Thoughts looking at two Saabs

A Saab family and their history. How it all started? At the beginning of the eighties, after just six years, the Audi 100 of my parents began to rust heavily after just a few years. Alternatives were sought. At the Swedish brands. Somehow my father had found Saab with a small merchant in Westphalia.

Thoughts on looking at two Saabs (a Saab family and their story)

And so we were first given two plastic models for the kids - a Saab 900 Aero and a Saab 900 Sedan. We read a lot in the then extensive brochures. And decided against the background of the first catalyst discussion for a 900 i with Kat.

And a few weeks later, in March 1985, at the end of a harsh winter, we received a rose quartz painted Saab 900 i Combi-Coupe - as it soon turned out to be a US version with a long gear ratio that does not keep up on the mountainous and hilly Cologne-Dortmund motorway could.

Thanks to the goodwill of Saab Germany, the Saab got a new fourth and fifth gear in May and was able to serve us faithfully over the next sixteen years - initially always looking for a lead-free gas station, the network was built first and then over long distances safe at home. Wonderful the trunk, fully loaded plus bike carrier, it went on vacation. Later also with boat trailer. A real leisure companion.

A sense of security without end. And individuality. There were two or three Saabs in the city. Of course there were always a few more in big cities. I was also allowed to drive 1988 with the newly acquired driver's license. Vehicle weight and performance with 110 PS were a reasonable and yet attractive measure for novice drivers.

The study time came - not own car, but IC and ICE. In the semester break again - free to Mercedes - Welcome home in the Saab. The first own car was for me then a VW 1303. A wonderful driving experience, but the safety conceptually. 2001 was the first Saab of my parents adopted after 264.000 kilometers, the repair of the oil pan was uneconomical (from today's perspective, however?).

My father acquired a Saab 9-3 I Sportcombi, much of it was evolutionary from the old 900, the shape, the fittings, the intuitive operation, the engine power with 130 PS. And the decisive arguments against the old 900: ABS and air conditioning. Another real gain in safety. A beautiful car that should accompany the family for another eleven years. But, but: compared to the 900, the trunk was tiny.

2002 I, starting my own family, I exchanged the 1303 for everyday life against one of the last Saab 9-3 old series - steel gray -. With the turbo a wonderful travel car for the long distances between Berlin and Westphalia and the journeys. But after only a year, this Saab had done his duty and left my wife unharmed to a bus accident. So a time of searching began, the 9-3 II was out of the question for us. A test drive showed a hard suspension, not so comfortable on long distances - and a car should be there for that too.

At the time, the 9-5 was too big for us in size and too small in the trunk. After three months we found an 9-3t - I, again in steel gray. He carried three children, two prams, four bicycles and lots of fun between Scandinavia and Italy, between the Netherlands and the Oder. All around we were satisfied. The rides were long but never tiresome.

New cars were not interesting - the Saab 9-3 II was too small, the Saab 9-5 not an issue. Newer brochures from 2006 showed a front that did not remind us of the 900 I anymore. And the Saab ran and ran (free to VW). Occasionally I thought, in grateful memory of the VW 1303 a convertible, of course 9-3 I to buy. This did not happen.

In the spring of 2012 we were overcome by the annoyance of an engine failure .... after only 165.000 kilometers. The proposal to buy only a convertible and to rent a van for the holidays was rejected, pointing to lack of solidity. So it was looking for. 9-3 I only had high mileages. But I found an 9-5 t Biopower Sportcombi in crystal silver in the Audi city. Well maintained we have taken him over - especially we were looking forward, four years cheap and I also environmentally friendly with ethanol to drive.

In the beginning, our children seemed to be too much in the back seat, and now they are grateful. And even if the car has evolved significantly from the outside and inside in relation to the Saab 9-3 I, the genes can still be felt. The familiar Saab feeling was quickly there: "Welcome home and on long journeys home". Despite the originally skeptical front. 2013 in the summer then for the first time in Sweden.

Shortly before then, I had been able to acquire a very well-maintained convertible 9-3 II, citing the advantages of a lighter and more economical city car at Saab Kempten. Wonderful. And the similarity in the interior between the two cars. With differences, the Sportcombi with the proven circuit lap and the headlight circuits with different directions of rotation. Otherwise: a lot of similarities between the two Saabs. And getting used to the design. So we have since then unexpectedly twice the facelifted Saabs. Reliably, they render their services to us. And maybe with a smile in the steel as once the VW 1303.

Thanks to the division of labor, I am in good spirits that we can continue our car journeys with the Swedes for a long time. And every time you get in, it's welcome home. I like to be a progress muff, these two Saab are up to date. Actually you do not need much more car. Maybe a little less fuel consumption, maybe even more sophisticated bodies (wheelbase), but wireless capability and spaceship lighting: no, I do not need that. We're safely hovering with our Saabs - and I'm amazed for almost 33 years now - from the passenger in the backseat to the driver.

I am satisfied with these cars. Very. Every day. Only cycling is more beautiful.


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4 thoughts too "Thoughts looking at two Saabs"

  • 1. March 2018 at 4: 52 PM
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    This can happen even to a Saab blog, that the last sentence of the article is 'just riding a bike is more beautiful'. Many Saab drivers are just enthusiasts and not ideologues. As the former Saab advertising slogan 'move your mind' has obviously grabbed. Very nice to read. Thanks for the article and the sovereign end. Incidentally, I think that's the same with cycling.

    • 1. March 2018 at 7: 01 PM
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      I also like bikes very much ...

      In particular, for city traffic, it is also completely meaningless to instead discuss car brands or models. There is none or none faster or better than the one or the other.

      In congestion / in the state of consumption of each burner per se and by definition is infinite. Be it, the definition measures the offense per hour instead of for 100 Km ...

      In addition, the average speed of my then SAAB displayed on the on-board computer regularly dropped to up to 23 km / h. It's different today. Not because the city traffic would be faster, but because the newer SAAB is barely moved in the city.

      Anyone who is reasonably fit will be better (and faster) by bike than by car through the city. And much cheaper yet ...

  • 1. March 2018 at 6: 05 PM
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    nice story

  • 2. March 2018 at 9: 57 AM
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    Thanks for the wonderful story!
    Yeah, the virus ..., you just can not get rid of it ..., maybe you do not want it.
    Continue good accident-free travel or travel!

    Only cycling is more beautiful. Yes, that's why I also have 7 models, instead of 7 SÄÄBe ...

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