The following was received via email from one of our site regulars, Till72, from Germany. Many thanks.
I just read your Break notice and had to add my few cents….
……Looking on my own ten year history with Saab I had to make quite a few compromises.
It started with my great 2002 9-3 Turbo Anniversary. There were quite a few gadgets not available, like Xenon and ESP, but still it was the greatest Saab I ever had second only to my current 9-3x.
In 2004 I had to switch to a 9-3 diesel because I was driving so many kilometres and all I got was that 2,2 TiD Opel engine…at a time when everybody around came out with 3,0 diesels. The 9-5 was too big for me at that time. We wanted to wait for the SportCombi but that took too long and my lease ended. With a little help from Hirsch it became a nice car to drive and it did its job well until my 9-3 SC arrived two years later.
In 2008, as we were waiting for our second kid to arrive, we decided that we needed a bigger car. Looking at the 9-5 SC there were again a few things I had to swallow… a 5-Speed Auto instead of 6-Speed, TiD instead of TTiD… But hey, this is a great car.
Not to forget that I’ve been waiting for Saab to introduce XWD ever since. And now that I got a superb diesel engine they couldn’t combine it with XWD.
Bummer? At first maybe.
But in the end every single Saab I have had made me an extremely happy camper. They were unique, drove great, never let me down and I always got it for a reasonable price (before I started to add the Hirsch gadgets). And every single car, taken together as a total package, made me forget the one or two extras I didn’t get with it. And they made me want to never drive anything else again.
I learned that I should not judge a car on paper, but from driving and living with the car. And most of us haven’t driven the 9-5 yet so we are on thin ice. I hope to get to drive it next week so I am a bit more knowledgable about it.
Just a bit more than one year ago we had to face the fact that we might have to buy a car from another brand because Saab might vanish. Just about half a year ago many of us were in the convoys just asking for someone to buy Saab and give us some hope. We were all trying to help where we could. And now we are back to demanding only? We have to hold our breath and think about it for a second.
Stay realistic. Saab is newborn. Completely. They have new models in the pipeline but they don’t have the money to change everything they (and we) might want at once. I’m quite sure there are a lot of things to organise behind the scenes we can’t even think of but that eat up some money, too.
Times will come, hopefully soon, when things get better and there is a wider range of models available. But hey, we’re only at the beginning and only a few months away from a near death experience at Trollhättan.
Rumors like Saab working together with BMW give some hope. And as we are talking BMW, they are a good example for a small, struggling company making its way to be a manufacturer who can afford to be present in all niches they can find. But bear in mind how long this has taken. We’re talking about decades, not months.
Sure there is one way to get a broader range of models in your market a bit sooner. Spread the word that Saab is still there and makes great cars, make people you know buy the cars, buy one yourself, put an ad on your car … Help Saab fulfill their goals as early as possible so they can fulfill some of our more specific demands.