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The Bigfella
04-30-2011, 07:45 PM
Just had a few hours thrashing around, umm, I mean driving around in the brand new Saab 9-5 Aero for a motoring test article (the magazine I used to work for has finally succumbed to my suggestion of several years back and is now including a motoring section - aimed at the top end of town).

Its a nice piece of metal. All wheel drive, turbo'd and reasonably comfortable. I can't sit in the back... nor could my 6'1" son.... because of the aero styling. I'd say the limit on rear seat passengers is not much beyond 6'.

The HUD is a nice touch and the car exudes a "safe" feel.

Anyone else driven it yet?

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQZeNE3yxBgObt66lkdsbAv5bD_4CN2A jqCGmkkrh55ZI5U9-tZFA&t=1

seanz
04-30-2011, 07:56 PM
Cool.......soon to be a Chevy Malibu. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_Epsilon_II_platform#Epsilon_II)


I'm unlikely to have driven one, mostly because I'm not in the new car market but ultimately because they're not selling new Saabs in NZ at the moment.

Garret
04-30-2011, 08:05 PM
Certainly driven plenty of the older ones. Good cars. Not exciting, but comfortable & the handling is reasonable. Used ones are usually a good buy - esp. compared to other European cars.

[edit] Funny how timing works. I'm at a client's & have a 2011 9-3 for the week ($10/day upgrade from a Dodge Kaliber, so no brainer). My first Saab was a 95 2 stroke. Had lots of 99's & 900 turbos. All fun cars. When GM bought them, the 900's went way down in quality, then came back up when the introduced the 9-3. 03-06 or so 9-3's were pretty decent cars. This 2011 is a huge disappointment. Might as well drive an Impala. Vague steering (admittedly rental car tires, but still - it's only got 750 miles on it!), un-supportive seats, auto/manual transmission that shifts like a powerglide & the manual portion isn't very manual - keeps changing the gear, tinny engine/exhaust sound, doors have to be slammed hard to fully latch, etc. To describe this car as a huge disappointment is an understatement.

I'd like to think Spyker can pull it off & get them back to being real cars, but I guess that's prolly unlikely. Very sad.

Paul Pless
04-30-2011, 09:04 PM
and is now including a motoring section - aimed at the top end of townIf its aimed at 'the top end of town', why are they testing Saab products???;)

The Bigfella
04-30-2011, 09:09 PM
If its aimed at 'the top end of town', why are they testing Saab products???;)

For the secretaries and office juniors. Its just under $100k here I believe (gotta pay for that socialised medicine somehow).

Incidentally, I was just out working on the Jensen and heard something interesting coming (not that long after a lot of sirens btw).... and a Ferrari Italia went past.

The car being tested next is the Porsche Panugly. I believe the Bentley is in the schedule too.

Gerarddm
04-30-2011, 09:21 PM
SAAB has suspended production; Spyker needs more $$$ to fund it. I don't think so. The days of niche mass market auto manufacturers are over.

Sad. My father had a string of SAABs - the 3 cylinder 2 stroke 92, the 96, and a 99.

The Bigfella
04-30-2011, 09:27 PM
They are saying the production suspension isn't a major issue.... but they would say that eh?

Stiletto
05-02-2011, 07:02 PM
Who owns Saab now? the last I heard the company was on its deathbed.

The Bigfella
05-02-2011, 07:03 PM
Spyker. They are probably under-capitalised, running around looking for more cash.... but the product seems good.

BrianW
05-03-2011, 07:46 AM
I was kinda expecting an airplane thread.

Sounds like a cool deal you've got going there Ian.