Do you know that too? Again, the Broken Witch is on your beloved Saab on the way and the wife says for the umpteenth time, honey, sale but the car finally! And it annoys. Not the woman, no the defect. But if the car is repaired again, you are happy again and do not want to give it away anymore.
How strong should a suffering pressure be? How many repairs can you do until it's enough? How much money would you like to put in the car or cars? Where is the limit of passion and reason to something that has four wheels and should actually only bring one from A to B. With more or less passion while driving.
Well, for my part, I have just or better said that since December 2011 has suffered a great ordeal. My Saab passion is heavily strained on one of my two Saab. Especially in the last few years.
Since December 2011 I am the proud owner of a 2002 9-5 2.3 Aero estate car. I bought the car from a very good friend, to whom the car has become too small. There are no three child seats in the row in the back seat. Actually, my focus is more on the small 9-3 series than on the big one. But already at the first test drive I fell in love with the car. Actually amazing for me, because otherwise I'm quite sober on a thing like a vehicle purchase approach. Well, it pulled my sleeve in, as we say so nicely.
It started quite fast once with the first repairs, which one speaks naturally at the beginning of course, and recorded as a necessary measure or normal wear. So had the same time the vehicle battery to be replaced. Soon after followed the xenon burner lamps (D1S), which could be described as normal after 9 years. As a trained car mechanic for me quite understandable and self-repairable.
Unfortunately, it was not there. I mean, the car already had around 150`000 km on the clock. Now slowly but surely began the beautiful speech again and the suffering increased from time to time. Especially if you can read in forums and blogs, as apparently other owners of 9-5er hardly have problems. Or are owners with big problems just not going to happen? That's a bit frustrating.
Soon after, wheel bearings, wishbones and tensioners had to be replaced. And again the vehicle battery. Except for the battery, I talked to me, yes, of course, wearing parts. But what the hell is with the vehicle battery? Now the mystery solved only in January 2017. Until then, another battery was consumed.
Next xenon burner and associated control units had to be procured, since my main light still flickered irregularly from the first change. After three sets of xenon lamps (D1S) and three ballasts from Valeo later, the light works perfectly again. What joy!
But more adversity awaited me. The DI ignition box had to be renewed. Normal at about 185`000 km. Do you have to expect it. Was synonymous with my 900II convertible. Unfortunately, the part did not work as desired. The box, bought from a third party, because it was a little cheaper, failed along with the fuel pump on a hot summer's day just as we drove up to the freeway after buying hamburgers and fries with my son.
Once again one of my cars had to be brought back to the garage by car towing vehicle. The DI ignition box was then replaced with an original part, as well as the gasoline pump.
It continued in the aftermath with leaking turn signal lenses, third brake light with LED and water damage, fog lights and light relay.
A holiday trip 2015 to Austria in beautiful Tyrol also brought suffering and pain, especially in the holiday fund. So failed in the middle of a pass the Alternator (generator). With much effort, we dragged ourselves to Lech am Arlberg. Unfortunately nobody wanted to help us, not even the local ÖAMTC representative. Here I have to praise my car insurance, they organized us a towing opportunity in the Tyrol to a workshop plus a replacement car (Fiat Doblo with 600 km on the clock) and paid the replacement car even. So we could still get to our hotel near Seefeld. The Saab was released 5 days later in Zams in the Tyrol. With fresh alternator for fabulous 996 Euro.
Then came the summer 2016. A new exhaust sump had to come from. At 225`000 km is still the original factory installed exhaust system under the car. Which of course is great and speaks for the very good quality of the original parts. But unfortunately only partially available and usually here in Switzerland would be available at great prices. So let's see what is available on the open market. Most of all, a plant by Hirsch would give me pleasure. But not to get. Anyway, an affordable one.
Also, a system from Speedparts from Sweden would be great and affordable, but unfortunately makes the Road Traffic Office Bern, where I have to show the car soon again, (every two years) probably not with, because no DTC certificate (Dynamic Test Center - Test organization under for parts and accessories in Switzerland).
So only the third party from Switzerland remains. but he has the "Sportauspuff" of the Eros not in stock. Only a blender. Too bad, but testable.
Unfortunately, it didn't just stick to the exhaust. Suddenly I had bad black-brown spots under my vehicle in the rented parking lot. Until now I was proud of my dry engine. The oil pressure switch was exposed as a sinner. Quick and small thing and good again. Well, just a week later, oil spills under the car again. Sche ... .. what now? The workshop I trust locates the valve cover gasket (called VDD in technical language). So replace. But now it's not like my workshop doesn't have any other work, so I have to wait a week for an appointment.
As I do so, I feel the oil dripping steadily in the parking lot of my landlord, who is not happy about this situation.
After repairing the VDD, not a big deal either, I thought I was rid of the problem. You think the mischief strikes again only 14 days later. When I had to find out from my work after the return trip that engine oil runs out of the engine into the parking lot in front of our house. This time it is not a drop, more of a trickle ... This time, my (still) trusting workshop locates the engine's cylinder head gasket. Material costs low, work all the more expensive. I could go up the walls. Well, it's no use. Needs to be fixed. Appointment in three! Weeks.
Well, I still have my convertible to get from A to B. Once again, it occurred to me to want to sell the part.
But still is not finished with the suffering. After the repair of the cylinder head gasket including changing some hoses on the engine, a new vehicle battery was needed again. This time to the specialist. I wanted to know why I had start-up problems and a battery is due again. The Master locates the problem in a nondescriptable (not yet localized) leakage current that soon kills my battery. Thanks to the almost daily use of the vehicle, the impact is less. Oh great. The master recommends a return visit to his facility for the purpose of tracking down the creepage. At the same time I am also sold a new battery.
For some time, the evil engine indicator lamp in my dashboard is active. It's there, sometimes not. Clarifications in my former teaching (formerly Saab A representation and now Volvo dealer) have revealed, the Kat is out. Now I know that since the summer 2016. Ignored but diligently the lamp, because I had just other worries with the car and the engine worked fine.
But now it had to be. As soon as the vehicle inspection was due. You do not want to see burning lights there. The former Saab representative in our area offered me a cat from an export car of the same architectural style if he did not go for export. Unfortunately he left. Offer new and original from Saab 2500.- sFr.! The Gauls would have said, the spin the Romans.
So back to the internet and check offers. Unfortunately, there is nothing to be gained in car recycling and I did not want a cat with 200`000 km. A third party from Germany made the race here.
For good 300 Euro I got what I wanted and works perfectly since the change. Even the lamp does not like burning anymore.
What's next? Now the rust removal at the rear right fender is already set. Links was removed a few years ago for about 1200.- sFr. So I already know what to expect
Anyway, as far as the rust is concerned.
At this point I have to make it clear that I really enjoy driving my two Saabs (15 & 20 years old). It's my second hobby and I don't have a real alternative to a Saab at the moment. Although I drive a lot of Volvo for work (my wife also has one). This brand would only be an alternative for me to a limited extent.
For all these repairs, of course, for a Saab enthusiast and the purchase of accessories are not too short. If still available.
The 9-5er features new slotted ATE brake discs, a new sports steering wheel, a strut brace by Speedparts, new rims in 5 spoke design, and US turn signals in the front and sports grille.
In addition, my 900II SE 2.0 T Convertible wants to be entertained and maintained. All in all, this is and will be a big challenge for me and my family. Had I more space and money available, more Saab exhibits would probably come to me. Such a 900I T and / or 9000 T. To which I have a special relationship from earlier.
My biggest wish would be an 9-3 Viggen in blue. But that still seems to be a wish. For now.
So how much can a passionate Saab rider endure when it comes to his Saabs? When is enough, where should you draw the line? Economically speaking, my two cars are probably a disaster, (especially the 9-5 which cost me until now about 10`000.- sFr.) Whose every sense is lacking.
Nevertheless, the limit does not seem to have been reached yet. Probably.
Thanks to Matthias for the Saab story! That's what one of our exclusive is for Saab boarding files on the journey. Do you also have something to tell about Saab?
Whatever it is, write us. We are looking forward to it!