SAAB Of The Week

This weeks SAAB Of The Week comes to us from hughw and is a picture of his 9-3X on a ferry from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard. Below the photo is a copy of the email sent with his picture. Thanks for sharing Hugh and I hope you get the chance next year to experience your XWD in the snow. As always, please keep the photos coming to [email protected].

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Here’s my 2011 9-3X on the ferry from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard. The license plates read “CHILMARK”. the town on Martha’s Vineyard where we have our country home. We’ve had the plates now for close to forty years and often receive comments in the strangest places. And now, with the new 9-3X, we get questions about Saab’s new model, are they still alive, etc. And from our Saab friends, who know a bit more, we get questions on how the heck we got a new car when Saab has not been producing for two years. The answer is that we scoured the internet last fall looking for a “new” 9-3X with Nav and found several including one in South Carolina and another in Minnesota. But luckily, we found this beautiful baby with just 65 miles on the odometer closer to our home in New York at Gary Blake Saab in Exeter, New Hampshire. They had purchased the car by auction from California and shipped it east on a flat bed truck. Their salesperson, Keith Wallace, told me on the phone that the car was in great shape despite sitting somewhere in California for a couple of years. So I risked the 284 mile drive up from New York to New Hampshire to buy the car and trade in my 2009 9-3SC, and I couldn’t have been more delighted to find such a perfect car. My only disappointment has been that I was looking for a lot of snow to give the car a good workout, and we had hardly any in New York. Long Live Saab!!!

Hugh Weisman

nichell
Guest
3 years 2 months ago
Very interesting. Nice car! Let me ask you all this: When was the last time you threw your mountain bike in the back or on the top and went for a ride. I have my bike in the back right now and I’m going for a ride. When was the last time you went for a trip and slept in the back of the car overnight. When was the last time you treated your Saab like you have a Saab? When did you last throw your skis on the roof and went to the slopes? C’mon!
saabboy1
Member
3 years 2 months ago
OK, lets discuss the 9-3X since you decided to call it the Saab of the Week. I have a different take on the strategic decision to bring this car into production at a time when Saab was bleeding cash.(2010) I don’t understand and maybe someone can help me understand in this blog why Victor and JJ gave the go-ahead for this car, when they should have been poring in every resource into the new 9-5? We here in the United States only received a few number of the 2.0 manual 9-5’s and no diesels. Can anyone explain why we never… Read more »
rune
Member
3 years 2 months ago
From wikipedia: “During 2009 the 9-3X was launched at the Geneva auto show.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_9-3) By 2010, the car was already ready for production (if not actually in production, as I think a 9-3X was one of the options I pondered in Dec 2009 when Saab went into liquidation). AFAICT not much marketing dollars were spent on the 9-3x (vast amounts were spent on various marketing efforts in general, but it is difficult to spot just _where_ that money was spent — the payoff was certainly lackluster at best). In any case, Victor was not running the show when the 9-3X’s… Read more »
Swizzy
Member
3 years 2 months ago

@saabboy1
9-3X was launched in automn 2009 as modelyear 2010. I bought mine early february 2010, before the GM/Spyker-deal was done!
Best car I ever had in my 25 year SAAB experience :-).

Red J
Member
3 years 2 months ago
Saabboy, the 9-3x was part of the original 9-3 portfolio back in 2001 and in 2008/9 Saab got the go fro GM to finally build it. IMO it made no sense to stop production of the 9-3x in 2010. Regarding the Diesel engines, the Engines that Saab used were not homologated for the US market, I think even BMW Audi and VW were not allowed to sell their “clean” Diesels in all the states back then. I don’t think Saab would have had a ROI if they had decided to get the NOx levels of those engines (new exhaust after… Read more »
Angelo V.
Member
3 years 2 months ago
Any American who is frustrated because they can’t get a great diesel that they see sold in Europe and other places—-needs to lay the blame on our federal government, who has made it crushingly expensive for manufacturers to certify engines/cars here. It’s irrational to believe that diesels (or other engine types) being driven in Germany and Sweden (among other places) would pose a danger in America. The end game is that the harder they make it to get new cars certified for sale (including U.S. domestic models by the way), the more government bureaucrats they hire to “review” and “approve.”… Read more »
Red J
Member
3 years 2 months ago
Angelo, this time the US agencies have been more coherent. The worst pollutant that Diesel engines produce is NOx and not CO2, but the European functionaries, with some help of the car industry, have concentrated their efforts in making people believe that CO2 is the worst pollutant. The EU has a pollution limit for cities for most of the pollutants and many European cities have problems to keep their NOx level below the maximum allowed. Now the EU administration has a problem, after they have convinced a big amount of the Europeans to buy diesels to save the environment, now… Read more »
Angelo V.
Member
3 years 2 months ago

As I had commented elsewhere—-it’s a big country. I seriously doubt that our cities would become filled with diesel cars. I think a lot of the people who like diesels (based on previous sales figures) live in suburban or rural areas and drive longer distances—-want the better fuel economy and longevity that diesels offer..

Ken H
Member
3 years 2 months ago

You’re right, but not only the governments are to blame. Automotive media has acted as a microphone stand for both car industry and the CO2 hysteria.

But it goes in waves, in a few years we will get the big “replace your diesel car” campaign, and factories will be busy again…

Michiel Mees
Member
3 years 2 months ago
Here in Australia every Tom, Dick and Harry wants an SUV, or failing that they’ll buy something that looks like it. Sales of Subaru Forester, its cousins (and small cars) far outpaced the ‘large car’ sector – to the point that Ford has announced they will stop producing the locally built Falcon (about the size of a 9-5) and GM Holden needs my tax dollars to continue producing the Commodore (meaning I partially own my neighbour’s new car) Whilst the 9-5 Diesel is economical and would have been a great proposition for US (and Australian) buyers, it is still a… Read more »
Red J
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Michiel,
NEVS is not allowed to call the Company Saab, or any Saab whatever combination. Only their products can be called Saab.

But I agree with you, something like TCC (Trollhättan Car Company) or SCC (Swedish Car Company) might have been better, at least for me.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 2 months ago

I think there is a great respect for Swedish safety, innovation and design—-I’d be fine with NVS (National Vehicles, Sweden). They just need to drop the “E.” For the most part, people will know them as Saab anyway—-but the little identifications required to show the parent company will be misleading and, how can I put this…”screwy” if they’re selling hybrids and ICE vehicles—-and “Electric” still has to be in the mix. It was silly beyond belief when I first heard about it and it hasn’t gotten any less silly over the last year.

baas900i
Member
3 years 2 months ago

@ Michiel Mees: did Saab Australia sell many NG 9-5? has it been reliable? went to view a NG 9-5 vector diesel but was unimpressed, cannot see Saab/NEVS selling their product in Australia due to low volumes…

Michiel Mees
Member
3 years 2 months ago
@baas900i: I’m not sure how many Saab Australia imported before they went bankrupt in December 2012, but I haven’t seen any new/demo NG9-5s for sale since I bought mine at 5000km in March. I did a quick search on Carsales last week and found no NG9-5s at all. Our Vector was owned by Saab Australia (registered August 2012) and has now done 13,000km and hasn’t missed a beat so far – Mance Saab sold it with 3 years extended factory warranty from Swann Insurance and they insist they have lots of parts stock. I never tried the diesel, but I… Read more »
baas900i
Member
3 years 2 months ago

just found the diesel very agricultural [after driving a citroen diesel]…

rune
Member
3 years 2 months ago

On topic: Absolutely a great car hughw! And of course a very special one considering how fresh it was.

Swizzy
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Congratulation Hugh and welcome to the club :-)!
I own one since early february 2010 and the experience in snow is really great. I love my “beauty” in arctic white. Sometimes she is very beasty… wonder why??? She is hirshed up to 240hp and 400nm torque :-)!

Have fun and enjoy driving…

theSandySaab
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Very nice car!
Truly unique and different, with suitable plates. 40 years matured….
I find the SC (especially the 9-3X) is actually the most interesting designed Saab lately, and just got a low mile TXSC to replace my TXSS. To frame the roof line and a touch of utilitarian look I have found a pair of the lower roof rails as well. Still waiting for some TLC to be finished before taking onto the road, then a tune…
Long Live SAAB!

StefanH STHLM
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Good looking car! 😉
Mine is out for sale. Ready to purchase another one as soon NEVS start producing 9-3´s……

scand
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Sailing my boat to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday. I will look out for Hugh’s 9-3!

hughw
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Ahh, too bad. I’m driving up from New York on Friday but leaving the Saab in New Bedford and taking the fast ferry over without it for the weekend. I just read that BMW has announced their new i3 EV which will go 186 miles with a range extender. That;s pretty good but still not enough for us. If that’s the best that BMW can do at this point, I have my doubt that NEVS can do any better.

hilmar
Member
3 years 2 months ago

A unique car, one should continue building it !

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