It is deep winter. Kiel lies under a thick blanket of snow when Anna arrives there. It took two days to transport the 9000 CSE Anniversary to the north. The team around Markus Lafrentz gets down to work and creates a list of necessary things. This will also be a test for Orio. What else can the Swedes deliver for the Saab 9000?
It confirms our list of drawbacks, and a few little things are added. Then the question arises what I really want. There are options - that asks Keel from ... what I like. Making the Saab work well, having fun with it for some time, or tackling it solidly and long term. Or, the third alternative, make a vehicle for a collection out of it. Option 3 is omitted, I decide for the variant of reason. Anna should become a coming young classic for everyday life, not a vehicle that comes on the road only in good weather.
The goal is a state, somewhere between 2 and 3. Nice, but signs of use may and should be, the 9000 is already 17 years old and no new cars anymore. The point that will decide everything is the condition of the window frame.
Rust on the window frame
Rust on the window frame is not a natural event. Cross-brand, it is primarily the result of negligent work. Whether Mercedes, Porsche, Volvo or just Saab. In our case, the fault lies with a known chain. Unfortunately, it is usually the case that their underachievement only becomes noticeable when the car has long since changed hands. This affects owners of classic cars and future classics. A victim: the Anna project. How brutally one worked in the case of our Saabs, shows the fact that a grossmotoriker has cut into the headliner when disc exchange. You can only see that when the old disc is out; stands in this case as a negative example for this provider.
The hope that everything could be half so wild, smashes turbo-fast. The frame is more than just crumbly. Actually, it is a small miracle that the disc holds at all. If the 9000 had stood in the rain unprotected, water would have entered. The rust could have meant the exitus, so dramatically presents the state.
The crisis. Project on the edge ...
You can not weld anything anymore. The frame - or rather its fragments - must go out. There was (I hope Orio reads) once a repair kit for such cases. This has long since become unavailable, a new edition would be desirable, and would save many Saab 900 and 9000 from premature exitus. A reproduction should not be magic and meaningful. But in the case of Anna, good advice is expensive. What to do?
The crisis is here. Scrape Saab because of the rust on the window frame, because welding can not be done anymore? Have a spare part made individually, which will make the campaign even more expensive? Cancellation? Markus Lafrentz calls, I have to decide. Anna as a spare parts carrier, items on Ebay? All because of the damn rust on the window frame? A horror! The project is nearing its end for a few minutes ...
In this case, coincidence is with us - there is an 9000er ready for slaughter, which has a stainless disk frame. The hurdle is taken. The body shop in Kiel welds; a new disc from the original manufacturer, for reasons unknown in Orio's program, will be installed later. The crisis is off the table!
Orio and spare parts for the Saab 9000
Let's talk about Orio and the spare part situation for the Saab 9000. The good news: All needed wear parts are available, inexpensive and in good quality. Parts for suspension and the body, such as doors, fenders, tailgates are also no problem. It is possible to keep 9000 in daily use, to remedy accident damage. Nice way!
Where it starts to falter, there are other parts. Instead of good goods from Hella at Orio, there are headlights only from the third party, with taillights soon too. The rear fascias, also by Hella and almost always torn over the years, have been squandered on the Swedish market like the CD player. Did not you notice in Nyköping that the parts are used in the used condition on Ebay for a multiple?
However, Sweden has given away gold. A reproduction of the rear panels ... of which the fan can currently only dream. That's not realistic. Now, the parts are no longer deliverable, no matter how much money you would like to pay. (I would like to thank my friends in Sweden, who gave me two rear screens and a CD player.)
Other inventories are dangerously low and do not bode well. All against the background that Saab fans worldwide have discovered the 9000 and restorations begin. A look at the Facebook groups on the topic speaks a clear language. In Germany are still some 1.000 of these vehicles in use, the lover value increases. Should not new Saabs come at any time, whose supply takes over Nyköping, then the classics will be an extremely important pillar of the company. Let's hope the alignment will be appropriate in the future.
Back to Anna. Now it goes to the painter. He should paint the window frame, fill the dent in the door and also repaint. He sees, and that is the advantage of winter work, need for action on the spoiler, at the rear, at the driver's door. He offers the extra work for little money, I agree and Anna is on her way to becoming a beautiful Saab.
Okay, the 3. Part was expensive and left a big hole in the blog budget. It is already clear that Anna is on the way, but will cost more money than expected. The shortcomings resulting from 100.000 km free workshop without Saab experience are eliminated. The enormous maintenance backlog is past, all fluids have changed.
For the parts we have always preferred original parts from Orio, also relying on the promised 3 year warranty. The deliveries came quickly and reliably. Only where it was not possible otherwise, we resorted to the third party. In the next part I draw an interim balance and meet Anna in Kiel. And it's about things that happen. Everything will be fine? No, Anna takes everything with her. Really bad surprises for example.