Rare but not totally extinct
Added: 12th of October 2013
I own an "old" Saab 9-5 V6 Griffin Turbo which was a special edition and purchased second hand from a main dealer connected with the distributor SAAB UK . The original first owner requested additional extras on the car over and above those normally available. It was one of a try small group of cars originally but since the closure of Saab Sweeden it is now one of a very endangered species . It has given monumentally good service over the past eleven years that I have owned it and reliability has been first class. As for creature comforts the car has a reputation for one of the best seats of any manufacturer and the level of standard specification for the time was one of the best . It is a joy on any long journey as comfort level is very high and with a large engine manages to cruise easily at the statutory speed limit - and more if necessary. Provided service is carried out on a regular basis and particular attention is taken to make sure that the drive belt is not allowed to wear the car has given and will (I hope) continue to give excellent service for some time to come. Parts thankfully remain relatively easy to get and there remain a core of workshops who have sufficient knowledge and expertise to deal with maintenance and service. The models introduced just before the death of Saab had the potential to take on the best that Germany had to offer and there was enough design potential for the future to ensure that Saab could have been a long running equal to them . In the meantime those of us (whom Clarkson calls "Architects and Accountants in black polo shirts" ) who retain ownership of these rare machines just sit back and enjoy the privilege for as long as we are allowed to .