your wife's labia's and later minced them to make my cherry tomato spaghetti sauce, you have no room in which to gripe. That, and you'll get 3 bees to a quarter, and by obammy, you'll like it! I'm only sorry Eva never invaded.......
 
2012-06-08 04:50:07 PM
Well what'd you buy a Swedish piece of shiat like that for?

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2012-06-08 04:58:41 PM
Subby here. I drive a 1990 900S, and am happy that GM wasn't able to completely kill SAAB. This should be a red-letter day in Trollhattan.
 
2012-06-08 05:19:58 PM
Having raced a SAAB a few times, I say stop jerking the brand around and let it end finally
 
2012-06-08 09:05:09 PM
As a current Saab owner (pre-GM 9000) and a former driver of a 99, I'm glad to see there's still hope for the brand.
 
2012-06-08 09:29:34 PM
SAAB racing heritage

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2012-06-08 10:15:33 PM
thought Space Above and Beyond was coming back

I has a sad
 
2012-06-08 10:27:31 PM

thisone: Space Above and Beyond


Silhouette Appears Ass Backwards
 
2012-06-08 10:52:27 PM
I want a Sonnet.

And a mid-90s 900S and 9000.
 
2012-06-09 07:06:01 AM

hamiltonjdavid: thisone: Space Above and Beyond

Silhouette Appears Ass Backwards


Swedish Automobile Always Broken
 
2012-06-09 09:58:46 AM
Jeebus, is all you know about Saabs based on the 20 yo clunker you drove in high school or college? The newer Saabs were extremely nice, reliable cars.
 
2012-06-09 10:50:25 AM

DVOM: Jeebus, is all you know about Saabs based on the 20 yo clunker you drove in high school or college? The newer Saabs were extremely nice, reliable cars.


I love my 2000 95. I drive about 45k a year and the thing drives great at 200k a year and all it really needs are fluid changes and tires. I am thinking about picking up an 04+ wagon next in the next few months. I've owned a '89 900 turbo '96 900 vert '99 93 vert and the '00 95. My favorite ones have been the 89 and the 00. They were reliable fun to drive cars. That and the 89 hatchback was unique in a fun way with the design in my opinion.
 
2012-06-09 01:26:09 PM
I have a '00 9-5 Areo wagon with 181K miles on it and getting a kick out of these replies.

/former 900T and 9000T owner
 
2012-06-09 04:33:12 PM

DVOM: Jeebus, is all you know about Saabs based on the 20 yo clunker you drove in high school or college? The newer Saabs were extremely nice, reliable cars.


You mean the mid 2000's General Motors?
 
2012-06-09 04:36:22 PM
My father has had 4 different Saabs, all pure crap, so I say good riddance.
 
2012-06-09 11:07:07 PM
SAABs have been overpriced, under-equipped, unreliable, ugly pieces of shiat my entire life. Let the brand die. The only people who bought them were 'individual' (wanker) professionals with red-rimmed glasses and short hair-cuts who were so totally not down for buying an (infinitely superior) Merc/BMW because they were just so mainstream. Now that Audi has taken the trendy market for itself (and actually makes some quality vehicles) there's no space for stupid SAAB. I hope another SAAB is never built.
 
2012-06-09 11:34:06 PM

harm dealer: SAABs have been overpriced, under-equipped, unreliable, ugly pieces of shiat my entire life. Let the brand die. The only people who bought them were 'individual' (wanker) professionals with red-rimmed glasses and short hair-cuts who were so totally not down for buying an (infinitely superior) Merc/BMW because they were just so mainstream. Now that Audi has taken the trendy market for itself (and actually makes some quality vehicles) there's no space for stupid SAAB. I hope another SAAB is never built.


This, word for word. Even more concise than my original post.
 
2012-06-10 02:04:39 AM

Loki009: I love my 2000 95. I drive about 45k a year


What the holy fark do you do? Do you spend your weekends driving from NY to LA and back?
 
2012-06-10 12:19:25 PM
Test drove a 9-3 convertible back a few years ago. It was real nice. I think I looked at the 9-3 convertible because Maxim suggested it as a convertible that was well-insulated and non leaky, hence perhaps a bit more practical than others that weren't designed for winter driving.
 
2012-06-10 06:52:41 PM

harm dealer: SAABs have been overpriced, under-equipped, unreliable, ugly pieces of shiat my entire life. Let the brand die. The only people who bought them were 'individual' (wanker) professionals with red-rimmed glasses and short hair-cuts who were so totally not down for buying an (infinitely superior) Merc/BMW because they were just so mainstream. Now that Audi has taken the trendy market for itself (and actually makes some quality vehicles) there's no space for stupid SAAB. I hope another SAAB is never built.


True, and the notion that this is somehow all GM's fault, bullshiat. They were overpriced, hard-to-get-fixed, pieces of junk in the 80s. GM might not have done much with the brand, but let's not pretend that they actually started with much...

By the early 2000s they had at least instilled some engineering/parts commonality (and much better rustproofing, something you really notice here in salt country) making these saabs a serviceable, yet uninspiring product.

You'll see these cars on the road for quite some time..

No, nothing to necessarily brag about, the 2010 Saab 9-5, based on the really good epsilon 2 platform (which the new Opel Insignia, Buick Lacrosse are based on) didn't come quick enough.
 
2012-06-10 09:38:07 PM

El Pachuco: Loki009: I love my 2000 95. I drive about 45k a year

What the holy fark do you do? Do you spend your weekends driving from NY to LA and back?


I cover the entire state of CT fairly regularly for work and its not uncommon to drive 140 miles in a day to and from work
 
2012-06-11 08:54:29 AM

harm dealer: SAABs have been overpriced, under-equipped, unreliable, ugly pieces of shiat my entire life. Let the brand die. The only people who bought them were 'individual' (wanker) professionals with red-rimmed glasses and short hair-cuts who were so totally not down for buying an (infinitely superior) Merc/BMW because they were just so mainstream. Now that Audi has taken the trendy market for itself (and actually makes some quality vehicles) there's no space for stupid SAAB. I hope another SAAB is never built.


...until you get into a wreck. Then you wish you had a SAAB. If you're still alive, that is. They're overpriced because they were overbuilt, and their designers had a pathological obsession with safety and stability. They were never pretty, never particularly high-end in the equipment or performance category, but they would protect you quite well from the #1 killer of people under age 40. I guess it just depends on your priorities.
 
2012-06-11 11:48:09 AM

Khellendros: harm dealer: SAABs have been overpriced, under-equipped, unreliable, ugly pieces of shiat my entire life. Let the brand die. The only people who bought them were 'individual' (wanker) professionals with red-rimmed glasses and short hair-cuts who were so totally not down for buying an (infinitely superior) Merc/BMW because they were just so mainstream. Now that Audi has taken the trendy market for itself (and actually makes some quality vehicles) there's no space for stupid SAAB. I hope another SAAB is never built.

...until you get into a wreck. Then you wish you had a SAAB. If you're still alive, that is. They're overpriced because they were overbuilt, and their designers had a pathological obsession with safety and stability. They were never pretty, never particularly high-end in the equipment or performance category, but they would protect you quite well from the #1 killer of people under age 40. I guess it just depends on your priorities.


if you want safety, any Volvo or German car will do just fine.
 
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