Saabosphere – links we liked this week

It’s time for our wrap of what happened in the Saabosphere over the last week or so.

Of course, our ongoing situation continues to make the headlines. There are some good services and some not-so-good services for keeping up with that. A few of the good enthusiast sites who cover the news in detail are Life with Saab and Saabs United.

If you want a great single piece of news coverage to show where things are at, then this piece from Go Auto is a very accurate and independent summary piece.

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I’ve heard of the Saab bull-nose era, but the long-nose? And it’s for sale!

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Another interesting tranche of historic Saabs for sale was noted by Saabworld. The collection comprises six vehicles, including a couple of very nice Saab 99 Turbos, a Commemorative Edition Convertible, a custom Saab 96 convertible, and others. All look to be in very good condition.

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Wondering how the Saab 9-4x stacks up physically against it’s GM-built Saab 9-7x SUV segment predecessor?

Wonder no more. Just Saab, a Saab dealer in Ohio, have put the two side-by-side for an album of comparison photos and measurements. It’s quite amazing how well packaged and good looking the 9-4x is compared to it’s brand forebear.

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Saablog-in has a video that I’m surprised hadn’t crossed more radar screens until now.

PlayboyTV took one of their centerfolds up to the Ice Hotel in Kiruna to participate in the Saab Ice Experience. Relax, the vision is safe to watch and it’s a great, non-automotive perspective on just how good an experience it is that Saab and the Ice Hotel have provided in past years.

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Your must-read piece for this week is this review of the Saab 9-5 2.0T from LeftLane News. If you’ve read my own Saab 9-5 reviews on Saabs United a year or so ago, you’ll know that the 2.0T was my personal pick of the bunch. It’s lighter engine and good equipment level make for a fantastic, engaging driving experience. I’m glad LLN seemed to enjoy it just as much.

During our time with the 9-5, we couldn’t help but compare the big Saab to one of its chief rivals, the BMW 528i. It might be powered by the wrong wheels and it might have too many GM bits, but the 9-5 just became the driver’s choice between the two. Where the BMW felt cold and artificial, the 9-5 delighted with its sporty responses and thoughtful touches.

Now if only Saab can find a few more buyers for what might be the best car that nobody’s noticing.

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A very close second in must-read terms is Pierre’s review of the Saab 9-4x over at the Charles River Saab blog.

If you’ve read Pierre’s work before, then you’ll know that he’s a man who doesn’t mince his words. It’s always well worth a look and this brief look over the Saab 9-4x, which just arrived at CRS, is no exception.

Highly recommended.

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