It is said that the Saab 9000 CS, having from 1992, is much better than the Saab 9000 CC. Let's see what Saab did 30 years ago and fly Saab ...
The 9000i, model year 89, with the B202 engine has the peculiarity that the valves click audibly when starting. The strange noise hurts in the ears, but disappears as soon as the Saab has reached operating temperature. It is due to the single-chamber oil pump in this model year ... no reason to be restless. After all fluids have been changed and the maintenance backlog has been resolved, we are confident for our second trip.
The plastic steering wheel does not signal premium, but the typical 80s ambience. The seating position is typically good for Saab, and the red seating is still comfortable after 26 years. A sofa on wheels, casual, like all 9000s. The engine purrs after it's warm, the whole load runs surprisingly well. A small car wants to accelerate us on the highway entrance; has the disadvantage. All of this at 128 PS, a tiny 170 Nm, which results in a depressing power-to-weight ratio of just over 10 kilograms per PS. It can't be fun. Or?
But he does, even if the Saab would not pull a moose from the spot. For two reasons: The 128 HP is not really 128 HP, but a little more; The PS information from that time is due to the insurance classes, not to reality. The automatic transmission is short, which ensures a good start. Even after 26 years, the ZF transmission shifts smoothly and without jerks, sorting the gears as you would expect. The downside: it gets noisy on the motorway from 130.
The old, cheap box is kind of a surprise egg. It drives quietly, the wind noise, as we know it from some CS, does not take place. Is it only like this with this CC, or is that the rule? The Saab doesn't rattle. Which is really surprising because it is an Ikea car. Example: The rear cover is a cantilever chair, flutters in front of it at the back, the mounting differs from the later CS. You can easily follow your sporting activities in the rearview mirror. When it is opened, it is wedged between the rubber seals on the rear window, causing ugly wear and tear. Swedish genius and carefree 80s. Ferdinand Piëch would have made heads roll with this construction.
In the next few days, the red numbers remain on it, it goes on highway, highway, city. The Saab and me, we make friends. Living with an old car, that has something. We drive to the saddler, where I pick up Saab seats from the other project. He takes a look at the red-brown 80er years interior, finds the box to 100% cool and is looking forward to the work.
The time capsule 9000 CC is fun. Without turbo, with ZF automatic. When the Nyköping stereo radio quivers, the world is fine. Nothing beeps, warns, annoys. If you want to slow down, do not feel like rushing, this is the place for you. The CC is the rejection of ever faster, more productive. An 9000 CC as a prescription therapy would reform our health care system.
Consumption is limited. The 9000, which was previously plagued with maintenance backlog, is frugal and a 8 will come first after a few days of Saab Youngtimer fun.
The Check Engine lamp lights up once for a few seconds on the first day. That’s it. The Saab is suitable for everyday use, handy, more comfortable than current cars. It is more filigree than the CS, and the generous glazing at the rear provides light and a view. The operating concept is still brand new after 30 years. There are things that cannot be improved.
The cars of that time were more thoughtful than today. Black, sturdy, unpainted bumpers take the sting of strangers. Trapped side skirts keep trouser legs clean. Large, clearly defined buttons ensure easy operation. A car in the 80 years was not a rolling expression of vanity, but a tool for the purpose. The times never come again. Not in Europe. The 9000 CC successor was already vain, noble, snobby. The 90er moved towards premium, Saab was there.
The 9000 CC and my Kärcher have now become friends. An afternoon of thorough cleaning, the 5th run still running black stock from the Saab, give an outlook on how good the paint quality of the 80s was. 90% of all scratches are magically removed, foreign colors - resulting from contact with enemies - have been eliminated with the paint cleaner. With a little polish, it would be on par with a year-old car. So nice! The picture gallery with the current photos was available on our youngtimer blog at the weekend.
What's next? The CC will disappear into the hangar again. We will expand the sky, do what seems like 100 little things. In the meantime, it is moved regularly - like all project vehicles. At some point he comes back on the street, maybe my first vehicle with an H license plate.
Will he stay long term? Feels like at least two or three vehicles are around too much. A luxury problem that I have to solve someday and with a heavy heart.
The result of the Saab 9000 CC adventure is positive. Entry into a very likeable car is available for little money. Smaller is not possible. The investments are manageable, the mind and the inner accountant are in favor of bringing the 80s home. With a luxury Saab. The 9000 CC is one with which you get a starting place at every classic event. Because it's so rare.
There are few survivors who will raise prices once the H mark is within sight. Anyway, it doesn't get any cheaper. A smart investment in a smartly made car? Definitely!