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.
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.