RE: Saab replaces million mile car

RE: Saab replaces million mile car

Friday 5th January 2007

Saab replaces million mile car

Company extends the 1m-mile offer


Peter Gilbert's Saab 900SPG
Peter Gilbert's Saab 900SPG
The man who gave his Saab to a museum after notching up one million miles has been given a free replacement.

Saab didn't give anything at first to US driver and travelling salesman Peter Gilbert after he gave his 1989 Saab 900 to the Wisconsin Automotive Museum. Saab has since relented, following huge media coverage of the story, and decided to give him a new Saab 9-5 Aero.

"I am on cloud nine right now. This is exactly the car I wanted," Gilbert said.

Saab verified the high mileage on Mr Gilbert's car last summer. He had hoped they would give him a new car then - but he didn't get so much as a T-shirt.

The company has now decided to make the most of the situation: anyone who puts a million miles on their originally owned Saab can benefit from the offer too. "We have no idea, frankly, how many cars that will be. At this point, we only know of Peter's car," said Saab spokesman Jan-Willem Vester.

What we donโ€™t know is whether the offer extends beyond the US -- but it's worth a try. For the Imperially-challenged rest of the world, that's 1.6 million km.

Saab will also take his old car out of the museum for a showing at the auto show in Detroit next week. "We thought it would be great to have the car there with a big sign on the windshield that says a million miles," Vester said.

Photo by Jeffrey Phelps

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BiggusLaddus

Original Poster:

821 posts

196 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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I'm almost upto 100,000mls in my car.

Should I be pettitioning BMW for a gift worth 10% of the value of a new 335i?

jago

247 posts

184 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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suppose you jacked the car up ferris bueller style. how much would the petrol cost to get million miles notched up? you've obv not got to lug the weight of the car around.

Frik

12,838 posts

208 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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The article seems to suggest Saab were oblidged to give him a new car. Why? It's not as if he donated the car to their own museum.

confused

mk1fan

9,901 posts

190 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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Top marks Saab.

Although to be fair it would appear that they have been, wrongly imoho, bullied into it.

robinoz

130 posts

216 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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That's funny everyone was slagging saab now people think he doesn't deserve a new car LOL

beyond rational

3,406 posts

180 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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He doesn't deserve anything - His decision to donate the car to a museum, he got 1 Million miles out of it, why should he get something back?

eccles

12,190 posts

187 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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isn't an american million different to a british million, or am i getting confused and its the billions that are different.

nbetts

1,449 posts

194 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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The thing is though - He had to spend 1,000,000 miles in a Saab....


boxedin I'll get my coat

sal430

23 posts

182 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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I think that it was very loyal of the driver to stick to his car , and cover 1,000,000 miles . Its not a case of if Saab felt olbiged to give him a car , but it's a nice gesture that they did , further more it's a drop in the ocean to Saab any way , hope the guy enjoys his new car.....

Alex

9,969 posts

249 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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eccles said:
isn't an american million different to a british million, or am i getting confused and its the billions that are different.


A million (1,000,000) is the same either side of the Atlantic. The US billion (1,000,000,000) is now generally used. A UK billion used to be the same as a US trillion, which is a million million (1,000,000,000,000).

Did you know that a trillion fivers in a pile would reach 63 miles into the sky?

Mille

42 posts

174 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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I've done over 300.000 kms in my TVR 3000M ... should be worth something, no ???
Hey, Nicolay, a yellow T350T with black interior would do nicely, thank you ;-)

Davi

17,151 posts

185 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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jago said:
suppose you jacked the car up ferris bueller style. how much would the petrol cost to get million miles notched up? you've obv not got to lug the weight of the car around.


Sod that, just take the speedo cable off and stick a drill in the socket, off you go! Obviously you'd need to do it over the course of 2 or 3 years, have MOT & maybe a service a few times to make it appear genuine!

havoc

25,748 posts

200 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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Alex said:
Did you know that a trillion fivers in a pile would reach 63 miles into the sky?

Which is actually JUST into space...IIRC they set the air/space boundary at 100km/62miles.

Mille...300,000 in a TVR?!? That's more impressive than a million in a Saab!!!








...I'll get my coat!...

V8 EOL

2,775 posts

187 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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It would be interesting to know how much of the car is origional.

900T-R

20,372 posts

222 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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V8 EOL said:
It would be interesting to know how much of the car is origional.


Apparently, pretty much everything - engine (although the head gasket has been replaced 'preventively' several times), gearbox, even the turbo is original IIRC...

That Daddy

17,829 posts

186 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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trouble is that was saab then,couldent see the vauxhall/saab hybrids doing anything like that now.

Sgt^Roc

512 posts

214 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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BiggusLaddus said:
I'm almost upto 100,000mls in my car.

Should I be pettitioning BMW for a gift worth 10% of the value of a new 335i?



1m miles in a Saab they should pout the service history up fer scutiny

Polarbert

17,854 posts

196 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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Alex said:
eccles said:
isn't an american million different to a british million, or am i getting confused and its the billions that are different.


A million (1,000,000) is the same either side of the Atlantic. The US billion (1,000,000,000) is now generally used. A UK billion used to be the same as a US trillion, which is a million million (1,000,000,000,000).

Did you know that a trillion fivers in a pile would reach 63 miles into the sky?



And the largest number known to man is called a Centillion. I wonder how they came up with that? And why nobody has made a larger one.

pony

915 posts

185 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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Polarbert said:
Alex said:
eccles said:
isn't an american million different to a british million, or am i getting confused and its the billions that are different.


A million (1,000,000) is the same either side of the Atlantic. The US billion (1,000,000,000) is now generally used. A UK billion used to be the same as a US trillion, which is a million million (1,000,000,000,000).

Did you know that a trillion fivers in a pile would reach 63 miles into the sky?



And the largest number known to man is called a Centillion. I wonder how they came up with that? And why nobody has made a larger one.



i thought it was a googolplex, which is a googol (100 digit number) times by another googol.

how much is a centillion?



edit to say its a googol not a google

Edited by pony on Friday 5th January 17:41

Polarbert

17,854 posts

196 months

Friday 5th January 2007
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pony said:
Polarbert said:
Alex said:
eccles said:
isn't an american million different to a british million, or am i getting confused and its the billions that are different.


A million (1,000,000) is the same either side of the Atlantic. The US billion (1,000,000,000) is now generally used. A UK billion used to be the same as a US trillion, which is a million million (1,000,000,000,000).

Did you know that a trillion fivers in a pile would reach 63 miles into the sky?



And the largest number known to man is called a Centillion. I wonder how they came up with that? And why nobody has made a larger one.



i thought it was a googolplex, which is a googol (100 digit number) times by another googol.

how much is a centillion?



edit to say its a googol not a google

Edited by pony on Friday 5th January 17:41




a 1 with 600 noughts. But I've just had a look and you are right: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centilli