Paul: if you don’t mind driving an orphan, there are still deals to be had on Saab convertibles—-much newer and with low mileage than your ’91. International Motors Autohaus in Virginia recently has a beautiful white convertible with a tan top—-as I recall, low mileage. I just went to their website to look for it and it’s gone—-must have…[Read more]
Oh, and to answer your other question: GM got help with a strong push toward their Volt being rushed to market and promoted heavily (greenie help). But more importantly, they were helped (as was Chrysler) as political payback to huge unions. That’s crystal clear. Do some research on how nicely the union emerged from the loans.
To answer your question about the $28,000 9-3—-there wasn’t one. I know that at least in my area, in the Saab showrooms I was in, there weren’t any $28,000 9-3s to be found. On top of that, I don’t recall a single commercial or advertisement proclaiming that “The affordable Saab is back.” Not even a miniscule spot late at night—-not even a…[Read more]
One other thing worth noting: FIAT’s return to North America. No, they didn’t come in with a $60,000 Lancia. Nor did they offer a $50,000 Alfa. They came in with a $17,000 FIAT 500. Their first new model line with Chrysler/Dodge? The entry level Dodge Dart. Their first new model with Jeep? The entry level Renegade. FIAT is certainly not…[Read more]
I have a BMW and Saab in my family of cars—-and a Kia as well. It’s very likely my next new car purchase will be one of those brands and we know where Saab is now—and we know if they ever return to my market, it will probably be AFTER my next new car purchase. So how could it be that I’ll be comparing BMW and Kia? Well, the lowest price…[Read more]
I would love to read the things you outlined—-I’ve done some research to see the Mahindra, SsangYong and Dongfeng models and would like to get reactions from people who are technically oriented—-what Saab engineers/stylists might do to make these cars more desirable for people who have owned Saabs or are interested in Saabs. It’s a great…[Read more]
Peter: Manufacturers are most interested in new car sales and perhaps sales of their “Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles” (CPOs). I’m sure they’re happy to sell parts for used cars through their dealers—but those cars are on the road already, so they’re going to sell those parts whether the used cars are sold through their dealership or by someone…[Read more]
“…but obviously they (Peugeot) didn’t see a business case for a model like the 205.” Exactly. They didn’t see a business case for it. And they were wrong. And they pulled out. Would their fortunes have been different if they effectively exported that car to the U.S. and marketed it? I believe that’s a possibility. I believe a lot of high…[Read more]
I wish I had the mechanical ability to do what you have done with that car. Frankly, as you described that car, I was thinking you paid under a thousand bucks for it though, not $4500! I just checked “trade in” value on my Saab yesterday. My Saab is a 9-5 wagon, the ARC model. It has just under 37,000 miles on it. It’s been garaged since it…[Read more]
I think BMW is too busy trying to keep up with the demand for their cars to worry too much about whether they’re getting coverage here. Comparing our Saabs to other brands is about the only thing we have left for Saab fans who are actually interested in buying a factory new car. Sad, but as of now, true. I hope a credible company can get this…[Read more]
3cyl: And Elio is being accused of the same thing—-raising money but might never actually bring their 3 wheeler to market. Since there’s been money, there have been scams. I hope Elio is for real. NEVS was not for real.
Well, I might have misstated something. I said that Peugeot didn’t think the 205 could sell in the U.S. In fact, I believe that their real reason for not exporting that vehicle wasn’t because they sincerely didn’t think they could sell the 205 here—-I think they felt the U.S. market was willing and able to spend MORE MONEY on a car than the…[Read more]
Somebody mentioned this in a comment the other day. The way I see it, it’s between GM and Muller and has very little to do with Saab, as both GM and Muller have moved on. I wish NEVS was relevant enough to get Reuters coverage. Any featured articles there about NEVS?
No need to explain Tim. Bottom line: There are no more new Saabs. If someone wants a new car, they must go somewhere else. BMW is an excellent choice and again, it’s interesting, to me at least, to get an idea of where Saab owners are going—-what brands they’re migrating to and why. It will also be interesting to get thoughts from you and…[Read more]
Jesse: In some ways, it might make more sense to keep an old Saab than a newer one. The parts supply for older ones is probably better than some of the newer models (especially the Mullermobiles). Also, to the extent that there is ANY value left in one of the newer ones, maybe it’s best to unload them now if possible—-trading in toward a new…[Read more]
Peugeot most certainly could have and should have sold the 205 in the U.S. Their reason for not doing so wasn’t because they couldn’t bring it in for a price comparable to the Golf, but because they didn’t think U.S. buyers would be interested. As a result, they had no young buyers to “move up” from the 205 to larger, more expensive models. VW…[Read more]
It’s interesting that you brought up that episode from the Spring. I’d be lying if I said I recalled the same specific discussion—-but I do recall various comments here that talked about how SU was not at liberty to disclose information at that time. However, I believe we’re fast approaching a time when the secretive “information” can be…[Read more]
Thank you Avelik. Yes, back when they were peddling the 505 and 405 (As mentioned, I owned a 505) my advice to them was to bring the VW fighter 205 to our shores and to do advertising bigger and better—-they didn’t listen back then and were promptly ushered out of North America, with people pointing and laughing. It was a spectacle. So…[Read more]
Thank you for posting this. I think at this point—-more important than upgrading, customizing, etc., is simply keeping our Saabs running—-keeping as many Saabs on the road as possible. That means covering the mundane mechanical issues maybe—-in more than just a buried forum—-but as a featured highlight. An “Ask The Technician” or “Ask…[Read more]
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