A Saab is turbo - right? I've never had one in our fleet without forced ventilation. How does the Saab 9000 CS with 2.3 liters drive without a turbocharger with automatic? The large Saab four-cylinder with its balance shafts is a pleasant, smooth-running drive. With a beautiful soundscape and a good start, we drive through Munich's city traffic.
The ZF four-speed automatic switches fast and soft, we are well on the way. 146 PS in a full-size sedan are not much by today's standards. But the 9000 weighs less than 1.4 tons, current mid-range sedans have at least three hundredweight more. And the 9000 was never middle class but counted to the dignified upper house.
There is a dense snowdrift on the highway, and the masses of modern small and medium-sized cars seem to want to avoid any snowflake. Slowly heading north, 360 kilometers, where we will not see any other Saab. After the second traffic jam, an all-wheel drive grand moose joins the other Swedish brand and stays with us until just before Frankfurt. If not Saab, then at least a Volvo. After all !
During the stagnation phases, the children in passing cars press their noses flat against the windows and point to our car. With its black bumpers and the bright livery he is clearly a youngtimer and conspicuous to it. In the meantime we enjoy the blue atmosphere in the style of the late 80er and early 90er years. The plush chairs are comfortable, have a long-distance character. The seat heating bullert, the air conditioning keeps the windows fog-free. Air conditioning, no automatic. Back to the past. The Saab is started and unlocked with a very profane, ugly key. Even Dacia would not want to deliver such a thing today. There is no remote control, but you could operate from the passenger side of the central locking from model year 1993. Comfort from 20 years ago.
While we are a bit faster after the second traffic jam, we realize with surprise that more car actually needs no human. Of course I do not want to do without xenon headlights, cornering lights and four-wheel drive on my 9-3. But we are very relaxed in this time capsule from Sweden.
Shortly before the Biebelried triangle there is a long climb, the A3 becomes three lanes. The snowflakes evading modern plastic cars remain in the right lane. Some beeping in the car is probably warning the drivers of frost, ice and spoilage. Children's stuff that our Saab does not know and that we will forget for today. We rely on what we see and our experience. Time to let our Saab fly “uphill”. We hit the gas, the 9000 accelerates, unspectacular but constant up the mountain. With a little over 180 we let it go. It could have been faster, the vehicle registration speaks of 200 as top, which we want to believe now at the latest.
The 50.000 cost around 9000 DM in 1993. A lot of money, but it's worth it. Everything is solid and still exudes indestructibility 20 years later. The black decorative inlay on the dashboard - if you brush your fingertips over it, you notice that it is finely structured - fits the Swedish practicality and is a pleasant contrast to the wood normally used in the Saab 9000.
The Saab covers the remaining kilometers over the snow-covered Hochspessart with ease. Since our start in Munich, he has become more and more agile and light-footed. The kilometers on the motorway are good for the machine, at 94.000 it is brand new by Saab standards. The last kilometers of today's trip are on the country road, ending in the parking lot of our favorite Italian. The 9000, even without turbo, a real Saab? Definitely ! We traveled a few hundred kilometers in heavy snowstorms, rode through two traffic jams, used around 10 liters per hundred kilometers and didn't feel a bit stressed. On the contrary ! During dinner, it is always about the unbelievably good condition of the car. The long-term quality of the 9000 series astonishes us again and again.
The story remains to be clarified with the plan. A few days ago I was in “Action winter quarters”Written about it. Get the Saab off the street, put it away, in the spring find a Saab fan as a new home.
The next day I stand in front of the 9000 and imagine what a beautiful Saab he is. With Aerofelgen (which I happen to have) he would look even better. The exhaust new, a few minor repairs and the usual thing to do with a 20-year-old car, and he would really look like a new car. Let's forget the plan and keep the Saab! Maybe with seasonal marks. Did anyone say four Saabs were enough?