Anyone who moves an old car should have a certain tolerance and willingness to repair minor defects themselves. A Saab youngtimer also has some surprises in store, especially if it is used in everyday life.
The defects are striking.
The first weeks are up Anna project unproblematic. Well, somehow I'm wondering what I'm doing here. I'm not sure if old enthusiast cars belong on the road in winter too. But I would never admit that to family and friends who are suspicious of the project.
The 9000 seems to be on my side. He fights well until the defect devil appears. First, a central locking motor gets out. Not 100%, but every now and then and more often. Locked or not - that's the question.
I don't like the games and I hate it when something doesn't work. So I exchange the defective part. It's quick and can be done by a layperson. Instructions will follow soon on the blog.
A few days later, the next defect comes as a surprise. When the high beam is activated, 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 don't understand what my car wants from me and my car doesn't understand why I'm not responding. The 9k is losing patience with me and radicalizing itself. A headlight finally gets out, but only in high beam mode. The low 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 sometimes falls below minus 10 degrees Celsius. That doesn't impress the old Saab in the least. But on the contrary. The turbo likes cold air, and you have the feeling that the Saab lets the Swede hang out. Most of the time it is attached to the Calix heater and then starts up with ease. The automatic air conditioning blows its mild breeze for the first few meters, it couldn't be better. Only the seat heating needs some time before the warmth can be felt. Good, thick leather was still used in the 9000. 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 a different time when cars were built for purposes and not to satisfy vanities. He spoils with space without end. You can travel comfortably with 4 friends and luggage, and you can load the trunk so full in the hardware store that SUV owners are green with envy. And, unlike simulated off-road vehicles, you can pull real trailers. No small hardware store toys, but things for real men. What attracts attention when you are out and about with a youngtimer and a two-axle vehicle, fully loaded with furniture. Or just transport a ton of gravel.
The Saab can pull 1.8 tons, and it does so with flying colors. Its detachable towbar ex works is child's play to use once you have looked through the system - or have 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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