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 develop promising, despite individual frustration attacks. The reviewer certifies the 9000 a condition of 2 - 3, which is quite neat for an almost 20 year old everyday car. And the TÜV in the spring of the Anniversary was straightaway without complaint.
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 make it easy to solve small problems yourself. You drive through your car, get to know it, and in the case of the Saab 9000, it's fun because you learn a lot about the philosophy behind the brand. The 9000 is high quality processed. Everything is designed for a long life and a high repair friendliness. Connectors are made as you 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 back then; they do not flinch when touched 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 longer than 2 years. The Saab matured in this time to the good car and is getting better. It's worth having stamina. He is being serviced by Saab Service Frankfurt, and Gerard Ratzmann has a keen eye on the Saab. Of course, things are still, or again, things to do. The second hand acquired air conditioning compressor must be replaced. And there's the thing with the suspension. By the previous owner shock absorbers were installed, which do their service, but do not really fit the Saab. The 9000 rolls off inharmonious, there is further need for action.
New rear cover, new radio.
In between there was still time for a few little things. Most Saab 9000 drive with rear covers through the everyday life, which are faded by 20 or more years of sun. Not nice ! At some point I was tired of the faded part, it did not fit the rest of the car. A new cover made by our saddler, with an anthracite-colored fabric also used elsewhere by Saab, eliminated the defect.
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 delivered the most massive CO2 emission around 20 years ago during production. It is well maintained and in good condition. The Saab consumes more fuel between 1 and 2 liters than a current, comparable vehicle would do. In the current state, he holds 20 years again. At least! How long would it take to move a new car until its eco-balance is better than that of old Saab?
Moving youngtimer calls from time to time one or the other compromise - but is lived, sustainable reality. No matter what you want to tell us about the future of mobility.