Saab motor vehicles are different. They started doing them that way because they were focused around the driver, made from a driving perspective rather than a manufacturing perspective.
For this reason, many of us Saab owners get ‘into’ our cars a little more than your average motorist. A standard Saab delivers a much richer driving experience than most other standard, non-exotic cars. This tends to lead to a fair bit of brand loyalty. People willing to purchase a Saab again and again.
Now it’s one thing for me to choose to buy a Saab. I live in a medium size city where there’s a reasonable supply to chose from. If I were to buy new, there’s a Saab dealership just 15 minutes from my home and my non-genuine repairer is also just 15 minutes away.
It’d be another thing completely to choose Saab ownership when you have to travel a 4,000 kilometer round-trip to get it serviced!
I’ve written before about Danni. He lives in Namibia and pretty much epitomises Saab brand loyalty. Last year when I first featured Danni’s cars, he had two 9-5 Aeros. One red and one blue.
Well, the service trips haven’t deterred him as he’s now about to replace one of the 9-5’s with a brand new 2007 model. Changes to import tarriffs and the accumulation of some export credits in South Africa have made Saabs a lot more affordable.
There’s one problem Danni has to overcome before finally placing his order. Saab in southern Africa don’t want to offer a manual option. He’s arguing with them now about that one.
Here’s some pics from a recent trip he made into South Africa. Like I said – owning a Saab in these parts is a hardcore decision.
I think they should employ Danni to do extreme conditions testing for new Saabs!
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As you can see, the local conditions aren’t always that kind to the Saab’s low profile rubber.