June 2015. The Saab Festival in Trollhättan is history. The Swedish ferry brings Mark and me back to Kiel. In the center of Saab, Anna is ready for the tour to the south. In front of me are 620 kilometers with the 9000 CSE. A distance that will prove whether the first big Saab is still at home on long distances.
What happened in the meantime: The ailing clutch was renewed, the strut bar installed, the Anniversary is on new Michelin tires. I'm looking forward to the tour, now it's off to Hamburg. Anna feels good, not at all for utility or utility cars. On the contrary ! The all-round service at Lafrentz did a good job.
The cream pieces in the 9000 are the seats. The construction dates back to a time when Saab himself designed and built the seating. Almost everyone immediately finds the perfect sitting position on the ingenious seating. How Saab managed that - only the trolls will know that. In the Anniversary, the seats have the embossed, traditional Saab aircraft logo, as well as the special leather cover Sandbeige with Pamir or black with suede inserts. The most beautiful is Sandbeige with Pamir, the most ingenious the black seats with suede. Suede is rough leather, and the inserts add extra grip and "hold" the passengers. Small use - great effect.
An 9000 is a deeply relaxed vehicle. It goes through Hamburg; in the direction of Hanover falls the speed limit. Free ride! Under the Moto hood is the B234 engine. With 0.55 bar moderately charged on 170 PS and 260 Nm - unobtrusive and a bit boring, but with a silky smooth running - for an 4 cylinder.
The 2.3 liter and 170 soft turbo horses still have some easy time with the 9000. The Saab weighs about 1.400 kilos and runs 220 stuff. That's enough to be on the go, and the 200 plus X are faster on the display than the paper format suggests. The faster we drive, the clearer the wind noise becomes. Not over the top, but in a way that makes the radio louder. The Saab is not a new car.
He stands for relaxed travel. Still! The 9000 is a touring car, not a hustle and bustle. Relaxing is added: the Saab is free of electronic dumb. Rest for the passengers, nothing barks, warns, annoying. Wonderful !
We drive in the direction of Hannover. An Ingolstadt low-flying aircraft clears the left lane in front of me. He almost crawls the evil left-track blocker into the trunk until it neutralizes itself on the right lane. War on German highways? You could believe it ...
The 9000 remains at a safe distance, followed by agent boxes. The Saab - he still can. Swimming with higher speed. Only the brakes, which are new, should be rethought, if you want to move Saab 9000 a bit faster in the long term. There is room for improvement.
At the height of Hanover the usual, dense to halting traffic. The 5 gear transmission is crisp to switch. Only the gearshifts are a touch too long, which you can change the way. The switching work is fun, it comes to a sporty feeling.
Is the 9000 at home over long distances? He is it. We drive in the direction of Kassel, a change of direction to Fulda, then again in the direction of Frankfurt. After a few hundred kilometers you are still sitting comfortably and relaxed. Anna runs precisely like a clockwork. Who wants a new car? Yes, there are quieter cars, but also modern vehicles that are louder and more hectic.
It's the mix with perfect seats, lots of space, great air conditioning, large windows and the best of ergonomics that make up the 9000. The chassis, rear rigid axle, is simple, but also just well done and clean. It goes without saying that the Saab 9000 lacks any aggressiveness. He is traveling with his passengers routinely. As if, of course, he would drive the Kiel - Frankfurt route daily. Since 17 years. And he leaves no doubt: Yes, I bring everyone safely to their destination. No matter what happens. You buy it from him.
The cut that day is more than 100 kilometers an hour. The time taken is comparable to what the 2011er 9-5 requires on the same route. I save details, the family reads. Likewise, people who think that cars should be very leisurely from a certain age ...
The 66 liter tank is empty, as Anna rolls just before the front door to the gas pump. Slightly more than 10 liters of good super fuel has been awarded the Anniversary on 100 kilometers. This is okay with speedy driving. More modern vehicles are thirstier on my reference route to and from Kiel when driving.
And now? The parts 1 to 5 of the story were dramatic and also very serious. It was about blown up budgets, a car, which would almost have died, now drives reasonable again. Now is time for some mischief! The 9000 is the perfect base for a few extra hp. Saab's B234 engines are so oversized that they even get bored of the 225 PS Aero. And the 5-speed manual transmission was often used in motorsport. Also against boredom. We'll fix that in the upcoming 6 section of Anna Story. We fly the Saab 9000 ...