The year 2018 was still very fresh, but it didn't get off to a good start. The check engine light on a good friend's 9-5 answered. Again and actually a constant since he owned the Saab. It started with a broken cable that was tracked down with a lot of detective work in Frankfurt.
Then, after weeks of rest, the lamp and a defective ignition cassette again. And what's up now? Well, the Saab is now 16 years old, but it's still an understated car with a high level of fun. Especially since he received a deer performance cure a few months ago, he has become a kind of wolf in sheep's clothing.
It's January 2nd, 2018, and because I'm still on vacation from work and blog, I'm going to Frankfurt with you. There is probably also some sense of responsibility involved. Because without me, my friend would probably not have been infected with the Saab virus. He might drive new cars instead of dealing with old Swedish sheet metal.
Frankfurt is not really awake this morning. The access roads are free, the year is only just beginning. Seat Germany is now at home in the former Saab showroom on Carl-Benz-Strasse. The Swedes have withdrawn to the rear of the site. At Seat, nobody is out and about to buy new cars, at Saab Service Frankfurt the workshop and yard are full.
The Saab emergency road. Service at a high level.
Because of a quiet start to the year. Welcome to the Frankfurt Saab emergency road! A Turbo X with reduced power, a 9-3 with a broken ignition lock, then our 9-5 with the check-engine message and a few more vehicles populate the emergency room. And that in the year 7 after the demise of the brand. Exciting is the level of performance. Our 9-5 limousine is diagnosed with a defective cat. That is, of course, in stock. After an hour and with a fair price, the Saab rolls back from the yard. Likewise the Turbo X. The wastegate is replaced, 300 Turbo PS can be used again.
That is service at a high level. For a brand that actually doesn't exist anymore. Their cars are not serviced in palaces made of glass, marble and steel. But from people who offer a service with heart and mind that is appropriate for a traditional Swedish brand. There is also something for the Saab soul in Frankfurt.
What heart? The Saab calendar 2018.
I discover the best Saab calendar in a long time. High quality printed, with great pictures of customer vehicles and cars from the collection Ratzmann. Saab pure, from the classic to the last models from Trollhättan. The pictures were shot in the Taunus, in the classic city and in the surrounding area. A spontaneous project, I am told. I mean understatement, because here too the level is high. The Frankfurt Saab calendar makes you want to buy the brand, it is available in limited edition for incredibly fair 25,00 € (Tel: 069-941 952 0). Some copies are still available.
With so much passion for the brand, combined with professionalism, you do not need to be afraid of the future.
And otherwise? During the off days there were some Saab handicrafts. The 9-3 Aero with the Viggen Body Kit finally got its cup holder, on Anna project Some improvements have been made. And then came a small package from the US with Saab parts. The content will interest mainly 9-3 II drivers. Details and reports follow.
In addition, our reports Fundraiser a gratifyingly high turnout. Our small basic budget for 2018 is secured, the campaign will run until January 15.01th. A report that also reveals a lot about the future of the blog project follows. We will also order the new edition of the Saab license plate holder in January. Since we are planning minor modifications to the design, there will be a third variant. Our readers can determine them, so January and everything about Saab will be interesting.