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Bruce Bowker
12-18-2009, 06:56 PM
Just heard no more Saab. Sad state of affairs for cars these days.

drooartz
12-18-2009, 07:39 PM
Not too surprising, all things considered. Sad, though -- they made some interesting cars (all before GM bought them).

tony barnhill
12-18-2009, 08:54 PM
GM just can't seem to pull anything off...lost the deal for Saab, lost the deal for Saturn...what's next?

BabaKahawa
12-18-2009, 09:09 PM
I hate to think what's next......
Remember the old 3 cylinder 2 stroke saabs... too bad

startech47
12-18-2009, 11:11 PM
ring-a-ding-ding

TRDejaVu
12-18-2009, 11:41 PM
I've had two, only recently got the second one. Really like it, especially with the wide torque band that always puts a smile on.

Sherlock
12-18-2009, 11:45 PM
Sad to see them go... But I concur, that they had lost their true character recently...

TOC
12-18-2009, 11:48 PM
sounds like a saab story to me......

aeronca65t
12-19-2009, 12:11 AM
Yeah, Jalopnik's headline is:

"Saab Officially BÝrked"

I had a 93B......ahh-<span style="font-size: 17pt">ring</span>-<span style="font-size: 14pt">ding</span>-<span style="font-size: 12pt">ding</span>-<span style="font-size: 11pt">ding</span>-<span style="font-size: 9pt">ding</span>.......

My older daughter has a 5-speed 9-<span style="font-size: 8pt">3</span>. Nice car.

Camshaft
12-19-2009, 12:26 AM
I am really depressed about this...I think a shot of Absolut is in order.

Sherlock
12-19-2009, 12:40 AM
Just found about a camera connection here, that Sixten Sason (early Saab designer) also developed the Hasselblad camera, interesting... Just goes to show how versatile people used to be

Andrew Mace
12-19-2009, 10:57 AM
...they had lost their true character recently... Yeah. It was one thing to see the "Saabaru" model(s), but I think they lost it when they jumped on the SUV bandwagon with the "SaaBlazer"! Chalk up another one for General Motors. :wall:

Don_R
12-19-2009, 11:00 AM
SAAB

Born from jets......killed by GM...

tomshobby
12-19-2009, 11:09 AM
SAAB

Born from jets......killed by GM...

<span style="font-weight: bold">G</span>eneral <span style="font-weight: bold">M</span>ismanagement?

tony barnhill
12-19-2009, 11:12 AM
That "Born from jets" thing always seemed a bit contrived.....since it was started in 1944!

Guest
12-19-2009, 01:01 PM
sounds like a saab story to me......

ya bastad !!!! Ya beats me to it !!! (shouda figger'd Dad would'd)

vagt6
12-19-2009, 01:02 PM
The Saab Sonnet V4 was a heckuva nice sports car. Google it, really interesting car. Very small, about the size of a GT6 or Spit if I recall correctly.

Pretty quick, too.

Plymouth; Oldsmobile; Saab, etc., etc. Kinda sad to see such great cars, with great histories, go. :yesnod:

TRDejaVu
12-19-2009, 01:09 PM
I had previously posted that the Triumph Slant 4 engine was used in Saabs to replace the V4 and it still has some links to the 260BHP engine that it is used today.

A few Saab 99s were also built with the Triumph V8 engine.

PC
12-19-2009, 01:43 PM
The Saab Sonnet V4 was a heckuva nice sports car. Google it, really interesting car. Very small, about the size of a GT6 or Spit if I recall correctly.....

Cars&amp;Coffee 11-07-09

https://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/saab4a.JPG

https://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/saab4b.JPG

DNK
12-19-2009, 01:47 PM
Satch Carlson!

DrEntropy
12-19-2009, 03:15 PM
Uncle Satch. He had Lotus cars too. :laugh:

charlie74
12-19-2009, 05:23 PM
i'm on my third in a row and they have all been great cars that are a hoot to drive.
this pi$$es me off to no end as they really were an under-rated and woefully under-promoted brand.
well done GM :frown:

TOC
12-19-2009, 05:30 PM
Ummm....Charlie......I always wondered why any type of car is so "great" if it's the third one...or 15th one.....

I am driving the same 1950 Ford Tudor Sedan I bought in Oakland, California in January of 1970 (that's 39 years, 11 months and a week or so).

Had the 1950 F-1 pickup for over 20, and the 49 Willys Wagon since.....1975?

charlie74
12-19-2009, 05:42 PM
opinion i suppose, but i have never had any troubles, they were good in snow, went fast, were good on fuel, very comfortable, and had cutting edge safety.
i guess i am as dissapointed as i am because GM sank more money into their other mostly garbage products and pilfered SAAB for their ideas and as a parent company they still need gov't money to keep them from going t!ts up. way to go!

MadRiver
12-19-2009, 06:02 PM
They were quite popular when I was a kid in Vermont. The front-wheel drive 900 seemed to do well in the snow, and they seemed to last a long time in what was a very hostile environment for cars. I always had a favorable impression. Didn't care for the GM era, I must admit.

B.

coldplugs
12-19-2009, 11:06 PM
Sad. I'm sorry to see them go. Not sure that GM is entirely to blame but they (GM) sure didn't help much.

Here's two shots I like - I've posted them in the past. From the Pacific northwest but Satch-free content, btw.

https://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f363/coldplugs/Troll1.jpg

https://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f363/coldplugs/Troll2.jpg

AngliaGT
12-19-2009, 11:23 PM
I'd love to have an 850 Monte Carlo!
The V4 was a Ford engine (first used in the Corsair).
They used a Sonnet to test the engine in.
Satch Carlson now writes for Hemming's -
Sports &amp; Exotic Car magazine.

- Doug

DrEntropy
12-19-2009, 11:26 PM
All of the above. I really liked that Ford V-4. Have gone thru a few of 'em.

Steve
12-20-2009, 11:11 AM
I had a two-stroke Saab 96. Great little car! GM never promoted the brand, and mis-managed the whole operation.

MadRiver
12-20-2009, 12:58 PM
mis-managed the whole operation.

Guess they treated SAAB the same as their core brands.

Bruce Bowker
12-20-2009, 01:19 PM
None of this is important as long as the CEO gets a bonus.

swift6
12-20-2009, 03:07 PM
Don't forget the shareholders.

TOC
12-20-2009, 04:24 PM
One thing about them old sobbs.....you could hear them coming......

Nobody ever seemed to grasp the idea behind valve adjustment.....