No words from me necessary here. I’ll let David C tell the story….
Feel free to post this in the 9-7x section at TrollhattanSaab.net…edit as you see fit!
We’ve just become a two-Saab family! A 2006 9-7x now keeps our 2006 9-5 company in the garage. If you had told me Friday morning we would be buying another Saab that day I’d have taken your temperature and asked whether you had been “inhaling” à la Bill Clinton’s famous quote.
The 9-5 has been my daily driver for nearly a year. I love it. My old car was a 2001 Honda Accord EX-V6; a great car but in my opinion difficult to feel passionate about. To me, the 9-5 is a far more emotional and involving car.
My wife has driven minivans since 1994. She had a 1999 Honda Odyssey LX when the Honda Pilot SUV debuted but found it a bit smallish and we settled on an ’05 Odyssey EX when the time came to replace the old minivan. Lately–and without any prodding from me–she’s been looking at the 9-7x on Saabusa.com although we had no plans to replace her minivan for a LONG time. To make a long story short, I made a solo trip to the nearest Saab dealership (45 minute ride) Friday morning to get a tire repaired, asked a few innocent questions and was introduced to a 2006 9-7x 4.2i demo with 2,600 miles on the odometer. We came back together late that afternoon with the kids for her to take it out for a spin. She loved it. The sales rep made a stellar offer and so we traded on the spot.
Saab purists and pragmatists can argue ad infinitum about the 9-7x’s bloodlines, its virtues and proper role. I can understand both sides of that debate. But we all agree on this: Saab needs more cheeks in the seats. My wife has driven my 9-5 but a sedan would never be her daily driver as things stand today, what with three kids and all their attendant gear. She is also not attracted to wagons, so that rules out the SportCombi models. However, the 9-7x is a vehicle that appealed to her and gave her a choice within the Saab brand. The 9-7x brought her into the fold.
Saab has sold another unit (every vehicle counts!), we are a two-Saab family and there is another “rolling advertisement” on our local roads (where Saabs are quite rare in the vacuum between Pittsburgh and Cleveland…although a neighbor has a 9-2x…but that’s another debate!). In this sense, the 9-7x is a MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
Below is a pic of David’s new garage setup. Well, it’s several photos stitched together, actually. Regardless, it all looks pretty darn fine to me.
Thanks David, and I hope you and your wife enjoy both your new rides.
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