If there is general advice on how to deal with youngtimers and classics, then this: never give up! Anna came to us as a nursing case in April 2013. Then stood in the hangar for almost 2 years until we tackled the restoration.
The conditions were not good, the care problem was felt and felt everywhere. Since the summer 2015 the Saab is back on the road. After this Winter Test With cheap tires, the 9000 now rolls with Michelin tires on Super Aero rims through the summer. And it feels a lot better.
Because things are developing promisingly, despite individual frustration attacks. The appraiser certifies the 9000 is in a condition of 2 - 3, which is quite decent for an almost 20 year old everyday car. And the anniversary passed the TÜV in spring straight away without any complaints.
Small defects. But nothing serious.
A trifle can be reported as a lack on the edge. The EDU sometimes had no function at startup. Not always, but always. The disassembly of the dashboard cover to check the speedometer unit promoted an incorrectly attached plug to light. Since then, the old Saab works as reliably as expected.
Old cars mean that you often solve small problems yourself. You screw your way through your car, get to know it, and in the case of the Saab 9000 it's fun because you get to know a lot about the philosophy behind the brand. The 9000 is of high quality. Everything is designed for a long life and a high level of repair friendliness. Plug connections are designed as one would expect in an airplane. Likewise the wiring harnesses, which are thicker than in modern cars. Screws and other components did not come from the Far East at that time; they don't give up if you touch them with a screwdriver.
Who has the pleasure and has several Saab 9000 years of construction, can follow the continuous evolution of the series. Many improvements, several changes and from the 9000 CC to the last years of construction, the Saab was increasingly transformed into a mobile high-security cage. If you go for the 9000 yourself, then you should treat yourself to one of these fabulous original Saab workshop manuals, which are offered again and again in the known portals.
The project has been running for more than 2 years now. The Saab matured into a good car during this period and is getting better and better. It is worth having perseverance. It is maintained at Saab Service Frankfurt, and Gerard Ratzmann has a keen eye on the Saab. Of course, there are still things to be done, or again. The used air conditioning compressor must be replaced. And there is the thing with the chassis. The previous owner installed shock absorbers that do their job but do not really fit the Saab. The 9000 rolls unharmoniously, there is a need for further action.
New rear cover, new radio.
In between there was still time for a few little things. Most Saab 9000s drive through everyday life with rear covers that have been faded from the sun for 20 or more years. Not nice ! At some point I got tired of the faded part, it didn't match the rest of the condition of the car. A new cover by our saddler, with an anthracite-colored fabric, which was also used elsewhere by Saab, eliminated the deficiency.
Unfortunately, the good Blaupunkt radio had to be replaced after a defect. Since Blaupunkt no longer exists, the spare parts are scarce or, as in our case, no longer available. The optically acceptable alternative was a DAB + radio from Continental in the 9000. Its appearance corresponds to the Becker models that Saab offered for a while as an accessory on the 9-5. Whether it remains permanent, or is replaced by another 90er years radio will show the coming months. In any case, the sound and reception performance are right, and it blends harmoniously into the cockpit of the 9000.
All good? Yes, the Saab is on a good way. And I, too, feel good about it. Maybe in recent years my perspective on cars has changed in general. But it can also be due to the current emissions and mobility discussion. You can see classic cars and classics with different eyes.
The Saab 9000 Anna project had the most massive CO2 emission around 20 years ago during production. It is well maintained and in good condition. The Saab uses between 1 and 2 liters more fuel than a current, comparable vehicle would. In its current state it will last for another 20 years. At least! How long would you have to move a new car before its ecological balance was better than that of the old Saab?
Moving a youngtimer occasionally demands some compromises from us - but it is a lived, sustainable reality. No matter what you want to tell us about the future of mobility.