My name is Arndt, born in 1973 in Oldenburg in Lower Saxony and since 2003 living in Solna, Sweden. I have been interested in cars for many years, and increasingly since the move to Sweden for the two major Swedish brands. The interest is probably in the family - my father wanted to buy a Saab 90 in the early 9000s, but then it became an Audi 100. My brother drove a red Saab 1986 between 1988 and 99, which was something special: summer tires in the frosty Winter, automatic seat heating, wipers for the headlights, who had that?
I only bought my first car in France when I was 27, a Citroen Saxo. Back in the south of France and as a single, I would never have thought of buying a big and expensive car like a Saab. A few years later (and moved to Sweden) the question of buying a car came up again. Then with a wife and dog (but still without a child) and with the saxo, which was becoming more and more fragile - why not buy a Swedish “lifestyle suit”? Volvo V50 1.6 DRIVe or Saab 9-3 TiD were the candidates.
That was in 2009, when Saab was already on sale and the closure of the company shortly after the US financial crisis seemed not unlikely. Back then, the 9-3 was clearly the nicer car for me. Not only that - also the other Saab models. You still see them a lot in Sweden, but I had the pleasure particularly often, since we have a Saab workshop just around the corner, where nice cars often park in front of the house.
Still, beauty is not everything - after comparing the offers, it was clear that we would choose the Volvo. Five years tax exemption as “Miljöbil” (environmental car with CO2 emissions less than 120 g / km), lower consumption, more car for the money. With comparable equipment, the Saab would have cost SEK 50.000 more than the Volvo. The Volvo still had a few things Saab didn't have: start / stop system, compass in the interior mirror, keyless entry, forgot something else? The future prospects of Saab did not matter to me, because Volvo was also for sale by Ford at that time and was subsequently sold to Geely, with unclear prospects at the time. Today Volvo is in brilliant shape and Saab's legacy is being further developed by NEVS.
I followed closely 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 of things, 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. In my opinion, the 9-5 II is one of the most beautiful limousines ever. These great cars would never have been built without Spyker.
Three years ago I thought about buying a 9-3 station wagon and read advertisements for a while. But no purchase ... This year we decided to sell the Citroen - a good opportunity to buy a Saab afterwards? The Volvo V50 let us down in the cold winter - the engine went out after very cold nights. I later found out that it 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 they are often no longer in good condition. Utility vehicles for price-conscious families that are worn out after 6-10 years. Test drive a 2.3t with manual transmission, the circuit was spongy and the engine was exhausted. A little later I saw the advertisement for KNT180, a TiD Griffin with automatic and approx. 100.000 km. The test drive was a completely different experience - the automatic fit perfectly with the car and it drove like a new car - almost looked like it. 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 it doesn't bother me. He is probably the Saab that offers the most for the money today and I like the design very much, especially as a Vector Griffin in certain colors. As I once read, the facelift was intended to anticipate the design of the next 9-5. Whether that is true or not - the car definitely looks distinctive, especially in the Griffin version with matt chrome strips.
Saab has built many striking cars in its history. It is worth keeping this story - the cars that are still in good condition should be preserved. It is good that Saab Parts / Orio is in good hands (the company belongs to the Swedish state), so that new parts are still there for a long time. Hopefully the Saabs will be among the “vintage cars” that will still be seen on the streets for many years to come - when most other people float reasonably (if not on public transport) with self-driving cars, or in anonymous ones Carsharing vehicles are increasing, as can be seen more and more in Stockholm.
Then some people will remember that there was a small brand from Sweden from which these chic cars came. Saab - this is rare and it is special, not only because of the design. Even if the quality of the cars was not always in line with the standard - but that's also the case with other small brands (Aston Martin, Lotus) and is one of them, isn't it? You can't have everything in life, and the Saab people had to make a lot of compromises and couldn't always do what they wanted to do. But the result is still impressive.
So, get in and "move your mind"!
Best wishes from Sweden, Arndt
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