In the meantime Anna has become a daily companion. The start was not easy, but we made friends. Old cars have character - and peculiarities. There are mysterious places that Anna doesn't like, which makes them unmistakably clear.
The exit of a very specific parking garage as an example. Traffic light red. Side window open, it starts to rain. The window regulator is dead, the window remains open. Traffic light green, Saab drives off, everything works innocently at a distance of 100 meters. And will continue to do so. Until one day the Saab is back at this traffic light. This time it is the sunroof that is dead. And 100 meters further, of course ...
The explanation for the life of the 9000, a masterpiece of Swedish engineering from the 80s: at this specific location there is a hotspot, a broadcasting point for company radio, and several exits controlled by radio. 1980 a theme for Perry Rhodan's novels. 35 years later fact. Electrosmog - the Saab can't stand that.
For Anna, the moment of truth comes today on the blog. Time for the reckoning and the opportunity to ask questions about the future.
What is a Saab 9000 worth?
To find out, we commissioned a Dekra expert. Anna wasn't quite finished at this point, but it wasn't about the final price, the trend was important and the opportunity was good. The condition was rated 2-3, the price was 8.000,00 €. The clear history has not been incorporated, the interior was not yet perfect. Today Anna is complete, the Saab 9000 should be a 2. Worth a little more, but still shockingly little.
The tendency of Saab 9000 prices is increasing, but only because the market is almost empty. Restored or well-cared-for 2 Series cars do not actually take place, a fate that the 9000 shares with other vehicles from the 80s and 90s. The reality is frustrating, and very rarely does a well-kept 9000 from retirees come onto the market. Scrap and consumer vehicles dominate. Let's be honest - given the current price structure, they are not worth renovating. As is always the case with vehicles in this price range, investments in materials and work are never returned.
Where is the Saab 9000 future?
The blog mission 2015 was to write the 9000 out of the no-man's-land of forgetting. This has succeeded in parts, we were able to inspire some readers for the first, big Saab. Some fans have rediscovered the 9k for themselves and keep the hatchback Saab on the road with much love.
What's the future like? Enthusiasm for not very young sheet metal is not a question of age, it is a matter of enjoying technology, style and driving culture. The compact dimensions and ease of use are appreciated. You move away from the compulsion to consume, discover that you can spend your money on more fun things than on new cars.
BMW is doing it, Mercedes has been around for a long time, Porsche is stepping up its activities on the subject of classics and youngtimers. The first Porsche Center opens in Arnhem, the Netherlands - only for classic cars. In the future there will be Swabian classics straight from the manufacturer, with leasing, financing and a guarantee just like a new car. The path for everyone who wants to drive and enjoy, but neither screw themselves nor want to expose themselves to the vabise game of buying a car on gravel places.
Why not Saab, why not Orio AB? There was that Ida project - the idea that was aloud in Sweden to offer factory restorations in the future. Actually logical, if not mandatory. Orio has a unique selling point, the supply of Saab original parts. A restoration center for every important market, operated by Orio or in cooperation with a national partner. That would be more than just strengthening your own competence.
The business, beyond the mainstream brands, has already recognized our neighbors. The Dutch are doing it Saab Youngtimer Lease again before. The target group, self-employed, tradespeople, would be grateful for leasing for individual, crazy interpretation of Swedish locomotion. Other brands have long had this in their everyday lives. The Citroen CX, a vehicle whose classic career I follow with great sympathy, is available as a leasing object in a new car condition. The prices are around € 30.000, CX Basis in Karlsruhe has been successfully dedicated to the hydropneumatic topic for 40 years.
The more computers with animated and virtual cockpits roll on our streets, the more sought-after engineering skills of the 80s and 90s. Survivors Saab 9000 will be one of them.
Part 7 was not the last part of the Saab 9000 Anna project. There is more. It is also clear that Anna will not stay forever. Eventually, with a heavy heart, she will have to make room for a new project vehicle. Since I think that Saabs should be moved and not be bored in halls, we will have to look for a new home.