My Saab Story - Endless Saab Love

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.

Saab 9-5 sports car in the capital

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".

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

The story of an unforgettable holiday trip, a restoration or another event in life with the cult brand from Trollhättan?

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27 thoughts on "My Saab Story - Endless Saab Love"

  • @ Tom:
    Can you send me the contact details for Natascha to my e-mail address? Then I'll visit her on occasion.
    Thank you!

  • Thank you, very much. Tom has my contact information, I asked him to give it to you on request.

  • We like to support the blog. We read the story with a laughing and a crying eye.
    Once again, it's clear to us: as long as there's Saabs on the road, we'll take care of it. If you can not count, you have to do it with passion! Saab drivers, like the author of this tragic-comic story, are just worth it!

  • Yes, Natascha - the black 9-5 (the most beautiful combination I can imagine for this model) always puts you to the test.
    When I'm back in Berlin, I would like to come and talk to you well. That will be fine.
    Give me a chance to contact you and I'll contact you on occasion.

  • Hello Natasha, who are these Saab brothers in Berlin?
    Best regards, Uwe

  • It is understandable, everyone (including me) has already considered whether he wants to sell his Saab yet. But again and again you notice that a Saab has something that no manufacturer in the world has: flair!
    Stand up from the crowd, sit on the (outrageously) comfortable seats, launch the engine and cruise around the world and do not even think about stopping. A Saab is powerful, safe, comfortable, versatile, reliable (rather few things than overpriced and self-indulgent lifestyle cars), well equipped and unique. In my eyes, I see no reason to switch.

    Keep it !!!

    Mfg, Besmir

  • Hello Natascha

    As an everyday car, I myself drive a 95 station wagon, which I allowed a few renovations to two years ago. Two negative experiences with even relatively expensive Audis have shown that Summa Summarum, a SAAB, is the better investment for a long time. You have everything you need. And I've really never had anything more reliable than a SAAB. And I enjoy parking an “old car” next to the luxury car on occasions. Because I got there just as comfortably and even more safely.

    My second oldest SAAB is from 1990. Apart from a drive shaft, nothing was defective. Now after 270 ′ km the gearbox has to be disengaged because of the reverse gear, but I was too careless myself. The first major investment, apart from the normal wearing parts. Yes, a new convertible top was necessary 10 years ago.

    Listen to your daughter ... and keep your SAAB. 🙂

    Greetings from Switzerland.


  • Hello Natascha
    My wife and I drive two 9 5 og (old generation, as we do). We do not want other cars.
    In my 9 year 5, 2004 km, the check engine lamp shone a few times in summer 152. The problem was always the waste gate valve. It could be fixed for little money. During the whole of 000, the ce lamp never shone again.
    I would also listen to your little daughter. The important things in life can only be seen with the heart. Kurt, in the middle of Switzerland

  • You can hear the hope that other cars will work without any problems, but instead you have to pay 4-digit amounts for maintenance and guarantee to the authorized workshop, pay for the necessary workshop visit for oil and filters and spark plugs and can then be happy if after 2-3 years the manufacturer pays for the repair costs for the alternator or water pump, oh yes they were too late to take precautions, then of course our guarantee does not fully apply. Saab, like all other cars, is made up of parts that are mostly in other cars, and these parts are subject to wear and tear, some annoyingly normal. Check engine is mostly a problem with the ignition cartridge, which is attached with a plug and 4 screws, the change takes max. 5 minutes and the problem is solved, the prices fluctuate between 100 and 300 euros and probably occur once in the long life of a Saab. The petrol pumps do not last as long as the Saab, but annoying work is also manageable in terms of cost, a similar model is as good as in all other cars on the market with similar problems. Petrol lumens don't like it when the tank is almost empty, oh yes, there are also pixel errors in the additional displays SID and climate.
    As with Audi BMW and other models, this can be explained as a sign of aging and can be done on your own for little money and little time or in exchange (1h to 10minutes), brakes, chassis, shock absorbers, wipers, oil and wash water are subordinate to natural consumption. Otherwise take care from time to time or contact a nice village workshop with a desire for cars and continue driving without problems. Alternatively, we buy your Saab for little money and you buy an Audi BMW Passat to make your new dealer happy and pay high inspection costs and then always guess in the parking lot which of the 20 to 30 cars is the same color of theirs . PS no matter which brand you choose, the others only cook with water and PS 2, you don't have to be an architect or a lawyer to drive Saab, that's a prejudice, just like that such professions have no idea about cars and they drive until everything is rocked to the ground. Many do not know that the physics are the same for all cars and that the departure comes after the grip on the ground.
    If you like these cars, they will listen to their daughter and stay with the brand and take care of their car a bit, so they do not notice on the trip that certain things have to be checked from time to time.
    I've been driving cars for 37 years and landed in Audi, BMW, VW, Volvo near Saab and I think why this detour.
    Except for the 240 Volvo, I have not experienced anything more reliable and can compare it quite well with the cars of my colleagues (German Premium) ... I follow the words of my prescriptions ... continue to enjoy, care for and be happy. Christian

  • Very nice car! My wife and I also have 3 9³er and drive as long as possible.

  • Then a big THANK YOU to the Taubenberger family !!!

  • Hello Natasha, very nice report. A beautiful Saab 95, I once had, in black, Aero. I loved him, bought from the Saab Brothers in Berlin when he was 1 year old from a GF from Saab Germany. A black station wagon, like yours. I loved him, but then had at about 150000 km a gearbox damage. He went to Poland. Mann had recommended that I prefer to order a new one. I did that too. Was then a black 93 station wagon. Today I would have decided differently and waited for the transmission. For example, have my new 93 convertible year 99 new engine, new gearbox and turbocharger installed. Had to perform with my girlfriend long persuasion. Saab is passion. Only Saab drivers understand that. You have to decide. I'd love to take the 95 for you, but there are already 2 museum pieces in the garage. I would probably get a lot of stress. So you have to drive him probably. Greetings from the outskirts of Berlin Carsten

  • The older a SAAB gets, the more you have to know it. You should also be able to do smaller things yourself. There is plenty of literature on the 9-5. Read in or let an acquaintance explain what works.
    I would like to help you, but I live a bit far away from Berlin.

  • Incidentally, I suddenly had the “check engine” lamp while driving on the motorway.
    After that, she was gone again, reappeared, without power loss of the engine. For example, problems could destroy the catalyst. Just changed the black ignition cartridge and solved the problem.

  • Hello Natascha,
    Exhaust silencer is normal wear part, underbody sheets / brake lines can every workshop.
    With my 15 years old used 9-5er had the rear wheel arches completely for 500, - perfect weld.
    Other cars are recycled as scrap, SAAB can be judged and drive forever.

  • Addendum: My Saab specialists in Berlin repaired the damage free of charge within 5 minutes: A clamp on the throttle chamber valve (is it called?) Had come loose. After that I felt like always after repairing the damage: sit in, feel good, drive off, feel good ... Thank you very much for the encouraging words. I just don't like to think about the repairs that have already been announced: exhaust muffler, parts of the underbody panels, brake lines…. Unfortunately, my technical understanding is so poor that it is so difficult for me to assess the overall condition. The car has a large engine and used to drive more than 200 - probably still today. Unfortunately I haven't checked it in a long time - don't trust me. So, if there is someone among you who lives in Berlin and would provide me with his automotive, especially Saabian, expertise to take me on a little trip, look at all the bills and give me an assessment, I would be very happy .

  • Is not surreptitious advertising! We from the blog are happy about positive feedback! For years, the Taubenberger family has been one of the supporters of the blog project, of which there are far too few. Without this commitment the Saab blog would not be realized.

  • Ha, got my SAAB 9-5 kombi 2002 last year from Mr. Johann Taubenberger with a new engine.
    Should not be a surreptitious advertising, because for me best SAAB workshop in the south.
    Have new Bilstein inserted and the car runs like a new car.
    Thanks to the Tech2 diagnostic device I am well informed about the electronics and can estimate what to do in the event of a fault. This is my 4ter SAAB, which will accompany me for a long time. Except for SAAB, there are no usable cars for me anymore.

  • Saab or not, if I read the list of flaws, I ask myself: Why do you do this? Such a breakdown frequency is not normal for a Saab or any other make. Breaking out (if you want) and the rest very quickly when Schrotti around the corner in the press.

  • I am also one of the “unreasonably SAAB crazy” women and I am a regular blog reader. It is true that a woman who loves cars is largely incomprehensible and if she is also interested in the engines and wants to know how they work. I have 2 SAAB's, a beautiful, 16 year old 9-3 convertible for the summer and my beautiful black 9-5 NG as a winter car. I love both of them! The little one is just getting a new cylinder head gasket in the SAAB garage in Kirchberg. Otherwise I had no noteworthy repairs. I will drive the two as long as possible even if the 9-5 is sometimes annoying, but only because it is so big, hardly fits in the garage and needs a lot of space everywhere. Dear Natascha keep your SAAB it is worth it!

  • Is it often. For a friend's 9-5, it was a small break in the harness. Saab Service Frankfurt has set a bypass. Since then, calm has returned reliably.

  • Do not give up, just keep going! yes, sometimes that hurts in the portemonaise, right. But then back in and enjoy the relaxed ride on the highway is priceless.
    I've been through something similar right now. I had to do without my 9-5 for half a year because there was no time and money for repairs and TÜV. Now it's finally done, I can drive it again and I'm happy about it. The CE lit up again after two days, but I don't care anymore. Now I'll do it. Will be just a little something ... 😉

  • I handed in my 9-5 station wagon with almost 300000 km - the “check engine” did not even light up during the entire period of over 10 years and repairs were overall quite manageable in the lower 4-digit range. The “résumés” can also be so different at SAAB.

  • I am also happy to read a comment about the shortcomings. Since we have been driving a 9 3-2004 convertible, I have been convinced that these models have nothing to do with Saab at all - there is more GM in them, which has a correspondingly short downtime.
    For me, who is already 30 years Saab driver, so it is not surprising that Saab had no survival with these models!

    LG - burkhard.

  • ORIO take over!

    The story is too good to end like this ...

    Do not give up, Natasha!

  • Oh yes, another such poignant SAAB story (sigh). I know all this too well. Giving up is not an option for me, but the constellation is different too. Natasha, think again! An almost completely repaired 9-5 he can then shine occasionally, something is becoming increasingly rare! And make you happy! You then have it for special rides and if it just pinches you again and you have to drive SAAB!

    I was in Kiel yesterday, you already know who. The prices are rising. And it's always refreshing to see how SAAB just keeps living. Of course, I could have bought you all again

    Saabige greetings from Erik

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