Of course, there are rules when buying an old car. You have experience ... your head tells you exactly what you should and shouldn't do. And it's not as if the warning lights failed completely on the Anna project. But sometimes you break your own rules because you can. Or because you really want a car. Or because you just want to be unreasonable ... and life is so short.
Saab delivered the first 30 series 9000 years ago, and when the Anna project started in 2013, that anniversary was still a long way off. It was not foreseeable that Anna would slip into the anniversary year. The scene around the 9000 has changed fundamentally in the last two years, as has the range on the major portals. Good, well-maintained vehicles are harder to find, cheaper nuclear scrap dominates and is not worth investing in.
Good vehicles are wanted - but rare.
The blog has received emails with Saab 9000 requests over the past few months. That too is new. In demand are vehicles in good condition, priced around 5.000,00 €. Often a Saab 901 is replaced, which was previously an everyday car and has now mutated into a collector's item. The interested parties have specific ideas. It starts with the color, the equipment, the desired gearbox and revolves around the question of whether or not there should be a sunroof. The engine is, actually surprisingly, less interesting. Sure, with a youngtimer you don't necessarily have to clear the left lane at 200 kilometers per hour. Even if some Saab could and it's a lot of fun.
Our Anna project has become more extensive than originally planned. I have been writing for days on the story that is not finished yet and is evolving. Anna is now in daily use and surprises with peculiarities. The 9000er project will accompany the blog for several weeks and will start the next week with the purchase alone, which is a story in itself, because it is a snapshot of the Saab community in the year 2013. Because actually Anna was, following the comments of a forum, condemned to export.
I write about a badly neglected car in the sequels. 100.000 kilometers, during this time only service in an independent workshop without a Saab background - that is an endurance test that leaves its mark. As if that weren't enough, there is also the rust on the window frame, which is the result of the window being replaced by a certain provider. So that the story doesn't get boring, there are one or two nasty surprises. Yes, and what experiences do you have with a restoration over 600 kilometers away?
Saab 9000 - Performance.
It's also about what a Saab 9000 is actually worth and what it should be worth. And because irrationality is always there, the topic of tuning comes up on the blog. Turbos are ideally suited for these actions; 9000 with 400 hp are an issue in Sweden (and not only there). We don't do it that wild after all. But: we're indulging our 9000 project with some extra horsepower and are enthusiastic about clearing the left lane (almost) completely empty.
Starting next week, we will be flying the 9000 theme in a relaxed sequence on a weekday. The first big Saab has found a circle of friends in recent years. At the Saab Festival we had some very nice cars from Germany and Switzerland in our convoy. Maybe the Anna project will please even more fans. It would be nice !