The worry of an automotive defect, it is omnipresent in my subconscious. Shaved spur gears. Timing chain breakage. Failure of the gasoline pump in the Swedish wasteland. Cable break on the TDC sensor. Let's leave that.
One reads a lot and half knowledge from the net is not conducive to the concern. Especially for an amateur screwdriver and technical autodidacts.
Man of constant sorrow - Alison Krauss & Union Station
My 9000 is an everyday car. I have no other automotive redundancy. After the Talladega pilgrimage to Trollhättan, I thought if he could make it and get us home safely, on his own axis, maybe then, a new mission. Older Swedish metal again, either a first or second generation 9-5 estate car or, more than ever, a VOLVO. Thank you for the new knowledge about the 850. (Thanks Tom)
Why these doubts? It's getting harder and harder for me to keep the 25-year-old 9000 entertained and mobile. Is it basically okay to expose an 25 year old swedish exotic every day to the stress of the A3 in the Rhein Main area? Ok in the sense of economic, but also in the sense that the passion is a real, real time eater?
Claim and no alternative, these are the terms for me when I SAAB and my 9000 define.
They lurk behind every corner.
The own claim to keep the 9000 running, but to invest again. But to leave everything in its original state and - as far as possible and your own abilities allow it - to do it yourself. And if you can't do it yourself, go to the SAAB service in Frankfurt, because only original is legal.
No alternative, because (for me) everything else is not mobile passion. No matter if it is another SAAB, chrome glasses or a 9-3 sports suit, there is nothing tingling with me.
No alternative, because he would have to be gilded already. 9000 driving is not always economical.
I still have a word for you on 9000. Automobile nonconformity.
Back to the concern. It was and is my wife who persuades me with confidence. Why should the 9000 (as the SAAB in the family-internal linguistic usage is not intended for the public) not bring us safely through Sweden? He is holding on, the whole journey through Sweden and also back home. (You had almost everything repaired (or repaired and spent a fortune)). She calls the dogma, what I carry with me, a self-confirming prediction. And I should stop it.
And you're right, it does not do justice to the 9000. He does not deserve it. We are now almost two weeks on the road and are just before Trollhättan. And what is broken? One of the two bulbs of license plate lighting. It must have failed on the trip through Sweden, mid-September 2016 has put down the 9000 a flawless HU.
The 9000 works like clockwork, as Olle Granlund wrote about the three Talladega 9000. Whether on the long route, on crunchy, winding, long-visible country roads, on gravel roads, deep through Swedish forest and lake landscapes.
Do not stop believin - Journey
For the statistics and to complete my last post. Throughout Sweden I have not seen any other 9000 1991 or earlier. General 9000 density so far: Less than ten pieces. It dominate 900-II and 9-5 model years to September 2005
But, SAAB is omnipresent in Sweden and they drive. At the IKEA Museum in Älmhult. As a very well preserved 900-II in the trend color brown. Or as an exhibit in the Motor Museum of Motala
Feeling that every fourth car is a SAAB
Finally: the 9000 has mapped two thousand kilometers on its DCC instrument yesterday since it left its Hessian homeland ten days ago. Two thousand kilometers, yes and further? Where's the punch line?
There is none. I am the happiest 9000 driver in Sweden. Because he drives without grumbling and growling.
Because a SAAB is there to drive, not to stop.
Have a Little Faith in Me - Joe Cocker
Next stop: Trollhättan