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?
Our list of shortcomings is confirmed, and there are a few little things. Then the question arises what I actually want. There are options - that asks Kiel from ... what I think is good. Getting the Saab up and running cheaply so that you can have fun with it for some time, or take a solid, long-term approach. Or, the third alternative, turn it into a vehicle for a collection. Option 3 is not applicable, I choose the variant of reason. Anna is supposed to be an upcoming youngtimer for everyday use, not a vehicle that only comes onto the street when the weather is nice.
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 phenomenon. Across all brands, it is primarily the result of careless work. Whether Mercedes, Porsche, Volvo or Saab. In our case, the fault lies with a known chain. Unfortunately, the fact that their underperformance is usually only noticeable after the car has long since changed hands. Owners of youngtimers and future classics suffer from this. A victim: the Anna project. How brutally the work was done in the case of our Saab is shown by the fact that a gross motorist cut into the headliner when changing the window. You only see that when the old pane is out; in this case is a negative example for this provider.
The hope that everything could be half as wild is dashed turbo-fast. The frame is more than just crumbly. It's actually a small miracle that the disc lasts at all. If the 9000er had stood unprotected in the rain, water would have entered. The rust could have meant the death, the situation is so dramatic.
The crisis. Project on the brink ...
You can't weld anything anymore. The frame - or rather its fragments - have to get out. There was once (I hope Orio will read) a repair kit for such cases. This has not been available for a long time, a new edition would be desirable and would save many Saab 900 and 9000 from premature death. Reproduction shouldn't be magic and should make sense. But in Anna's case, good advice is dear. What to do?
The crisis is here. Scrap Saab because of the rust on the window frame, because you can no longer weld? Have a spare part made individually, which will make the promotion even more expensive? Cancellation? Markus Lafrentz calls, I have to make a decision. Anna as a spare part carrier, individual parts on Ebay? All because of the damn rust on the window frame? A horror! The project is about to end for a few minutes ...
In this case chance is with us - there is a 9000 ready to be slaughtered with a rustproof glass frame. The hurdle has been taken. The body shop in Kiel welds; a new disc from the original manufacturer, no longer in the Orio range for unknown reasons, 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?
Anyway, Sweden gave away gold. A reproduction of the rear panels ... the fan can currently only dream of that. It's not realistic. Now the parts can no longer be delivered, no matter how much money you would like to pay. (I would like to take this opportunity to thank my friends in Sweden who sent me two rear panels 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's off 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, that there is a need for action on the spoiler, on the rear, on the driver's door. He offers the additional work for little money on his own initiative, I agree and Anna is on the 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.
When it comes to parts, we have always preferred original Orio parts, also relying on the promised 3-year guarantee. The deliveries came quickly and reliably. We only resorted to third-party providers where it was not otherwise possible. In the next part I will take stock 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.