Reader's contribution by Gerd
To understand that by name, I may have to say in advance that an SAAB is not just a car, but a family member. The green 9000 CSE is the longest with us. That was the last 9000, which I got 1998 in Kiel still new and which is up to today the yardstick. In the north one says "fits like a second skin". 2002 got an 900 II convertible from 1997, that's fun and timeless.
Our daughter grew up in the 9000er. Already at the look out of the child seat escaped her no one and so came from behind often the call "AAB - AAB", with the "S" it did not work in the beginning. She usually spotted more than me.
When the 9-5 1997 was introduced, there was a very nice event at the dealership Lafrentz, The little girl was of course with. Two 9-5 under white cloths stood in the hall. When the cars were unveiled after a speech, I had the kid on my shoulders for safety's sake and the moment the first 9-5 came out from under the cloth, an enthusiastic scream (like the teen pop concert) went down the hall above me. The bystanders looked at me in surprise - just a real fan.
In the meantime, the little girl has become a young lady, who last year in May searched for an SAAB on the internet. An 9 3 I from 1998, 1. Hand 185TKm and very-very cheap. I was skeptical at first, but since he was standing nearby, I let myself be floated for inspection and test drive. We took it with us right away. I did not realize that the prices for 900 II / 9-3 I were in the basement at the time. Now he has already passed 8000 Km without problems.
Since there were three, names had to come. Dad likes to drink a glass of whiskey, but is not set on a variety. So our daughter gave the names: Jack (-Daniels, her 9-3), Jim (-Beam, the convertible) and Johnnie (-Walker, the 9000), Jack, Jim and Johnnie.
He has no turbo, but is very comfortable and runs very quiet, our daughter loves her Jack. I've been looking for a second 9000 CS for a long time. Either an AERO or Anniversary to put away. Unfortunately, the price-state ratio gapes at these rare copies far apart and I did not find anything.
At the beginning of January I saw 9000 1997 CS near 170TKm nearby, I thought of it as a spare parts store for Johnnie and that's what it looked like at first glance. Carelessly put in a corner and filthy like an old agricultural utility vehicle - 950 €! Unfortunately, I did not take photos of the original condition because I had no idea how it went on.
I got the key and looked through everything roughly, the substance and the technology didn't make a bad impression at all. A few days later I went back with my wife, four eyes see more and women see different things.
For a test drive, my wife has put newspapers on the seats, so much for the care condition inside. Outside it did not look better. But nearby there was a car wash and lo and behold, an intact body came to light. The technique ran around except for a few trifles and service was all 10TKm made, new exhaust, new tires - the parts covered the price easily. For safety, quickly on the stage. The condition from below is perfect for the age.
So we took him with us first. My wife drove it home and then said, "It's going well". We stood in front of it in our garage and were unsure what to do with him now. Put our son in a barn as a spare parts store, whose BMW is slowly disintegrating, but he's not a SAAB fan, or…. I started to clean it properly and on the first day it became clear that it would stay with us and is now called JOE (without whiskey). After three days I had finished and polished Joe up enough to make it suitable for daylight again.
First "roll-out". That was a surprise when you saw the original condition and Ambassador Blue goes well with the 9000. Nice are also the rims with the big mother as Radnarbenverschluß.
The technology makes a good impression and works, except for the wiper motor on the right. Switching is not a big thing. Now you can get back in without protective clothing, the interior is well preserved.
If the contracts for the Jim and Johnnie season labels expire in April, they will be re-sorted. I have a change flag for the 9000er, the ADAC makes very good offers. Then there is a driving report. I'm sure Joe would soon be recycled if he had stood there longer and looked the way he looked. 9000er driving is now secured for a long time. But he really is the last old SAAB we adopted!
Text and images: Gerd for saabblog.net