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 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 2 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 2 months, 3 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.”.
Jesse Crandle commented on the post, First Photos: NEVS EV-1 *updated with press-release 3 months ago
The new Acura TLX has a row of buttons where a shifter would normally go. I don’t personally like it at all, but if that’s how you select drive, park, neutral, and reverse it’s being done by other companies. Also Dodge Ram trucks have a horrible design, it’s like a Daytime Running Light/Night Time Light/No Light switch, but it says P N D and R,…[Read more]
It’d be epic if they pulled a Hail Mary right now, showed off an electric car that gets 400 miles per charge and costs $40,000. I seriously massively doubt that, but something that insane would absolutely bring them back from beyond the grave. My guess is more realistically they want to show people (maybe even just us fans) that they have tried to…[Read more]
My thinking is this could indicate a dialogue between NEVS and the creditor saying, “If you make us file legal bankruptcy rather than liquidating in our own way and our own time the government will soak up more than your share” essentially making them back down in hopes that NEVS will just sell off their machinery and property and perhaps…[Read more]
I’m not Doug, but I’m sure you’re a typical Saab owner and take great care with your car, so you could easily keep it for 10+ years. My car is 14 years old, still looks new, and I have zero issues buying parts. I also plan on (FINALLY) rebuilding my 1986 SPG from the ground up, not Concours quality, but the best it’s seen in 20 years, and I don’t…[Read more]
Sounds like crossing our fingers is a mute point if they’re selling off every bit of furniture and machinery in the plant. Sounds like they’ve done a sh!t job of getting their plans together and accepting they couldn’t keep the brand alive and just taking their losses and selling the brand to Mahindra, or else the whole “you can’t make a car with…[Read more]
Unlike the last time this happened, or should I say the last two times, I’m not really alarmed like I was. I’m just kind of accepting the facts that Saab is going the way of the dodo. Just seeing Tim say we’re years away from a Phoenix platform car is tragic, that platform will be called outdated by the time it hits the market. Things just don’t…[Read more]
I agree about the Chinese business partners. The Chinese only want to get your blueprints and the machines to build your product and then build it inside of China for their people, the rest of the world can burn for all they care. The Chinese have a huge and very fast growing market inside their own country, so as long as they can milk fresh…[Read more]
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