A midsummer weekend in Sweden. Part 2.

For a few days I had the hope that the repair would come about. Mattias said it would take several weeks. A specialist came who had estimated the value of the car on 100.000 kr.

The chrome glasses after the accident

But there were also difficulties: The humps on the roof were a problem. To debug them, you first have to remove the curved rear window nearby (a nice design detail of this vehicle). It is difficult to reinstate. It must be glued at high temperature in a special process and it is broken because of the curved shape often.

New discs are no longer available, so if necessary, a used spare part would have been required, with tinting ex factory. Are grill moldings in Griffin-Matt available? Yes, he found her. But by the end of the week, it was clear: the cost estimate for the repair was 78,000 kr. And the insurance estimated the residual value of the car on 79,000 kr. That means "redeem", so the insurance pays me out (72,000 kr after deducting the deductible) and keeps the car.

At this point, many readers will be surprised who do not know the Swedish car insurance system, as I did at the time. Can not I just get paid the damage and then have the car repaired under my own direction? No, not in Sweden. The insurance companies want to have control over the professional repair of accident vehicles, and repairs are only carried out at recognized repair shops, which are frequently inspected. The insurance companies fear that otherwise in sloppy or partially repaired vehicles, the risk of accidents is higher, or that accidents have more serious consequences than after correctly executed repairs.

And accidental damage is only repaired if the costs for it are significantly lower than the residual value. If this is not the case, the insurance company pays the residual value to the customer and sells the car to a car recycler, who dismantles it and offers the spare parts (the car repairer may not repair and sell the vehicle as a whole). If I had taken the vehicle back and had the repair carried out at my own expense, I probably would not have been able to insure it in Sweden. Abroad maybe, but then there are the transport costs: about 1,500 złoty to Poland, plus 10,000 - 15,000 złoty for the repair, I estimate.

Not counting the time and energy for the coordination of such a repair (including procurement of used spare parts from Sweden) to quasi-new condition without the "cheating" that is common in some workshops.

The following week I drove with Robert to Växjö. We spoke to Mattias again. Of course it was a shame for him that the car was not repaired. The estimate costs him a few hours of work for which the insurance company does not pay anything. The repair would have been a relatively large order for the company, with many hours of work - and the car would have looked like new again. I could only take a few personal items out of the car: the child seat, the two dog guards, the operating instructions in Polish, six CDs from the changer and a few other things.

And goodbye, KNT180! Positive thinking is required. Other people will be pleased if they look for replacement parts for their 9-5 on bildelsbasen.se and find what they are looking for. A perfectly running diesel engine with automatic transmission and many other useful parts.

Now what - a new Saab? Of course, I had already studied numerous block ads the week before and also contacted some dealers. On the other hand - such an unforeseen event in my life is also a chance to realign something. We are currently buying a house. This not only requires money, but also time and energy. A second car or “hobby car” like the Saab was then of secondary importance.

Would I have sold the Saab because of the house? Certainly not. Now he's gone and I decided not to buy a new one for now. A rational decision - the decision to buy the Saab last year was rather emotional.

Other aspects are added. Would I buy a diesel again? Probably not - the Swedish transport authority has plans that from 2020 only Euro 6 diesel or petrol engines with a year of manufacture younger than 2009 will be allowed to drive in Stockholm (hybrid and electric cars too, of course, and they will then be the only ones driving into the old town) may), and that's just the beginning. Do I want to buy a car that will soon be banned from driving in my home country? Rather not.

Would I buy a BioPower petrol instead? Perhaps, but I am bothered by the significantly higher fuel consumption (it is enough to compare the factory information in the catalog), and this with 68 liters of tank capacity instead of 72 liters for the TiD. The aero with a 75 liter tank is out of the question for me - it was not available as a Griffin in Sweden and the 260 hp engine needs expensive 98 octane petrol and does not run on biofuel. What about CO2 emissions? 246 - 251 g / km for the BioPower engines, 204 g / km for the 1.9 TiD with automatic, but only 109 g / km for our Volvo V50 DRIVe, which we will now use for our vacation in September.

Yes, the Saab 9-5 SC is probably more beautiful than the Volvo V50, he is also the more comfortable touring car, the engine makes together with the automatic transmission a lot of fun, but the Volvo pollutes the environment much less.

There is also the risk of an accident happening again. If the car is registered in Sweden, it would probably be collected again after a major accident. If he is registered in Poland, it would look different. However, the 9-5 is very rare there (9-3 can be seen much more often) and the residual value should therefore be assessed as low. Anyway - the Saab is no longer there and we will miss it.

We have driven over 2016 km with it since February 25.000 and have experienced a number of surprises during this time - good and bad. Several times to Germany, last summer to South Tyrol, in winter to the Swedish mountains, and this year to Trollhättan. But who knows - it doesn't have to be a farewell forever. Maybe the next Saab will come sooner than we think!

In any case, I would like to thank all the people who read and commented on my first two articles and other posts. Thank you for the interest and I hope that nobody will have such an accident as I did on 25. June 2017 experienced. This year there were already 29,486 game accidents in Sweden (source: viltolycka.se), of which 2,063 with moose and 2,354 with wild boar; the rest with deer. If you have the choice between different routes, then you should better avoid those that lead through larger forest areas. I had this choice, and I will decide differently in the future and drive even more carefully when I have to drive through forest areas.

15 thoughts on "A midsummer weekend in Sweden. Part 2."

  • So it seems the wildlife is driving down the number of remaining Saabs in Scandinavia. Pity !!!

  • 1987 I had the "pleasure" in Norway, just before the Swedish border, with a moose.
    The animal came from the left and before I could react it was done.
    My lime green SAAB 900 TURBO BJ 1979, had made the moose!
    The SAAB too. I got out of the car irritated and saw a heavily dented SAAB.
    The car was later transferred to Kiel and I left him there

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    Yes, that's a pity about the Saab. After reading the first article, I had not thought of such an end. However, Swedish insurance law was not known to me either. Learned something again. The environmental thought that you / you pursue so intensely is very praiseworthy. Volvo is certainly not a bad car manufacturer, but the comparison Saab 9-5 / V50 lags. These are already different vehicle classes. My opinion is that the plane is a (upper) class better. The final blow to your / your own home struck, I can fully understand your / your actions again. This time is also behind me and you can spend your money only once.
    All the best! (and hopefully a Saab again soon)

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      Yes, the Saab 9-5 is certainly a vehicle class higher than the Volvo V50. The V50 is more like the 9-3. However, in my opinion, the 9-5 is not as practical and spacious as other station wagons of its size; the payload is also relatively small. None of these were problems for us, but it only means that in practical use (e.g. summer vacation lasting several weeks) the 9-5 hardly offers more space than the V50. You can also compare the manufacturer's information: trunk is 416 l (9-5) vs 417 l (V50) - with the rear seats folded, however, it looks better for the 9-5; 1490 l vs. 1307 l. But still, as I also wrote in the article, the Saab is the more comfortable touring car.

  • Thanks for the comment. Environmental aspects are important to me and since we have the comparison in the family (Volvo V50 and Saab 9-5) I think about it more often. However, it may be possible to drive older cars in a more environmentally friendly way in the future, for example the Swedish mineral oil company Preem is researching intensively on “renewable fuels”, to which an increasing proportion of oils from wood waste (Swedish wood industry) has been added for a few years. A BioPower motor can therefore be a good choice. But also a diesel - should the looming driving bans at some point be decided on the basis of the overall environmental impact of a vehicle (CO2, fine dust, etc.), not just on the basis of nitrogen oxides. Driving older cars like Saab also has other aspects, for example auto-mobility is also part of our culture and in an increasingly monotonous street scene it is nice to see something different.

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      "The Aero with a 75-liter tank (...) does not run on biofuel."

      Maptun offers BioPower-Conversion for the AERO ...
      Stage 1 does not cost much. In addition to the E85 capability 10 PS gets more and 420 Nm max. Torque.

      • OK, I didn't know, thanks for the hint! However, the aero motor would probably not be of interest to me because it was no longer offered (at least in Sweden) for the Griffin edition. And if I should buy a 9-5 again, then only Griffin, because of the front trim elements in matt chrome (and because the Vector Griffin rims are probably the most beautiful for this car). A second problem is the aero steering wheel from MY 2006, with these silver plastic elements around it, I also consider it a design disaster - my leather instead of plastic, which looked good.

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          Rims, steering wheels and chrome strips could be exchanged little by little ...

          Unfortunately, more and more 9-5 end up with the recycler and the next moose could be right around the next bend ...

          I am amazed that someone in Sweden does not know MapTun or their bio-power conversion.

          Should be better known in Sweden as a deer. BioPower was or is (?) In Sweden a much higher topic than in Germany.

          • Yes, I know MapTun quite well from the name. I've never been particularly interested in these companies. We had never seen the need for a deer update (or any other company) on our Saab. Have driven the car gently, and if times had to be quickly overhauled, then the TiD had enough power even with the factory software.

            Wg exchange of parts - with me rather not, apart from original rims. I prefer to keep the car in its original condition, just as it left the factory. And there is enough Saab selection in Sweden. But, most aero Cartiers unfortunately have the steering wheel with a plastic border (many vectors too). And Griffin moldings only belong on Griffin models, I think.

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            If the choice is big enough, that's good! ! !

            I must have misunderstood something, namely as if everyone 9-5 somehow had a catch, which is why he was out of the question ...

            Hence the indications of possible solutions. But I just wish a lot of success in the search for the next and the right one.

            The last one did a good job!

  • I was also looking forward to your second part.
    It's a shame about the Saab, but it has again perfectly protected. A moose is not a deer and he put it away really well - respect!
    I can understand that well, my 9000 narrowly won last fall against a big Dammhirsch. This was just insurance insurance grade and after laborious parts procurement he was back on the street after seven weeks :-).

    Hopefully you'll eventually find a replacement and do not worry so much about a few grams of CO2. With these laboratory values, we will not save the world, because you would have to start at very different points.

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    I believe that if you built 100.000 SAAB 9-5 OG Kombi BioPower with upscale equipment, you could sell the item within 3 months, provided the price is right ... the world needs SAABs again!

    • That's an interesting thesis! And I think you too are right. Anyway, I would order a new one! My 9-5 2000 wagon was the best car I've ever had! If interested in such a nonsense as CO2 output?

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    Only good that SAABe are designed for such accidents and nothing happened to you. How fast were you? I caught 2 horses with the 9-7x in June and he did a good job!

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      I don't remember how fast I was going. But since I didn't have to go far back to find the moose in the ditch, I don't think I was faster than the allowed 90 km / h. Fortunately - at high speed I wouldn't be sure the windshield could withstand the impact.

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