Saab. The route is the goal.

In the 52 years of my life, everything has always revolved around cars. Even as a little boy, I loved to rock the Citroen DS with my father with us in Vienna for the time, which was exotic at the time, through the city and watched the other cars.

Saab 900 by Roland
Saab 900 by Roland

I remember the Volvo Amazone and the Saab 96 and 95, which are unusual for me. When I started collecting car brochures in the 90s, I was at almost every Saab dealer within 100 km and enjoyed sitting in the cars.

But for me these cars were always inaccessible in terms of price at the time. In 2002 I got closer to a Saab again through a good friend who organized a press car. It was a 9-5 Aero in black with complete equipment. We flew it to the Paris Motor Show.

Left Vienna at 22 p.m., German border at 0.15 a.m. and French border at 4.30 a.m. Until then, I have never driven a car that accelerates at 210 km / h as much as the Aero, continuous speeds of 265 km / h according to the speedometer were not a problem, neither from the chassis nor from the oil and water temperature. For the performance, we did not find the 12 liters per 100 / km to be high.

In 2004 we had a 9-5 3 liter diesel station wagon as a press car where we were in Budapest in Hungary. Super performance with little consumption. In the next few years, he had frequent contact with the brand at auto trade shows and with dealers. But I still stayed true to my French car brand. That changed in 2011 when I had a worse technical problem with my Citroen C5, 4 years old and 60000 km, and nobody said he was responsible, and there is no reimbursement of costs.

So 25 years of loyalty ended at a car brand. After a few weeks I bought the first Sweden:

Volvo S80 2,4 170 PS, 70.000 Km, BJ 99 first-time ownership for little money.

After I was so excited, in November 2013 the idea of ​​a convertible would not be bad, preferably one from Saab. A quick look on the Internet, and on Saturday drove to Hartberg, where a Le Mans blue 902 convertible in US version with light leather interior was parked.

Bought after a short lap at a great winter price, and after many vacations and summers with a convertible feeling, it is already in the garage in hibernation. In between 9000 bought in 2014. Sold again after 4 months, it was a disaster. Then bought 9-5 Turbo, unfortunately died of an accident. Then at the end of 2015 I found the best Saab for me.

Saab 900CC 1992 with 130PS, automatic, electric sunroof, 4x electric windows and air conditioning that we filled and that also works great. Drive 2 km in 14000 years with relatively low maintenance costs and had fun. The 901 still really has quality and safety, which I learned to appreciate in January when a truck hit a sheet of ice on the hood and a sheet of ice on the right side of the windshield on the autobahn at 100 km / h. And nothing was broken.

I hope that I can travel for many years with my Saabs accident-free.


Thanks to Roland for his 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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3 thoughts on "Saab. The route is the goal."

  • Hi, I need contact with you!

  • Hello Martin,
    Do we know each other??
    Actually, not in the club.
    Do not know if we can pass this way.
    Greetings Roland

  • Hi Roland!
    Thanks for your Saab story, I enjoyed reading it.
    Let's see you on Friday, 1.12. in Wiener Neudorf at the Christmas party?
    Greetings Martin

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