The family growth

It all started with the wish for the 3rd child. Since we already had a 9-3 Sportcombi and my wife was more or less satisfied with her BMW, there was no discussion about buying a new car. In June it was then clear that there would be offspring. Child 3 was out and I was wondering ...

Saab 9-3 Aero on the way to Bamberg
Saab 9-3 Aero on the way to Bamberg

A second station wagon was needed, and from my point of view there was only one question: 9-3 or 9-5? I scoured the internet, but there wasn't much out there that I liked. Time passed, and September came. Our wedding * was decided for October when I talked to Tom during the autumn trip of the Saab friends Saxony. He told me about a 9-5 2.0T Biopower, deer, built in 2007 (chrome glasses), which was in Ralf Muckelbauer's yard, and which could be interesting.

2 days later I called Bamberg and asked if the Saab was still there. It was him, and Ralf Muckelbauer told me everything there was to know about the piece. In addition, I received 10 pictures by email.

I wanted exactly the Saab. My wife liked it too. I wanted to give it to her for the wedding, but there was still the problem of selling the BMW. I never thought it could be so hard to get rid of a 3 Series. That was the 13.10. There faster than expected and the Bavarian was still not sold.

The price continued to drop, no matter where I placed it anywhere, the time passed. So a Saab for my wife for the wedding was probably nothing. It was not until November 17 that the BMW finally went away - far below value.

On the same day I called Ralf Muckelbauer and told him that I could finally buy the Saab. He was now on the road as a repair shop car, but he had kept him back for me.

We agreed to meet on Saturday, November 27.11th. Quickly agreed with a friend. He was there and we could start. I was excited about what to expect. Unfortunately the weather was not so kind to us. It was snowing like crazy, but that didn't stop us from reaching our goal. At the same time I had an appointment with the 9-3 because of a defect in the ignition lock.

A sporadic error that occurs every now and then and then disappears. In the end it turned out that only 2 pins of the on-board electronics were bent. In that case, many thanks again to the team from the Muckelbauer dealership for quickly fixing the problem. While the 9-3 was being treated, we did the paperwork for big brother.

The money changed hands, the price was really fair. It was even installed in advance a new exhaust manifold, because the old had a crack. Free of charge! Then the summer wheels were
invited to discuss a few more technical details because the 9-5 is a bit different than the 9-3.

A few more pictures and off we went. I couldn't wait to finally experience the big Saab. It started and the 9-3 followed with my buddy. The roads were at least cleared on the way back, the 180 km unwound quickly and easily. The 9-5 drives great, you don't notice its mileage of 260t km.

Now it's time to make him fit and beautiful again (scratches and dents). Technically, he is fine.

Thanks again to Ralf Muckelbauer and his team for the patience and the great service. Saab is still alive in Bamberg!

*Editor's note: Pictures coming soon on the blog.

Thanks to Heiko for his Saab story! Do you also have something to tell about Saab?

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13 thoughts on "The family growth"

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    Greetings from V to ERZ, maybe we'll see you on the A72! ... you just have to watch out for gray, black and red SAABe! ;-)…have fun!

  • Do you bring 9 rear child seats on the 5-3? And the 9-5er does not have ISO-fix yet, right?

    • So 3 adults can sit back comfortably behind. The chrome glasses have rear Isofix. At least mine

      • Does the 2x or 3x have Isofix?
        And that 3 adults on the back seat does not say anything in terms of child seats. My Alfa 159 also has plenty of room in the back for 3 adults, but certainly not for 3 child seats.
        And a baby seat or a reboarder needs “different” space than an adult, because an adult needs the most space in the knee area ... the baby seat / reboarder is very expansive at shoulder level and that means that the driver / front passenger may have a very wide seat have to push forward.

        PS: I forgot the notification tick, so the late reply;

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    I drive the same 9-5 in the same color from 3/2006, now over 220tkm as a second hand, currently with LPG (winter car and summer vacation) - I will never give the car away again.
    1 tip that almost cost me a serious accident: The brake line of the rear brake is unfortunately partially in such a way that you cannot see it - this line broke at 245tkm on the way to the service at Saab Bayreuth! Unfortunately it was rusted through - lucky. I would recommend everyone to have this line exchanged for those> 8 year olds.

    • Will I check tomorrow?

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      Very important, I still have in front of me on my 98 9-5 ... and check the drainage nozzles, there it gambles and there are really big holes. Mine has also rusted through the power steering line. It doesn't cost much, but it's a pain to change. Otherwise a very nice car ... especially with a deer. 🙂

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      Eh club ... very nice report, even if you didn't ask me if I would come with you! 🙂
      All time good drive and have fun!
      PS: But we have to baptize it with a Radi!

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    Muckelbauer is to drive the argument SAAB in Franconia. I say more nice

    • Not just in Franconia. Even from East Saxony I was “drawn” to Bamberg.

  • Just great. I am also thrilled every time by the car dealership Muckelbauer!

    The colors of your Saab's are beautiful! Especially with the 93!

    Drive yourself to Muckelbauer .. All time good ride

  • Hello Heiko,

    Congratulations on the “new”, very beautiful Saab. I was also at Mr. Muckelbauer's in November to pick up my “new” 9³ SC ( It was the same for me and I also felt very comfortable. Fortunately, I had a few kilometers more to East Saxony than you did to the Ore Mountains. So I was able to enjoy my new acquisition a little longer on the first trip. Have a good trip and a lot of fun with both Drömbilen ...

    Greetings and all the best for the expected growth.

    • Thank you. Is really a tin become saab dream. I like to ride with the 9-5 at the moment.
      My wife is sometimes annoyed. But she can take yes then the 9-3.

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