Thursday Snippets

I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, there’s still a long way to go….

…But it seems as if everything’s gone well with the insurance investigation. With a track-based event there’s always a lot of wiggle room for the insurer.

I spent around an hour and a half with him yesterday describing the event as well as the accident. He also contacted people from the club that organised it, took a look over the car as well as a look over the track where it happened. Speaking with the investigator today, it seems he’s satisfied that the event was as I described, and one that falls within the limits set in my insurance policy – a driver training event with a qualified instructor present and in the car with me at the time.

We’re not there yet, but this is a big hurdle to have overcome. Fingers crossed.


Saab – The other German car…

I mentioned a little while ago a survey that was taken amongst a group of 1,000 college students in the US. They were given a list of brand names and asked to identify their country of origin. The vast majority of them didn’t know where Saab originated. In fact, whilst Sweden was the 2nd-top answer with 15.3% getting it correct, Germany was the most popular answer by far with 40.4%.

Given that Germany’s also seen as a place for quality manufacturing (77% believe so), why aren’t they selling more of them?

The full list of brands is as follows. See how you go….

Motorola, Lexus, Ikea, Hermes, Hyundai, Land Rover, Volvo, Saab, Heineken, Adidas, Ericsson, Samsung, LG, Lego and Nokia.

Thanks to Ivan for finding the full study.


I’d like to also welcome Bjorn, from Norway, into the 2008 Saab 9-3 ordering group. Bjorn emailed me to let me know that two weeks ago he ordered a 9-3 SS Vector 1.8t BioPower, finished in Titan Gray.

Congratulations, Bjorn! Photos are expected, of course.


Help me out here:

One of my colleagues here in Hobart is looking to maybe spend around $20K on a car. He’s owned a Toyota for the last 5+ years and enjoyed the cheap to run nature of the car, but is looking for something that might be a little more enjoyable to drive as well.

I’ve recommended a late model OG 9-3. They had any little issues sorted out by then and in Anniversary spec are a pretty well equipped and good looking car.

Or there’s a 2000-2001 Saab 9-5, but mileage seems to be higher with these and I’ve mentioned that it’s got to have a pretty good history.

Any thoughts that I should pass on to him?

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  1. swadey> get ya buddy to call David here in Wantirna Automotive. He just rang me today about a 2002 9-3 Aero in silver one of his customers has for sale. 2 door and the rare as hens teeth manual!! 95,000km on it and around $19k is the asking price. Said was in good condition too.

    Now go write ya article(s) for SaabMissions!


  2. I got all of the countries right save for Hermes.

    I had never heard of Hermes, and thus had no idea it was French.

  3. The last of the 93 5 (or 3) doors, preferably in Aero spec of course. A modern classic in my view.

    Failing that, you could get an early 95 Aero but i’ll have a lot more kms as you say. Plus, the 2002 upgrade was pretty significant I belive.

    Then again, buy a 900 thats on its last legs & send it to Norway to be customised. $20k should about cover it including shipping.

  4. Well, I actually got two of them wrong (not familiar with Hermes, so I guessed Italy. Thought Nokia was Swedish). The thing that surprises me most is that the overwhelming majority of respondents of the survey thought that the U.S. makes quality goods, even more than Germany! The bad news for SAAB (at least in the U.S. market as I’m guessing this was a survey solely of U.S. college students) is that less than half think quality goods come from Sweden and Mexico (soon to be the origin of the 9-4X) is really badly ranked. Maybe it’s a good thing these college students (who within around 10 years will be in SAAB’s key demographic, I’m guessing) think that SAAB is German…

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