Our 9000er is relatively young, only 14 years old. The rust prevention is, as befits a Swede, good. Nevertheless, one should not neglect the fight against the brown plague. Since the 9000er first owner (we are the second owner) was driven under salt-intensive conditions, prevention is announced. At a wheel arch, the rust comes to light, the subsoil has the first approaches.
At the moment it is still easy, there is no need to weld yet. Where to with the Saab? Of course, only a Saab specialist with the appropriate experience - and love for the brand - came into consideration. Since we want to keep the Saab 9000 in the family for the long term, it came to the Rost and Mike Sanders cure yesterday Saab center Bamberg, The car dealership of the family Muckelbauer is one of the competent addresses, not only when it comes to Saab Old and Youngtimer.
In addition, around the Saab workshop a competence center has settled around the sheet metal. An ensemble of various workshops and specialist companies for the rusty hobby can be found on the site. Oldtimer of different brands are restored. The whole thing is in lovingly restored ambience, actually material for a reportage.
The Bamberg Saab Center is committed to holding up the brand flag. If you drive into the yard, you will see new Saab 9-5 and 9-3 and Saab classics of all eras. A full yard, a well-frequented workshop. This is also possible in times of crisis if the concept is right! The Saab Center is well established in the scene, the welcome warm and family. "The Spirit of Saab“… He is at home here!
In Bamberg one does not close oneself to the reality, one observes the development in Sweden exactly. Of course, they also keep their fingers crossed for the brand, hoping for a reboot. Because at some point the supply of new or almost new Saabs will finally die out. Currently, you have a beautiful Saab 9-5 Aero XWD, a former Saab company car, get on the farm, plus a great 9-3 convertible.
The spare part supply of Saab works, during my visit came again and again orders. For our Saab Turbo X, we immediately ordered the current navigation software (as of the end of 2011).
The Saab Center in Bamberg shows what's going on in the current difficult times. Heart, love for the brand, that must work. It is the recipe that runs throughout Germany. If the commitment is correct, then the workshop is full.
From Bamberg, the view to the north. No news came from Sweden today. It's quiet, but that could change soon. Youngman seems to be spinning behind the scenes on all sorts of wheels. The Chinese are about a quick decision. The administrators have announced a Saab sale for the spring. This starts at the 20. March. Faster would be better. Let's see what the next week brings.
A reading for the weekend has Giggi (Thank you!) Sent. The Swiss Touring Club has in its Journal written a small, wistful article about Saab. The Saab story is on page 27 and 29.