For a year, we have been driving, among others, a Saab 9-3 1.8t sports car. In July 2011 we had him as a new car from Hamburg brought, and although he's buying one Compromise was - owing to the situation at Saab - we were happy with it from day one. In the meantime a year has passed, the Saab now rolls around on 18 ″ rims instead of the standard 16 ″. He has undergone a deer cure, now has almost 200 hp, which guarantee a lot of fun and sovereignty, and meanwhile almost 15.000 kilometers on the counter.
In the first year there were no defects, no abnormalities. In contrast to local premium brands, which we had in our company fleet. Only the leather-covered seats creak now and then, that's it. A detailed review of one year of Saab 9-3 1.8t will follow in the next few weeks. We regret the purchase in a minute!
The 1.8t is reliable and absolutely inconspicuous, but the Saab Turbo X is developing into a diva. He is only for a few months with us, but is the absolute fun and emotion mobile.
It started at Frankfurt Airport. The flight is waiting, the tailgate does not open. It's good that it's a station wagon, so unloading “through the rear doors” is the motto! From then on, the tailgate only comes to life once and then steadfastly refuses. The culprit is a small contact switch, actually a penny item. It is just stupid that Saab was unable to supply a replacement at the time of the defect, the parts are coming. It's good to have a Saab partner who can help. In Bamberg, a used component was soldered unbureaucratically and the thing worked again.
The Turbo X has also mastered its first inspection at the Saab Zentrum Bamberg without any abnormalities. The cooperation of BMW and Saab, many have always guessed, came to the fore. But even with BMW battery it runs really well. Everything alright?
Not really, because in the good tradition of its predecessors, such as the Saab 9-3 Viggen and 900 Turbo 16S, the Turbo X can be Diva. Shortly after the inspection we were in Hamburg, there and back in one day, which now seems to be a tradition. From Fulda we went back in a free flight over the free motorway towards the south. Shortly before the home exit, first jerking, then the engine warning light lights up briefly for a second. The Saab no longer accepts power, makes strange noises and torments the remaining meters to the exit.
Saab Turbo X broken? The differential in the end? The background noise does not bode well and spoils the actually successful day.
After a short cool down, relief follows. Turbo X starts and sounds and drives as if nothing had happened. The solution is provided by the ignition coils supplied by Bosch for the V6 from Australia. Some batches are faulty and quit the service, others seem to last forever. Faulty fall out just when you are a little ambitious on the road and the heat in the engine compartment is high.
The problem is known in the community. The solution is new ignition coils, which are available in the US and should be much more durable. They have been ordered and are now being used. With that, the diva was supposed to put off her emotions.
As the first Saab in 20 years, the Turbo X seems to attract certain contemporaries. Particularly nice and intelligent people tried to steal the antenna from the roof. Of course without success, but as a result with a thick dent in the sheet. As a result, the Turbo X has to go to the tin doctor. Vandalism on the Saab, I don't have the words ...
Apart from that, the Turbo X makes fun without end, and every kilometer is a great kilometer! Enthusiasm is rising daily, and no matter how bitchy the Diva may be, we like it and would buy it again and again.