With the Saab to the sea

Every year during the autumn holidays we plan to go to Belgium to the North Sea. A hotel in De Panne was booked for five days. We planned to travel the route relaxed with our Range Rover, as it is simply the perfect touring car.

With the Saab to the sea
With the Saab to the sea

In contrast to the Saab, a Saab 9-3 Sportcombi, it offers much more space, which is an important factor in four people and two dogs. One day before the start of the journey then the disillusionment:

The English car does not sink properly anymore. This means that the air suspension is not working properly, which means that the front of the vehicle is much higher than the rear. Of course, the workshop could not fix the car within a day because the parts needed to be ordered first in England, which would probably have taken a week.

Since the holiday, as already written, was already fixed, we had to reschedule and drove the following day with the Saab. With a large roof box, the space problem could be handled satisfactorily. The trip took us via Luxembourg to Belgium, where we needed for the only 460 kilometer nine hours beaten.

It was a congestion in the next. I drove to the German border, because at that time I was only 17 and therefore only allowed to drive with an accompanying person. Our combination mastered the track great! The consumption of the 210 PS strong Sweden leveled off despite stop-and-go and full load on about 9,8 liter. An oil consumption was not noticeable throughout the holiday.

Arrived in De Panne, luckily we found a parking near the hotel, as the weather was very stormy and rainy. The small hotel is located in the second row to the sea, so that you could even see the parking lot from the room window. After a hearty breakfast on the first real day of vacation, we first explored the area without a car, then later in the afternoon with the Saab.

Since we have no built-in navigation system in the car, had to serve for the holidays a cell phone, which is attached with a holder on the CD slot. Over the course of the five days, we visited the French town of Dunkerque (= Dunkirk), with its harbor and its historic beaches, in addition to churches and museums. Along the Channel coast, numerous bunkers can be seen in a variety of conservation conditions. Our Saab 9-3 spooled the tracks without any response.

On the last day various pictures were taken, because the weather was the best on that day. The return journey went smoothly, with us driving around Luxembourg so as not to be in jam again due to various construction sites. The second advantage for me was the fact that I was allowed to drive more than on the outward journey.

My parents have already firmly assured me that I will drive the next vacation trip completely, since I am now 18 and therefore allowed to drive abroad.

Incidentally, the air suspension of the Range Rover, our English patient, works perfectly again. Nevertheless, it is already considered whether we should not simply drive with the Saab for the next short trip ...


Thanks to Johannes 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?

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

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4 thoughts too "With the Saab to the sea"

  • 18. January 2018 at 12: 09 PM
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    Nice story.

    The RRR (huge Range Rover) actually plays in the category, My Car is my Castle "...
    Great, that just a SAAB (and not even the biggest) has saved the holiday quite relaxed and sovereign.

    Further evidence of the validity of the SAAB philosophy of building cars that are as fit for daily life and big as they can be without being as big and luxurious as they possibly can.

    Just good cars. The 900 and the 9000 (as well as the 9-3 I) are still the purest form of this philosophy. All relatively compact cars with a very amazing space and excellent long-distance qualities ...

    Oh what a pity that there is nothing left.

  • 18. January 2018 at 4: 15 PM
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    Beautifully told! Is already exciting what is so in Saab garages on foreign brands. Anyway, a RR is very classy and suits the Saab!

  • 22. January 2018 at 6: 51 PM
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    Very nice pictures, Johannes!
    Even if it's not my choice otherwise, all pictures are "black is beautiful".

    Congratulations to the driver training in 9-3 II, really a very easy and downright modern easy to drive car.
    As far as the 9-3 II SC load volume is concerned, oh je ... into the already mentioned 900 I, 9000, 900 II and 9-3 I fits a lot more, even into an open Peugot 306 Cabriolet.

    Since your proud roof box has really done a great job!

    Next many nice and safe Saabkilometer!

  • 25. January 2018 at 5: 42 PM
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    Also I agree to the congratulations to the driver's license and later to the birthday, I'm not the only one who has learned to drive on Saab. And the RR is nice too

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