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Old 9th May 2004
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Default Are you a Saab Guy ?

Ok I give up....I have had my 93 for 6 weeks now and every time I show the car to anyone they smile and say I didn't take you for a "Saab guy". I ran into the president of my small company in the parking lot and he shock his head and said... you are NOT a Saab guy.

I don't really care much what profile I am suppose to fit in to drive this car .... I just kind of do my own thing.

So what is this classic Saab driver I am nothing like ?
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Old 9th May 2004
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A Saab guy looks like he lives in his car
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Old 9th May 2004
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Stroll into the lounge. You will meet some Saab guys there
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Old 9th May 2004
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I can understand your question, for I don't think that I fit the "typical" Saab owner, but that's not keeping me from making it my next car (hopefully very soon). But, what's funny is that many that know me are not surprised that I'm looking to get one, for I do not do things like others, so I think the fact that "you do your own thing" is a good reason why you own one.

I did dig up some demographics of what they believe is a typical Saab owner (from another Saab fan site & I have seen many of these listed elsewhere, though I'm questioning the last 2), & there's also the fact that the majority of the owners are males, though Saab is trying to appeal to a broader market now:

Average income of a Saab owners is over $100,000.
52% are dual income households.
59% are between the ages of 25 and 44.
62% have been on the Internet more than 3 years.
30% spend more than 10 hours online per week.
76% have degrees (24% advanced degrees).
87% are professionals or in technical roles.
61% are married while 32% are single.
39% have children.
60%+ have pets.
85% are in North America.
87% speak and read English.

Hope this helps, but most of all, keep doing your own thing & enjoy your car!
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85% are in North America.

Well the second last one can be easily rebuked. Saab sells about 48,000 new cars in North America (US and Canada) Of the 135,000 it sells globally that translates to about 35%
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A friend told me not to get my Linear...cause it is an "old guy's" car. I'm 22. I do see a lot of older Saab drivers, but I don't care, I'm fine being in the minority.
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Thanks for that info. I'm going to have to try to remember where I saw a more official demographic breakdown (probably a automotive/trade magazine or something @ work). I'll share if I do.
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... I appreciate the responses..... I have to admit I do fit the demographic pretty well...except our dual income isn't quite 100k... but that explains the linear

I guess I had the impression I was suppose to be in my 50's and a bit of a snob.... or maybe just aloof. Maybe I was suppose to be all about safety.... who knows.

In any case I'm lovin the tires off that car... a great blend of upscale comfort and enough power to break the boredom. I love the car and that is all that matters... any more comments on the "Saab guy" attitude would be welcome.

Thanks gang
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I guess I had the impression I was suppose to be in my 50's and a bit of a snob....
No, that's reserved for the BMW and MB guys!

Any referral to "the Saab Guy" should be referenced to this:

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I'm with JN.

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I love "the Saab guy" graphic!

And I have to admit, that's how I felt when I test drove an Aero yesterday...nice...I like...I like...I'm hoping getting the Aero or Vector will liven up my commute I'm looking forward to the day that I post about my new vehicle...with that said, let me go back to scouring the internet for listings & ideas on how to mount a XM receiver...
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with that said, let me go back to scouring the internet for listings & ideas on how to mount a XM receiver...
If you are willing to wait a bit, Saab might be doing that upgrade and I bet it will be a clean (integrated) one at that!
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Average income of a Saab owners is over $100,000.
Yep (just make it w/ dual income)
52% are dual income households.
Yep
59% are between the ages of 25 and 44.
23, almost 24.
62% have been on the Internet more than 3 years.
Yep, almost 3 year solid years.....
30% spend more than 10 hours online per week.
Easily
76% have degrees (24% advanced degrees).
Nope
87% are professionals or in technical roles.
Nope
61% are married while 32% are single.
Married
39% have children.
Nope
60%+ have pets.
Cat
85% are in North America.
Yep
87% speak and read English.
Duh

Fits me fairly well.
Saab drivers in the San Francisco Bay area suck. They're all middle aged white guys who never want to have fun. I see older model saabs and a few SS's but no one even seems to notice my car.
I get more attention from the Honda drivers than I do Saab drivers.
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Old 10th May 2004
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I seem to remember reading something in a press release on the Saab USA site some time back that the SS and 9-2x were part of Saab's initiative to capture a piece of the younger market segment. I would say that the "You don't look like a Saab guy" comment would make Saab happy in a job well done.
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Saab drivers in the San Francisco Bay area suck. They're all middle aged white guys who never want to have fun.
Yo, middle aged white guy here, not in the Bay Area but a recent transplant from Oakland. And I don't suck. I certainly pay attention to the other Saabs on the road here, and even tend to wave as I go by. I get odd looks in return...
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Hey Saab-guys,

I did some investigation between friends myself. Cause a very nice girls asked me if my car would say something about my personality. 8)
According my friends indeed the car said something about my personality:
- I do thing my own way
- When things/people are dear to me, I care a lot about them. So also the transportation must be save, comfortable (with a touch of exclusivity), at my own way.
- I like cars.
"- quote "Hey you are just not the guy for an ordinary Golf, astra, focus, or something like that." unquote
- I don't care about profiles I have to fit or not.
- As I don't buy every other year a new car, I need one that fits me.

Hey sometime they laugh about me, they make jokes about my car. But you what, they're just jealous.
They just envy you that they don't have a mind on their own, that their are too scary to do thing little different.

Blacky
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with that said, let me go back to scouring the internet for listings & ideas on how to mount a XM receiver...
If you are willing to wait a bit, Saab might be doing that upgrade and I bet it will be a clean (integrated) one at that!
JN, very true...this is why I'm debating, used or new. If I do decide to go new, I'll wait, but I'm leaning towards used right now, just because of the depreciation. The only reason why it's even deabatable is becuase I do receive a discount, so that brings the cost down a bit. Decisions...decisions...

BTW...I do like the tint on your car, compliments the Steel Grey nicely. There's nothing like a tint & nice wheels to make a car stand out. 8)
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Saab people are outdoorsy, too. Canoesists, Kayakers, Campers, Skiers.... fit any of us???
Canoeist/Camper here.
And most of us have PETS (Sadly many pics are gone).
hehehe
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Average income of a Saab owner is over $100,000

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Before I got one, my impression was that Saab owners were mostly 'intellectuals' (architects, researchers, and the "college professor" types that GM says they want to broaden the appeal away from :-?? ). AND chicks, as in in my observation, the Saab convertible has been and continues to be a 'chick car'.

Now that I own one, I see them as basically the car for the non-conformist (the "State of Independence" thing).
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