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From the creditors meeting at Vänersborgs District Court on Monday. It appears there are several parties interesed in SAAB but probably still dependant on how much assistance is available from the European bank/ Swedish Government and how much GM is prepared to leave in the company as debt.

http://rescuesaab.blogspot.com/search/label/english
 
I was talking about this to a mate the other day and we both thought it would be shame if SAAB went pop. But then we asked each other if we'd ever buy a SAAB and the answer was: probably not. :)
 
Well. I did and am very happy with it! I had my Convertible out today in the sun for run down to London along the A5 Instead of the M1, just to enjoy the drive!) and loved every second. The 93 Convertible is a very good car and with the 1.9ttid engine is a very rapid one! Some cabin quality aside, this is a far better car (IMO) than my previous CLK.
 
there are discounts of about 40% on Saab 9-3 convertibles on drivethedeal.com
 
Yeah! I bought mine (pre-reg) in September with nearly £15K off new price! Not a bad deal either! :)

My only concern right now is the future of the warranty and dealer back-up as I have a very good dealer just a few miles away. So, hopefully, Saab will get rescued and if they have a decent owner this time, we may seem some innovative cars like the Aero X actually get built! :)
 
By the way, I wasn't knocking the CLK per-se, just mine wasn't reliable and compared to the Saab, much more cramped in the cabin. Also, I wanted a diesel and as we know, MB don't do a diesel cab in the UK. Plus, most importantly, the missus LOVED the Saab and well, we must take this into account eh! :)
 
Yeah! I bought mine (pre-reg) in September with nearly £15K off new price! Not a bad deal either! :)

My only concern right now is the future of the warranty and dealer back-up as I have a very good dealer just a few miles away. So, hopefully, Saab will get rescued and if they have a decent owner this time, we may seem some innovative cars like the Aero X actually get built! :)

I have three friends who run SAABs,one has an 06 plate diesel vector sport with 91,000, the neighbour has an 05 plate conertible diesel 53,000 miles, and a work associate an 05 plate, diesel 70,000 . None have had any problems with them at all.

From what they say the only costly item is the cam belt at 70,000 miles....thats why I am going to purchase my friends 2006 model 90,000 miler ..a steal at £4,000, full SAAB history,white leather, new brakes, tyres, cam belt, and every extra you can think of.!......I normally like to pay a one off monthly contract payment on a car but I think I am reverting back to the unexpected....knowing my look I will probably be landed with a huge bill once bought ! ...we will see, nowt to loose at this price.....:)
 
Good luck with your Saab! IMO they're good, honest cars with a touch of flair and individuality and should prove reliable and loyal "friends" ! :D
 
Good luck with your Saab! IMO they're good, honest cars with a touch of flair and individuality and should prove reliable and loyal "friends" ! :D

I had a 9000 CSE LPT from new and loved it.... Fast, comfortable and economical - 90000 in 3 years without a problem....

Last of the proper saabs tho.....

I still keep half an eye out for a low mileage 9000 Aero... :D
 
I had a 9-5 2.3 auto - went through 3 ECUs....

Had a go in a 9-3 cab...wasn't impressed with the scuttle shake - but did love the 9-5's seats.....best I have ever sat in - especially on long journeys..hope they survive.
 
I had a 9-5 2.3 auto - went through 3 ECUs....

Had a go in a 9-3 cab...wasn't impressed with the scuttle shake -
Interesting you should say that 'cos I think the scuttle shake on my ('08) Cab is very minimal, in fact, less than the CLK, Volvo C70 and Audi A4. Maybe mine has extra strengthening??...

And yes, the seats are great. I can drive for hours and not have a back ache, something very few other cars can do, although my E Class is pretty good there too! :)
 
I had a 9-5 2.3 auto - went through 3 ECUs....

Had a go in a 9-3 cab...wasn't impressed with the scuttle shake - but did love the 9-5's seats.....best I have ever sat in - especially on long journeys..hope they survive.

Wasn't 9-5 the start of the GM reign?
 
The 900NG (new generation) was the first of the GM Saabs in 1994, with the 95 joining a bit later (97 I think). As the 95 was very closely based on the 9000 which was pre-GM it still had some Saab character. I had a 95 2.3T for a couple of years and personally found it to be a great car. Very quick in the mid-range and superbly comfortable for long runs. Of course, it BADLY needs replacing now as it's way below it's rivals in most areas, so hopefuly the planned new 95 will actually be able to be launched in 2010.
 
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As the 95 was very closely based on the 9000 which was pre-GM it still had some Saab character.

Along with the Alfa 164, Lancia Thema, Fiat Croma with which it shared the body and under structure.

Hardly unique character and definately very old design, first coming out in 1985.
 
The 900NG (new generation) was the first of the GM Saabs in 1994, with the 95 joining a bit later (97 I think). As the 95 was very closely based on the 9000 which was pre-GM it still had some Saab character.

I think you'll find the 9-5 is vectra based, at least it was when I worked on it in Trollhaten back in 95
 
Yes, the Type 4 cars, but the 95 didn't have a whole lot of Type 4 in it, so it was a new car, not just a facelift 9000.

Anyway, this is not a Saab forum, and obviously some like 'em and some don't! :)

Back to our favourite make! :)
 
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I think you'll find the 9-5 is vectra based, at least it was when I worked on it in Trollhaten back in 95
Well, that's simplifying it a lot!! It shared a platform (GM2900) with the Vectra and several other GM cars, but was extensively modified by Saab to make it more unique to the needs of the 9-5. Platform sharing is a common thing and doesn't make a car bad! I love the way anti-Saab people throw out the "Old Vectra in a Saab body" line just to try to make it look bad! :D
 
Well, that's simplifying it a lot!! It shared a platform (GM2900) with the Vectra and several other GM cars, but was extensively modified by Saab to make it more unique to the needs of the 9-5. Platform sharing is a common thing and doesn't make a car bad! I love the way anti-Saab people throw out the "Old Vectra in a Saab body" line just to try to make it look bad! :D

Personally I have nothing against the Vectra,its a perfectly capable car, I've had a couple myself. Yes I did simplify the floor issue but you need to remember that many of the members here may not be technically inclined.
Platform sharing is now almost almost essential, the design and tooling costs to develop a new car these days means that most manufacturers need to try to spread the costs as much as possible, even Mercedes are not exempt as you probably know although I have never heard of BMW platform sharing yet.
 
The problem is not whether it is a car that some people like or not. The problem is that making Saab cars loses money year after year after year. Even sharing bits with Vauxhall and others it still loses money. Nobody but a fool -or govt- will put up enough money for Saab to develop a big enough range of cars, and prodice them in sufficient volume so as to be viable. There are two probable choices: a quick death or a slow one.

A long shot might be a merger with Volvo which just might mean they both survive?
 

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