Even Mercedes builds the C Class in South Africa, and those things are 40k EASY. Maybe a Saab built in Botswana would be even cheaper.
So if the only ones being confused about the difference between Saab AB and Saab Cars are total idiots, what’s the harm in letting the cars use the name. No, seriously. Wouldn’t you want to let intelligent people invest in your company, not someone who was unable to figure out the difference between the two? And also how did you become so wealthy…[Read more]
I have a question for everyone. If Saab is so concerned about their name use and how the car might damage them, how many people around the world know there is anything BUT the cars? If you told someone Saab made trucks and planes they’d say “I thought Saab went bankrupt!” So in that sense wouldn’t it be better to have them making cars to make…[Read more]
They did set up an infrastructure, they convinced dozens of small Swedish manufacturers to give them a second or third or fourth chance (The “Saab” car company, not NEVS specifically), to make a run of a few thousand parts. I remember last year there were some articles on here about how the production was taking so long to set up because a few of…[Read more]
I agree with you, but what I’m getting at is that if it doesn’t go through people will be saying the same thing about the other Asian backers who called it quits and didn’t buy or didn’t pull through. It could very well be the Chinese investors knew they’d be throwing their money in the trash after the weak infrastructure was set up by NEVS, or…[Read more]
Kind of sounds to me like what I’ve decided a long time ago, you can’t trust the Asians to do clean straight cut business. Mahindra seems to be no exception, they’re just hopping on whichever side of the fence looks greenest unwilling to plant their feet. Sounds like they expect to be given the deal of the century, full control, the name, and a…[Read more]
Tell me that was a horrible joke you just made… 1) your name is 3cyl, they haven’t made those in 50 years, and 2) 85% of car sales in the United States are used. That’s how dealerships make money, on their repair bills for used cars/extended warranties etc. The Mercedes Dealership I work at makes 3,000 dollars on a used car and only 1,500 on a new car.
When I bought my girlfriend’s Saab for her (a 2003 convertible) it was in seriously rough shape, and it still has a lot of issues. The ground cable was wires that were crimped to a connector on the battery, transmission fluid was never changed (95,000 miles on it), the PCV lines were completely hooked up in the wrong order, the vacuum lines to the…[Read more]
I think therein lies a lot of the difference between you and I, Tim. I love being my own mechanic, and I can’t afford any vehicle that’s been made in the last 8 years, so that being said the luxury an old used Saab provides (when from what I understand the quality was higher) then I much rather have a Saab than say an old Toyota. A 10 year old…[Read more]
I will still have Saabs for decades, and I have to admit I find it strange that Tim as a moderator is so quick to jump ship and get rid of ALL his Saabs even though they were just a few years old and he has many vehicles. Honestly I’ve never been able to afford a new Saab (or a new anything), so the whole self repair and keeping old things going…[Read more]
I like reading about these high priced luxury condos, and reading about luxury European brands, luxury this luxury that. Luxury implies someone is around to pay for it, so it amuses me to think that these car companies will all fold in Europe. Also if you think about this realistically (and pretend these other companies you have a grim outlook on)…[Read more]
Jesse Crandle commented on the post, What I drive now while waiting for a future swedish sportscar. 1 month, 4 weeks ago
I drive BMWs every day of my work week, and I have to say I HATE getting in and out of their coupes. Now I understand on a regular basis you won’t be getting in and out 50-100 times per day like me, but I enjoy getting in and out of the sedans much more. Would I buy a coupe over a sedan? Maybe, it’s hard to say, but since I do use them so much…[Read more]
Price is important for sure. Proof is in the CLA, Mercedes cheapest sedan model. They’re 32,000 USD (or something close for the base), they look good and still have most of the quality parts inside that a C or E class have, but the main difference is that the dealership I photograph at gets in 3 times as many CLAs as they do C classes. People want…[Read more]
Yeah, considering a “LOW END” C Class from MB is $40,000 and they make them in South Africa, or the $35,000 dollar CLA is made in Hungary. E Class is and up is still German made. I suppose you could do something interesting like make a factory in an underdeveloped country that ISN’T China. I’d like that. I’d much rather have a CLA made in Hungary…[Read more]
Jesse Crandle commented on the post, Test driving the electric Saab 9-3 from NEVS, first impressions 3 months ago
I thought the range for the i3 was 81mpg, and from what the guys at the BMW dealership I work at they told me it’s more like 55 real world miles (in an urban area that is). If so doesn’t the Saab already have that beat? Also I concur with Tim, the i3 is truly a hideous little car. They own Mini, couldn’t they have made an iCooper? Would’ve looked…[Read more]
I second the hydraulic or electric power steering question, but in my comment I just left it at steering feel more or less. If it has that classic Saab weightedness I don’t really mind if it’s electric, but I hope it’s not light and fake feeling.
I always liked the direct analog feeling of Saab steering, I’d like to know if that sensation remains. Also does the lower center of mass make the car feel more stable around a corner? I like lightly spirited driving sometimes, and my Saabs always give me a fun sensation when driving, it’s just kind of a magical Saab-esque feeling, I’d like to…[Read more]
Jesse Crandle commented on the post, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg saved Saab once 3 months, 2 weeks ago
That’s funny you’d say that, Tim. I remember saying the same thing 3 months ago on an article and you told me this, “Dont think for a second that it was not about profit for victor, it was all about profit.”.
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