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Default Top Gear will be doing a tribute to "over 50 years of Saab production"

The British program Top Gear is preparing a tribute to Saab covering “over 50 years of Saab production” . And the production has contacted the legendary Saab Owners Club for helping them by providing cars. “Following their approach to us a few weeks back we have now supplied almost all of the cars for 2 days of location filming."

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Epic!

I haven't seen all of the episodes of Top Gear, but the only three mentions of SAABs I can remember are Limousine, 9-5 Hot Aero VS SAAB Harrier, and Santa Pube Ice Scraper!
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...they did mention the new 9-5 in their news segment one for New Year's 2010. Jeremy also did a review on Saab. It's also on YouTube.
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Does anyone know an air date?
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I know at least James May must appreciate SAAB, Can't wait. Wish they would have done it a few years BEFORE we went under *facepalm*
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Season 1 richard did a review on the new 9-3. it was a linear but looked like an aero
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Does anyone know an air date?
Season 18 is gonna air in feb in europe, and i believe in april for america
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What i will be looking for is how they portray GM's involvement and the feedback from the Europeans. It might have an effect on GM's other products.

I don't think a majority of Americans will care and they seem to have a short term memory for things like this. It is just Capitalism at work.

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Just like I have a short memory for my Fiat 124 ... POS. Three of us had them and none lasted a year.

Then there was the Peugeot ... aka ... "Dog Breath"

Mercedes 220S that rusted out from under me.

MG .. actually I had one good B Limited, but the Midgets were ..

You really wanna' bash GM?

Still have my 1998 Volvo and the only Saab to make it to the 100,000 mile mark was an ng900. All 4 of the pre GM Saabs got "the hook" before 85,000 miles.
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I don't think a majority of Americans will care and they seem to have a short term memory for things like this. It is just Capitalism at work.
It is just Capitalism at work? Maybe you have fond memories of that great Soviet car the Lada. Wait a minute wasn't the Lada based on the Fiat 124?
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I don't think my comment was too hard to comprehend, but maybe i was being... obtuse.

Top Gear could say GM ended up buying SAAB so they could raid its turbo technology and then mostly neglected it for almost 20 years. Then they were instrutmental in the death of SAAB by making it impossible for new buyers to sell the cars.

If they do this, the Euro's may think twice about GM, America, and its Capitilistic ways. In America, people would just say it's business and forget about it.

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In America, people would just say it's business and forget about it.

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Kinda like how they said "business is business, **** it" which then logically followed pouring billions into our non-competitive, failures-of-capitalism, defunct automakers??? Yeah...
If I were Sweden I'd sue GM...just sayin.
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Moekazi, let me give you a little lesson.

GM "raid the turbo technology" ??

GM had the first turbo on the streets in a production Olds in 1962.

GM then followed a few months later with a turbo Chevy Corvair in the Spyder and Corsa series between 1962 and 1969.

They had thousands and thousands of them on the streets and were not "problem turbos", like Saab would like you to believe.

There was one change to sodium valves for heat in air cooled engines but it had nothing to do with turbos. With a stick, keep a few RPM's up to get over "lag" and there were no problems. I had many, many happy miles in my 1963.
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Gee, GM made it easy for me to buy my wife's 2009.

When I went back to buy one from Spyker/Swan ... there were no deals to be had and the dealer was a great guy. His hands were tied by Muller and crew.

I keep asking why GM could sell me a car for a reasonable price but under Muller or Antonov they wanted list ... and it was not worth anywhere near list. I should be, driving a 2010 XWD but in some ways I'm lucky.

Where do you get this stuff? SU?

Not to further burst your Saab bubble, but they used the Garrett Air turbo built here in the US in LA.
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Not that they showed it in the episode, but I was driving my '84 c900 out at Bonneville Salt Flats the same day they shot an episode with the new ZR1, CTS and Charger. I have a fun picture of my little c900 lined up between those guys at the starting line. Blew my engine trying to hit 130mph in 1 mile that day.
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That was a great episode, must have been pretty cool lined up around them. Although james is slow
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Not that they showed it in the episode, but I was driving my '84 c900 out at Bonneville Salt Flats the same day they shot an episode with the new ZR1, CTS and Charger. I have a fun picture of my little c900 lined up between those guys at the starting line. Blew my engine trying to hit 130mph in 1 mile that day.

Hey Jack, pics!

And sorry about the engine
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Yeah, that kind of almost makes it worth it. Almost.

Hey, you went and tried, that is way more farther than most of us have strayed.

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Yeah, that kind of almost makes it worth it. Almost.

Hey, you went and tried, that is way more farther than most of us have strayed.

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I go and try and blow up too, so I know what its like! Also, yes...you can't just DESCRIBE a great picture, this is the internet...lets see it!
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Default c900 w/Top Gear lineup

Here's the shot. I guess the ZR-1 was just in front of us all. If I remember correctly they were trying to unstick the transmission in the Caddy.

As far as my engine goes, I took some chunks out of a couple of valves. Other than that it was OK. After I replaced them it ran fine.

It was a really nice cool day out there. Had fun. Of course, I do every year. For some reasone I never quite make it to 130...guess I'd have to try for the 150 club if I did. It's just nice to know at least one day a year there's no potential speeding ticket involved.

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