A Different Kind Of Post

I really didn’t know what to call this post because it has nothing to do with what’s going on with Saab right now, but it kind of has everything to do with Saab. Maybe Christmas is getting to me and I feel I have to share in a way that is a break from the normal of what we’ve been reading here. In any case, here it goes. Where do you see yourself in this thing called Saab? We call ourselves Saabs United and I would say that for the most part this is very true. Just as with any organization or group, you will from time to time have people that come into you group with the sole purpose to disrupt things and to try to get reactions from others. Since coming to Saab and getting to know people all over the world, there are a couple of things that stand out to me and set Saab apart from any other car company and Saabs United apart from most other sites.

First would be the word “United”, the dictionary describes united as being made into or caused to act as a single entity. Better than that is this one, formed or produced by the uniting of things or persons. Do we always act as a united front? No, but I would have to say that even when we don’t, we are still united by our passion for Saab to survive and our passion for the great cars and people that make Saab, Saab. Even when on occasion I have disagreed with people, it has opened the door for dialog when handled properly.

Secondly would be this sense of community within the Saab world. The dictionary describes community as a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, I guess for those of us here, our locality is Saabs United. Community runs even deeper than that and a lot of people on here have become almost like an extension of your friends or social network. I know for myself since coming to Saabs United, I have made friends all over the world. The Saabs United team has become a part of my family and the team is like a community in itself. I have people that I talk to everyday about Saab related stuff through Skype and they have become some of my closest friends and you notice when you haven’t spoken in days. I will be travelling to Las Vegas at the end of this month with my family and plan to meet up with “ryanonsrc” for some dinner and conversation. What other communities are so strongly rooted? The sense of community almost in a way can feel like a family. At our dealership we often refer to our customers as a part of our extended family and I feel that in a way with a lot of you as well. Sometimes we need to set our family straight and sometimes the kids will act up, but in the end, we are all a part of this united community and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Ask yourself what it is that brings you here every day or like me, every hour? For me it’s all of the above that I mentioned and I thank people like Tim who has invested so much of himself and money to Saabs United to cover things like never before, think of Octoberfest, that was outstanding. Also Till who has brought us so much Hirsch inside coverage that I just can’t to see what’s next (more photo’s please) and Jeff who digs deep to get to the heart of the story and tracks down leads like no one else. There are a lot of people that make Saabs United what it is from the inside and just as importantly are all of you that make it that much more interesting. Thank you all and I know it’s early, but Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.

 

ryanonsrc
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Nice! And yes, I am in fact meeting with Jason in Las Vegas between Dec. 26 – Dec 30th.

Anyone else who happens to be going during that time, do let one of us know 😉

aus715
Member
4 years 9 months ago
You guys deserve so much more for what you do and the way in which you do it. The naysayers, and they are always out there, tend to be the ones who make the most noise in Forums such as these. The quiet ones who really do appreciate the excellent articles and updates most likely don’t or can’t respond, as that is not their manner. But we ARE out there, reading every day and following what is happening very closely. Access to such a high quality conduit to the real machinations of the situation is rare indeed these days. Maybe… Read more »
ryanonsrc
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Thanks a lot aus715 🙂

E
Member
4 years 9 months ago

+1

Aaron
Member
4 years 9 months ago

I visit because I managed to get the car I really wanted.

Aaron
Member
4 years 9 months ago

(and the company that made it is great!)

fvh
Guest
4 years 9 months ago

I enjoy SAABSUNITED because of it’s informative quality. It keeps me informed as to what is taking place in regards to SAAB. I also enjoyed my previous SAABs (2008 9.3/ 2009 9.3 XWD), both were xcellent cars that handled nicely. I really hope SAAB succeeds. I believe that SAAB has excellent technology and safety designs.

derek
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Very nice editorial except that it is written in so complex English that I haven’t a clue what the editorial is about (my fault, not yours). I do understand the last sentence….Merry Christmas to everyone, especially those that love Saabs like I do.

Zizou
Member
4 years 9 months ago

so many crazy people around here, like me 😉

aki
Member
4 years 9 months ago

It`s the greatest Saaby place to be. Jason is right, you guys are doing an absolutely great job on informing us. Where else would I go?. Thanks again.

marcus
Member
4 years 9 months ago
the community around saab is really very special and this is really a big part of the oustanding saab-feeling. one great part of this feeling is saabsunited and i´m there several times a hour, naturally because of the dramatic things going around in sweden, but also about the information round saab. we also have in germany a great blog for saab, but in germany the people are more critical about the actual board of saab. i for me have to say. that i´m nearly a fan for victor muller and his standing, his “never give up” in this hard times… Read more »
sportwagon28t
Member
4 years 9 months ago
quote ‘you will from time to time have people that come into you group with the sole purpose to disrupt things and to try to get reactions from others’ I do honestly believe that even the naysayers (yes i am guilty) have a love of the brand and the history of the brand and get upset when they see it being damaged. I like everyboy else wants to get back to the glory days. Its as simple as that. Apart from that l think that Saabsunited has become stronger by the mix of opinion, the occasional conflict just brings even… Read more »
Ayrshirexc90
Member
4 years 9 months ago
Well done for a good post; it does state the obvious, but sometimes we all need to be reminded of it. I do have to endorse the output of the SU crew; with Swade’s hands tied, this is still the number one Saab site, and has gone from strength to strength. I would also add that, despite any mistakes VM and team may have made, Saab still has a chance at survival due entirely to their hard work and dedication to the marque. I am sure the last couple of years have cost VM dearly, both in financial and emotional… Read more »
saabpartsdublin
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Nice post Jason, I agree with the sentiments. I too believe there will be a deal but also think it must be soon. Merry Christmas & Happy, Healthy new year.

Peter Gilbert
Member
4 years 9 months ago

I do not do Facebook nor Twitter but Saabs United is my way of keeping in touch with the family. Yes families feud sometimes but this is what strengthens a relationship.

saabyurk
Member
4 years 9 months ago

I sense that I am very different from every other member of Saabs United, but because of our shared passion for Saab, I feel a strong sense of community with all of the supporters here — not so much with the naysayers though.

Paul
Member
4 years 9 months ago

I would add that most of the media coverage of Saab has been pretty dismal this year, with highly inaccurate reports, so one of the reasons I come to the web site is to get more information.

charlie
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Saab United is my way of keeping up with the goings on at Saab. I own a 1990 900 SPG and a 2010 9 5 Aero and have driven Saabs for 30 years and want to drive them another 30. Terrific editorial.

akzero
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Cheers from Alaska via Norway! Raise a toast to hearing good news about Saab in 2012.

stunhsif
Member
4 years 9 months ago
Jason, Appreciate your thoughts and have similar sentiments toward SAABSUNITED and SAAB cars. My one and only SAAB purchase came 2.5 years ago in Ann Arbor MI when I traded a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer SS for my 2008 TurboX Sportcombi. I love it and wish I had gotten to know SAAB sooner. I did the march on General Motors in Detroit in early January of 2010 and saw the true passion of SAAB enthusiasts for the first time. I check this site daily to see what is most current news wise and am hopeful SAAB can make it. Giving thought… Read more »
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