The Truth About Cars » Saab http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 News Round-up: Jag Going Racing, Saab Has a Plan, Teslas Are Expensive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/news-round-jag-going-racing-saab-plan-teslas-expensive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/news-round-jag-going-racing-saab-plan-teslas-expensive/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 17:15:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1242321 This is the new News Round-up where we cover all the things you should know that may or may not deserve a headline on their own (or we may have simply run out of time to cover them). It’s similar to the “While Your Were Sleeping” news coverage, but not the same, hence the name […]

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This is the new News Round-up where we cover all the things you should know that may or may not deserve a headline on their own (or we may have simply run out of time to cover them). It’s similar to the “While Your Were Sleeping” news coverage, but not the same, hence the name […]

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Junkyard Find: 1987 Saab 900S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/junkyard-find-1987-saab-900s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/junkyard-find-1987-saab-900s/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1224201 About five years ago, the Saab 900 was a relatively common sight in American self-service wrecking yards, but now examples of this Saab 99 descendant are getting rare. Here’s a non-turbo 900S that I spotted not long ago in a Denver yard. Almost 200,000 miles, but this Swedish steel will go to The Crusher just […]

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About five years ago, the Saab 900 was a relatively common sight in American self-service wrecking yards, but now examples of this Saab 99 descendant are getting rare. Here’s a non-turbo 900S that I spotted not long ago in a Denver yard. Almost 200,000 miles, but this Swedish steel will go to The Crusher just […]

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Digestible Collectible: 1988 Saab 900 SPG http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/digestible-collectible-1988-saab-900-spg/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/digestible-collectible-1988-saab-900-spg/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1214433 The contrast was so stark, it was breathtaking. Dad was driving his company car, some sort of GM A-Body, as we pulled into the parking lot of a golf course north of Columbus. Golf, of course, is another hobby my dad introduced me to that is as sure as car collecting to drive me into […]

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The contrast was so stark, it was breathtaking. Dad was driving his company car, some sort of GM A-Body, as we pulled into the parking lot of a golf course north of Columbus. Golf, of course, is another hobby my dad introduced me to that is as sure as car collecting to drive me into […]

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Electric Saab 9-3 Lives On As Turkey’s ‘National Car’ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/electric-saab-9-3-lives-turkeys-national-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/electric-saab-9-3-lives-turkeys-national-car/#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2015 21:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1200617 The Turkish Science, Industry and Technology ministry announced last week that it had purchased the intellectual property rights — but not naming rights — to the second-generation Saab 9-3 that was most recently produced by National Electric Vehicle Sweden, according to Digital Trends. According to the ministry, the car will be produced with 85 percent of its […]

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The Turkish Science, Industry and Technology ministry announced last week that it had purchased the intellectual property rights — but not naming rights — to the second-generation Saab 9-3 that was most recently produced by National Electric Vehicle Sweden, according to Digital Trends. According to the ministry, the car will be produced with 85 percent of its […]

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TTAC Forum Crapwagon ReCrap: Scouting for Interesting Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/ttac-forum-crapwagon-recrap-scouting-interesting-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/ttac-forum-crapwagon-recrap-scouting-interesting-cars/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1154873 Last week, we began our occasional look back at the interesting cars I’ve been posting daily in our Classic and Collector Car forum. Maybe these cars aren’t quite worthy of the full Crapwagon treatment, so we call this the Forum ReCrap. (To the 2 percent of our readers that are female, please recall that nearly […]

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Last week, we began our occasional look back at the interesting cars I’ve been posting daily in our Classic and Collector Car forum. Maybe these cars aren’t quite worthy of the full Crapwagon treatment, so we call this the Forum ReCrap. (To the 2 percent of our readers that are female, please recall that nearly […]

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Saab is the Automotive Kiss of Death, Apparently http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/saab-automotive-kiss-death-apparently/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/saab-automotive-kiss-death-apparently/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1145401 The resurrected Swedish automaker producing electric 9-3s with a Saab badge signed an agreement with Dongfeng Motor Corporation to help stay afloat, GoAuto in Australia is reporting. National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the Chinese company that purchased the remains of Saab after its parent company Spyker went bankrupt, announced that it would distribute electric cars in China […]

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The resurrected Swedish automaker producing electric 9-3s with a Saab badge signed an agreement with Dongfeng Motor Corporation to help stay afloat, GoAuto in Australia is reporting. National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the Chinese company that purchased the remains of Saab after its parent company Spyker went bankrupt, announced that it would distribute electric cars in China […]

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Saab Was Way Ahead Of Its Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/saab-was-way-ahead-of-its-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/saab-was-way-ahead-of-its-time/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1140938 So I’m driving along the other day and I notice a badge on the tailgate of the latest Lincoln Navigator that says “EcoBoost.” That’s right, folks: the giant, bold, shout-out-loud Lincoln Navigator is now using an EcoBoost engine. The V-8 is gone. The big, brawny, “look at me” V-8 rumble has disappeared. Lincoln has now […]

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So I’m driving along the other day and I notice a badge on the tailgate of the latest Lincoln Navigator that says “EcoBoost.” That’s right, folks: the giant, bold, shout-out-loud Lincoln Navigator is now using an EcoBoost engine. The V-8 is gone. The big, brawny, “look at me” V-8 rumble has disappeared. Lincoln has now […]

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Piston Slap: The Saab SID, the Dead CD Stereo! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/piston-slap-saab-sid-dead-cd-stereo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/piston-slap-saab-sid-dead-cd-stereo/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1132193 Seth writes: Sajeev (and your evil twin) OK, you asked for it so here goes: I have an 2005 saab 9-3 5-speed convertible that is having issues. I use it as a summer car. It is my third saab so I am use to some weird stuff. Last year, I parked it for the winter […]

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Seth writes: Sajeev (and your evil twin) OK, you asked for it so here goes: I have an 2005 saab 9-3 5-speed convertible that is having issues. I use it as a summer car. It is my third saab so I am use to some weird stuff. Last year, I parked it for the winter […]

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Orphan Cars And The 10 Year Parts Myth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/orphan-cars-10-year-parts-myth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/orphan-cars-10-year-parts-myth/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1117393 Every automotive enthusiast has an opinion when it comes to car buying and many are quick to point to an orphan car for a good deal. While some orphan cars are a bargain for their genre, maintaining some of them can be an exercise in futility. Internet commenters and forum aficionados are quick to defend […]

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Every automotive enthusiast has an opinion when it comes to car buying and many are quick to point to an orphan car for a good deal. While some orphan cars are a bargain for their genre, maintaining some of them can be an exercise in futility. Internet commenters and forum aficionados are quick to defend […]

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Piston Slap: Saabaru Takata Airbag Recall Kerfuffle? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/piston-slap-saabaru-takata-airbag-recall-kerfuffle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/piston-slap-saabaru-takata-airbag-recall-kerfuffle/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1107521   Ron writes: Sajeev, I’ve what should be a straightforward question, but before I go down the rabbit hole with Subaru and GM, I thought I would get some advice. My girlfriend bought a ’05 Saab 9-2X recently. She loves the car and has been making plans for modifying the interior (she’s a lead electronics tech). Anyway, […]

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  Ron writes: Sajeev, I’ve what should be a straightforward question, but before I go down the rabbit hole with Subaru and GM, I thought I would get some advice. My girlfriend bought a ’05 Saab 9-2X recently. She loves the car and has been making plans for modifying the interior (she’s a lead electronics tech). Anyway, […]

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While You Were Sleeping: No Holden Volt, Super Troopers 2, and Meeke Gets a Win http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/sleeping-no-holden-volt-super-troopers-2-meeke-gets-win/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/sleeping-no-holden-volt-super-troopers-2-meeke-gets-win/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:03:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1054985 The second-generation Chevrolet Volt won’t go on sale in Australia as GM will not convert it to right-hand drive. The Holden Volt is dead (CarAdvice) It appears a Holden version of the second-generation Volt will not come to fruition as General Motors has decided not to build the car in right-hand drive. Bolt still on the table. […]

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The second-generation Chevrolet Volt won’t go on sale in Australia as GM will not convert it to right-hand drive. The Holden Volt is dead (CarAdvice) It appears a Holden version of the second-generation Volt will not come to fruition as General Motors has decided not to build the car in right-hand drive. Bolt still on the table. […]

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Piston Slap: Saabaru, The “Reliable” Subaru? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-saabaru-reliable-subaru/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-saabaru-reliable-subaru/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:50:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036929 Adam writes: Hello Sajeev, I have a classic “keep it or sell it” question for you and the greater TTAC audience. Two years ago I bought my wife a 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero (sadly an automatic, which was a non-negotiable requirement for my wife). You may remember these as being rebadged Subaru WRX wagons, and that […]

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Adam writes: Hello Sajeev, I have a classic “keep it or sell it” question for you and the greater TTAC audience. Two years ago I bought my wife a 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero (sadly an automatic, which was a non-negotiable requirement for my wife). You may remember these as being rebadged Subaru WRX wagons, and that […]

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Junkyard Find: 1968 Saab 95 Station Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1968-saab-95-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1968-saab-95-station-wagon/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1033705 The Saab 96 (and its station-wagon sibling, the 95) is one of those iconic cars that just about everybody claims to love, but few are willing to rescue. Most of the 96s in the country passed through the junkyard gates and into the recycled-metal continuum a couple of decades back, with only the nicest examples […]

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The Saab 96 (and its station-wagon sibling, the 95) is one of those iconic cars that just about everybody claims to love, but few are willing to rescue. Most of the 96s in the country passed through the junkyard gates and into the recycled-metal continuum a couple of decades back, with only the nicest examples […]

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Piston Slap: Outdoor Convertible Storage? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/piston-slap-outdoor-convertible-storage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/piston-slap-outdoor-convertible-storage/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:53:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1017562   Ken writes: Sajeev – I thoroughly enjoy your column – keep up the good work! You’ve also answered several questions I’ve sent over the years, so thanks for that. Your latest article on rear quarter panel rust on Hondas got me thinking. I have an attached 2 car garage and 3 cars. You can […]

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  Ken writes: Sajeev – I thoroughly enjoy your column – keep up the good work! You’ve also answered several questions I’ve sent over the years, so thanks for that. Your latest article on rear quarter panel rust on Hondas got me thinking. I have an attached 2 car garage and 3 cars. You can […]

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Piston Slap: The Sportcombi’s Gloomy Vue? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/piston-slap-vue-sportcombi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/piston-slap-vue-sportcombi/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:38:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=926233   Keith writes: Sajeev – I’ve gotta get rid of 1 of my 4 family of cars – the family consists of a 2011 Civic LX (for the kids), 2009 Taurus X (for the wife) – and the two on the chopping block – 2006 Saab 9-5 Sport Combi (with 154,000 miles) verses 2006 Saturn […]

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  Keith writes: Sajeev – I’ve gotta get rid of 1 of my 4 family of cars – the family consists of a 2011 Civic LX (for the kids), 2009 Taurus X (for the wife) – and the two on the chopping block – 2006 Saab 9-5 Sport Combi (with 154,000 miles) verses 2006 Saturn […]

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Junkyard Find: 1968 Saab 96 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/junkyard-find-1968-saab-96/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/junkyard-find-1968-saab-96/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=922105 I see plenty of Saab 900s in self-service wrecking yards these days, but Saabs older than that have all but disappeared from the U-Wrench-It ecosystem. I did see a truly ancient Saab 92 at a yard over the summer, but that was in the heart of Saab’s homeland. So, it came as a big surprise […]

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I see plenty of Saab 900s in self-service wrecking yards these days, but Saabs older than that have all but disappeared from the U-Wrench-It ecosystem. I did see a truly ancient Saab 92 at a yard over the summer, but that was in the heart of Saab’s homeland. So, it came as a big surprise […]

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Crapwagon Outtake: X Marks The Saab http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/crapwagon-outtake-x-marks-saab/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/crapwagon-outtake-x-marks-saab/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=894362 When Michael Karesh reviewed the Saab 9-3 Turbo X some 6 years ago, he found it wanting. I still want one. The Turbo X was meant to celebrate three decades of Saab’s turbocharged powerplants, with a limited run of just 600 units. The 2.8L twin-turbo V6 made 280 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and […]

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When Michael Karesh reviewed the Saab 9-3 Turbo X some 6 years ago, he found it wanting. I still want one. The Turbo X was meant to celebrate three decades of Saab’s turbocharged powerplants, with a limited run of just 600 units. The 2.8L twin-turbo V6 made 280 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and […]

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Saab’s Newest Owners Face Bankruptcy Petition In Sweden http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/saabs-newest-owners-face-bankruptcy-petition-sweden/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/saabs-newest-owners-face-bankruptcy-petition-sweden/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=889754 Saab’s newest parent company may soon be declared bankrupt by a Swedish court, once again bringing the make toward the grave. The Detroit News reports supplier Labo Test has petitioned the court to declare National Electric Vehicles of Sweden bankrupt after failing to receive kr150,000 ($22,000 USD) since February 2014. The supplier provides testing tools […]

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Saab’s newest parent company may soon be declared bankrupt by a Swedish court, once again bringing the make toward the grave. The Detroit News reports supplier Labo Test has petitioned the court to declare National Electric Vehicles of Sweden bankrupt after failing to receive kr150,000 ($22,000 USD) since February 2014. The supplier provides testing tools […]

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Piston Slap: The Last Afghani Trail to Blaze http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/piston-slap-the-last-afghani-trail-to-blaze/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/piston-slap-the-last-afghani-trail-to-blaze/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:26:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=860353 M.D.K. writes: UNCLASSIFIED I am currently at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan where I will often find myself motoring around the Forward Operating Base (FOB) in one of the last generation Chevy Trailblazers. It is the straight six variety and it has undoubtedly led a difficult life. My requirements are few however…pretty much I need something […]

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M.D.K. writes: UNCLASSIFIED I am currently at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan where I will often find myself motoring around the Forward Operating Base (FOB) in one of the last generation Chevy Trailblazers. It is the straight six variety and it has undoubtedly led a difficult life. My requirements are few however…pretty much I need something […]

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Mahindra Courting Saab’s Remnants? Never Say NEVS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/mahindra-courting-saabs-remnants-never-say-nevs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/mahindra-courting-saabs-remnants-never-say-nevs/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:36:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=845113 NEVS, the Swedish outfit that currently produces the Saab 9-3 (or is trying to, at least), is facing a major cash crunch and may not be able to make payroll or settle accounts with suppliers. But they may have a savior in Mahindra. Just-Auto is reporting that Mahindra is interested in NEVS, though in what […]

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NEVS, the Swedish outfit that currently produces the Saab 9-3 (or is trying to, at least), is facing a major cash crunch and may not be able to make payroll or settle accounts with suppliers. But they may have a savior in Mahindra. Just-Auto is reporting that Mahindra is interested in NEVS, though in what […]

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Hammer Time: The Cars Of The Cave Bears http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-the-cars-of-the-cave-bears/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-the-cars-of-the-cave-bears/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:30:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=693697 I live in a small, genteel, Southern colonial home that comes with all the local goodies. An over-sized ceiling fan in every room. A little front porch that offers a palatial view of the rolling prairies of Deliverance country. Throw in a mint julep, homemade lemonade, and the belting baritone of Paul Robeson, and the […]

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I live in a small, genteel, Southern colonial home that comes with all the local goodies. An over-sized ceiling fan in every room. A little front porch that offers a palatial view of the rolling prairies of Deliverance country. Throw in a mint julep, homemade lemonade, and the belting baritone of Paul Robeson, and the […]

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New or Used: Should I Beat My Hauler? Or Haul My Beater? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/new-or-used-should-i-beat-my-hauler-or-haul-my-beater/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/new-or-used-should-i-beat-my-hauler-or-haul-my-beater/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=685722 To The Best & Brightest, I need advice on my next used car purchase. 99% of the time the vehicle will be a daily commuter (rural highway and very little city traffic / 26 miles round trip). But during the winter when salt keeps my classic pickup off the roads I need the ability to […]

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To The Best & Brightest, I need advice on my next used car purchase. 99% of the time the vehicle will be a daily commuter (rural highway and very little city traffic / 26 miles round trip). But during the winter when salt keeps my classic pickup off the roads I need the ability to […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: And It’s All Small Stuff Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-and-its-all-small-stuff-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-and-its-all-small-stuff-edition/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:09:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=671050 On the same day that a Chinese firm announced that it would restart production of the 9-3, I happened to bump into the poster child for Saab’s decline and fall. This Saab 9-7x can’t be any more than seven years old, but the badge on its nose has already faded away to nothing. The faded […]

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On the same day that a Chinese firm announced that it would restart production of the 9-3, I happened to bump into the poster child for Saab’s decline and fall. This Saab 9-7x can’t be any more than seven years old, but the badge on its nose has already faded away to nothing. The faded […]

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Piston Slap: Daddy’s Daily Driven Droptop? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/piston-slap-daddys-daily-driven-droptop/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/piston-slap-daddys-daily-driven-droptop/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:44:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=668114 TTAC Commentator furhead writes: Sajeev, A while back I had written in with a question about which is the best wagon to get. The advice was great, but I didn’t follow any of it. We ended up with a 2005 Camry SE simply because it was too good of a deal to walk away from. […]

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TTAC Commentator furhead writes: Sajeev, A while back I had written in with a question about which is the best wagon to get. The advice was great, but I didn’t follow any of it. We ended up with a 2005 Camry SE simply because it was too good of a deal to walk away from. […]

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Piston Slap: Escaping The Land of Lotus-Eaters http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/piston-slap-escaping-the-land-of-lotus-eaters/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/piston-slap-escaping-the-land-of-lotus-eaters/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:52:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=630066 Susan writes: So I found a 2011 Saab 9-5 that I just love. I have never owned a Saab. Do they break a lot? I don’t want to spend thousands on car repairs. Been there done that. Please let me know what your honest opinion is on whether I should buy this car or not. […]

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Susan writes: So I found a 2011 Saab 9-5 that I just love. I have never owned a Saab. Do they break a lot? I don’t want to spend thousands on car repairs. Been there done that. Please let me know what your honest opinion is on whether I should buy this car or not. […]

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