The year 2018 was still fresh, but his start was not good. The check-engine light on the 9-5 of a good friend answered. Again and actually a constant since he owns the Saab. It started with a cable break, which was tracked down with much detective work in Frankfurt.
Then, after weeks of rest, again the lamp and a defective ignition cartridge. And what is now? Well, the Saab is now 16 years old, but still an understatement car with a high level of fun. Especially since he got a stag performance cure a few months ago, he has become a kind of wolf in sheep's clothing.
It is the 2. January 2018, and because I still have holidays from work and blog, I'm going to Frankfurt. Some sense of responsibility is probably included. Because without me, my friend probably would not have been infected with the Saab virus. He might drive new cars instead of dealing with old Swedish metal.
Frankfurt is not really awake this morning. The access roads are free, the year is just beginning. Today Seat Germany is at home in the former Saab showroom on Carl-Benz-Strasse. The Swedes have retreated to the back of the area. At Seat is still no one on the road to buy new cars, at Saab Service Frankfurt are workshop and yard full.
The Saab emergency road. Service at a high level.
Because of a quiet start to the year. Welcome to the Frankfurt Saab emergency road! A Turbo X with reduced power, a 9-3 with a broken ignition lock, then our 9-5 with the check-engine message and a few more vehicles populate the emergency room. And that in the year 7 after the demise of the brand. Exciting is the level of performance. Our 9-5 limousine is diagnosed with a defective cat. That is, of course, in stock. After an hour and with a fair price, the Saab rolls back from the yard. Likewise the Turbo X. The wastegate is replaced, 300 Turbo PS can be used again.
That is service at a high level. For a brand that really does not exist anymore. Their cars are not serviced in palaces of glass, marble and steel. But of people who offer with heart and mind a service that is appropriate for a traditional Swedish brand. There is also something for the Saab soul in Frankfurt.
What heart? The Saab calendar 2018.
I discover the best Saab calendar in a long time. High quality printed, with great pictures of customer vehicles and cars from the collection Ratzmann. Saab pure, from the classic to the last models from Trollhättan. The pictures were shot in the Taunus, in the classic city and in the surrounding area. A spontaneous project, I am told. I mean understatement, because here too the level is high. The Frankfurt Saab calendar makes you want to buy the brand, it is available in limited edition for incredibly fair 25,00 € (Tel: 069-941 952 0). Some copies are still available.
With so much passion for the brand, combined with professionalism, you do not need to be afraid of the future.
And otherwise? During the off days there were some Saab handicrafts. The 9-3 Aero with the Viggen Body Kit finally got its cup holder, on Anna project Some improvements have been made. And then came a small package from the US with Saab parts. The content will interest mainly 9-3 II drivers. Details and reports follow.
In addition, our reports Fundraiser a pleasingly high participation. Our small base budget for 2018 is secured, the action runs until the 15.01. A report that also reveals something about the future of the blog project follows. In addition, we will be commissioning the reissue of the Saab license plate holder in January. Since we are planning minor modifications in the design, there will be a third variant. That can determine our readers, the January and everything around Saab becomes so interesting.