On the daily way to work on the A3 from Idstein to Wiesbaden (at 110 km / h on the right and maximum middle lane) I was looking for them already.
No matter which model. But they were not there. None. No matter what time I slipped down the A3 to the south or north and saw the Passats and the AUDI A6 station wagons flying by. No other SAAB.
All right, so I thought. Let's make a survey on the way to Sweden.
On the 03. October 2016, on the A7 direction Hamburg. Three SAAB
In Hamburg (St. Pauli): Two SAAB
On the way to Copenhagen: Four SAAB
In Copenhagen: Five SAAB
Not that we lose ourselves in statistics, but as a short digression into younger vehicle startups, a comparison to Tesla's (Model S) in Copenhagen alone: more than ten, then I stopped counting.
Bruce Hornsby - The way it is
Back to the journey, on the way to Trollhättan.
The 9000 runs like a clockwork. Nothing twinkles or scrambles at the old mill as we cozy up at the 03. October started north.
The many suitcases and bags and other accessories such as rubber boots and binoculars (in addition to the Long Run is also the train of cranes to the south on the program) disappear effortlessly into the trunk. He has always been a space saver.
The rigid axle in the back comes playing with the payload clear, it almost seems as if the 9000 that he may now finally start heading north.
The rear, left footwell is intended exclusively for spare parts and any emergencies (a small tribute to the brothers of the 9000 who started their tests in Alabama 30 years ago).
In our forthcoming journey, these will probably serve more to comfort the conscience than the hopeless need to be needed. The author's skills in self-diagnosis and repair on the 9000 are extremely limited. But, as the thinking goes, once we are in Sweden, there will already be someone on site, who can fix the case in case of a defect with the "imported" parts.
The junk yards on the route to Trollhättan are marked, but again, the amount of 9000 dispenser vehicles available is one in one hand, even in Sweden.
Shortly stressful it is only in Copenhagen, the cobblestones and the many cyclists drive the driver's beads of sweat on the forehead and the 9000 bucks and rattles.
07.10.1986 - The Long Run begins
07.10.2016 - Transfer from Copenhagen to Helsingborg
Hollow Talk - Choir of Young Believers
The Öresund Bridge is behind us. Done. The 9000 is on mainland Sweden. And is happy to see so many other SAABs. Directly behind the Öresund Bridge is the first 9-5 station wagon of the Swedish police.
Driving a car in Sweden is something wonderful. Cruise in, cuddle comfortably in the seat and watch the landscape or the other SAAB. The density of 9-3 and 9-5 increases dramatically. All equipment variants are represented, as well as all conservation conditions.
I think of the first lines of Fred Astaire - Cheek to cheek:
“Heaven, I'm in Heaven, / And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak; And I seem to find the happiness I seek ”
Scandinavian Skies - Billy Joel
Great that we are here now. Feel good. The vast country, the generous street architecture of Sweden, whose condition is almost everywhere enviably outstanding. The big parking everywhere.
No, because at the end of yesterday, there is another terrifying second in the underground car park of our Cityvandrarhemmet. Going forward into the parking bay, I prefer to park again and park in the direction of escape. The reverse does not want to go all the way round. Only after repeated sorting of the gears it finally works. The 9000 is already quite angry and acknowledges that with felt, endless running of the fan, even though we only have 14 ° degrees in the underground garage. No matter. We have arrived.
Closing the doors sounds wonderful in the echo of the almost empty underground car park. Full and carved from the full. It's hard to imagine that thirty years or more at SAAB some sound designer worked out what it sounds like when the doors slam shut. The Kiekert locks (Made in West Germany) still work as they did on the first day. The functional check of the alarm system (as a US version, this was an approval requirement as early as 1991) is particularly impressive in an underground car park. The LED headlight battery in the 9000 CSE, which was parked in front of the local IKEA, was also impressive. Unfortunately the driver was not present for a demonstration. The 9000 and I want something like that too.
Certainly, more of this kind will follow during the journey.
The first Laddöl at sunset on the Helsingborg pier is already calling. Tomorrow we will take the ferry back to Denmark, a day trip in terms of culture or history or something like that. (Compulsory program for the co-pilot).
Whatever it is, the main thing is driving 9000.
(Sittin 'On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
It continues in the coming week, then from the interior, on to Trollhättan.