To be honest, I never had anything to do with the Saab brand. To be more honest, my only contact with a Saab 900 I in 1994 was quite negative, because I found the design to be quite backward and could not understand why my friend chose this model and not the new 900 II had decided. Little did I know….
11 years later, this experience still had an impact. At that time my employer at the time ordered me to train my colleagues in our English branch near London for two or two weeks. In the first two weeks I had the choice of a Saab 2-9 and a Rover 5 as a rental car. I chose the Rover, because this time I was also not taken with the design of the 75-9, which our secretary in Slough did twice more as skeptical demand and only took a shake of the head. For the first weekend of our stay, I went on a trip to Stonehenge with my colleague. We drove with “his” Saab 5-9, which of course he was more than happy to take. After the first stop, we changed places and I drove a Saab…
After a half-time home vacation, the question came up again which rental car I would like to have and this time I hardly let my colleague say: “The Saab, of course!”.
"Well, sure!" She said, "But which one?" “You are standing outside in the parking lot! Just have a look! ”. I went outside and saw next to the previously scorned but then lasting impression 9-5, a 2005 Saab 9-3 Aero. Wow!
I know this initiation story is atypical, especially for sustainably saabified contemporaries. But this encounter left a lasting impression on me. I had never driven a car like this before. Swedish design, subtly classy undercooled and this incredible pressure, despite the automatic transmission ..., wow! On the last day of my stay I had to know, pushing aside any concerns about British fines, I had to accelerate this incredible car! A sustainable experience! I wanted to take him home!
At home, I was again awaited by the German field staff home cooking. One day, at the end of the year 2008, I saw an 1-9 Sportcombi on the A3 at Kamener Kreuz. All of a sudden, the memories of three years ago came out again. And these taillights, it should be!
Until then, two German company cars, one quit job and three years should pass. In 2011 my employer decided to liquidate myself, so without a mobile base I suddenly needed cheap replacements. I chose one, and that is actually the second exclusion criterion for a typical Saab story, Saab 900 II V6. I still love (and although not ready to drive) this car today, despite trying to convince me otherwise; and will eventually bring it back onto the street (or one of his now rare brothers ...).
My first way a week after the purchase led me directly to a Saab Guru in Kamen to make up for the long overdue timing belt change. Unfortunately, I got cocky on the way there on the A44 for an acceleration duel with a BMW 3 Series, which I also won first, but I was convinced by a suddenly flashing warning light regarding the coolant and the convincing display of the current coolant temperature from breaking off the whole thing and leaving the highway as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there was no warning light for "There is no coolant left", so that the engine stopped operating prophylactically when leaving the motorway.
Long story short: The accumulated maintenance backlog and the technical inability of the previous owner had given my “Sven” the rest. In addition to a burst coolant hose, a blown-out cylinder head gasket and, thanks to the coolant unsuitable for aluminum heads, considerable corrosion of the cylinder heads turned out, which could only be remedied by brazen welding and planning.
Several attempts and a lot of money to get the car back afloat, then came before a new job without a company car. And now it should finally be time. A detailed Internet research was followed by a trip to Bonn to visit two 9-3 (a sedan a Sportcombi).
First the limousine: a somewhat greasy, supposed “premium cars” dealer in a Bonn suburb. Here a white 9-3 limousine was waiting for us. As it quickly turned out, a grotto !, former rental car in Romania (!), With an empty tank and empty drinks bottles with Romanian inscription behind the seats in the supposedly “premium” showroom. The question of a test drive was answered with: "Unfortunately the battery is empty, we charge it, but we just have to get a can of fuel from the petrol station." We thanked you and tried to insurably try to come back immediately ...
The further path led us to Automobile Kunert in Bonn. It said “she”. My Svenja! Year of construction 2008, 1.9TTid Sportcombi, freshly polished, gray metallic, leasing returns, summer rims from Brock in body color, less than 60tkm and a more than reasonable price, etc, etc, ...
A short test drive, despite the diesel, the familiar “Saab feeling” immediately set in. The decision was made quickly! When we rolled back onto the courtyard, the next interested party picked up the outer door handle. When I asked him whether he was also interested in this car, I unfortunately had to give him a noticeably disappointing answer: "I'm sorry, you don't need to test it anymore, I'll buy it now!". I can still see his desperate expression on my face today and I wish he had found his Saab too!
We have had our Svenja for four years now and it is clear that if it ever has to give way, then only for another Saab. Unfortunately I can not decide whether it is a 900 I, a 900 II V6, a Sonett or rather the Turbo-X ...
And then there is Sven who would like to drive again….
Or a 99 ...?
Thanks to Markus for his Saab story! Do you also have something to tell about Saab?
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