Time to bring this one out from the comments section to the main page.
It’s been posted in comments by MarkoA and I’ll also include Eggs’ comment is it makes a great point about the Ultimate Driving Machine.
First of all, here’s MarkoA’s comment. I don’t have a link for this, but it’s a great result for Saab.
The Auto Zeitung -sonderheft, Gebrauchtwagen 2008, a car inspection organization from Germany released their latest report. It shows a value which represents number of faults/100 cars. And the cars inspected are 1-3 years old.
Here´s the result of middle size class:
1. Saab 9-3 – 2.4 problems per 100
2. Honda Accord – 6.0
3. Jaguar X-Type – 7.5
4. Volvo S40/V40 – 8.3
4. Mercedes-Benz C – 8.3
6. Peugeot 406/407 – 8.5
7. Opel Vectra – 9.1
8. Audi A4 – 9.2
9. Mazda6 – 9.7
10. BMW 3-series – 10.6
Much has been made of Saab’s poor ratings in the Consumer Reports data. I don’t know how much the sample size or reporting methodology differs, but this is certainly a great showing for the Saab range in Germany.
The initial year for the Saab 9-3, the 2003 model year, was a year that caused Saab to be rated poorly in many surveys. Now that we’re in 2007 a lot of these surveys have dropped 2003 from their sample and Saab are showing much better results.
And as mentioned, I can’t help but reproduce Eggs’ comment on BMW, which will still sell like hotcakes in its own market, regardless of what this survey might say:
Everyone loves the ‘quality’ that you get with a Bimmer. I’ve said it before — their ’service package’ that includes free oil changes and the like for three years or so is pure marketing genius. Take a look at this listing. One-tenth of all new 3-series BMW automobiles must be repaired. Most of the ‘faults’ will be taken care of while the car is at the dealership for a whole day for a freakin’ oil change! The customer feels little or no pain, so they conveniently ignore the fact that their car is broken half the time! Pure Genius!!!