Belonging And The People That Get It

Wether you are part of a Saab Club or a group of like minded Saab nuts that like to just get together and talk cars, nothing beats having a clean car and being able to have a little car show or to even be a part of a large car show.

Often we hear stories about what Saab has meant to individuals and how connected they are to the brand. The one important side to the connection to the brand is that connection runs deeper and there is a connection to the people. Most will join a club or group because they want to have a place where they feel they belong or are appreciated and as a whole, Saab fits that bill very well because to the outside world, they don’t get it.

I have heard of Clubs and Groups that are not overly welcoming or not welcoming at all to people with newer Saabs and have even heard reasoning in a way that is beyond anything that could ever make sense to me. The reason I keep hearing is that the cars are not Saab enough. My way of thinking to these kinds of statements is that if Saab is put into a box of what it can or can’t be by anyone, that will be it for me. I like new and old and everything in between. As I said to people in a conversation in the social media world this week, if you have a new 9-5 or an old 96 and want to talk or share your car with me, I am all ears and eyes and will give you my time. We all belong.

There are more groups and clubs that I see everyday that obviously share my way of thinking and that helps to keep me energized and proud of everyone here that I come across.

One such group is SAABSTANCE out of Singapore. This group has been on SU before for some of their meets and they are a little different in some ways. We recently had a post about the special 900s that are within this club and just how expensive it is to own an older classic and the commitment and love for the brand these folks have. Yes they have some old 900s but they also have performance cars with Hirsch, Maptun and everything in between.

This is a group that makes reasons to get together and they include everyone, even the families. Case in point, it’s May so what better time to have a MayDay Mania Event and invite all the families as I saw in this album on my friend Abel Tans facebook.

A delightful holiday calls for a gathering amongst us for a great arvo of great friendship, sharing, laughter and great family time as all SAAB-ists unite and share the passion for the Jets we so dearly adore. Svenska Aeroplan AktieBologet

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What is your group or club like, is everyone welcome? I hope so because that is what Saab is to me, it’s a community and everyone is welcome. My customers know this and many of you know that I am easy to get a hold of and love to share in this SAABAHOLIC thing. Thanks to SAABSTANCE and all the other groups, artist and clubs around the world that keep fuelling my addiction that is Saab.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Bravo Jason. I don’t care what the year or model is—-if it has a Saab emblem, sold new by a Saab dealer, it’s a Saab. That goes for the 9-2 Saabaru as well as the 9-7 Trailblazer. Every model has a story. For my part—-I consider my GM era Saab 9-5 Wagon (2004) to be every bit a Saab, through and through. It’s where Saab was in 2004. The new NEVS Saabs will be Saabs too—-whether they run on electric or not. It’s where Saab is now.

SaabKen
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Somehow I feel the 9-7X is more “Saab” than the 9-2X, inasfar as implentation goes. The 9-2X was about as badge-engineered as could be, save for very minor cabin cosmetics, sound insulation and front/rear fascia differences (at par with typical GM badge-engineered divisional variations).

GM/Saab purportedly spent the extra “$50 per car” on the 9-7X to put the ignition switch to the center console …… ya gotta give them credit for that ! 😉

Baver
Member
3 years 4 months ago

The first 9-7x dashes were all Saab. It definitely cost more than $50. The exterior was an abomination IMO – but I would welcome the vehicle and its owner.

Baver
Member
3 years 4 months ago

If you are in the US, take a look at the Hummer H3 dash – it will look very familiar!

JasonVT
Member
3 years 4 months ago

I just pulled up photos of both the 9-7 and H3 interiors, I don’t see much similarity outside of some shared switches. The H3 definitely has the “I’m trying really hard to be butch” angularity common to the hummers, while the 9-7x tries to be Saab like and flowing. Not arguing, I just don’t see the similarity.

Baver
Member
3 years 4 months ago

The H3 used that wonderful Saab font that is missing from the 2007 and newer Saabs. I guess that is what really grabbed my attention when I sat inside one at an auto show years back.

Harriet
Member
3 years 4 months ago
I went to the one in Parsippany, when we all had hope that there just might be a new Saab to buy. What is fascinating and why we are Saab people (Saabinistas) is that my husband was a really big guy and he needed a new car in 2003. He had only bought American, and he was comfortable in my Saab 9.3 – but I never thought of him having one; I thought he would want a Trailblazer or a Cadillac or something big and GM; he had never wanted anything “foreign” until he tried to get comfortable in those… Read more »
saabyurk
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Touching story, thanks for sharing.

Martin T16s
Member
3 years 4 months ago

A message to all those in such clubs that do not make newer Saab owners welcome…… Please remember these new members should be welcomed with open arms as it is they who supported our brand in some of its darkest days by going out and buying a new or newer Saab! And now they want to support it even further by becoming owners club members! Bravo to you and a big pat on the back, you are most welcome believe me!

Baver
Member
3 years 4 months ago
Totally agree. I do get the feeling many of the older (pre-GM) Saab owners would be perfectly happy with their own club. I took part in the We Are Many rally and motorcade, as well as handing out leaflets on Saab windshields across my metro area for the event. When event time came, there were many vintage Saabs and their owners, and quite a few of them could care less about those of us with newer Saabs, I have a NG 9-5. I found it ironic they were there to support the new company, but basically ignored those who actually… Read more »
Martin T16s
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Well for the reasons I have already stated you would be most welcome in my club!!

Gregory
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Yep, a SAAB is a SAAB…except that Audi in the group shot. Lol.

CoolCombi
Member
3 years 4 months ago

The 9-7 is affectionately know as a “Trollblazer”!

RobinM
Member
3 years 4 months ago

I just wanted to share another picture of Dennis’s 9-3 Convertible. A real stunner.
Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible

Chris Hansel
Member
3 years 4 months ago
Jason: It’s no big thing. Happens within all the old British car clubs as well. The older guys, with the older models, look down their noses at the newer stuff. But, in the end the older guys leave, or die off, and the younger people start running the club. Attitudes change over a long period of time. It is natural there is some resistance. Personally we own, among 5 Saabs, a 9×7, and we have liked it since day one (2006). And yes, I have found a lot of car snobbery expressed over this huge Saab. But Angelo is right,… Read more »
Baver
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Too bad that the 9-4x never really had a shot. I think it would’ve been a huge seller for Saab. That crossover market has exploded.

3cyl
Member
3 years 4 months ago

It appears that even among SAAB owners there are some who wear their underwear too tight.

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