The Truth About Cars reviewed the 9-5 Sedan back in April (my rather long retort is here). So why they felt the need to ‘review’ the 9-5 SportCombi just two months later and in doing so more or less ignore the Wagon aspect of the car is beyond me.
This is one of the worst community-provided reviews I’ve ever had the displeasure of having to wallow through. One of the strengths about TTAC is the poison pen of the site’s founder, Robert Farago. I might disagree with him on many things, but no-one can’t doubt his ability.
The problem is, though, that many of the readers-turned-reviewers at TTAC try and emulate him and it frequently leads to 10-15 paragraphs of tortured prose and strained metaphor. I don’t even have the bile necessary to deal with this latest instalment. Needless to say, our reviewer (not Farago in this instance) didn’t like the car.
The assessment of the car as a functional wagon is confined to the following:
While your money buys you a whole load of load-lugging
The rest of the write-up is a load of “watch me, Robert” crapola that’s beneath TTAC’s raison d’être.
Farago will once again say that the floor is open to a right of reply, but I’ve well and truly had my fill of providing that particular part of the interwebs with content. Once was enough.
Whilst it is long in the tooth now, the 9-5 is still a great car to drive with plenty of grunt for the average driver, heaps of comfort, and of course it remains one of the safest cars on the road (see below)
The Detroit International River Days festival, a community event with a whole bunch of GM participation and sponsorship, will be featuring cars from the new Transformers movie. The Aero-X won’t be there, but from something I heard a little while ago, it’s not because the producers wanted it that way.
My mail is that the people behind the movie were keen to get the Aero-X involved but Saab declined as it would involve building a number of new Aero-X’s.
Right decision? Hmmmmm. The exposure would have been great, though the Aero-X has generated plenty of that already and continues to do so wherever it goes.
Another Saab protects it’s owner:
This 9-5 wagon got involved in a head-on after the driver of the Scion in the bushes overcorrected after an overtaking move. The Scion guy was ejected from the car and is currently in critical condition. I’m sure we all hope he’s going to pull through and be OK.
The 48 year old female Saab driver was taken to hospital, treated and released. That’s real-world safety from an old, old car (according to some, at least).