Swap Audi for Saab. Saab makes happy.

My Saab story starts in early childhood. When I was about 4 years old I almost always played in the bathtub with a Saab 900 Coupe. Unfortunately, the toy did not survive my childhood.

Audi gone, Saab bought. Saab makes happy.

My search for this toy in this day and age has unfortunately not been successful. My mother does not have a driver's license, so I only had contact with cars when I was at my grandfather's and driving the Trabi under the carport on his lap.

However, I was enthusiastic about the car from an early age. Even before my driving license, I owned the old Clio from my uncle. With that I collected good and not so good experiences even before my license. But this is another story. Then I switched to a Seat Ibiza after driving test.

Unfortunately, I did not have any contact with Saab at the time. It was followed by a BMW E30, an Opel Omega B facelift, an Astra G, a beautiful Mercedes W124 and then (family planning was in full swing) a dream car of mine, an Audi A6 Avant with 3L diesel. A really nice car, but the repairs were horrific.

First, the sunroof drains were clogged, then the windscreen wiper linkage rusted, the EGR valve defective. Last but not least, all 6 injectors were broken, resulting in a repair of about 3000 €. In short, I was fed up with the car. So the Audi did not have to leave again in less than a year. At that time I was living in Rostock, where one day I rummaged through the car dealerships with the BMX.

First I was at VW, a caddy had done it with there. On the way back I drove by accident at Saab center Rostock past. There were many handsome Saabs, most in black. First I drove a Saab 9-3 station wagon (Bj from 2007) sample. The car was very close to me, but the price was personally too high for me. So looked around the yard. Then I saw a car that I liked immediately. It was a Saab 9-5 2.0t sedan in black, built in 2004. I did a test drive on a Saturday with my girlfriend and I was thrilled!

Swap Audi for Saab.

Long story short, I swapped my Audi A6 for the Saab and even got money back. In June 2013 I switched from Audi to Saab, which I have not regretted until today! The car had about 87tkm on the clock and second-hand. The first owner was a doctor and the second a bus driver. Beige leather and the manual transmission were a revelation. I am still very satisfied with the radio (CD and cassette) today. So at least I can audition my son for my old radio plays from Cassette.

We moved from Rostock to Berlin in July 2013. I used the 9-5 to get to work every day. In Berlin 2013 / 2014 broke the bypass valve of the heating in winter, otherwise only maintenance work was due, which I always had done in the Rostock Saab center. In September 2013 our son Arne was born and his first drive was from the birthplace Friedrichshagen to the hospital Kaulsdorf (where I was born) and of course the Saab. That's one reason why I'll never sell my Saab 9-5!

In order to give our son a nice childhood we moved to the parents of my girlfriend in Rügen in April 2014. Since I had to work until September 2014 in Berlin, I'm commuted every Sunday and Friday between Rügen and Berlin. The Saab did a great job. The changing passengers have always said only good things about the Saab and sometimes some told their stories that connects them to the Saab brand. The Saab collects diligently kilometers and pleased me with every ride with peace and serenity. At the B96 we drove so many kilometers together.

A second Saab as cold reserve.

For January 2015 I got a great job in Greifswald. And now we cruise every day from Rügen to Greifswald, 68 kilometers and 68 kilometers back. Meanwhile, he had about 205tkm on the clock and up to wearing parts no unnecessary repair behind him. In February of this year I got an offer from a co-worker to purchase his old Saab for 500 €.

In short, there is now a second Saab 9-5 2.0t in the yard at home. Bj. 2004, automatic, gray leather, 185PS, black, but as a station wagon with approx. 205tkm. There are still some things to repair before he can get back on the road, but what's the saying, "Have is better than you need!"

In this sense, greetings from Rügen and always good trip!

Many thanks to the blog for many great stories and posts!


Thanks to Jan for the Saab Story! This is one of our exclusive Saab boarding files on the journey. Do you also have something to tell about Saab?

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5 thoughts on "Swap Audi for Saab. Saab makes happy."

  • Don't forget the regulars' table in Rostock-Greifswald! 🙂

  • A wonderful and emotional documentation of a mobile passion. I can fully understand that. We were the weekend on the Baltic Sea and actually wanted to stop by in Rostock near Saab. Unfortunately, it did not work out, because we just drove off too late. Deferred is not canceled.

  • Very good story and that with Audis I can only confirm.

  • Nice story! I would say everything was done right
    The experience with the A6 we have been through in the family already. Beyond the guarantee, they can really become a black hole. In contrast, old SAAB are comparatively easy to care for.

  • The 9-5 is just a good car

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