Been there, done that. And Simca was still in business, with its parent company (Chrysler) continuing to do business in the US. I even had a local former dealer who stocked just about every part I ever needed ... for a while. But as the years wore on (and not too many of them), supply diminished and eventually Chrysler sold their French business to Peugeot. BTW, in your spare time, look up "Simca 1100" on Wiki. It really was a fun car, if crude and of questionable safety.
TO be sure, it's not an impossible task to keep an orphan running, especially today with an internet and a substantial infrastructure on a continent where English as a second language is common. But it is not going to be as easy or convenient as - well, never mind a Ford - as owning even a Saab had been.
And yes, there were a lot of 9-3 Sport Sedans (and CV and Combis) made, and a lot of the underlying parts were from the GM parts been. And GM is sort of on the hook for cars made and sold on their watch - about until the end of the decade. But what will you do when a few years from now the reverse lockout breaks and the shift knob goes flying across the cabin? (Ask my daughter), with not a person in sight who worked on them and no idea of where to get parts as former "Exclusively Saab" dealers have evaporated and formerly paired dealerships "don't work on Saabs or get parts for them" any more? It's not just brake pads and fenders.
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