SAAB Cult: How Saab-crazy are we?

A friend of mine bought a new, used Saab. Since the supply in Germany is very thin, he has imported his desired Sweden from other European countries. No reason to write about it, because it happens every day. Exceptional is only the way how he came to his car. On the ad at one of the well-known portals was a phone call, which should follow more.

Meanwhile, the ad disappeared, because the seller was flooded with calls. Finally, my friend paid an extra to get to his personal dream Saab. How crazy are the times.

He is cult: Saab 900 Turbo 16 S
He is cult: Saab 900 Turbo 16 S

A quite successful used car salesman in a, as the saying goes, metropolitan area now likes to buy Saab. A Saab is a safe currency, he says, when equipment and color are right. In contrast to the countless Audi and Mercedes, who stand with him in the yard, the Swedes go quickly and without much discussion from the farm. Sure, he does not want to read his name here.

The trend seems clear. Saab is a cult, and the tighter the offer, the more prices rise. Saab riders move from 9-5 I to 9-5 II, making a dream come true. Older 9-5 will be exchanged for chrome goggles, which are searched for and hardly found at low mileage. How else is the story of a car dealer - no Saab dealer by the way - to explain from Westphalia, who advertised a Saab 9-5 sedan with less than 40.000 kilometers. Within half a day, the online price was revised up twice. Too many calls, he said, and a week later the 9-5 was on the farm. For a whopping surcharge. We do not even need to talk about the Saab Cabriolets. Some price ideas are now as far away from reality as Trollhättan is still from the start of production.

On the way to becoming a cult: Saab 9000 series
On the way to becoming a cult: Saab 9000 series

It does not always have to be a new model or a cabriolet. Some opt for a Saab 9000 or 900 to enter or re-enter the Saab warehouse. For classic Saab sometimes long negotiations are conducted, and it takes some patience to put the desired object in the local garage. Are we all crazy or are we running from the sentimentality of past times?

Of course, there is always some Saab nostalgia involved in putting a Saab on the farm. Often, however, it is also disillusionment about the realization that you have lost your automobile home with the loss of new car production at Saab. Other manufacturers have beautiful cars, no question, but it lacks this "certain something", the small difference, what is commonly called "Saab Spirit". In Saab, you feel right at home, everything is familiar, everything fits. The operation is no mystery, Scandinavian objectivity wins over the urge to experiment. A Saab is always good "experienced", the driving behavior is clearly defined. One of the maxims up to the end of Saab was to always inform the driver about the condition of the road. While other manufacturers decouple their cars more and more from the environment for reasons of comfort, Saab remained true to itself.

A Saab is "understatement" and "high-performance" at the same time. Friend Marco, who now has two Eros in his family, knows what I'm talking about. And other Aero drivers too. Relatively compact, inconspicuous cars, never pretentious or embarrassing, with a lot of power on call. That's Saab and that's the gap Saab leaves and no one else is closing.

But a Saab seems to be even more, regardless of engine power and turbocharger. A Saab smells like a Saab, it feels like a Saab. Something only Saab drivers can understand and a world that will probably be closed forever to owners of other brands. Somewhere in Trollhättan there must have been a secret recipe that changed our DNA after the first contact. How else to explain the phenomenon Saab?

The last hatchback from Trollhättan: Saab 9-3 Viggen and Aero are on the way
The last hatchback from Trollhättan: Saab 9-3 Viggen and Aero are on the way

Normally, it was expected that after the end of vehicle production, the interest in the brand waned. Also for the blog, the team had expected a sharp decline in readership. The myth Saab surprised us again! The readership numbers on the blog are, after a brief period of weakness in the summer 2012, back to the old level, and the trend is rising.

The used car prices for the right cars have been steadily increasing for 2012. The statistics of a Saab dealer speaks of 20%, for which its purchase prices have gone up in the last 12 months. Saab partners, who have recognized the signs correctly, look forward to full workshops and trade successfully with used Saabs.

Leaning back, let's take a look at the car market! The manufacturers promote new models and low leasing rates. They beg for our favor. For the price of a good dinner per month we can get a BMW home. Without deposit, including insurance, so the local dealer promises. Audi and Mercedes salespeople regularly call and want to redeem ourselves, completely selflessly of course, from our Swedish fleet.

We do not even want to talk about the masses of French, Korean and Japanese manufacturers who bother us with advertising our mailbox. And what we do ? We prove to be consulting-resistant, ignore the advice, the marketing effort and remain true to Saab.

Merchants reading this post should not be aware of the dollar signs now. Because not everything that is offered is also bought. It includes features, color and history. Complete checkbook, of course, in a knowledgeable workshop, must be in younger years. Or as a trader said a few days ago: "... only quality matters ..", Saab fans understand what I'm talking about. And most of all, we like to buy our cars where you understand something about them. At the Saab Partner, who knows the cult Swedes.

Some of our workshops have correctly recognized the signs of the times and taken the appropriate consequences. You are in Youngtimer mode. Used Saab but are sold in new car mode. The delivery is celebrated in the showroom with a bouquet of flowers and small presents. And they offer with a new, used Saab a corresponding rust prevention at the same time. According to the motto "we can always repair the mechanics and it should no longer rust away Saab". The dealers understood. We also !

How to find what you are looking for now, as a returnee, newcomer or if you just want to get another Saab in your garage, is part of an article series on the Saab cult. From now on every week on the blog!

Text: tom@saabblog.net

Pictures: saabblog.net

15 thoughts too "SAAB Cult: How Saab-crazy are we?"

  • Oh, what I just enjoyed the article ...
    I am always happy again every day to read a new post here in the blog!

    THANK YOU !

    • What is there to look forward to :-( I'm just looking for a ;-).

  • Thanks Tom, for these entertaining and very well written articles. Since the lunch break is almost gone.
    I think so that we (all) nice Saab-crazy, whether too much or too little, everyone can decide for themselves. But fact is, everyone is here

    In this sense. Saabige greetings and all a pleasant week.
    Marco

  • Talking about virus or DNA: I ordered my SAAB 9-3 2.8T WXD (with manual switch !!!) from the internet at my SAAB dealer in Graubünden in January 2009. I got my car in April. Now believe me or not I did not drive a 9-3 before, nor have I ever sat in a 9-3. After the first few meters, I was already familiar with the car and the joy is still increasing at about 60T KM. Moral of the story: save the calls! The car is thanks to which I happened to find the SAABblog NOT for sale

    • Then the blog has reached its goal

  • I'm pretty much the same with the virus.
    First bought a 900 16s and driven, then ran me to a 9000 CDE 2,3 turbo and now comes probably even a 9³ convertible for the summer ...

  • Thanks Tom, got goose bumps again!
    I have to agree with you too.My friend always says that everything is so easy to find and she feels very comfortable in the car and that driving is more fun than in our Munich-cars we had before.

    • PS we have a 9-3 SC TTiD

  • For any other brand, I would have found this article and spelling ridiculous, but after hearing myself briefly, I found that every fiber in me exulted line by line.
    Great article.
    Thank you!

  • Thank you Tom for the wonderful contribution! It's also sometimes not easy for me to explain to others why I've been a die-hard SAAB driver since 1979 (99, 900, several 9000 and 9-5 and now since 2009 a wonderful convertible - the best SAAB I've ever had! My wife also gets behind the wheel and just feels comfortable with all the controls and, above all, the driving habits, but apart from her and my kids, I do not let anyone get the taste out ... Selling is out of the question for me - by car I stay together for a while!

  • Are not we all a bit SAAB .......

    .. also comes with 9-3 convertibles, 9-5 SC chrome glasses and 9000 CSE Anniversary
    I hope to add another 9-3 SC Vector for the big daughter next week.
    (Franzi - car is in work)
    Tom, a huge article; Thank you!
    However that may be, we keep up with our cars.

  • An incredibly powerful shot of the legendary 900 Turbo 16S! I love him!

    What if: "Beetle" as a remake, Fiat 500 as well, MINI a bestseller ... 900 Turbo with current suspension .... ???

    Dreams make life beautiful!

  • SAAB, what else? Who once had such an active car under the bum, can only make compromises with other brands! Even my wife, who rather drives only from A to B and wants to arrive dry, expresses itself in barely known positive detail on the topic "Mobility on 4 wheels" regarding our SAAB 9-3! The SAAB remains, to the ...
    At the weekend, the SAAB can fly far again ... .. I'm looking forward to it!

  • Great article, because I've probably set the right horse ...?! The blue 9³ looks damn hot!

  • After a long break, I will also speak again. My first car almost 30 years ago was an 99er Turbo, as you can see to my complete satisfaction, many more models followed, last a nice Aero Cabriolet. Due to an 2. Greyhound needed a station wagon and what luck the 9-5 ll got. After trial sitting (without test drive) it was clear that will be our next car. So we went to the dealer and ordered an Aero black "deer" with almost all the bells and whistles, the anticipation was great. We all know how it went on. As far as I know I was one of the last of the contract back, forced. Then I found a 2006er 95er Aero wagon fully equipped with less than 70'000 KM for a fair price. The deal was perfect! Still the windows were tinted and 18 "inch rims (like the Independent Convertible) mounted and finished our new car. Now after over 1 1 / 2 years without just the slightest problem I'm over the loss. I'm still happy every time I drive, the car is a force! Saab is and will remain my automotive home and I have come to terms with the situation as much as possible. The good news is that I've never owned such a valuable car like this ... And no, it's not for sale ;-).

    As we all know, hope dies last, let us surprise ourselves with the future. Saab up!

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