- Is this the end for SAAB?
Learned to drive in my fathers old 900 back in the 80’s have had a succession of 900’s and a 93 Sportwagen – tough as old boots and reliable to. Hated what GM did to the brand but the Swedes seemed to cling to some of the older/better stuff
Now back in a 1998 SAAB 900 – new house the 93 had to go 🙁 – and it still retains the ‘quirks’ I love about the marque – keys can not be removed from the ignition (located between the two front seats) until the car is locked in reverse, uber heavy, chronic understeer,built like a brick sh1t house.Posted 8 years agoknottie8Member
as a warranty manager making claims to saab , I hope they keep going one way or another. If general motors hadnt stepped in all those years ago saab would have gone to the wall years ago. They sold 93000 cars last year , they wont do that without GM/opels help rebadging.Posted 8 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
My 9-3 and 9-5 were superb motors. Safe feeling, comfy, quick cruisy type cars.
I can see koenisegg doing wonders with Saab. Hope they do it soon though as I’m after a new motor next year.
9-5’s way too long in the tooth now (I had one 10 years ago…), 9-3’s just not SAAB enough…..Dam you GM!Posted 8 years agobeanumSubscriber
There was an article in EVO magazine a year or so ago where they visited the Koenigsegg factory and they were working on a fairly revolutionary engine prototype…
I wonder if this will be a way for them to test it in the real world..?
I’m having trouble finding any more info via Google unfortunately..
Personally I’m hoping they make the Saab Aero-X concept they showed at Geneva a couple of years ago…Posted 8 years ago
My second ever car was one of these – a white 1989 Saab 900 8V Turbo – with the big black rubber spoiler on the back too 😆Posted 8 years ago
My mates used to call it the pimpmobile. Jesus, it was a money pit and drank fuel but it was so much fun watching the tutbo gauge needle creep up into the orange bit of the dial and then feeling the seat push into your back. It used to feel like you were about to take off. This model was the last where the brand had any soul for me – I’d be sad to see it go but if it was an independent brand again and turned out good cars, I’d go back to the driving one.deadlydarcyMember
I’d love a 900 turbo with the 3-spoke alloys
I so wanted a set of them hora, but mine just had the alloys that are in the picture – couldn’t afford the three spokers unfortunately. Back in 95/96 it was costing me £973 a year to insure…I’ll never forget the exact figure!gamoSubscriber
I recently had a 93 1.9 turbo diesel while my car was in the bodyshop,Posted 8 years ago
high spec car paddle gear controls etc.really nice car to drive and
quieter more refined engine than my vw 170 psi td but i found it really
greedy (went through £30 of diesel in 4 days)nice car though!BreamMember
Good luck to the Koenigsegg Group, knowing them all personally I think they have the inovative mind set to actually pull this fairy tail off. It’s been all over the news in Sweden for days now, even had a 20min prime news time interview last night with Christian, the SAAB VD and the lady government minister. High hopes from the Swedish population.
I think it won’t be long at all knowing how fast these guys work before we start to see their influences. Apparently they are aiming to make the cars more lux than GM had planned, so I guess aiming at the upper Audi/BMW/Merc etc market segment.Posted 8 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
As a child, we had some friends who drove a 900. I used to look at it and just not get it. But then, I was more taken with my father’s ur Quattro.
Now, however, I do “get” it. A lot. And, were I in the market for another car, a Saab would be high up the list. Dr North’s father had two or three 9000s as company cars, and they were all very well appointed. Doubt they drove “well”, but my driving desires aren’t what they were 10 years ago, either.
So, I’m looking at this development closely.Posted 8 years agowillardMember
They always make a big deal about using their combat plane knowhow for the ergonomics of the cockpit, although a lot of people at work who have had Saabs reckon that they still were uncomfortable cars.
Speaking as a tall person, I would be against the use of switches on the ceiling. I would hate to have them surgically removed from my scalp after the first hump-backed bridge.Posted 8 years agoLord SummerisleMember
although a lot of people at work who have had Saabs reckon that they still were uncomfortable cars.
strange – i’ve always found saabs to be very comfortable, and the switchgear very well laid out.
did a trip over to Spa-Franconchamp last year – drove solid from calais to Stavelot (where the hotel was) and got out at the end of the journey feeling relaxed. the seats in the 9-5 are VERY comfortable! (and theres also alot of leg room in the back too)Posted 8 years ago
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