Sometimes I feel like I’m an alien.
RedJ wrote yesterday about a road test comparing the Saab 9-5 and the Mercedes E Class.
I clicked on the test and I read through some of it before thinking to myself “Why am I bothering with this one?”
Further to that, I have to ask myself Why did Auto Express bother with it? I know that the readers of automotive magazines like these tests. I guess that’s why.
How the 9-5 compares to the E Class is slightly interesting on an intellectual level but is completely irrelevant on an emotional level because I’ve got absolutely zero interest in any model from Mercedes Benz. None whatsoever.
And I don’t know of many people here who have talked about Mercedes, either.
But why confine it to Mercedes?
Maybe I’m just a complete sucker, but I have no serious interest in anything non-Saaby with the specific exceptions of a few models from Alfa Romeo and Porsche (and those aren’t models that compete with anything from Saab, they’re just things in specific niches that I’d like to own one day).
When people talk about this-model-from-Audi, that-model-from-BMW or this-model-from-whoever, I find myself wondering why. I have to ask myself OK, it’s probably a good car – but would you want to own it? It’s one thing to go through some quasi-intellectual exercise comparing what are essentially meaningless numbers on paper, but would you want to own it?
Maybe I just enjoy these cars too much. And I’ll be the first to admit that I do. I love the cars and I love the company. I love the little town they’re built in. I love the history behind the company and I really love the idea of them proving themselves in the future. A company with the qualities of Saab – as long as they’re preserved and persist into the future – deserves a place in the automotive landscape.
I know the Mercedes E Class is a good car. A great car, in fact. I’ve always had a very healthy respect for Mercedes Benz.
But owning one?
I could barely imagine anything less interesting. I’m an alien. I want the Saab.
What other brands do you seriously – not just in arguments or intellectual exercises – but seriously consider buying as an alternative to Saab?