A row house settlement in a Munich district. Small front gardens, all well maintained. Here is the middle class home, here beats the heart of the old Federal Republic. One resident has done a new Saab 9000 CS. A CS, not a CSE. Velours instead of leather, injectors instead of turbo, black bumpers instead of painted. For the big machine, automatic and sunroof.
Of course, in white, a neutral and reasonable color and no capacity designation on the rear. The neighbors could otherwise think that they had become unreasonable. So he stands in front of the door, fresh from the factory. The inevitable D-sign at the rear, it shines in the autumn sun, as only new cars can. An idyll in the Munich of the 90er years. 90er years? Stop, back. Tell us from the beginning.
In the meantime, with friend Achim, I landed in Munich with a considerable delay. A few snowflakes and a strong wind have shown us that our high-tech society can be stopped by nature at will. We fight with S- and U-Bahn through Munich, always on the way to our 9000er. We then cover the last distance on foot. Enter a small row of houses, turn the corner and ... are back in Munich in the 90s.
In front of us, suddenly and unexpectedly, is a Saab 9000 CS 1993 in almost new-car condition! The paint shines, as only new cars can. The plastic parts and rubber seals look like fresh off the line. Not pimped or trimmed with care product on sale. No, one thing is clear. This car was not exposed to many UV rays yet. We are overwhelmed, but we break away and ring the bell. He warmly welcomes us and tells the story of Saab over a freshly brewed tea.
Its owner, a family member and senior gentleman who has now crossed the 80, used the Saab only for trips to the office that were not that common. And now and then a trailer with garden waste was moved. Now he is old, move only a small Japanese car and has the Saab, which he misses much, passed on to his grandson. As the car stood in front of the door, he noticed that Grandpa had given away an automatic vehicle. Automatic and novice driver does not work.
As we talk to Saab, I keep glancing out the window, see the Saab standing in front of the door, and in my mind I've already bought the cult Swede. After a short chat we take a closer look at the 9000er. The first, external impression is also confirmed in the interior. The blue interior, usually bleached after 20 years, shines in new car gloss. The 9000 is almost perfect, but we continue to search and finally discover some shortcomings.
The list is as follows: A door rubber torn, the exhaust a small hole, right behind a small area repainted. That's it!
And rust? Rust is an issue with almost all early Saab 9000s. The first 9000 CC liked to rust away, with the conversion to the CS it got better, but Saab only got the problem under control from model year 1995. Doors, for example, tend to rust. Not so with our copy. We find traces of the factory preservation, which can be seen in the engine compartment and in some places on the doors. A small patch of rust, 2 millimeters in size. And also on the mount of the tailgate lock - a place where our two 9000s had rust perforations from 98 - is new car condition. Not bad for 20 years. What follows will be the shortest test drive of my life. We screw the signs to the Scandinavian sheet metal, I suggest going to the gas station to fill the Saab with fuel for the drive north. Because now I have such a good feeling that I can feel that I have a great car in front of me.
On the way to the petrol pump we talk about the Saab, what else ... The Saab, the seller says, is at least as good as a Mercedes and still a real, honest car. Not as much plastic as the modern boxes. We cannot disagree. And it's true. The 20-year-old Swede drives like a new car for the first few meters, just from 1993, and he already has something of the good old Mercedes quality.
No question, we bought the Saab and sealed the deal with a handshake in front of the petrol pump. And we seem to have come at the right time. Because in addition to many young people who think Saab is cool, the day before a winter car buyer came who wanted to take the 9000 with them immediately. Winter car, what a word ...
In the meantime, it has started to snow heavily in Munich, too, and we are heading north in a snowstorm. Off to the highway and opportunity to see what the old Swede can do. Our Saab 9000 CS 1993 driving report comes on Monday.