Friday Snippets – blood boiling edition

My Monte’s in day 2 of its re-birth.
The Hirsch ECU, wastegate, PFS steering rack clamp and brace, and a basic service were all done yesterday. Today will see the new dampers and springs go in.
Can’t wait!
Full report this evening.
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A little milestone.
Trollhattan Saab was active for four years and in that time, attracted just over 50,000 comments.
Saabs United has been going for around six months and some time earlier this week, we saw comment number 15,000.
Going well, yes?
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GM’s Bob Lutz has proven within a week why he should have stayed retired.
He’s had a good run and is rightfully respected for many of the things he’s done, but a man’s got to know his limitations.
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OK. To the blood boiling stuff.
I’m now convinced that JD Power are in the business of creating new surveys just so they can keep their heads in the automotive news. Hot on the heels of the bogus Initial Quality Study (which rates people’s quality perceptions in the firs 90 days of ownership) comes the APEAL study.
APEAL stands for Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout and it measures how satisfied new owners are with their vehicles after the first three months of ownership, with questions regarding more than 90 attributes.
Sounds like the IQS with a different, more acronym-friendly name, no?
Once again, Saab rated relatively poorly. So at least JDP are consistent in their crapness.
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Consumer Reports are warning off people from buying Saabs, Saturns and Hummers due to the uncertainty surround the future of these brands.
I don’t mind their points about dealership uncertainty, as that’s got some truth in it.
But then they state that they expect warranties etc to be honored by new owners, they state that the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 qualify as recommended picks according to their own criteria, and yet they still warn people off them.

The bottom line is that there are significant unknowns that add risks to buying what are in most cases mediocre vehicles. If your heart is set on purchasing from these brands and you are looking from a great deal, I suggest you wait a few months to see how the ownership situation shakes out.

Given that they’re a subscription service, I’d prefer it if they password protected their info so it didn’t infect those people who like to think for themselves.
The 9-3 and 9-5 are both, still, excellent vehicles. If you liked the current 9-5 then I don’t see one reason at all why you wouldn’t go and snap up what will be last of an excellent range at a bargain price.
Are they the absolute best in class? Statistically speaking, no. But then neither was my 1999 Saab 9-3 in it’s time but I think it’s absolutely fantastic fun.
Bloody lemmings.
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Saab dealers have also copped a slap, with some bunch called Pied Piper releasing a dealer survey that ranks them poorly.
Again, this is US based and therefore, perhaps a little more understandable. I know there’s some outstanding US Saab dealers out there and I hear from many of those guys on a regular basis.
But there’s some who are pretty sloppy as well.
The dealership and distribution issue is going to be one of Koenigsegg’s big hurdles in the next few years.
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And to finish on a happier note, I got this in my inbox from one of our regular readers here, Kurt K:

After an absence due to an errant purchase of a 2006 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works which replaced my ’07 9-5 Combi 60th Anniversary Edition after the lease ended, I traded Mini in on a Nocturne Blue/Parchment 2009 9-3 Aero automatic which was executive car from my friends at Reinertsen Motors in Denville, New Jersey, with whom I have been dealing for 29 years. They are simply the best – their reputation is well earned around my parts.
I have owned probably close to 20 Saabs, but this is my first Saab V6 and first automatic – it was a deal I couldn’t refuse and it is just simply elegant. The lack of space in the Mini combined with the tightly wound nature of the car was just too much for a commuter car. It is good to be back.

And it’s good to have you back!

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