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I have tried to be optimistic about Saab finding a new home, or at least a new sugar Daddy to keep it a float. But I am afraid the oddball Swede has really become irrelevant. There has always been a place in my heart, although not in my garage, for the quirky Swedish car. But I really wonder what it has to offer a new owner that would justify a white knight showing up on the scene. But then when one realizes that Skoda is still alive and I quess well inside the VW womb, who knows maybe there is hope for SAAb.
 

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Stay afloat!! Saab is as irrelevant as Toyota is exciting!! Offbeat swede cars ftw!
 

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As long as I can remember, SAABs either sounded weird, looked weird, or both. Maybe it's time to end it all gracefully.
 

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Real SAABs died when GM took over anyway.
 

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1 swede is QUITE enough. Volvo has alot going for it, Saab is a worthless shell of its former self.
 

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Saab has not Kept up anywhere near Volvo. Saabs are great cars, but their features, options, foundation, and style fail to ignite buyers interest, and especially to part with their money. I'd (sadly) would have to agree with the above coments. A peaceful death.
 

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Quirky cars that appealed to a very limited audience, mostly in New England. Never could understand the things myself, so really couldn't care less if Saab lives or dies.
 

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Sweet car Dave!! Was that a two stroke?
 

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^^ I also have fond memories of a Saab 66 (?) that i drove alot while I was in East Africa. The car came eqipped with pipe frame seats that had canvas inserts that were attached to the fram with rope like a lawn chair. It was powered by a wingee dingee 2 cycle engine requiring the requisite oil to be added to its' gasoline. The car was a good 12 years old when we were using it, but performed extremely well. It was the vehicle of choice when ever we had to go any distance over actual roads ........ always selected over the Land Rovers and Jeeps that we could also use. The fact that it was still a vuiable automobile after over twelves years of use under East African conditions was real testament to the cars strength and endurance.

I also agree that the acquisition of Saab by GM spelled the end of the mark's useful uniqueness which was its' only justification.
 

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As someone who spent his early years in a Saab 99, I have a soft spot for them even though I've never really desired to own one. My father used to rallye his 99. I'll always remember the buckle-less seat belts that locked into alligator jaws and the ignition on the floor.

Saabs have a deep and storied history that I doubt will ever be left to die. Even if they don't produce cars for a short time, someone will buy Saab and if they can recapture the roots that made Saabs so desirable in the first place, Saab will stick around.
 

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Saab died when they quit making hatchbacks. I'd say that decision by GM management ranks right up there with the Cimmaron. Nobody else was making hatchbacks at that time, so Saab pretty much had that small niche to itself. IMO the hatchbacks really defined Saab, and was the biggest reason they were so quirky and unique.
 

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I like that idea. A buddy of mine only drives Saabs and he much prefers the pre-GM models.
 

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Yeah, GM did drive Saab into the ground. I would love to see Koenigsegg take over Saab. I'm sure he'd be right on in recreating the brand. Seems like he knows what he's doing when seeing the Koenigsegg in action...
 

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I never understood what GM was doing with Saab. It didn't fit into their hierarchy (does Saab ownership convey more status than an Oldsmobile? A Buick? A Cadillac?). GM didn't understand Saab's customer base.

Hopefully, Saab will live on as an independent or get picked up by someone with deep pockets who will right the company. But I wouldn't hold my breath on that.
 
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