No business news today, no crises. There was enough of that during the week. Today, the daily trivia around Saab, the blogger and his family. Since 19 years I drive Saab, which says something about my age and even more about my passion for the Swedish brand.
Admittedly, in my fleet there were always other brands besides the cars from Trollhättan. But always at least one Saab.
One got used to the ignition in the middle cosol. Reverse when parking - is logical. Alright with the Saab operation? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that. Last week, quite early in the morning in a southern German town. The blogger and a brand new Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero. Ignition key in. Started - upps - nothing works. An icon appears in the display. Press brake. The Saab has manual transmission.
Well. Once again. Ignition actuated, brake applied. And ? Nothing. OK. Half a dozen start attempts without result. I'm getting warm. Last Exit, embarrassing, embarrassing: A call in Saab center. The workshop manager provides information.
A Brand New 9 3? Apply brake, clutch, start. Aha - vehicle is running. How come ? All new 9-3 will be equipped with this security feature. This makes starting up in a Saab even safer. Swedish thinking. The blogger understood hats.
Our Saab 9-3 sportswear
Still something from the family. Our 9-3 is the first Saab for my wife. Actually, she did not want to drive a Saab after a make from Stuttgart. With a bit of persuasion and easy bribery, I persuaded you to go to the Saab. Sometimes you have to help the luck on the jumps ...
After two weeks in 9-3, she no longer wants another car. The enthusiasm for the "little one" increases with every kilometer.
The warehouses at the German Saab dealers are almost empty. Cabriolets and Saab 9-3 sedans and sports suits are in short supply. Only a few more anniversary cabriolets are "dripped" to Germany. The dealers groan, the customers wait. Only Saab 9-5 sedans are available as presenters or stock cars at some dealers.
The prices are very good, who is looking for and not necessarily on his desired equipment should strike. Because over time, the selection becomes tight.
Six years ago, Saab wanted to bring together with Subaru a large SUV on the market. As most of us know, the project ended, the 9-6x migrated to the Saab Museum Trollhättan. Which was a good decision.
Last week, the Anglo-Saxon media reported on the 9-6x, which now stands for the first time in the visitor section of the museum. Just a week later, the topic is in the German press. If you want to see pictures you can find more about this project on Stern.de
My second Saab, the 9000, is currently getting a technical and visual make-over. The brakes are redone and at the same time the brake lines exchanged because the car goes into the 14. Year of life and harsh winters have added to the lines. Original spare parts from Saab from Sweden are still no problem. The parts come quickly as always.
In parallel, the 9000 gets a new, complete wood interior. So far, only wood on the dashboard, now come to doors and circuit. So that everything fits in color, there is also a new dashboard.
Yesterday, the parts finally arrived. It brings tears to your eyes and you can see the great quality of the parts that once came from Trollhättan. On each part is "Saab" and only "Saab", not GM.
Now only the strut brace is missing, but at Maptun not available for weeks, the wait continues. In addition, Maptun, like all real Swedes, is on vacation.