You can see everywheres GM stuck their greedy little fingers in this one. Everything is cheaper, the body panel fits are loose & not very good. The interior seating, control styles & placements are very "GM" & not the kind of thinking Saab would have infused. This vehicle was built for a US market w/ probably no consideration for a European market at all. The 9-7 should have been designed to compete w/ vehicles like the BMW x5 and the Volvo XC90 but there is a huge difference in quality and intuitive design. The saving grace for this 9-7X is that a major mechanical issue can be serviced by (almost) any GM dealership since the guts of the thing come from the GM SUV & XUV vehicle lines & you don't necessarily have to track down a Saab dealer in the middle of the boonies.
My 9th Saab in the last 37 years is a 97-9000CSE & it's still on the road. I told my dealer that if I bought the 9-7x, my old CSE would probably be my last Saab for a long time. I'd be right. the 9-7 looks like a Saab (from a respectable distance), but it's really GM through & through so it should't cost any more than a GM vehicle to repair as long as you insist that the GM garage cross-reference their part numbers to GM branded parts rather than Saab branded parts which I'm sure GM lacked uip the price on because of the Saab name. The big question to cost of repairs comes in today's Saab buyout from GM by Spyker. Who's going to service this GM/ Saab crossbreed & where will the parts come from???? That's what would have me questioning the purchase the most as well as how long it's going to take for them to hash out thos issues.
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