Wednesday Snippets

The Saab 9-3 has been named as a “recommended buy” by what must be Consumer Reports’ poorer cousin, Consumer Guide Auto.

No, I’d never heard of them, but it turns out they’ve been around for 40 years and are tied up with howstuffworks.com, which is cool.

The Saab 9-3 was named as a recommended buy in the Premium Compact category along with the Audi A3.

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SEMA is coming soon. That’s the big custom car and aftermarket show held in the US. Last year, the DUB 9-7x was shown.

GM have announced some details of cars they’ll be showing, but there’s no Saab listed among them at this point. I guess they could still surprise us.

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Saab are still getting some mileage out of the million-mile Saab story.

Peter Gilbert’s 900 is still popping up in smaller, regional newspapers every now and then, but this one’s a bigger feature. It’s part of an article on vehicle longevity in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Personally, I love the car but I’ve heard enough about the story. I’m now more intereted in whether Saab are getting a 9-5’s worth of publicity out of it. That might sound a little cold, but if Peter can get his money’s worth out of a 900 like that and then get a new one gratis, then Saab should be able to get similar value from his story.

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InfoCog has an interesting little factoid about the Saab 9-5 audio system. Something I never knew:

You can toggle between “CD Track” and “CD Play” on the stock SAAB 9-5 stereo by pressing the center of the <> button. The stereo display changes between Track and Play.

Why is this useful? Having it on “play” is a little like the “lock” button on your iPod. Not exactly, but it stops the bad, bad stuff from happening. Good if there’s kids or troublesome passengers that don’t like your music, so keep this tip to yourself 😉

I wonder if the Viggen’s controls are the same?

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