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Default Mass, USA - the Saab capital of the US?

I have just spent the past week in the Salem Mass. area of the US and can not get over the number of Saabs I have seen.

One 2 occassions I shared the road (128N) with 2 other 9-5s going the same direction ... one of those times we passed one going the other way.

Standing in downtown Salem waiting for a certain tourist place to open, I stood at an intersection and watched 3 generations of Saab verts pass by ... in under 5 minutes!

9-5 and 9-3SS competed for volume and I saw examples of just about every model, including 3 9-7Xs and 1 9-2.
C900s, NG900s, and 9-3 (1999-2002) were very, very plentiful.
Convertible Saabs with their tops down outnumbered all other convertibles (top up and down combined).


Is the Mass. area Saab heaven in N/A or what???
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Never been over there. I'd bet that Oregon is the Saab 9-5 capitol of the world. I see almost as many 9-5's as I do NG900s. I even saw a preproduction 9-5 Biopower driving down I-5 once.
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I disagree. The Upstate NY area is the Saab capital in the USA. We have vintage Saabs such as 93's, 95's, 96's, and of course my personal favorite, the Sonett in two stroke and V4 varieties, an occasional 99, plenty of C900's and 9000's, and loads of newer Saabs. Heck, one intersection I pass through frequently has four 9000's parked either at their place of business or homes.

Of course, you are all entitled to your opinions.
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Maine is Saab USA, ask tourists, "everyone in maine drives saabs "
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You should have let me know you were here! I could have shown you around. I live and work in Salem! Look for the 2003 Black vert!
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All US SAABs used to come through Hingham, MA and then out to the rest of the country.

MA IS the SAAB capital of the US.
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I think between mine and my friend's car we are the majority of the 9000 population of Arizona.
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YES they are all over the place here and I LOVE it!!!
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All US SAABs used to come through Hingham, MA and then out to the rest of the country.

MA IS the SAAB capital of the US.
Which means most of them left MA.
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Scott, did you make it to BAH-STON ? You need a Saab to qualify parking at their meters


http://www. /2007/01/11/saab-parking-meters-boston-massachusetts/






BTW, SAABs made their beachhead in Connecticut, so Massachussetts is pretty close to the epicenter of Saabs in North America.

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I have just spent the past week in the Salem Mass. area of the US and can not get over the number of Saabs I have seen.

One 2 occassions I shared the road (128N) with 2 other 9-5s going the same direction ... one of those times we passed one going the other way.

Standing in downtown Salem waiting for a certain tourist place to open, I stood at an intersection and watched 3 generations of Saab verts pass by ... in under 5 minutes!

9-5 and 9-3SS competed for volume and I saw examples of just about every model, including 3 9-7Xs and 1 9-2.
C900s, NG900s, and 9-3 (1999-2002) were very, very plentiful.
Convertible Saabs with their tops down outnumbered all other convertibles (top up and down combined).


Is the Mass. area Saab heaven in N/A or what???
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pretty much everywhere you turn on my 40 mile round trip to work I see about 15-20 per day!
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Well, we passed Boston yesterday ... we're staying in Rockland (Wonderland - Kim Mitchell reference there for those who don't get it) right now and will be hitting the long road home shortly.

I forgot to mention that I've also seen more than a handful of 9000s too!

And ... I found out (too late) that just down the road from our hotel is Shaw Saab ... and they don't sell anything else.
Quite funny when you consider that there is a Volvo dealer just down the road (don't forget that we are travelling with my brother in law who drives the XC-90).


So far, the 9-5 has been fantastic ... handled the off roading of the camp site without blinking, the stop and stop traffic of Boston and construction, and he is fully loaded and doesn't miss a beat on the highway.

I think it did just discover the difference between 87 and 93/94 octane though (as I lay there not sleeping last night - can't believe I still remembered!).
As the car climbs hills now with the A/C on, he struggles ... I'm going to fill up with the good stuff all day today and see if that makes any difference.

Later all!
Got at least 10 hours of driving ahead of me!
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Yep...New England in general, and especially Massachusetts, is truly "Saab Central."

The Boston/Cambridge area historically had more Saabs per capita than any other place in the US.

I see maybe two or three dozen a day if I look very hard.

I've posted this before, but it's a crappy cell-phone picture of the parking lot at work one misty afternoon. The lineup is Saab, Saab, Saab, Volvo, something generic, Volvo, another generic, Volvo, Saab, Saab.

And it didn't include another co-worker's Viggen, my own NG900, or two other 9-5s.


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I'll put Cleveland, Ohio against any other Saab city for the title.
There are 7 Saabs that park in my garage at work. I even see 9-2's and 9-7's with regularity.
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Add cental pa to the mix. 10 minute drive to work and I see atleast 5 or 6 other Saab's out on the road.
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Man that's cool. If you didn't say it, we could easily think that's a parking lot somewhere in Trollhattan !



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Yep...New England in general, and especially Massachusetts, is truly "Saab Central."

The Boston/Cambridge area historically had more Saabs per capita than any other place in the US.

I see maybe two or three dozen a day if I look very hard.

I've posted this before, but it's a crappy cell-phone picture of the parking lot at work one misty afternoon. The lineup is Saab, Saab, Saab, Volvo, something generic, Volvo, another generic, Volvo, Saab, Saab.

And it didn't include another co-worker's Viggen, my own NG900, or two other 9-5s.


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And ... I found out (too late) that just down the road from our hotel is Shaw Saab ... and they don't sell anything else.
Quite funny when you consider that there is a Volvo dealer just down the road (don't forget that we are travelling with my brother in law who drives the XC-90).
Yes, Albany NY has that too. New Salem Saab (now in their fourth location, on Central Ave) sells nothing but Saabs. Their dealership has been in business for over 50 years. We also have a Volvo dealer. And lots of indies that work on Saabs.
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