In the meantime, Anna has mutated into a daily companion. The start was not easy, but we made friends. Old cars have character and idiosyncrasies. There are mysterious places that Anna does not like, which makes her unmistakable.
The exit of a very specific parking garage as an example. Red traffic light. Side window open, it starts to rain. The window lifter turns dead, window remains open. Traffic light green, Saab starts, with 100 meter distance, everything works quite innocently. And it will continue to do so. Until the Saab is one day again at this traffic light. This time it is the sunroof that is dead. And 100 meters further, of course ...
The enlightenment for the life of the 9000, a masterpiece of Swedish engineering from the 80er years: at this specific location there is a hotspot, a broadcasting point for radio service, several radio controlled Demand exits. 1980 a theme for Perry Rhodan novels. 35 years later fact. Electrosmog - the Saab can not stand that.
For Anna, the hour of truth comes on the blog today. Time for billing, as well as an opportunity to ask questions for the future.
What is a Saab 9000 worth?
To find out, we commissioned a Dekra expert. Anna was not quite finished at the time, but it was not about the last prize, the trend was important and the opportunity cheap. The condition was rated 2-3, the price was 8.000,00 €. Not included is the clear history, the interior was not perfect yet. Today Anna is complete, the Saab 9000 should be an 2. Worth a little more, but scarily little.
The trend of Saab 9000 prices is rising, but only because the market is almost empty. Restored or maintained 2er conditions do not take place in fact, a fate that shares the 9000 with other vehicles of the 80er and 90er years. The reality is frustrating, and very rarely comes a well-groomed 9000 pensioner hand on the market. Scrap and consumption vehicles dominate. Let's be honest - they are worth the renovation price structure no renovation. As always with vehicles of this price range you do not get back investments in material and work performance.
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 quite young metal is not a question of age, it is a matter of desire for technology, style and driving culture. They appreciate the compact dimensions, the ease of use. Moving away from consumerism, you discover that you can spend your money on more fun things than on new cars.
BMW does it, Mercedes has been there for a long time, Porsche strengthens the activities on the classic and classic cars. The first Porsche center opens in Arnhem, Netherlands - only for classic cars. In the future, there are Swabian classics directly from the manufacturer, with leasing, financing and warranty as the new car. The way for those who want to drive and enjoy, but do not screw themselves or want to expose themselves to the Vabanquesspiel the car purchase on gravel roads.
Why not Saab, why not Orio AB? There was that Ida Project - the idea in Sweden to offer factory restorations in the future. Actually logical, if not mandatory. Orio has a unique selling proposition, the supply of original Saab parts. A restoration center for every major market, operated by Orio or in cooperation with a national partner. That would be more than a strengthening of one's 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, tradesmen, would be grateful for their individual, crazy interpretation of Swedish locomotion. Other brands have long since in everyday life. Citroen CX, a vehicle whose classic career I follow with much sympathy, there is as a leased object in the new car condition. The prices are around the 30.000 €, CX based in Karlsruhe has been successfully dedicated to the hydropneumatic theme for 40 years.
The more computers with animated and virtual cockpits roll on our streets, the more sought-after engineering becomes the 80er and 90er years. Survivors Saab 9000 will be included.
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.