End of year sale update – New Salem Saab

New Salem Saab are hosting an end of year sale with some ridiculously low prices on 2010 model Saabs. Click here to see the full list of incredibly low prices (and remember that if you’re a paid-up member of the Saab Club North America (and own a Saab) then you could get any of those cars for $1,500 less than those marked down prices!)

The first few days have been tough. It’s a difficult time of year as it is, being between Christmas and New Year.

If you read Darryl’s latest comments on site, then you’ll know he’s had plenty of calls, but foot traffic into the showroom was hampered by some very poor weather.

One of the participating dealers in the campaign, JMK Saab had some huge snow drifts on their lot, up to 7 feet at some stages….

It’s tough going, alright, but they’re going keep on going. In fact, Darryl and one of his colleagues will be opening the showroom on New Years Day to make sure that people have the maximum possible opportunity to call in.

Here’s the stock list again. If you’re in the market for a new Saab then you won’t get a better opportunity than this to pick up a 2010 model at a seriously discounted price. The range and variation in models is huge, so there’s something there for everyone.

Check it out, and say Hi to Darryl for me.

BoeBoe
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BoeBoe

How are the sales going? Hope you already sold a lot of cars!

Henke
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Henke

The Volvo people shouldnt be worried about the SAAB sale! We still sell more then there so called premium car S80. Also I am really tired of people like Jörgen and his Volvo friend that think they know better the SAAB management! I have insider tips saying the opposite what Jörgen is saying!!

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
Henke please speak out, since You claim to know something the rest of us do not. I have my insiders as well, everything is NOT well at the plant in Trollhättan. — About the S80 that car is almost as old as the OG 9-5. The car industry in western sweden surely likes have two manufacturers. — SUHRT has vacation and the “production line” starts up next week recreating the SAAB Rally History… as never seen before. I believe in working on the heritage and higher values of our brand is crucial. It is the spirit that has the big… Read more »
Darryl - New Salem Saab
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Hey Everyone! Well now the snow got you down? Has the Christmas spirit passed? Well come on over to one of the five dealers having our YE Saab sales event and get the best offer ever from Saab Cars & New Salem Saab. Come Jan 4, the incentive and rebates are suggested to change meaning we very wellmay have the best chance to get a super deal on any 2010 Saab available. So far we have had a lot of inquiries from around the US and Canada. We have worked many numbers for folks and planted a lot of Seeds.… Read more »
100%Saab
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100%Saab

Greetings from Texas. No snow here in Lubbock.

I’m still looking and have not bought anything yet. Wife told me I couldn’t have a new Saab for Christmas. I will say it would be hard not to buy something if I lived in the Northeast..

Good luck with the sale. I alternate between wanting to keep my 2008 9-3SS forever and buying a new 9-5 today.

vince
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vince

Darryl, If a Canadian purchases a 1-2 yr old Saab from you , will the rest of the manufature warranty stay intact The answer used to be yes under GM ownership.. Since Gm does not own Saab any longer, I wonder if the rules are still the same.

Darryl - New Salem Saab
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Vince – I received a reply today and my Rep. He is getting more information for us. It appears as though it can be done, with a legal letter from Saab about the car the owner and the VIN. We are verifing the differences between the two countries and determining if the warranty is the same or if something is lost due to the change. It is unlikely to get a responce until next Tuesday due to the coming holiday.

vince
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vince

Thank you , Darryl 🙂

Darryl
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hey all.. unfortunately this was all i recieved from my rep.

It does not clearify anything… I asked twice..

Local warranty will apply. Basic B2B warranties is the same including New Car, Corrosion, Seat belt. Emission changes as per transport Canada requirements.
No Charge Maintenance does not apply and we may have issues with roadside (which we would need to add manually). May need to change Instrument cluster

that was all…

sorry

Darryl
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@Vince. I do not know the answer and just forwarded your question to SaabUSA to find out. As soon as I understand their response, I will post the answer here for you! Good question. Thank you.

Seb C
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Seb C

CAN/US warranty issues: I called SAAB USA 3 weeks ago and was told Canadian dealers honor the warranty for US vehicles, but the roadside assistance is lost.

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT

Saab sweden will let You have the swedish warranty package on re-imported cars from the US. But that is as always a lesser good package then the US buyers gets. Right now it is a better deal buying a 9-5 in the US and bringing it to sweden.

Darryl - New Salem Saab
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Did they said what the proceedure was?

Seb C
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Seb C

Unfortunately no, I didn’t get into great detail with them as I was only seeking preliminary information, but I understand importing a car into Canada requires, amongst other paperwork, a proof of absence of recalls from an authorized US dealer.

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
I have seen many 9-5 NG on Ebay Motors and other sites. What is the real sales number in the US? What is the problem? Have marketing done the right things. This is issues that needs to be spoken openly of at US. I have been thinking about export one from the US to Sweden. 40000 dollars is nothing even when having to pay for freight and 29% import fees in Sweden/EU. What shall we do about the poor sales of 9-5´s, spoke to a diver guy from ovloV yesterday on a diving vessel here in Thailand yesterday. Even ovloV… Read more »
Tobias Andreen
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Tobias Andreen

I share the same fears. Let’s hope that the upcoming 9-5 Sport Combi will pick up pace on sales for the 9-5 and later on the all-new “9-3” witch will ABSOLUTELY be crucial to Saab as the “bread and butter” model…

mo
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mo

lack of advertising and brand awareness that has been previously mentioned, is the problem. I have not seen a tv ad in a few months, just random 9-5 print ads in a variety of magazines. people dont know, and if people dont know, its difficult for them to buy.

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
Let us be true to ourselves, the 9-5NG is to big thanks to GM and the 9-4X without a diesel is nothing in Europe. We all says positive things about Saab and truely hope for great sales but the truth is much worse. The 9-3 is old and the only model that can save Saab in the long run. Saab can´t afford to market themselves out of the problem. Distribution network around the world are suffering because of the new situation, less dealer with less money to change the trend. It doesn´t look good, so how can Saab survive? Their… Read more »
sarah
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sarah
i think saab is carving itself out of the traditional car business model and they have too. they do depend on their vehicles to sell… but they are going way out of there way to keep their business and funding options open. building transmission with sweden (i love innovative tranmissions) and the EV vehicle (which I might buy if gas prices continue to climb)… i look forward to saab’s continued entreprenurial creativity and am glad they are breaking the detroit mold. 🙂 detroit mold as in… im thinking of that scene of that movie about windshield wipers and the cars… Read more »
Henke
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Henke

Jörgen, I wont speak out here I leave it to the mgm team to speak and so should you! Im tired of hearing so called amatuer experts like you. These doom day stories from alot of people in here doesnt help!! Try to focus on good things I know its hard for a Swede doing so but please try. And all of you that have “suggestions” to SAAB how to fix things you think is wrong email them instead of posting it here they wont read it here!

Håkan
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Håkan
Can we afford to leave everything to the management team? The current and previous mgm hasn’t exactly a fantastic trackrecord of making Saab a sucessfull company. Maybe the mgm should have listen more to the market and the customers who are actually buying the cars instead of offering products that less and less people wan’t to buy. How do you supply the right product at the right price at the right time? You listen to that the customers wan’t. And the SU forum should realy be a good source for information for the mgm team. So if you realy have… Read more »
Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
Hanke since when did we start having a netiquette like Yours? I have never seen writings like yours before here on SU. Do not for a single second underestimate the combined knowledge here at SU, not for a second. Speaking for myself I am born in Trollhättan, with an e x t e n s i v e network. I am saying openly what I know. I have had and have contact directly with SAAB management both present and past. — Bottom line is that Saab needs to find its roots and core values! None here wants to do any… Read more »
JL
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JL

Such utterly amazing comments.

RS
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RS
One thing I’m really missing is communication from the current Saab PR department to the community. It would be so nice to have a monthly Q&A session at SU about what’s going on at Saab. They really need to do all the brand awareness and loyalty rebuilding they can muster. I’d be really interested in hearing Saabs views and positions about extending warranty and explanations why it takes so long to come out with the 9-5SC for instance. Remember, we’re just here to help 🙂 Like Lennart Lönnegren said a few years ago: I have often thought of a couple… Read more »
davidgmills
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davidgmills
Haven’t been here for awhile so I thought I would check in. Got the news a few months ago that the local Saab dealer here in Memphis had changed dealerships for the third time in about the last 18 months. At least it is still around. I talked to the sales manager who I know well and he says the sales at the new location are much better than the sales at the last location. But where they are located now is in an old auto strip that lost its pizazz a long time ago. They are in an old… Read more »
hughw
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hughw
Hi David, Good to hear back from you. And it’s interesting to hear your point of view. I think there are really two America’s, the heartland (red states) and the Northeast/California + Chicago/Twin Cities (blue states). The economy is definitely worse in the red states and the population there is more likely to want to “buy American.” However, things are picking up in a lot of the blue state area and many car buyers here will do anything to avoid buying what they perceive as American cars even though they’ll happily buy a Toyota made in Tennessee. Almost no one… Read more »
100%Saab
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100%Saab

“The second thing is that the new 9-5 is very indistinguishable from the Buick LaCrosse. My independent mechanic’s son pointed out that the look too much the same and he is not a Saab guy, but knows cars.”

Disagree.

The Saabs sit next to the Buicks on the lot in Lubbock. They are the same size but the styling is totally different. The engines are not the same. The cars drive totally different. By making the Buicks more Saab-like, General Motors has improved the Buick car line.

As I’m often quoted as saying, “it’s not a Saab.”

Just a thought.

Börjesson
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Börjesson
The second thing is that the new 9-5 is very indistinguishable from the Buick LaCrosse. Oh come on! That’s just not true. Now unlike just about everybody here, I don’t much care for the looks of the 9-5. OK, it looks interesting and sort of unique from the front, but even there it is kind of bloated, too high and blunt. Straight from the side it only looks clumsy and boring. And the high side doors and narrow windows make for a claustrophobic back seat, without adding anything of value to the design. It’s a really bad case of “function… Read more »
100%Saab
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100%Saab

Let me also add that both cars have four wheels.

Just a thought.

Daniel G
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Daniel G

🙂

RS
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RS

The Buick looks just like the Opel Insignia.
BTW both stole the cockpit layout from Saab. Then GM forced a few parts on the 9-5 and everyone thinks the Saab is the copycat. Geez.

Manlius
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Manlius
This is an update on Saab marketing in the US (at least in the Philadelphia TV market where I live). A few weeks ago I reported here that I had not seen any Saab ads on TV in months. That has now changed considerably. I have seen several Saab ads, particularly during NFL football games over the past three weeks or so, including during Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football (for the non-US folks, these are high-viewership programs). The TV ads are exclusively for the 9-5. They not especially memorable but they are not bad either. They highlight the… Read more »
RS
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RS

Your final point is a good summary of what many here have been saying from day one. I cannot for the life of me understand why you wouldn’t mention the benefits of a product when you’re spending all that money? You can start polishing your image (like the German trio) when you have an established brand, but when journalists who test drive cars for a living ask ”What is Saab?” you better line up those arguments in a hurry when you hit the screens.
Let me guess. No mention of Saab being now an independent company either?

Manlius
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Manlius

Correct. No mention of Saab’s independence from GM.

fred from chicago
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fred from chicago

happy to report–just like Manlius in Philadelphia’s report–that there are now quite a few Saab ads on Chicago TV. Good to see!

David Mills
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David Mills
Maybe I was a bit harsh in my comparison between the Saab and the Buick. I am pretty sure Saab owners will know the difference, but I am not at all sure that a non-Saab owner will know the difference, and that was my point. They look very similar and most non-Saab owners will not know or appreciate the difference between the Saab engines and the Buick engines. And the Buicks are fairly popular here so the Saab will not stand out in the crowd. And by the way, we have lots of BMWs, Mercedes, Audis, Volvos and Jags here… Read more »
100%Saab
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100%Saab
The traditional Buick buyer probably doesn’t want to buy a current Buick because the current Buicks are not what the traditional Buick buyer is used to buying. The Buick Lucerne may be an exception. To me the new Buicks are an improvement. I also don’t think anyone buys a Saab who does not know what a Saab automobile is. It would be sort of like getting Sweden and Germany confused. A Southern general once said that the key to success was getting there first with the most. General Motors certainly is getting the Buick on the lot first with the… Read more »
David Mills
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David Mills
I’m not going to be an apologist for the Buick, but you have to ask yourself whether the Saab AWD 9-5 six cylinder which costs $15,000 more than the Buick LaCross AWD six cylinder is worth the extra cost. I think many will find that the extra cost of the Saab is not worth it in this financial climate. I guess it would also depend upon which manufacturer is making the best deals at the time. I don’t think the Buick four which is underpowered gives the Saab much competition. I am also guessing that the people here who have… Read more »
Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT

David, great writeup I second just about everything you wrote.

100%Saab
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100%Saab

Has anyone here actually driven the new Buick Lacrosse? I have had a test drive in both cars and I don’t think they drive the same. The styling for the Buick and Saab are quite different for both the front and rear ends. I also don’t see how anyone would mistake the Buick dash for a Saab.

Just a thought.

100%Saab
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100%Saab
The Buick LaCrosse is non-turbo! It does not look like a Saab. It does not drive like a Saab. It is cheaper than the Saab. True more Buicks are sold in Lubbock, Texas than Saabs, but the preferred Buick in Lubbock is a Park Avenue. Better yet if it were a pickup truck. Chevys sell better than Buicks. Buicks with cloth seats have sold better in Lubbock than the same car with leather seats. Buick buyers usually are not looking at the Saabs, and the Saab buyers are not looking at the Buicks, except maybe me. I had the first… Read more »
davidgmills
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davidgmills
Maybe you haven’t owned enough Saabs. I have owned 15 and really love them. The turbos are great until you have to replace them which I have had to do several times. After you have spent the money to replace one, you begin to question whether the extra performance and gas savings are worth it in the end. Turbos are not cheap to replace even with rebuilt units. The lp turbos have a lifespan of about 80,000 miles. The hp turbos are quite a bit better but you are still going to replace at least one over the life of… Read more »
ivo 71
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ivo 71
Funny (strange) imho that you should say what you say about the lifespan of the Saab (= Garrett) LPT turbo’s. My 9000 2.3 LPT, upgraded to FPT (same turbo, different ECU & software), has now covered about 185.000 miles in 14 years and is still on its first turbo. I know quite a few similarly aged Saabs that have never required a turbo replacement either. As I believe the OG 9-5 LPT turbo’s are more or less identical to those in a 9000, it baffles me why your cars seem to eat through their turbo’s so quickly. I assume that,… Read more »
Darryl
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Happy new year everyone!

Darryl

davidgmills
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davidgmills

Can anyone confirm that this suspension on the LaCrosse is the same that is on the new 9-5.

Is it identical?

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/25/quick-spin-2010-buick-lacrosse-cxs-gets-hiper-w-video/

davidgmills
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davidgmills

This should give Saab people some sigh of relief. The 3.6liter (called llt) engine in the LaCrosse has had a history or premature engine failure from a timing chain problem in Cadillacs. Ouch.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2008-cadillac-cts-general-discussion/213645-3-6l-v6-di-llt-engine.html

EE
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EE
I just ended 2010 on a very positive note by test driving a 2010 9-5 Aero at my local dealer, Village Saab in Acton MA. Forget about comparisons to Buicks and BMW’s….this is a wonderful car in it’s own right. Pros| – powerful and responsive engine – loved the seats and the overall driving position – sport steering wheel was just the right thickness – ride was solid but not too hard – highway on ramps were devoured effortlessly – not sure I would ever be able to push that car to the limit – nav makes the center console… Read more »
Aaron C
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Aaron C
I hope he has better results from Village Saab than I did. The CPO 9-5 I bought from Village had a cut rear center seat belt, different tires on the front than the back, and the wrong size front rotors (the edges of the pads had actually worn OVER the smaller rotors). None of these were allowed by the Saab CPO program and were only discovered after I picked the car up and read over what was supposed to be covered by the Saab CPO program. Of course, Village Saab, when contacted by GM/Saab corporate, claimed that I must have… Read more »
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