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A few days ago I wrote an editorial for The Truth About Cars that was published under the headline In Defence of Saab.

TTAC does not have an overly GM-friendly readership and somewhat predictably, there were a lot of critical remarks about Saab in the comments section. There were some good comments too, and some noted support from TS visitors amongst them. Thanks.

One TS reader, who I’m not sure that I know by his real name, has gone to the trouble of submitting an editorial of his own called In Defence of “In Defence of Saab”, which has just been published today.

The article is less of an article about Saab, and more of a critique of the commenter’s mindset in blog-land:

One of the more prevalent forms of bullshit in our modern society is a statement or series of statements in which a person misrepresents themselves so as to be perceived in a more knowledgeable light. Automotive blogs are suffused with this kind of bullshit. Not to put too fine a point on it, The Truth About Cars is a website in which the editors and commentators are locked in a never ending cycle of unsubstantiated opinions and predictions presented as fact.

It’s not just the commenters that take some flack. Yours truly is rightly included as well:

Mr. Wade is neither an engineer nor a member of the automotive industry. His information is often second hand. And although he is quick to point out the flaws he finds with Saab cars and the company, his opinions in regard to other brands are biased and largely unfounded.

True enough, though I try and drive as many competitors as I can, there’s no question about whether I’m biased or not. One of the reasons I started a comparative section at this site where readers could relate their experiences of driving other makes was to overcome some of this. In that section, it’s not my thoughts on an Audi, Volvo or BMW. It’s the thoughts of regular Saab owners just like you and me who have taken the opportunity to drive them and consider them, and re-consider their Saab as a result.

I recommend you head on over and read Mr Springsteen’s article. And I thank him for taking the time and making the effort.

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In a side note, TTAC’s nominations for the Ten Worst Automobiles have been counted and the nominees pared down to a final twenty.

The 9-7x was actually a final 10 “winner” last year, but I’m pleased to say that it’s not nominated in the final 20 for this year.

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7 Comments

  1. “The 9-7x was actually a final 10 ‘winner’ last year, but I’m pleased to say that it’s not nominated in the final 20 for this year.”
    I think maybe you missed it. It’s on the first line lumped in with the Chevy Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, and Isuzu Ascender.
    PS: Not that anyone cares, but I’m going to post as saabyurk from now on. That’s what I use everywhere else. I came up with the name like this: I’m a Saab jerk, “jerk” pronounced by a Swede would sound like “yerk” which sounds like “yurk” which is the 1st 4 letters of my last name, hence “saabyurk”. 🙂

  2. “Mr. Wade is neither an engineer nor a member of the automotive industry. His information is often second hand. And although he is quick to point out the flaws he finds with Saab cars and the company, his opinions in regard to other brands are biased and largely unfounded.”

    Hah! I’ve been a paid journalist 25 years and have written about thousands of subjects and never been an expert in any of them. What the f— does that have to do with anything? Swade admits he’s biased, as every living person on this planet is. The trick is to present both sides and more of the story. Grow up you stupid engineer, he-who-thinks-he-knows everything.

  3. Speaking as a trained designer, former member of the auto industry, designer of auto products, and author of 8 books on cars and aircraft as well as over 100 press published articles, and as a major newspaper and magazine columnist, I would like to add that given that the industry is full of engineers and members who have screwed up massively over the years, Mr Wade and his enthusiasm are a breath of fresh air and high IQ analysis.

    All opinions are unfounded if you do not agree with them- as they are not founded in your views. If you agree with them -or they agree with you- they instantly becoming acceptable of course! Strange that one…And opinions are as we know like assholes – everyone has one (inlcuding me).

    Take no notice Swade mate, you own, you drive, you fix, you learn.

    I have worked with academics and the specialist qualified and most of them have had their minds trained and conditioned to be closed to anything other than perceived wisdom – which is balls of course as no wisdom could ever stem from perception.

    Hit back hard Swade mate.

  4. denveraero,
    I hit your link to see who here in Denver shares my fascination with TS. It’s a link to ColoradoBiz magazine, which tells me nothing about who you are.
    The only ‘Saab’ connection I found in the archives included a J. R. and a J. A.
    I’m guessing you are the ‘car guy’?

  5. If mr Farago thinks he is ‘the Truth’, mr Springsteen obviously believes himself to be ‘the God’ (or at least ‘a god’).

    Is he the sole authority to judge who is allowed to blog and who is not (and what is BS and what is not) ?

    What’s the point in blogging, then ??

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