After reading this thread, I am now depressed. Sweden’s new Center-Left government is now in charge of Orio. I would think that a country where the new PM is the former auto union head, would do whatever they could to make sure the deal for NEVS gets done and we can continue to drive our older Saabs. I read yesterday that Sweden, for the first…[Read more]
Tell us more what your sources are saying about spare parts. I have a NG9-5 Aero, and I’m hearing parts availability are better than ever. Thought about selling, but have been convinced to buy the Saab Secure warranty and hang on to it . Still the best car out there I can afford.
I like the GTs, but they really get panned in the American press. Apparently, not selling very well either. The X3s on the other hand are flying out the door. I will say that Audi seems to have taken over as the preferred builder of vehicles for jerks. BMW is sooo five years ago….
Looking last night at these. Shocked to see they are holding their value better than the NG9-5 despite being ‘Hencho en Mexico.’ Shows that Saab could’ve done well with them in North America, as everyone wants an SUV or CUV. Almost purchased one when my local dealer was able to obtain two from a dealer in Michigan back in early 2011. Liked the…[Read more]
Sounds very nice. Saab can do it. The NG 9-5 in Aero trim (at least in the US) with a nicer quality dashboard, minus the GM buttons and radio-could’ve been quite the car for Saab. The lower spec ones, without the NAV and the not so nice wood-effect lowered the overall opinion of the car, IMO. Of course, it also is a little too big.
Angelo, older 3 series were quite reliable. It’s newer and more complicated vehicles that have had issues. The 7 series has always been a sore spot for BMW, and that’s before all the fancy new features were introduced.
As long as he sells it before the warranty runs out. BMWs have a funny way of staying in tact just long enough to cover the warranty. After that, expect many very expensive trips to the repair shop. Or leaving you stranded on the roadside late on a Sunday. It’s happened to me several times. The Germans are overrated for quality. That’s one reason…[Read more]
Announced last week that Volvo will be exporting their Chinese-made long wheelbase S60 to the US beginning next year. This will alienate the majority of former Volvo buyers in the US. Despite what many people say, Volvo buyers care where the car is assembled. Perhaps people buying used cars won’t care, because they don’t know how to read a VIN.…[Read more]
Tim and/or Jörgen,
Any chance Swedish elections affect what happens to Saab/Nevs?
I think what you are seeing with Audi, BMW and Mercedes are “loss leaders.” Cars that may bring no to little profit, unless options are selected, in an effort to bring in future buyers of their more expensive offerings. They are all hoping once a “—————” owner, always a “————-” owner, regardless of income level.
Oh, they are around. You’ll also find plenty of their “supplies.” Meanwhile, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes have all opened up gleaming new showrooms. The Tesla store is pretty slick as well. Garry Small’s location and vibe has probably saved him through all this crap. Rent can’t be too high.
Another issue in North America, was the physical state of many of these dealers. Some seemed like mom and pop operations and could easily be confused with used car dealers. Locally, the dealer was on a street known for used car sales and prostitutes. Not the location people looking for a $50K USD vehicle usually go. Other upmarket vehicles have…[Read more]
They certainly ran out of time. Both could have been successful with time and a couple of tweaks. I was one who purchased a NG9-5 Aero pre-bankruptcy. I certainly went into it knowing it was risky, although I had no idea that GM could block nearly all moves to raise cash. If I had that info, I probably would not have purchased the vehicle. Having…[Read more]
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