About Volvo and Chrysler to Saab

First I would like to introduce myself: I am an 15-year high school student and my favorite car brand is, how could it be otherwise: Saab.

Saab 9-3 Cabriolet
Saab 9-3 Cabriolet

My personal story with Saab started about nine years ago. At that point, I was just six years old and saw some cars in the neighborhood that were somehow different from ours: the ignition switch in the middle and this distinctive sound of an old 900 Turbo that our neighbors were driving and are still driving today. You know that: that's how it starts. I could not convince my parents of these vehicles from Sweden at this time until last year in October.

My dad discovered the Volvo C70 in one of my many car magazines. The only downside was that there were hardly any usable cars in our region, so we distanced ourselves from the Volvo again, although it could have kept up with a Saab; completely different from the next convertible, which we looked at: a Chrysler Sebring with a large 3 liter engine under the hood. We got off this car relatively quickly, however, as the quality of the interior was, let's say, below average, as far as I can tell. As you know, (some) American brands don't have the quality ...

After a few weeks I found a Saab 9-3 convertible built in 2000 very close to us on the Internet. Fortunately, I was able to convince my parents relatively quickly. This was followed by two test drives and then the purchase of the convertible. It is black with black leather interior and the 154 HP engine. The first drive went on winding country roads. My dad was and still is thrilled today. The car was placed in a dry garage during the winter and was first taken out in March. It was just purchased as a fun car and not as an everyday car, although I could imagine that it would be much more fun than with our funny 08/15 Golf ...

In May of this year, a used car dealer in our town happened to have a Saab 9-3 2.0t Sportcombi on offer. I was able to convince my parents that such a Saab is much better than any other car. In addition, you could now also take our two dogs (my biggest argument). Without further ado, the Golf was replaced by the Saab and it was worth it. You learn relatively quickly the travel quality of such a Swedish car with beautiful leather seats know. The first big trips went to Luxembourg and France. On the highway at higher speeds (200-230 km / h), it also remains of the volume so that you can talk well. This can not really be said for a Golf, as long as it reaches these speeds. The only negative thing about the great car is that it has no built-in sat nav.

But you can not have everything! The large turbo engine makes up for a lot. With just under 80.000 kilometers, he will stay with us for a long time.

Saab reader cup 2015
Saab reader cup 2015

Thanks to Johannes for his Saab story! Do you also have something to tell about Saab?

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2 thoughts on "About Volvo and Chrysler to Saab"

  • Nice report. It's started something similar with us, we still drive SAAB

  • Great story ... especially well written
    And somehow I find myself in the story ... I also brought my parents to Saab and now drive a 😀 myself

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