Fan Week – Some Saab appreciation in a new found land

I know we have some Saab fans in Canada as I’ve met a few of them in my travels. There’s a small but hardcore group out in the Pacific Northwest and I can well remember the large group from Toronto that got together for a support convoy there last year, even getting some significant news coverage at the time. I don’t know much about the Saab presence in some of the less prominent provinces, however. I got this email from Newfoundland over the weekend, and it showed me that there’s definitely some dedicated Saab support there. It’s always great to […]

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I want my Saab!

This hurts, but it also puts a smile on your face. One of our dealers in Holland, Jaap T, sent this to me earlier today. He has a wonderful repeat client, one who even extended his lease in the hope of acquiring a new Saab 9-5 SportCombi. It hurts us to know that we haven’t been able to build it for him. With his lease already extended once, he recently bit the bullet and acquired a vehicle from another brand, though his wife was still missing the Saab quite a lot and decided to take some small cosmetic matters into […]

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A Saab 9-4x owner's review with something for EVERYONE

As you might guess, there are PLENTY of Saab owners in my address book. I’ve been in email contact with Clay M for a few years now and a few days ago, he sent me a link to an article he wrote outlining his purchase of a new Saab 9-4x Aero. Actually, ‘outlining’ isn’t the right word for this one. ‘Detailing’ would be much more appropriate because he covers quite a lot of the purchase process, as well as detailed thoughts about the Saab 9-4x itself. As such, there’s something in it for everyone. You can read the full review […]

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Saab 900 Convertible vs Viggen – which is the better weekender?

The following is a query received here at Inside Saab. I tried to email a reply but it bounced, and I figured it’d be fun to place it here anyway to gather some thoughts from others. I thought it might be useful to open it up to the masses for some feedback. It comes from Roberto A, in Mexico. —— We don’t have many Saabs here in Mexico, and most of them are from GM’s time, so try growing up explaining your friends that SAAB’s are your favorites cars with no classic examples. I remember one time traveling abroad, I […]

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Someone stole my Saab Collection! (part 2)

Last week I brought you a series of photos from Markus, whose family has some seriously cool Saabs. In fact, they were exactly the cars I’d have for a modern Saab collection of my own. At the time, I remarked that a Sonett would make that collection absolutely perfect in my eyes. Markus saw the comments, and in poker terms, he’s seen my Sonett and raised me a 96 and a 9000!!! Markus’ family run a dealership in Germany, so they’ve got some pretty good contacts when it comes to restoring and keeping automobiles. And haven’t they used those resources […]

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Saab 9-5 2.0T family road trip

It’s been a bunch of months now where the focus seems to have been on the business of Saab rather than on the cars. It’s a pity, too, because the cars are better than ever. It was really pleasing, therefore, to receive an email a few days ago from a guy in North America named Glen M. It’s always great to hear customers’ stories about their new vehicles, what they’re doing and how much they’re enjoying them. I’ll let Glen tell the story: My family recently purchased a 2011 Saab 9-5 2.0t with 6 speed transmission to replace our 1999 […]

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Someone stole my Saab collection!

I’ve known Markus L in an email sense for a few years now. He’s one of the regulars from my SU days. I’ve seen some of his cars in photos from time to time, but there are usually long intervals in between viewings. When you meet a lot of people and see a lot of cars (in a virtual sense) it’s easy to forget just who’s got what. I got these photos from Markus in my inbox today. I was quite familiar with his fully Hirsched Turbo X and the black 900, but not so familiar with the Viggen. All […]

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Two Saab assets – Product and People

Whilst the newspapers and web columnists have been talking us down, you’ve been hearing plenty from me about the reasons I believe Saab will survive it’s current difficult times – brand, factory, product and people. Perhaps it’s time to hear from someone else. The following was written in comments to this website by Derek M, who attended the Saab Owners Convention in New Jersey last weekend. I’ll present it here without any further introduction or context as I think it speaks for itself. We have some of the best fans ever. —— Just a quick (although not brief) note of […]

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Yeah, Sam’s a believer, too…..

Yesterday, I published an editorial where I spoke about my belief in, and passion for this industry and in particular, for Saab. The following morning, I got this in the mail. Sam had written to me a few days before, seeking some purchase advice. He lives in the US and the 900 he was looking at will be his first car. I’m sure those of you who, like me, now have a few miles under your belts, can remember a time when you would have written something like this….. I HAVE BOUGHT THE SAAB! I haven’t seen it yet due […]

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Driving a legend – Saab 900 Turbo

You’ve all most likely seen this image before. It’s one of the better known images of the Saab 900 Turbo. The photo was taken for Saab’s 50th Anniversary marketing campaign, back in 1997. A calendar was made featuring this image and a number of others like it. Remember the Saab 99 EMS in motion, or the Saab 92? All of those shots were taken around the same time and all were used in the calendar. Today I had the pleasure of meeting Nicklas A at the Saab Museum here in Trollhattan. Whilst the majority of vehicles used in the calendar […]

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