A man’s got to do, what a man’s got to do.

I saw lately the film Kim Novak badade aldrig i Genesarets sjö, a film adaptation of the novel with the same title from Håkan Nesser, on the TV. It is a Swedish film and is situated in Sweden in the 60’s. The main figure, Erik, and his brother, Henry, kept repeating this sentence: A man’s got to do, what a man’s got to do.

Later I learned that this sentence is usually associated with John Wayne who used it in the John Ford western Stagecoach.

Nonetheless I think it is a good title for the Editorial of our good friend and SU commenter till72.

If you want to know what he thinks a man’s got to do, continue reading after the jump.

What to do for Saab – one man’s thoughts

Honestly I had hoped we could continue to talk about the cars Saab is about to release. It would have been a lot of fun to watch those great models come to market and see sales get up finally.

But then came those financial issues that stopped production. That alone would have been worse enough. But with it came uncertainty and speculation. The army of naysayers that we thought was left behind last year came back and Saab was said to be doomed again. Deja vu.

No need to waste too much words on the press reports – during the sales process in 2009/10 we learned who is just looking for headlines and who is interested in digging deeper. This time it was mostly the same. SU has always been to collect those news and to balance things out. “Government preparing for Saab bankruptcy”? Sure. They have to be prepared for everything. “EIB is not for providing liquidity”? Yeah. Noone asked for that. That list could go on and on.

I stongly believe things would have run smoother if VA had be allowed to be part of the deal from the beginning but that’s useless complaining. I know – to some extent – from personal experience that dealing with officials like government and EIB is not easy, even more if you come up with solutions that are not standard. Officials just can’t take the pace of real life, that’s just a fact. And I believe the main actors like VM and VA have their own special pace only few can keep up with.

But they have their Plan B and that’s good. It may take a few days more but it’s not only about starting up production asap, it’s also about getting a solution that is sustainable and avoids problems like the ones we are facing now. Not only for a few months but for ever. The current events have been a setback regarding customer confidence and (I believe) orders so they have to bridge a few months more until sales will provide liquidity again.

I definitely believe Saab has a great future with new models and advanced technologies just around the corner. With VA and other investors that are ready to put money into Saab we are imho much better off than we were when GM tried to sell Saab. We faced much darker scenarios than now so let’s not loose our heads.

What can we, the enthusiasts, do now? Well, it’s again about showing our support and spreading facts as an opposition to the yellow press. And showing confidence. If we stop believing the who else should? I don’t believe collecting money among the community will have any effect unless we get together $50 million or so. One million sounds a lot to most of us but even in Saab’s scale it won’t last longer than a few minutes.

So we’re back at another way to help: if you can afford it, buy or order a Saab. What are you worried about? Even if the worst case should happen warranty and spare parts supply are covered by appropriate laws. Resale value? If you could not buy a new Saab any more wouldn’t you want to keep yours a bit longer? In either way you get a great car that will make you smile on a regular basis.

I will order a new 9-4x on the day it is possible here in Germany, regardless the circumstances. The only worry I have is if mine can be the first customer order in my market. Imagine Saab starting production again with an overfilled order book. That would be a sign for the company and the investors. And worth a press release…

If you can’t afford to buy a new Saab, take your car to the dealer for a service, buy spare parts or buy a CPO. The dealers need support, too. I’m the last who won’t understand if you simply don’t have the money but even buying something small like an oil filter adds some bucks to the big pot.

27 thoughts on “A man’s got to do, what a man’s got to do.”

  1. +1 Order some parts or accessories if you cant buy a new car. If you’re looking for a “newer” car, the Saab CPO program is an outstanding value.

    Great read Till, as always.

  2. I have to agree with Till72 about spending money on Saab goodies. I just bought a 2010 9-3x combi for my beautiful wife and arranged the purchase of a 2010 9-5 Aero for a customer. Last week I spent $2400 at my friendly Saab parts dealer. If you have the means to buy a new Saab, now is a perfect time to take advantage of some really low prices. There is a very small supply of good used Saabs available, but a new car at bargain prices means you can get a lot more for your money. But I have to say, when I was shopping for the 9-5, some dealers did not even return my phone call. The dealer network is ready for a major overhaul.

      • Well, ahum, how to put this carefully……?
        I spent a lot of time in Massachusetts lately. I see a LOT of 9-3’s, a lot of old 9-5’s, but….not a single new 9-5! I have been saying this since January when we hoped that the new Saab 9-5 sales would pick up. I’ll keep on saying this until I finally spot one, because something is seriously wrong in New England. Charles River Saab has 43 9-5’s is stock, so there is no supply problem.

        • Until last week, I had NEVER seen a NG 9-5 on the road that wasn’t a loaner car. On the way to NYC last week, I did see one just outside NY on the Hutchinson River Parkway, and this week I saw one on I93 in Manchester , NH….but still no sightings in Massachusetts, and I’m looking!

          • Just saw a new 9-5 in the wild for the first time here in the SF Bay Area. Odd that it has taken this long. I know the dealers are pretty well stocked with them.

            I will say that I see them in VT every time I’m there–both on rural highways and the 89. Maybe they are all migrating north? VT is a traditional SAAB stronghold–so at least that feels normal.

  3. First post ever here. A new (used 2006) Saab 93 SS owner and would be servicing at the only local dealer here in Sunnyvale, CA. My requirements in a car were simple, however, I was astonished to find only a handful of cars met my requirements. Finally after a lot of reading I just could not settle with anything other than a Saab 93 SS. I bought it from a dealer just two weeks back and I just love it. I will be taking it for servicing at the local dealer when it is due.

    This is the third car ever I have owned and I was not this excited even when I got my first car. I for one never lost hope and do believe that they would get out of this tough situation in one piece.

    • Congratulations, Govindarajan! I own a 93 SS myself, I think it is a great car. You will have lots of fun, I’m sure.

      And to you, till72: Very well said. I just thought along the same lines, bringing my Saab to have some service done, exactly as I deliberately did back in 2010. Supporting the Saab dealer is a particularly important issue when you live in a small town of 200000 people as I do.

  4. Been working this week to order a 9-4X. Dealer keeps asking if I’m trading in my TurboX, which I’m not. I want the 9-4X to keep it company, along with our 2010 9-5. Once we add the 9-4X, I’m not sure I can do much more … other than get them all serviced periodically.

    Speaking of 9-4Xs … what would you all call the Moorland Metallic color? A nice looking brown? Brown-green?

    Long on Saab!

    – E

  5. I wish I was in a different stage of my life so that I could afford a new Saab. If I could, I would. However, seeing as I am a (poor) student now, I’m lucky if I have €50 left at the end of each month. When I’ve completed my masters degree and get a job, I’ll be at my Saab dealer and be ready to put an order 🙂

    • Same problem here, i do own a Saab, but as i am a student i dont have near enough money to buy a new one, but as soon as i can, i will 🙂

  6. +1 Till 😉

    Yesterday I had my MY 2007 9-3 Convertible for changing to sommer tyres and (unfortunately) a change of the right front wheel bearing (after 68.000 km) at my mechanic (you know the little one in Freising, Germany).

    Of course we had a long talk about Saab. I actually introduced him to Saabsunited and I hope he wil have a look now and then.

    He told me that although he is a Saab repair garage, this year was his best year ever concerning his sales of new Saabs (he is in business about 20 years, I think)! He cannot wait for the 9-5 Sportwagon to come!

    I wish I could afford that MY2010 Nocturne Blue 9-3 Sportwagon Arc Biopower he had on the lot..:.(

  7. I can’t afford to buy a new SAAB now (the last 3 years we’ve been building a nice cottage), but I’ve ordered a big service and EU control at my nearest SAAB dealer in may for my black 2002 9-3 SE Aut. 🙂

    • A small thing we can do is to keep our SAABs klean and polished and in top shape. 🙂

      The reason I bought a SAAB again as a second car is that I a late very nice OG 9-3 suddenly parked outside my job. Then I suddenly knew that was a car that I wanted (and could afford).

  8. Well, I have ordered a new 9-3 SC Griffin 130 hk 119 CO2 diesel.
    That will be my Saab number 12. Yes, I stretched my economy, but it was time to change.
    Now I wait eagerly and hope that the present situation will be solved.

  9. Well said and exactly what saab needs,new orders. I have had my new 9-3 sw for four months now and love it. Use and support your dealer in anyway you can, they need YOUR help to help Saab.
    The non Saab owners need to see new Saabs on the road and in the public car parks so as they can take a ‘peak’ as they walk past and see what they are missing-a car to be proud of!
    Now is the time to stand up and be counted and do as much as we can within our own financial ability to help.
    Long live Saab!

  10. New 9-5 2.8T XWD on order. Well said above, I don’t buy a SAAB for its resale value, or that its got the smoothest engine, I buy them because they make me smile, they make other people smile and other road users are nice to me. You don’t get that in a BMW or Audi in London. Only thing not making me smile is saying goodbye to my Hirsch-tuned Turbo X!

  11. Buy a Saab. It will make you feel good. It made me feel good when I picked up my 2011 9-5 Aero earlier this week. And everytime I see an Audi, BMW or Mercedes, it makes me feel even better 😉

      • tmjr,
        Don’t forget there are probably some prospective buyers on here sitting on the fences waiting to see what happens, so as a dealer, I welcome comments like Kikaluka’s. Not just preaching to the choir, but the audience as well. Hope you’re loving you 9-5 Aero Kikaluka.

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