For a few months now, I have been reading here regularly, it seems to me, one of the few women who are on this blog. The latest Summer Stories were also written by all men who are enthusiastic about Saab and in some cases very knowledgeable about automotive technology. Time for a woman to write here too - unreasonably crazy Saab - technically a total failure.
My story begins in Berlin in the mid 90s. As a student, I met my first husband, lawyer and saab driver! I fall in love with the man and the car: a black 900 convertible, a few years old, wooden steering wheel, burl wood, leather seats - just totally cool. We took the most beautiful tours across the Republic. Open in this special car, the headscarf stylishly wrapped around, sunglasses - that's how driving a car went. I learned that special people drive a Saab - especially all architects and lawyers around me. Unfortunately, it quickly became clear to me that they must all belong to the type for which style was more economical. Somehow we all had glitches with our trolls all the time.
At some point there was the diagnosis engine damage and we gave up. The car was a re-import from the US and had such a special engine, of which probably only a few had been built, so that there would have been no parts or an exchange at an adequate price. With heavy heart, the convertible was in payment and we - now married - gave us a new car: Of course, again a Saab, a dark 93 dark blue and totally solid. In retrospect, the most uncomplicated car I've ever had.
We stayed true to our brand, the car did not do anything, and we were very relaxed that we only had to visit the workshop for 3 years for the inspections. The 93 was economically reasonable and a reliable companion, but our heart to hop brought only the black 95 station wagon, which we allowed ourselves in the summer 2001. The family had grown and needed space for strollers, travel cots and diaper packages. This car we have configured ourselves, once complete the list of accessories completely. Recently it was written here about the special features of the old 95, such as double sunshade covers, trunk switch and fuel filler flap - all in this car. For a few years we had a great time with the big one. Only very shortly after the warranty expired, the first major repairs came. I forgot what it was then, just remember that it was easy about € 3.000,00 we murmured and growling to the Saab contract workshop wore. At the same time, the man and I parted ways. I left the Saab to him with the agreement that I could "borrow" him regularly for travel.
I remember some nice trips to Sweden to the cottage of friends. There is nothing better than relaxing in the Saab with leisurely 100 but swiftly gliding over Swedish country roads. In the following years I used the car less and less and watched how his owner regularly invested a fortune in the car. There were constant breakdowns, which alternately caused panic attacks or merrymaking. So my son experiences on one of these trips on the review of the ski holiday the failure of the heating. All inmates froze on their way to Berlin in their ski suits and with numb fingers.
I myself made several compromises for a few years - most recently I had an inherited old Volvo that was at least a Swedish car. Last spring the end of the troll seemed sealed - a broken timing chain already ended a trip to the Baltic Sea on the Müritz - and its owner gave up. At the same time my Volvo said goodbye and I offered to save our old Saab 95.
Let's summarize briefly: In the last 1,5 years about € 8.000 have flowed into the renovation. After a brief but intense experience with a small old-timer workshop, which probably had everything to do with everything except Saab, I landed in Berlin with the Saab brothers of my confidence and only had "real" parts installed. Oh yes, and after a big mishap in Bavaria I was able to make wonderful saabige experiences with Taubenberger Senior. He showed real enthusiasm for my old troll, that was like balm on my soul, after many taler had flowed. Taubenberger also helped me not to be too desperate about the high costs, buying a comparable car would be much more expensive. That's right, if at some point I had the certainty that everything was ready now.
Although there are an incredible number of new parts in it, unfortunately we have never come to the point where we would have done without a visit to the workshop for a few months. I think the longest period without a "check engine" was 8 weeks. Even if the mobile phone, the golden ADAC card and the concern always go with us, we were with the Saab 2 summer in Austria and have undertaken various longer trips.
Our Saab is now over 16 years old and I still love this car. I even go so far as to say that I do not like any other car - except for the matching 93 convertible - that's what my sister has. The leather seats are still very comfortable, the interior looks nostalgic, but totally noble. I get along without a built-in navigation system and listen to my old CD's. The other day someone wrote that Saab drivers are always looking around for their car as they leave - that's what I know! However, recently a friend of mine from our old Saab community said: Saab drive is the bad money to throw the good behind. And when do you stop? Or give up? These questions have been asked many times.
For a while I have a new job to which also a company car belongs. With a heavy heart, I have now ordered a new car. This is the comment of my 8-year-old daughter: "We will never again have such a nice car as our Saabi. We can not give it up, after all we've been through so much. "Yes, that's true, but since this afternoon" check engine "lights up again and the car always shuts off when idling. I'm afraid I have to give up.
I start now with the search for a customer: "to give Saab in loving hands only to a genuine fan".
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