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saw this on g.m.site and thought great idea.why DIDYOU BUY A SAAB? lets have some imput from everybody,we all must have something in common/i will post my reasons later. now who will start the ball rolling?
 

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For me it has been the culmination of a very long held desire.
I have admired Saabs since my teenage years, remembering the days when Saab actually advertised on tv.
I don't know what happened over the years, always ended up buying other cars (only ever wanted the 2.3 turbo!). Finally for me it was the whole splitting from the (ex)wife, decided I want ed to do some things for myself finally, so with the little money I had left I went & found my pride & joy! :)

Now,couldn't imagine owning anything else!
 

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good for you highlander/about the wife..no comment/i think we go down the same road,i always admired them from afar /saab i mean/never met your wife;;; more of this later.now lets have more postings.
 

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BBC Top Gear's Quentin Willson summed it up for me.

Someone will have to remind me of the quote though ;-) You know, the "so much cooler than a BMW" quote (or was it a Merc?)

Anyway, they are safe, stylish, fast and individual. I've no doubt that Beemers are good car, though I am hugely put off the image by the sort of people that seem to drive them.

Saabs seem one of the few cars where the owners boast of the high mileages their cars have achieved.

I can't really put my finger on it, but I'm on my third Saab now, and it will not be the last.
 

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My dad ran SAABs for years and i learnt to drive in one, and was always just hooked on them. Up until a few months ago i was never really in a position to buy one, then with the 3rd kid on the way we needed something bigger and i decided it was time to get myself the SAAB i always wanted. Only took a test drive of a 2.3T and i had to have it. I think it's a combination of looks, performance, safety and reliability that makes me like them so much. And the fact that they are not as common as a beemer.

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Always wanted a carlsson - don't need a car for work so decided to take the Swedish Express.

Rare, individualistic, big, "monumentally strong", fast and of course most people have absolutely no idea of the size of the stable under the bonnet - real Q-car kudos.

Also - always wanted the perfect getaway motor and for pocket money I got a living classic. Have to say - the Genetically Modified new ones do nothing for me at all.

I'll keep this 89 and get a Carlsson 2.3 next. The future's bright.
 

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... the future's black, presumably blackcarlsson?

I learned to drive in a 96 and they still had the rally winning cachet at that time. I then lost touch with them and saw the 99 as a rather ugly, lumbering beast - not aided by some of the colours, lime green and orange were quite common ISTR.

When I got past having someone else's choice of company cars inflicted on my I had a couple of Volvos and liked them.

I didn't deliberately set out to get this '91 SE 2.3turbo, I was originally looking for one of the higher powerered Volvo 850s. But took a test drive and the rest, as they say, is history.

I bought it becasue it represented affordable power and luxury, that it had elegant lines that were unlikely to date too quickly, and the Q-car element has a lot going for it. (hence my recent enhancements).
 

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I think my choice was more earthly than the love all of you profess for your SAABs, altough i love my 94 9000 Aero. I'm 28 and when I went to the market what could I buy I realized that I wanted a big safe car, so the options were limited to beemers, jags, mercs, audis, volvos and SAABs.

I have always loved jags, they are rare in Spain, they are luxurious and sporty and have a great racing history but the ones I could afford was 80s ones. This meaned the mpg was very very poor.

I don't like the look of people who own beemers because they always think the road's there only for them. And dind't wanted to be associated with them for any reason.

I think mercs are old-man-cars so defintely not the car for me.

In Spain Audis seem to be the poor-man'a car. Everybody seems to have one, and the I-wanna-own-an-audi look of VW and SEAT really upsets me from looking at a VW Group car.

So I had only the swedish pair to look on. I didn't like too much volvos and a friend of mine was selling a 88 900 turbo 8V with 150 Kmiles. I talked to my girlfriend and told me 900 was an ugly car, so I looked in the ineternet if I could find some car we both could liked. I found the Aero I now own in Madrid.

Now I can´t imagine myself driving anything but a SAAB. I still look with pleasure at 900 when I watch them pass through the streets but I love my 9K.

Remembering what William Lyons said about the jags (I thin that could be said about SAABs), they have "grace, pace and space" and they don't take your wallet in petrols as six-cylinders do.
 

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My first Saab,a 96 2stroke was bought because I could not find an Auto Union 1000,it was a lovely car,it would go anywhere in any weather,this was replaced by my only new car ever bought,not a Saab,this was quickly replaced by a V4 96,not as good as the 2stroke and had the metal eating bug.
Citroens then for a number of years as I did not like the 99,somewhere along the line I was lumbered with a Fiat Croma,what a heap of rubbish,but it did have a good engine and a deceptively big body,but the 9k's were out of my league at that time.Three years ago I was in the market again , looking for a big Vauxhall,when I was offered my 2.3t,the test drive did it,I love it even if between mine and the wifes 9000s,I teeter on the edge of insolvancy.I have on a couple of occasions because of niggling problems decided to rid myself of mine,but the damn thing knows and runs as sweet as a nut untill I have changed my mind!!
 

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My current 9000 Turbo is my first Saab and was preceded by a whole string of Volvos..my favorite being a 740 Turbointercooler estate.
BOTH of these cars possess 'Q Car'capability, are durable and tough as old boots with high impact protection and the ability to do mega miles if looked after. In short, they look after your body and your money with a good amount of fun thrown in. I also believe that people who choose these cars often show similar reliability characteristics.

I know I may have put the cat among the pidgeons by mentioning "the other Swedish make", but I dont understand why so many Saab enthusiasts seem to think they have to denegrate the others as a ritual act !!!

Yes, my 9000 is quicker, much more refined and more economical...but a big fast estate car it isnt. Lets just be glad for our Swedish design, quality and class !!
 

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Horray for the last 2 paragraphs, Anglosaxon001. If you drive a SAAB or Skoda, Volvo of Vauxhall, if it the car for you, enjoy it. If we love Man Utd, we hate Man City, if we love Punk, we hate Pop. Human disease I suppose. Ive had Dolomites, SAAB 900s, RS 2000s, starting off with an old Viva. Loved then all for what they were!! Sorry to go on....
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Horray for the last 2 paragraphs, Anglosaxon001. If you drive a SAAB or Skoda, Volvo of Vauxhall, if it the car for you, enjoy it. If we love Man Utd, we hate Man City, if we love Punk, we hate Pop. Human disease I suppose. Ive had Dolomites, SAAB 900s, RS 2000s, starting off with an old Viva. Loved then all for what they were!! Sorry to go on....
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i had always admired saabs from afar, didnt think they were the car for me, but now im a bit older (28) i felt it was time to leave behind the rs & sri type cars i used to own, the family was getting bigger and i wanted something safe to ferry the kids in. i cosiderd a beemer, volvo t5, but after a drive of my work mates carlsson i knew it had to be a saab for me. had my 92cs 2.3turbo for 4 months now, & i love it cos its safe, durable, comfertable, has all the toys & most of all the Q car kudos it has, people realy dont know whats under the bonnet.
 

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Pure chance in my case. My ancient Beemer 520i died of old age and I needed a replacement. A local s/h car dealer - Rob Davies of Llechryd - had a black 9000cse which I chancd upon at the back of his lot. A 2 ladies owner K-reg with 79K on the clock with FSH which I bought for £2800. I've owned it for 3 months and put another 5K on it. I do Cardigan to Aylesbury every week and get 32.9 mpg with comfort and safety beats my old beemer hands down in all respects - but that was an A reg after all!

Not all BMW owners are pratts as some of you seem to think. I got mine as a result of swapping my old pick-up truck for something that was better for long journeys. It was the best (only) deal I could get at the time and it served me well for a year in my new job before it cratered.

My SAAB represented the best deal at the time, for the money I had to spend. I'll certainly look out for another one when this one is due for retirement though.
 

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well,many years ago,are you all sitting comfy? i had a car ,sunbeam etc,and i got alift in this car /did not know one from any other,but i was in back and this had shaped armrests,sculptured seats heat at the feet and it flew and i thought this is for me. so as an aside i said if you sell this give me first refusal/guy was deep sea diver ,loads dosh ,hardly ever drove car ..so i got it for next to nothing/what a car 99ems at the time a rocket/now i have had.... rs turbo 2 off/bmw,metro turbo,dont ask,and nothing but saab since/never will,ask me to explain i can not post a reply that would make people rush out and buy a saab but......i dont have to explain do i?
 

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After my first car, a Mk 3 Escort, I was looking for and saving for a BMW or so I thought...
Outside my local there stood a 9000i, inside stood the proprietor of my garage who happened to be a Saab specialist. Several drinks later and I think I was hooked, or had I been hooked?
A test drive next day had the wife hooked as well, she uses our car daily to work. The insurance was affordable, even though we were twenty-three at the time.
That car had nearly everything we could have wanted A/Con, Heated seats, mirrors, central locking, alloys etc. in a graphite grey that looked so classy.
Four years later and a CD Carlsson beckoned with even more kit and go. The smile is still in place five years on.
Next, who knows, a 9-5 estate? Or maybe an Aero....
So what was it? I suppose the combination of looks, build quality, comfort and equipment allied to a respectable price for such a car, did it for us.
Since owning them, the fact that they are relativly unknown is pleasing as well.
 

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With regard to anglosaxon001 and Andy Bowles - while there's nothing wrong with a quick blown Volvo, you have to draw the line at Vauxhall ownership.

With the exception of the Carlton GSi3000 and the Lotus-tuned variant, this company is a smear on the car world. More anodyne, dull, ugly and irredeemably poor designs backed up by persistently patronising and killer mainstream-tuned advertising I have yet to encounter.

Only in the world of deaf, dumb and blind corporations could such a [expletive deleted] car company have anything whatsoever to do with Saab. Drive whatever idiosyncratic car you want and good luck to you - but a Vauxhall is a no-brainer.
 

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My love dates back to a couple of occaisions, the first one being seeing a red carlsson at the motor show in 1988, I think, and marvelling at how agressive the car looked. Sadly being but a sprog then I could little about it. The second was driving a mates TVR S on the twisty bits near Leeds in my university days in 1991 and being hassled by this big black thing behind us. Try as I might (nearly lost the TVR) I couldn't shake off the carlsson. Since the I owned numerous repmobiles until changing jobs last May and buting a 9000. Only troulble is the age old one...not enough power anymore.. bring on the 2.3T..best way to travel in comfort if you ask me ..
 

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I never owned anything else, basically the reason I bought my 9000S (first car) was just a desire to be different. Convention states that your first car is always a small engined run-about unless u can walk straight from college into a top job (or your parents are loaded).

Secondly, I really wanted to be sure I was getting a lot of car for my hard earned cash. I just couldn't get excited about buying an Escort or any other mainstream motor.

Thirdly, I felt that there may be a time in my life when necessity ensures that I cannot indulge myself in such a way ...

The Carlsson was simply an extension of the above sentiments, as much as I loved the 9000S I wanted something quicker and with more road presence.

Freudians would have a field day with me wouldn't they
 
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