This is Abs, in comments:
I am pulling my hair out trying to decide [whether] to get a discounted 2007 or a 2008! I do want the new styling (eye brow light effects, grill, etc), but do not know if the the$4-7K (w/ respective options) difference between the two years is justifiable. This will be my first NEW car, and hopefully a start of a long Saab partnership.
I’d suggest that at a $4K difference, it’d be worth holding out for the 2008. At $7K it might be a bit harder to justify.
The 2007 is apparently an improvement over the 2006 in terms of rattles that may develop. The 2008 is definitely a quieter ride than the 2007 (it’s that killer quiet package, see) and personally, I think the new look, combined with the enhanced drive is worth a buck or two.
But at $7K that’s a somewhat harder case to make.
Whatever you do, Abs, please let us know.
Saab owners behaving badly – part 1
A CRAZED driver grabbed a cricket bat from his boot and launched a violent assault on another motorist in a terrifying road rage attack.
The culprit chased his petrified victim around his car and, when he couldn’t catch him, smashed a window…..
….An eyewitness told how the thug’s dark-coloured Saab had been in front of a black Mercedes when the row started at a mini-roundabout outside the store.
And what’s worse, the victim had his wife and kids in the car and they were showered with glass when the window was smashed.
Saab owners behaving badly – part 2
Police today identified Jaime Gutierrez as the man who allegedly shot another person and dropped him off with fatal wounds at the Ingleside police station on Wednesady afternoon, San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina.
Gutierrez, 31, of San Francisco was arrested and is facing one count of homicide and one count of felony possession of a firearm.
Around 1:47 p.m. Thursday officers were alerted to a report of gunfire and a man with a gun at 23rd and Shotwell streets, near South Van Ness Avenue, police Sgt. Neville Gittens said.
A red Saab was reported at the scene, Gittens said. Officers responded and found evidence of a shooting, but no victims.
Later, at 3:12 p.m., officers at the San Francisco Police Department’s Ingleside area station noted a red Saab entering the police vehicle lot. Responding outside they saw a driver and a passenger with a fatal gunshot wound, Gittens said.
I thought we were a more respectable lot than this.
Please leave your anger at the door when getting into your Saab.
What kind of fuel are you using in your Saab?
Mark Phelan from the Detroit Freep has written a piece on the surprising number of non-exclusive cars that require or recommend the use of premium unleaded fuel, which typically costs around 20 cents per gallon more according to Phelan.
This can jack your tank price up around 2 dollars or so a shot, or a while $240 a year – apparently that’s around half a car payment for an average vehicle.
So…..half a car payment or the better performance, economy and engine wear of premium fuel?
For the record, I use premium (98 octane) in the Viggen and 95 octane in the 9000. The 98 stuff was definitely a noticeable improvement when I first started using it in the Viggen. I didn’t notice much of a dent in the fuel economy, but there was an initial feeling of slightly improved response.
So what do you use and why?
What’s cooler about this road test story?
What would you do if a friend handed you the keys to his Ford GT for a no-holds-barred, six-hour period?
Finally, he hands me the key, issues a best of luck and then disappears in his other car, a 1973 Saab Sonnett, the off-kilter sound of the V4 echoing off the Edmunds.com parking garage walls.
Sure, driving the GT would be pretty amazing, but there’s something megacool about picturing a smiling motoring editor leaving that supercar behind to take off in his Sonett III.