"Goodbye and Hello again Saab" also in private

Are there any unpredictable but somehow parallel events in life? In my case, unfortunately, I have to say "yes" as far as the topic "Byebye Saab" is concerned - however, this "Byebye" was connected with an unexpectedly fast "Hello again", as we will read at the end of this article.

Lifesaver Saab 9-5. Image: Ulrich Beitel
Lifesaver Saab 9-5. Image: Ulrich Beitel

Since 1980, this likeable car brand has accompanied me with great joy - several 96, 900, I and one 9-5 I have made the many years a pleasure experience. However, at least with the 9-5 on the 21.06 seemed. to be over Exactly on the day, when in Trollhättan the Saab company sign was dismantled.

What had happened to me that day? Early in the morning, I got into the 9-5 to drive in front of our, just a few hundred yards away, entrance to the courtyard. I was still happy about the top condition of the Saab after at least more than 320.000 km. Not least because I sent him an hour-long care campaign the day before.

During this short drive I lost consciousness out of the blue and bounced unchecked against a house wall in an 30 zone. I did not even notice the impact. Fortunately, no pedestrian or other car was traveling in those seconds. Happiness in misfortune, then. Thankfully, in the course of the subsequent medical examinations, there were no physical deficits that were responsible for this blackout. Was it an intense microsleep? No idea ... The slight rib bruise, caused by the seat belt, was to get over.

Anyway, the front of the Saab was pretty deformed. The incredibly stable cross member behind the bumper had passed the impact energy to the two side crash boxes, which deformed like an accordion in an exemplary manner and thus softly absorbed the kinetic energy. Not even the three coolers had gotten something. Another proof of how passive safety has evolved over the decades. The 96 would have been destroyed despite the thick sheet metal due to lack of energy absorbing components down to the substance.

But the 9-5 was now for a long time finally sentenced to stalemate until I would come in the medium term to replace the front.

What to do now that I had to take care of a car replacement within a very short time? Wasn't the end of the name “Saab” in Trollhättan a hint of fate, at least to separate me from Saab for the everyday car - the pleasure car, the 96, would still be looked after and looked after?

There were some tempting alternatives:
    • Lancia New Delta (even if Fiat is under the beautiful dress)?
    • Citroen Xantia or the successor C5. After all, years ago, I owned a Xantia that allowed me to make trouble-free 470.000 km?
    • Or again a Saab? If Saab, but then 9-5 with the same engine because of the possibility of part exchange, if the accident car could not be rescued.

Much more important, however, was my emotional gratitude to the Saab accident. I just could not bring myself to look for something else. After a short but intense search on the Internet, the replacement was found: An 9-5 in metallic chilli red, although no combination and just with automatic transmission (so far I am a staunch opponent of automatic transmissions, electric hand brakes, assistance systems, autonomous driving and against much more electronic frippery). But at least it has become a Saab again.

The successor. Of course a 9-5. Image: Ulrich Beitel
The successor. Of course a 9-5. Image: Ulrich Beitel

But what would happen in a hopefully no longer occurring (un) case in a few years? The selection of suitable everyday Saab would then certainly only very limited, as we know it from other already faded car brands: Panhard, Simca, glass, Borgward and more recently Lancia.

The summary:

Unbelievably lucky in bad luck, a Saab is reassuringly confident and the Saab passion will continue to keep me going.

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3 thoughts on ""Goodbye and Hello again Saab" also in private"

  • Traffic may have been more dangerous in some places before 25 years, so a car with high passive safety like a Saab was all the more important and still is today.

    However, today I see many rear-end collisions, in particular with backlogs in front of motorway construction sites. Often, trucks whose drivers are bent down or distracted crash into the end of the jam and cause considerable damage to property and personal injury. Since assistance systems for distance and emergency braking function are very useful to protect lives.

  • "It is not to be rejected everything that is offered in terms of technology today."

    That's true, but much of what is offered today is by no means the safety.
    Or it should serve, but does not nearly make the claimed by the manufacturers contribution.

    When I drive my classic car today, I feel considerably more relaxed and much safer in traffic than I would have felt with the car a number of years ago. How come?

    Roads and traffic, traffic management as well as traffic behavior have also changed considerably in the same time, in which more and more technology and assistants were introduced.

    It is hard to imagine today what was going on on German roads before 25 years ago. Accident-prone intersections were replaced by roundabouts, the alcohol limits and the speed limit lowered, penalties were increased.

    Before 25 years in the city has been overtaken by drunks, if you drove in a 30er zone stroke 80 to speedometer.

    Of course, the 30 zone wasn't even at that time. And what is now an irresponsible speedster was at that time a completely normal driver like everyone else, who was not even threatened with a single point at speedometer dash 80 (speedometer goes a little ahead, deduction of tolerance) ...

    These were damn rough and dangerous customs on bad roads. Had the cars of today driven at that time, I am convinced that not so much less would have happened.

  • Your Guardian Angel and the Saab have done a good job. An assistance system, which exists today in modern cars, namely the emergency brake assistant would probably have prevented a collision at low speed. It is not all refuse what is offered to technology today.
    If still Saab built, then they would have today also an emergency brake assistant in series.

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