"Too bad to throw away ...."

I've been driving Saab for 15 years ... by accident ....

Back then I wanted to have an Opel Vectra. Annual car. But was somehow too much money for too little "wow". I urgently needed a mobile pedestal. A colleague happened to sell a Saab 900 II. Saab ...? I did not know - but was curious.

Saab 9-3 2.2 TID
Saab 9-3 2.2 TID

I was thrilled from the start. Great, individual design, inside and outside, somehow elegant, decent performance, good road location, lots of comfort, with equipment details that only gradually appeared in other mid-size cars in the following years, acceptable consumption, and - exactly in the budget . It was MY car right away.

Now that I had an eye for Saab, I realized that this great car in the parking lot of my employer was also a Saab. 900 Turbo Cabriolet, black. I also drove Saab now, but was always a little jealous. What an elegant, individual car!

The enthusiasm for my car remained. Until 2009. Too much rust, too many upcoming repairs. A pity, I loved driving him ...

My workshop supervisor soon found a replacement. Saab 9-3, 2.2 TiD, 92 KW, built in 2002. Was I REALLY excited ...? Hm, yes and no. Better acceleration, economical diesel, safer, brighter interior, SE equipment ... There was a lot for this car. But somehow it was not a complete replacement. He seemed less elegant, less individual, the interior was less high-quality, and the sportier attitude should not have been.

The cart, however, offered all the comfort I could wish for, more than the old, and over time we got used to each other. My YS3D was a loyal, reliable, economical companion who rarely needed a workshop. Unfortunately, there was no particle filter. (Luckily I do not live in one of our big cities ..)

But he too was getting old. Rust, a few little things that do not work anymore ... You know that. My impression at the end of last year: more shabby than elegant. The verdict of a Saab-foreign workshop at that time: "That is not worth more ..."

In my Saab workshop, however, one disagreed: "That's too bad to throw away" was the unanimous verdict. And that started my Saab story, the mutation from Saab driver to Saab owner.

Since that spring day was welded, troweled, painted, repaired, parts replaced ... Since then, I've waived several weeks for my car. Since then, I have invested more than the purchase price to meet the car's needs and demands. And since then, this car keeps thinking of new things to keep me happy ... an old car.

In the meantime I have also understood: I will be able to continue driving it - but finding spare parts could be tedious in the future. I used to just go to the workshop. In the meantime I'm looking for myself. And not only in Germany or Europe.

I will have to drive him on. So that the effort was worth it. The regular search on relevant pages confirms again and again: The car has no market value. Saab 9-3 I are sold in rows or offered for the "slaughter festival" - horrible word. The car lacks the flair of previous Saab generations. (However, at least he still has a hatchback. What followed immediately afterwards in models was so little different from Opel and others that it was howling - Saab in mourning dress, mainstream. Too bad that in Trollhättan it was only understood as it was was already too late.)

And I will WANT to continue driving it. It looks really nice again, outside, fresh paint where necessary, hardly any dents, revised rims, fresh TÜV. The interior leaves a lot to be desired. The carpet shows the years, a new one is apparently only available in the USA. The situation is similar with original floor mats. The fabric-leather seats could also use a little refreshing. Who can you trust? Good workshops are rare deep in the southwest, and you simply don't want to entrust your Saab to anyone. I bought him a Navitainer. Unfortunately, it is not quite true to style - but my Saab should be technically up to date. (How proactively you must have built back then that it can be installed relatively easily in a 13-year-old car!).

Now the car is actually "too good to throw away". So I keep driving it. It is still a pleasure to take longer trips with it. The car is still safe, good-natured, economical, comfortable and reliable despite minor ailments - and also sufficiently individual to be MY car.

So right now I'm in the middle of a true Saab story. Never have I been so busy with Saab as this year. And next year I will buy an 900er Turbo Cabriolet. Or over again. As soon as I can afford it. Just a great car!

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6 thoughts on ""Too bad to throw away ....""

  • Very nicely written, also the difference between 902 and 9-3 I - I see similar. We both still have the diesel in the house.
    I think good 9-3 will be very rare very soon, the rust just decimates it right.
    But this beautiful timeless line, the great cockpit and the hatchback with the gigantic trunk are worth preserving.

  • 93 I are really great cars. The design is simply timeless and unfussy, everything from one piece. I'll cherish my two 93ers, convertible 1998 and Aero Coupe 2000, and drive to the bitter end! My 93 Coupe 2000 was on 15.12. checked by the CH MFK. Now I have to change the front shocks, otherwise everything is super! (and the CH MFK is a pretty strict institution!)

  • I also drove one of these 9-3s myself and found it very awesome. The design is still timeless and there are parallels to the classic 900 design - steep windshield, lines on the rear window, dashboard, etc. In this respect, this 9-3 is more Saab again for me.
    I think it's great that you've fixed the 9-3 back up - enjoy the car every day. It is a pleasant change from the general automotive mainstream and more unique in every parking lot when you get back to your car.

  • I think it's good if someone loses his heart to the 2.2 TID. There will not be many survivors in a short time, the diesel is on the red list. I can not fully understand the statement that the 9-3 should be too little SAAB. Everyone probably feels differently, for me he is the last traditional hatchback.

  • Interesting article and great Saab 9-3I! Congratulations!
    But I do not share the statement “The car lacks the flair of the previous Saab generations”. On the contrary. I think Saab has come a little closer to itself with the 9-3I and is based on the classic lines of its predecessors. A car that builds a bridge to the present. A classic design that doesn't look old today. Timeless.
    But good - that's my subjective perception.

  • True words !

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