In spring 2013, the blog was about getting started with the Saab hobby. Our “Saab Kult” series of articles presented the Saab 9000, Saab 900 II and Saab 9-3 I as inexpensive, well-tolerated entry-level drugs. 18 months have now passed - reason for a critical market check.
While a story is running in Trollhättan that makes the wildest troll's hair stand on end, the brand is developing its cult factor. Saab is a popular topic in oldtimer and youngtimer magazines, our youngtimer blog is enjoying growing visitor numbers, and vehicles are welcome at rallies and events. The press writes of "legendary brand" or about the "cult brand" when it comes to cars. It's nice, but did it benefit the vehicles?
The first Saab 9000s will be able to drive through the country with an H license plate next year. The still fresh, unused hatchback concept turns 30. It's hard to believe. In April 2013 the article “Saab Kult - Get in with the 9000 CS" read. I had left out the CC because by then it had more or less disappeared from our streets. In April 2013, more than 80 used 9000s were for sale on mobile.de in Germany. The stock shrank in autumn 2014, more quickly than expected. Almost 50 Saab 9000 are not a large offer, half of them cost less than € 1.000,00, which corresponds to the condition of the vehicles. They are ready for export ... or for the scrap press.
The price range between € 2.000,00 and € 3.000,00 has shrunk, while the 3.000,00 plus X category has revived. There you will find exceptional vehicles, sometimes at very self-confident prices. Very good equipment, first or second hand, clear history, a few kilometers. Top prices up to € 14.900 are called, but I doubt that they will be paid at that amount.
Who in the year 2013 followed the buy recommendation, maybe bought an Aero or Anniversary, has done everything right. The market is drying up, and at a rapid pace. Conversely, good vehicles become more expensive and more valued.
Saab 9 3 I
On the other hand, the selection of Saab 9-3 I is really luscious. But here too, if you want to indulge in the Saab cult at moderate prices, you should be in a hurry. The 9-3 I contains more than 250 copies at mobile.de in Germany. Including many convertibles, which are not too expensive and whose condition is acceptable. Fans of topless can (still) find what their hearts desire. The price level will hardly be cheaper, because the selection will shrink here as well.
Because the 9-3 I has a problem, that's the rust. In fact, he likes to rust where it is expected, at the rear wheel arches, and wherever you do not expect it. How serious the problems are, can be seen only after disassembly of the attachments. The condition of most vehicles is still such that they can be repaired and preserved with reasonable effort. In a year or two, it could be too late for many 9-3 I and work on the body in any relation to the lover value. For convertibles and normal coupes and 5-doors, the situation looks relaxed, you can now shop at low prices.
When I read the article in February 2013Saab cult: boarding with the 9-3 I”Wrote, my advice was to treat yourself to a 9-3 Aero with Viggen Body Kit. The star designer Ian Callum's parts originally came from the Saab Viggen and were only assembled on the 9-3 Aero at the end of the construction period. The fact that the route was already mapped out as a rare collector's item for the aero due to manageable quantities appeared predictable and has also proven to be true. Two convertibles, two coupes, no 5-door. That's how much there is in the market in Germany.
Since I found my Saab 2013-9 Aero with Viggen Body Kit in spring 3 after a long search, the prices have risen sharply. What seemed daring or expensive 18 months ago is cheap today. Prices will continue to climb, if only with regard to the development in Trollhättan. The last hatchback Saab of a bygone era, a limited production figure. The 9-3 Aero with Viggen Body Kit makes its way.
And while the cult factor story seems to work on Saab 9000 and Saab 9-3, another series still sits in the basement. And does not even move in the beginning.
Saab 900 II
What is going on with the Saab 900 II so thoroughly and permanently wrong? I would like to write something positive about the subject, but I lack the arguments. The 900 II is the basement child of the scene, it will probably stay forever. Cabriolets and coupes are below those of the successor series, actually it should be the other way around.
The low price level, it has since Saab cult article 2013 not changed in February, is deadly for the vehicles. Hardly anyone is making big investments, most Saab 900 II suffer from backlogs. With the 9-3 I and 9000 the restoration projects sprout up, with the 900 II I can think of a single project in the last months. And also in my Saab circle of friends the 900 II is missing. From the Saab 96, over 99, 900 I, 9-3 I up to the 9000. Everything is there. Just not 900 II.
The community's vote seems clear and somehow sad. Because a chapter of Saab history is drifting offside. Why is it? Too much GM, a ruined reputation, the 9-3 I just the better car? No idea! Perhaps readers can find an explanation.
What happens in Sweden, we can not influence. A brand breathes when you see vehicles on the streets. Caring for Saabs, driving daily is our contribution!