It’s been almost 14 months since Saab Automobile AB went into bankruptcy prior to being sold by the receivers to NEVS.
14 months is a long time. Thousands of leases would have become due around the world and other potential buyers would have shopped the brand in that time if it were still around.
I’m interested to see if Saab owners are changing brands and if so, to what…..
Have you picked up a new Saab since the bankruptcy at a bargain price?
Has the situation with Saab Parts influenced your thinking on picking up such a vehicle, either new or second hand?
Have you gone vintage and picked up a collectable Saab to commemorate your relationship with the company?
Are you waiting and saving for a Saab internal combustion vehicle from NEVS?
Are you waiting and saving for a Saab electric vehicle from NEVS?
Have you departed completely and shopped elsewhere and if so, what’s caught your eye?
If I’m asking this of others, I guess I better answer it myself.
Since leaving my employment with Saab in late 2011 I’ve bought an Alfa Romeo and a Subaru. I guess that speaks for itself. I maintain a keen interest with what’s going on with the brand and the community but I’ve owned nearly all the modern Saabs that I’m keen on owning, with the possible exception of a Turbo X SportCombi and a 9-5 Aero Wagon. We’ll likely look at picking up the latter when our 9000 CS dies one day, depending on the parts situation.
Speaking of which, I know the guys at Saab parts are working extremely hard. They’ve taken steps to reach out to customers in Saab’s major markets and that’s a good sign. I still hear stories about people having difficulties in some places, with some parts. I does cause me concern in terms of being a potential owner of a newer Saab, but I think there’s a long life ahead of these cars and if properly cared for, they should provide driving enjoyment for many, many years.
If I get a vintage Saab in the next decade or longer, it’ll be a Sonett III. It’s probably the only one I would consider myself. I’ve had my share of 99s and 900s so for me, the Sonett is the only way I’d go. It’s a magnificent little car.
What catches my eye outside of Saab?
I’m sure no-one will be surprised if I say Alfa Romeo, RenaultSport and Porsche. If I had the space and the knowledge, a private EV project would also be of interest for the daily commute, but that’s not the case right now.
The automotive world’s a wonderful place and the beauty of it is that while there are numerous vehicles that might bore you, there’s always something new and interesting just around the corner. I’m enjoying the chance to familiarise myself with a few of those new and interesting vehicles- even if it’s only in print for the time being.