Anyone who moves an old car should have a certain tolerance and the willingness to repair minor defects themselves. Even a Saab Youngtimer is ready for some surprise, especially if it is moved in everyday life.
The defects are striking.
The first weeks are up Anna project unproblematic. Well, somehow I wonder what I'm doing here. I'm not sure if old lovers' cars are on the street even in winter. But I would never admit that to the family and friends watching the project with suspicion.
The 9000 seems to be on my side. He braces himself until the defect devil occurs. First, an engine of the central locking gets out. Not to 100%, but again and again and more often. Locked or not - is the question.
I do not like the games, and I can not stand it if something does not work. So I swap the broken part. This is fast, is also done by the layman. Instructions will follow soon on the blog.
A few days later, the next defect surprises. When activating the high beam, it lights up red in the pictogram. Red is not good, I think. But the high beam does what it should. It glows. All right then.
The game repeats the Saab with me for a few days. Red pictogram. But great high beam.
I do not understand what my car wants from me, and my car does not understand why I'm not responding. The 9k loses patience with me, and radicalizes itself. A headlamp finally exits, but only in high beam mode. The dipped beam continues to work.
Why is it? Cheap headlights, broken bulb? No, the lamp module is defective and will be replaced. Since then there is silence and the Saab rolls on as if nothing had happened.
Saab and cold and snow
Winter brings some really cold days. The temperature falls temporarily below minus 10 degrees Celsius. That does not impress the old Saab in the least. But on the contrary. The turbo likes cold air, and one has the feeling that the Saab lets the Swede hang out. Most of the time he hangs on the Calix heater and then jumps playfully easy. The automatic climate blows already on the first few meters her lukees breeze, better it is not. Only the seat heating takes some time until the heat is felt. In 9000 was still good, thick leather processed. That also has disadvantages.
On such days the 9k creaks in the entablature and one senses his age. But traction on snow is in a class of its own. The engine and transmission package, which rests compactly on the drive axle, ensures good forward movement. Without electronic helpers on the way. the Saab likes snowy, uncluttered roads. He is Swede through and through.
Saab and versatility
The 9000 comes from another time when cars were still constructed for the purpose and not to gratify vanities. He spoils with space without end. You can be on the road with 4 friends and luggage, and in the hardware store you can load the trunk so full that SUV owners are green with envy. And you can, in contrast to simulated SUV, pull real trailer. No small hardware store toys, but the things for real men. What attracts attention when you are traveling with a classic car and a two-axle vehicle loaded with furniture. Or just transported a ton of gravel.
The Saab can pull 1.8 tons, and he does it with flying colors. Its detachable trailer hitch from the factory is very easy to use, once you have seen through the system - or has found the instructions under the spare wheel cover.
Youngtimer in the winter. Yes or no?
An old car is and remains an old car. Nevertheless, he was reliable, without serious defects. But after 400 kilometers in the 9000, my back hurts. Because I'm no longer 20, and the Saab is almost 20. And I sense that the Saab loses much of its magic when used daily. The attraction of the particular is lost when using a car every day. Moreover, he is to me, after months in self-experiment, too bad a winter car. I fear for his metal when I get stuck in a hectic rush.
On the other side, cars like the 9000 were built for driving. Not just in good weather, but for everyday, robust use. To use a product as long as possible, to maintain it, is resource conservation and lived sustainability. And beyond the mainstream, who wants to tell us something different.
How do you see the readers on the blog? Should Youngtimer on the road in winter, or would they be better off in dry halls? I'm looking forward to the answers.
Saab youngtimer in winter. Is that possible?
- Yes! Because they were built for that. (76% 132 Votes)
- No! Old metal should be saved. (24% 41 Votes)
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