This week we start shipping our Saab reader cups. One of them goes to Heinz in Switzerland. He is a loyal blog reader and Saab fan. Here comes his Saab story.
My first contact with SAAB was about 1981 in a very special way. At that time, I drove an age-old Audi 80, 1100 ccm and orange paint yuck! On a rainy evening in the middle of the city of Zurich, I had to brake hard and it crashed behind me.
Unfortunately, the SAAB 900 Turbo-3 behind me could not brake in time and thundered into the rear of my orange bijou. Conclusion: the Audi suffered damage of several hundred Swiss francs. The SAAB, however, remained without scratches - unbelievable. Wow, what a quality and stability!
During this time I played music in a dance band and our drummer proudly showed me a glossy leaflet of the SAAB 900 Turbo. He said with a grin that he had just bought this "cool" car. Carefully I studied the brochure and wondered about some clever details in the standard equipment, which I have never seen in other vehicles, eg sills on the door, ignition in the center console, turbo engine, high safety standard for those times, etc.).
Test drives with the drummer convinced me completely of this car.
Although I could not afford a new SAAB, I started reading ads and visiting SAAB garages. In the fall of 1983 I found the jewel that fascinated and accompanied me for several years. Here are some pictures of the 900 Turbo-3:
Time passed and I was constantly on the road with this SAAB and drove many kilometers. After reaching the 145'000 km mark, I thought - still a naive SAAB freshman, that it would be wiser to sell the car while I could get some money for it. Said - and unfortunately done from today's perspective. The then buyer from Winterthur drove for a long time with "my SAAB" and was very satisfied with it.
There followed another time with an Audi, which I was frankly very satisfied with. A few years later, the fever caught me again when I saw an advertisement for a silvery SAAB 900 Turbo-3. After the inspection and test drive, I bought the car immediately. Since I couldn't sell my Audi with the best will in the world at a decent price, I parted with my SAAB with a heavy heart - selling it was absolutely no problem.
In the early nineties I decided to do a test drive with a SAAB 900 II. Unfortunately this experience was not comparable to what I knew and we were quite disappointed. Of course, I also did not like that GM took the helm at SAAB. So we drove on with Audi.
Now I had a long dry spell regarding SAAB. On the one hand there were quite a few family changes and I soon became the father of a son and we also built a house. After about 4 years I moved to another area in Switzerland for business and we bought and renovated an older house with a lot of change. The family, the house and garden, the job - everything was always more important than cars.
A good 4 years ago the SAAB fire started to blaze again and again. I have seen the 9-3 II on the streets time and again and we really liked it. I have come into contact with a very nice SAAB dealer in the Bern region and we have had long discussions about the good old SAAB times. After assuring me that even today's SAAB are of very good quality, my wife and I went on a test drive with a SAAB 9-3 2.0 with 220 PS. Unlike my last SAAB test drive we felt very comfortable and the car was thrilled from the first minute.
Back in the showroom of the garage we talked about engines, equipment and prices. The interruption by a telephone call gave us the opportunity to look at all vehicles in the showroom. My wife immediately moved to a new, black SAAB 9-5 NG. She made herself comfortable in the driver's seat and called to me. Hey, look, this ambiance is even more beautiful than in the 9-3! Actually, I felt great in this vehicle. Shortly thereafter, we were already in the demonstration car, again on a test drive.
We were so enthusiastic that we immediately shelved the 9-3 project in favor of the 9-5 NG. After careful consideration, we ordered a new 2011-9 NG Vector in October 5. Delivery was announced for April 2012. What happened next is known to all SAAB fans☹ - unfortunately the order definitely had to be canceled - and the dream was over! The garage demonstration car had already been sold and we then decided in favor of a first-hand occasion, a very nice SAAB 9-5 Vector 1.9 TiD:
To be honest, that's a very good choice. To date, it runs wonderfully, offers a lot of ride comfort and is also not very thirsty. Who knows maybe results in the near future still the possibility to buy a well retracted SAAB 9-5 NG. As a fan of SAAB, I've been brought up to patience in recent years. Of course, I do not give up the hope that a time comes with new SAAB's☺