Gents, it’s been a while. Too long. I’ve been on hiatus working at a frenzied pace at my real job to close out our fiscal year which ended per Japanese custom on March 31. March brought us an amazing and welcome 2.5 times average sales, but it was tiring.
Yesterday, I certainly relished driving the 1991 Saab 900 Turbo convertible on a sunny, 80-degree (27 degrees C) afternoon here in Nashville, Tennessee. Absolutely fantastic, and good rejuvenation of the spirit. I’ve been meaning for sometime to post on that topic — the therapeutic benefits of driving a favorite car on a otherwise mundane day. How many of we humans get to smile the widest smile while running those otherwise tedious errands of life? I’ve never had such fun getting a haircut, buying gifts for two colleagues that are new parents and picking up my son from a friend’s house. As a bonus, since the ‘vert has been in the garage for the winter, I got an extra dose of the smell of the 900, which I now notice and enjoy a bit more for having read Lance Cole’s words in these pages. Good for the soul.
Enough about me — onward to the “other” goings-on in the US outside the New York auto show which has been so ably covered here.
GM and Saab go public about the spring corrosion observed on certain Saab 9-3 models. As we were alerted originally through Ted, a regular here at SaabsUnited, there are some 9-3 cars that are eligible for replacement of the front springs. According to the New York Times, if you own a model year 2003-2006 Saab 9-3, General Motors has extended warranty coverage on your front springs to 10 years or 120,000 miles which ever comes first because the front springs could fail prematurely due to corrosion attack. GM sent letters to owners in Canada and in those US states that use road salt to aid winter driving (read: the Northeast and Midwest).
If you happen to live near Dunedin, Florida (just north of Tampa), you may wish to visit the Florida Auto Exchange to witness automotive alchemy in action. Apparently scuba-masked and pink-hospital-scrubs-clad “Dr. Credit” has the power to convert your moribund Dodge Avenger (ouch) into a shiny Saab 9-3 convertible. It looks a little sketchy to me, but he could be the best hope for Saab salvation since Victor Mueller if he’s truly got the skills on display in this ad.
Former Saab USA President Joel Manby appeared on “Undercover Boss” in his current capacity as CEO of Herschend Parks. Apparently the episode was a noteworthy one; I don’t watch the program and can’t judge the relative merit. Recommended only for those readers that have a specific interest in Saab USA history.
That’s it for the Saab stuff, but click through the jump for a more personal request. Thanks for reading!
OK, so here’s the deal. Those of you who are regular readers will recall that we recently adopted a small dog — he’s a Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix. My wife and kids entered him in a local “Cover Dog” contest; the winner is to grace the cover of an upcoming edition of Nashville Lifestyles magazine. I’m asking you dear readers to stuff the ballot box on behalf of little Rico. Below is his photo of a month ago. Rico’s entry photo is here (not his best), and you may vote for him (he’s number 143) here.
Thanks for voting!