Most of us will remember, when asked, their first car, which they had in their teens. For some it's been a long time, in my case it is still quite tangible, because three years ago I was sitting in the car excitedly with my father, because I wanted to look at a 900II SE, which was within my tight budget.
The previous owner looked a bit puzzled when we arrived at the parking lot with a 9-3 sports suit and he realized that not my father, but a fresh 20er would be interested in the car. When I saw the 900II the case was already over for me, I got in and a ride through my childhood started as I grew up with this model.
Of course, I bought the car despite minor defects, rust spots on the rear of the wheel arch, Check Engine on, pixel error in the SID, exhaust not fresh, but I did not care. A little later I was sitting in my first car and was proud to be able to overtake my dad for the first time on the motorway like Oscar! Also, when my parents thought that the car would fit in with me, I was of course overjoyed and a bit proud and so I drove cheerfully through the countryside for the next few months and already prepared to go on vacation by car ... ..but it should not be.
Half a year later, I wanted to have an oil change made, so it was good that in a large workshop chain, we probably all know * AT..hust *, a good offer was made. Said and done. Maybe 300 KM after the oil change, the engine died and my 900II SE only smoked, was noisy and did not move anymore ... later came out that I was given wrong oil and was extremely flayed.
Unfortunately, I was stupid and resigned myself to a prize for which every reader would probably kill me, from my vehicle. What remained were memories of the short time and of my childhood.
When I was still in elementary school, my parents bought their first Saab, a 900II without any knickknacks, for me a highlight at that time, because I got all the freebies and a small model 9-3I (which I still have and with my Saab keys stands). I associate many happy memories of vacations with this car.
One year later we drove to pick up a fir tree in the Sauerland, it was snow and it was very slippery on the mountain and my father struck with the rear fender a wall, a loud bang and the tire burst and in the fender was a big dent and totally scratched. My comment as a small second grader was then: "That's probably the most expensive Christmas tree we ever had!" The laughter was great and forgot the grief and my father, the magician, has repaired everything within a few days on their own and even the workshop has not noticed that there was ever something. A Saab is just a tank.
Once we drove to Denmark in the summer vacation, after many hours of driving and search (Navis there was not), we finally found our house, all wanted only fast in bed, unfortunately, the entrance had an archway and we bicycles on the Top, roof. It came as it had to come ... bicycles with their carrier torn from the roof, the roof looked terrible. My dad conjured again, as I feel in retrospect, but when we went back, everything was again as new. That was the prelude to the most beautiful vacation I've had so far and I'll probably never forget that. Swedish steel.
The last trip was the 900II of a winter, when we drove back from the Alps after a great ski holiday ... a strut broke on the way back, but the Saab brought us with broken strut still 600KM home safe. Which car can do this today? =) His successor was a bit wistful, a second-generation 9-3 as a sports suit (which my father still drives, once Saab, always Saab :-)).
Enough of the excursion into my youth. So my 900II 2.3 SE had breathed its life and gone. There I was without a car and slowly I thought that I would probably buy any old cucumber next, but two years later, last fall, I rummaged on Mobile.de one evening and there I discovered him, an 9-3I 2.0T SE, same color, same rims, same features as my 900II (which I still mourned afterwards). Unfortunately, this was in Leipzig, 500KM and I had no car. I called a friend the next day and he actually agreed to drive me there, and friendship is always good for a surprise! Car dealer called and the next morning it was about 5 clock in the morning to Leipzig.
There he stood now, you could see that he stood for a long time, but this time I knew what to look for. Usual slight rust spots on the wheel arch in the back, downpipe was almost through etc. But for 900 Euro I could not resist to take the 270000er.
The most amazing thing for me was that all the electronics worked flawlessly, even the Sitzheitzung!
When boarding, I realized again, what distinguishes a Saab from other cars. Sitting in an S-class, you feel like a luxury hotel, modern, comfortable, but somehow sterile. If you sit in a Saab, then it's like sitting in your cozy living room, the car seat is unrivaled in terms of comfort and everything looks a bit quaint ... you sit in a Saab, you come home (that's how I feel at least ), this sense of security and security is simply priceless!
After we had arrived in the vicinity of Wuppertal and I looked through the papers, I noticed that the previous owner lived in Wuppertal and gave him in Leipzig in payment. Funny that I then brought him from Leipzig back to Wuppertal =)
Last week, the TÜV was in the house, this time I brought my Saab to the (former) Saab Center Wuppertal, because of my 9-3 I did not want to part with my 900II. Nevertheless, the shock was great for a student that would cost the repairs for the MOT, 2000 Euro. Exhaust, brakes, handbrake, wishbone and carrier ... the list was long. In my mind, I gave up this Saab, but this time my parents came on the scene. My mother called me and told me that they would do the repair, as I needed a) a car for work and college and b) because the car suits me so well and they know how much I enjoy my Saab.
At this point I would like to thank my parents, even if they may not read it.
And now my 9-3I is awake, with 280000km, in front of my house, taking me to work and university every day. After the repair he runs, as far as I can tell, like new! Sure, there is always something to do in an old car, but I will certainly do that, certainly with the help of the Saabblog.net community! I suck up all the information like a sponge, which I can get on the subject of Saab. Although the street vendors often try their little cards, I do not part with my Saab, because I associate so many good memories of my childhood and adolescence with this car, even though a Saab is never easy and has cost me many sleepless nights , But the dream of 9-5NG remains =)
That was my story of how Saab has been with me all my life, I hope you liked my story and that a young pound (24) has been infected with Saab! =)
Best regards to The Saabblog.net Team, the great community and my parents! =)
Greetings from Jonas!
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