Okay, a quick look back. The basic idea behind our Saabblog.net project is to report on cars. In the way we experience it from our perspective as Saab drivers in daily use. Not from the point of view of motor journalists.
The idea was good, it hasn't worked for the last 4 years. For reasons that everyone knows and that are beyond our control. Today it's about 500 kilometers in the Saab 9-3 from NEVS, maybe the last report on a new car “Made by Trollhättan”.
Exact 67.3 kilometers shows the speedometer. From Västragötland, close to Lilla Edet, should lead the journey south, to the Münsterland. The day before, Nicolina Hubert, not unknown in Saab circles, had been with a 2006-stroke Saab on the Carerra Panamericana in 2 Rallydröm fulfilled, the Aero picked up in Trollhättan.
Our driving report is about the 9-3 that Saab collector Josef Zabel had given himself for Christmas. After Nicolina Hubert “parked” the Saab in Lilla Edet, his friend Götz took over the transfer to Germany - a job that many readers would have liked to have done. Or? I definitely ... and I'm a little jealous, but I'm all the more looking forward to the pictures and facts that he will provide us. Exciting, in any case, because it drives a Turbo X in everyday life and can make a direct comparison. How does the Saab 9-3 Aero from NEVS drive?
The well-known good bi-xenon light cuts through the darkness; the journey begins and leads from Lilla Edet via the E45 towards Gothenburg. NEVS did not reinvent the 9-3, but conjured up what might be the best 9-3 of all time with one touch of the component shelf. The chassis of the Saab 9-3 Aero 2014 is a mixture of the well-known aero chassis and the supersport chassis of the Turbo X. The direct comparison is easy for Götz, because both vehicles currently run on 18 ″ turbine rims. NEVS found the perfect compromise, he says. No trace of the brutal hardness of the X, but still the perfect road holding, and still plenty of comfort. Moving sportily, it is easy to intercept at the limit, no unpleasant load change reactions scare the driver away. The verdict is totally easy to drive.
The 9-3 has the VIN 081. He is one of the early vehicles from the Stallbacka. Built in the short phase, which had a lot of hope. There is a lot of spirit in there, says Götz, you can feel it. The limousine had bought a coworker of NEVS, who does not work now in Trollhättan. He builds cars again, that's the good news. But in Torslanda.
With the compact 9-3, the 220 hp engine has an easy time. The famous unit was largely developed in Trollhättan. We know the machine from the 9-5 NG, where it cuts a fine figure. With the harmonious 6-speed automatic it produces real acceleration from low revs, and if the performance is not enough, there is also the kit from Hirsch Performance. The 9-3 is not a young car, but an extremely balanced one.
About Gothenburg, the journey goes with the ferry to Kiel. The ferry service is a kind of Saab bypass between the home of the brand and Germany. It is not surprising if you meet good friends on board, as well as on this trip. A certain Markus L. has also spent his Christmas vacation in Sweden and is on his way back.
Let's talk about quality! The workmanship in the interior, says our test driver, is perfect. No rattling, no creaking. No rumbling from the chassis, the noise comfort is higher than in previous model years, more insulation material was used. This increases the value of the Saab, the beautiful super sport steering wheel sits comfortably in the hand. One issue is the seats, which offer excellent long-distance comfort. They come from a Swedish supplier who also supplies the other brand with them. Passengers who are a little stronger should feel even better in them than in the very good Saab seats that we already know from the 9-3.
A perfect everyday car means Goetz, after 500 kilometers through the dark Västragötland and through northern Germany. Josef Zabel has a new highlight in his collection, Congratulations! As far as the impressions of the Saab 9-3 Aero 2014.
I like it when impressions friends have gathered over the past few months are confirmed. It's good. And normally I would say: great quality, good tendency. Go on, so Saab has a chance. Or something like that.
But that is not the case because the brand situation is already, or is still, in a mess. A great car, no question about it, but nevertheless there is always a pinch of melancholy. And emails from the community keep coming in as to whether you can get one of these vehicles from Sweden with a clear conscience and without hesitation. A recommendation from the blog? I don't know - honestly.