We just wanted to know! Getting a Saab from the scrap is a crazy idea, even if you get the Saab for free. Or what? With our Saab 9-5 sports suit from 1999, the Paul Project, we have captured all the problems that an older Saab can have. Today is the moment of truth and time for a first interim settlement. Let's see how much money went into the project.
The condition of the 9-5 was pathetic because it had actually been put away to go to the recycler. Markus Lafrentz, repeatedly involved in Saab mischief on the blog, gave us the station wagon. An initial spark for the project, and his team should bring the Saab back to life.
New turbocharger, new clutch
The first Parts Installation in March was just the tip of the iceberg. We had to buy a new turbocharger as a prelude, Skandix paid Paul a lot of small parts as a godfather, and already stood as if by magic 1.900,00 Euro on the bill.
It did not remain, because hardly ran the Saab again, the clutch reported as broken. A new clutch kit also went to the bill. This was followed by the major inspection with all liquids, a partial painting, many small and wear parts. A new set of keys was ordered from Orio because the original key with a clunky vintage remote control from 1999 seemed more like a case for a historical collection and the replacement key was missing.
In addition, there was the workshop invoice for the dismantling of the oil pan and the renewal of the engine ventilation. In addition to the installation of clutch, turbocharger, completely new brakes and pads at the rear and front. New bushings on the trailing arm and front frame ... the chassis was also an open construction site. Just like the chassis bushings, springs and dampers were at the end. Skandix supplied us with Sachs dampers, with Eibach sport springs a subtle lowering for a sporty look was achieved.
Meanwhile, we had Paul at the preparer, the windows were foiled. As a nice touch, the company took over part of the cost and became another of Paul's godparents. However, the bill was still way above 6.000,00 €, and still we had not talked about new rims and tires.
18 ″ Inca rims for a sporty look
Fortunately for us, the Inca rims in 18 ″ format were included in the spring Orio to the particularly favorable course, which was just to be forced into the budget. The choice of tires, with austerity, fell on the Kumho Ecsta SPT in the format 225 / 40 R18. Normally, I am an avowed Michelin fan, all my Saabs roll on tires of this brand. But for under 80,00 € per tire, there is no Michelin, so we test the Kumhos. The first impression is good, much better than expected. What the tires are good, everyday life will show with Paul.
What have we invested so far?
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The invoice currently contains € 7.157,83, which means that the Projektaab has completely used up our budget. As a consolation, it is technically completely renewed, optically acceptable, but still not covered, insured or approved….
Is it crazy to get an old Saab out of the junk?
The question is in the room, how crazy the project actually is? The amount invested will never be redeemable, the value of the 17 years old station wagon is much lower. But we never did.
The Paul Project was about keeping an early 9-5 on the road. And to show that you can turn an old, rotten Saab back into a meaningful everyday car. Assuming that you can now use the station wagon as a good family car for years to come without investing a lot outside of the usual maintenance, then the campaign was not expensive.
If you continue to assume that you don't have to drive the complete program with every old Saab, turbocharger, chassis, clutch, brakes, rust protection, partial paintwork and so on, then a 9-5 is an inexpensive way to return a stylish and individual car to bring into life.
Early Saab 9-5 stands for little money for sale on the gravel fields of the Republic. They are unloved, tough grandfather clocks, no fast-moving. Miles away from the classics, as modern cars too modern, they have a modest prognosis for the future. But if you get a good, well-kept car for little money (no Paul please!), That does not go wrong. Because these old, underrated and underrated cars are pleasant and timeless friends for everyday life.
An early Saab 9-5 can be a bargain.
There are many consumer cars offered that are better ignored, but again and again drops of garage gold from 1. or 2. Hand on the market. Regularly maintained, mostly chauffeured by older people. They are cheap, the situation is similar to that of the Saab 9000 a few years ago, even if the offer on the 9-5 is much thinner. Orio has repeatedly adjusted the prices of spare parts to the market in recent years, the supply is good, gaps are also closed by third parties and parts nachproduziert.
Paul will be able to show how fun and style factor will be in everyday life in the next few months. For Mark and me, the project is a lesson with an ever-increasing learning curve. Because it brought us personally and financially to the limits and has significantly delayed. The blog is not a professional event, but only hobby of two incorrigible Saab people.
The Saab 9-5 sports suit will therefore accompany us longer than planned, we will drive Paul into the summer of 2017 ... so that we have enough time to visit Paul's godparents, to drive to Saab meetings with Paul, and for fans to give Paul the opportunity to move himself.
It is also clear that a vehicle that has been standing for so long will have unpleasant surprises in store. The first is already indicated, Paul will soon visit the Saab Service Frankfurt team.
If there is another question about the interim billing:
Have we regretted triggering this madness - the Paul project?