My name is Arndt, born 1973 in Oldenburg in Lower Saxony and since 2003 living in Solna, Sweden. For many years I have been interested in cars since my move to Sweden and increasingly for the two big Swedish brands. The interest is probably in the family - my father wanted to buy a Saab 90 at the beginning of the 9000er years, but then it was an Audi 100. My brother drove a red Saab 1986 between 1988 and 99, that was something special: summer tires in the frosty winter, automatic seat heating, wipers for the headlights, who had that?
I did not buy my first car until the age of 27 in France, a Citroen Saxo. At that time in the south of France and as a single I would not have come up with the idea to buy a big and expensive car like a Saab. A few years later (and moved to Sweden) but was the question of buying a car back in the room. Then with wife and dog (but still without a child) and with the Saxo, who became more and more vulnerable - why not buy a Swedish "Lifestyle combo"? Volvo V50 1.6 DRIVe or Saab 9-3 TiD were the candidates.
That was 2009, when Saab was already on sale and the closing of the company shortly after the US financial crisis did not seem unlikely. The 9-3 was for me then clearly the nicer car. Not only the - also the other Saab models. You can still see them in Sweden, but I often had the pleasure of having a Saab workshop just around the corner, where beautiful cars often park in front of the house.
Nevertheless, beauty is not everything - after comparing the offers, it was clear that we chose the Volvo. Five years tax exemption as "Miljöbil" (environmental car with CO2 emissions lower than 120 g / km), lower consumption, more car for the money. With comparable equipment, the Saab 50.000 SEK would have cost more than the Volvo. The Volvo had a few things that Saab did not have: start / stop system, compass in the rearview mirror, keyless entry, something forgotten? The future prospects of Saab played no role for me, because even Volvo was then for sale by Ford and was then sold to Geely, with unclear prospects back then. Today Volvo is in a great shape, and Saab's heritage is being further developed by NEVS.
I have closely followed the events surrounding the sale by General Motors (Koenigsegg, then Spyker) - an interesting chapter in Swedish economic history and I can still remember many media reports. Today it can be said that it was clear that Victor Muller would fail. He misjudged a lot, but under certain conditions the company could have done it. In any case, we should be grateful to him for what he has tried and achieved. The 9-5 II is in my opinion one of the most beautiful sedans ever. Without Spyker, these great cars would never have been built.
Three years ago, I thought about buying another 9-3 station wagon and have been reading ads for a while. But no purchase ... .This year then we decided to sell the Citroen - a good opportunity to buy maybe afterwards a Saab? The Volvo V50 had let us down in the cold winter - the engine went off after very cold nights. Later I found out that this was due to the clogged fuel filter, but we still thought about selling the Volvo. So I started thinking about Saab again. Or maybe keep the Volvo? In that case, it makes more sense to buy the larger 9-5 station wagon.
Numerous offers in Sweden, and a lot of car for the money. So I started reading ads and buying guides again. At Blocket in Sweden, 5-10 ads appear every day for 9-5, but in good condition they are often no more. Utility cars for budget-conscious families that have worn out after 6-10 years. Have a 2.3t with manual circuit test driven, the circuit was spongy and the engine leached. A little later I saw the advertisement for KNT180, a TiD Griffin with automatic and about 100.000 km. The test drive was a completely different experience - the automatic fit perfectly with the car and he drove like a new car - looked almost like that. It had to be and we bought it from a dealer in Uppsala.
The 9-5 (especially after the facelift) may not be the favorite car of many Saab fans, but that does not bother me. He is probably the Saab who offers the most for the money today and I like the design very well, especially as Vector Griffin in certain colors. As I once read, you wanted to anticipate the design of the next 9-5 with the facelift. Whether that's true or not - in any case, the car looks unmistakable, especially in the Griffin version with matte chrome trim.
Saab has built many striking cars in its history. It's worth preserving this story - the cars that are still in good condition should be preserved. Good that Saab Parts / Orio is in good hands (the company is owned by the Swedish state), so that there are still new parts for a long time. Hopefully, the Saabs will be one of the "vintage cars" that will be on the road for many years to come - when most other people will float around the area with self-driving cars, or in anonymous ones (if not on public transport) Carsharing vehicles are rising, as they are more and more seen in Stockholm.
Then some will remember that there was once a small brand from Sweden, from which these chic cars came. Saab - that's rare, and it's something special, not just because of the design. Even if the quality of the cars was not always consistent with the claim - but that is synonymous with other small brands so (Aston Martin, Lotus) and is one of them, right? You can not have everything in life, and even the Saab people had to make many compromises and could not always realize what they would have liked to do. But the result can still be seen.
So, get in and "move your mind"!
Best wishes from Sweden, Arndt
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