Saab Mission 2019

My summer holidays are over, and in the old days, the new model year would be rolling off the tapes in Trollhättan. Unfortunately, cars are no longer being built at the Göta Älv, but there is the blog and the Saabs on the street. And on vacation was ample opportunity to think about it.

Saab Mission 2019
Saab plant Trollhättan. Image: Saab Automobile AB / saabblog.net

If you are traveling for days, not a Saab sighted, then you feel pretty alone. Especially in the south of the republic, Saab has visibly lost its presence. Sure, you see from time to time a nice, well-kept Saab convertible, or a Youngtimer, and then the Saab heart is happy. Unfortunately, more and more unkempt vehicles are noticeable, as are the early 9-3 II, which are visibly neglected. And who have no long car life left over.

Does Saab disappear? Time works against the brand, but the zeitgeist may work for them. More and more, especially young people, are fed up with consumption pressure. They rely on old vehicles, which must be nice analog. Being permanently tracked is unacceptable to them. Cheap maintenance, longevity and sustainability, and also the protection of privacy count. Add understatement and the story of Saab, then the underground brand, beyond the glass and marble consumption temples, has a great opportunity.

Driving Saab has always been different. Never comparable to the big mainstream brands. It was always a conscious decision to buy a Saab. And so it is today, in the realm of used cars and gravel places. What we, the Saab Community, can do is tell our story. So people who are interested in Saab can read it. And maybe make a decision for the small brand of Göta Älv.

Our Saab Mission 2019

Our team has therefore considered a few things for the new "model year". We set a proven track record and want to motivate our readers to tell their Saab story. As always, there will be a little incentive this time as well. A nice, saabiges thank you is in production, of course, limited edition. It should be motivation not to strike the sails, but right now to show pride in the griffin.

Detailed details and the start of the action will follow as soon as we have the giveaways in stock. The readers may be curious.

Saab photo action!

As we know, not every Saab rider carries the genes of a hobbyist. This should not be an obstacle to sharing his Saab enthusiasm with other people. We want to have as many Saab owners on board as possible, because together we are strong! Next week, we will introduce our photo campaign. Anyone who owns or owned a Saab or sees one on the street can join.

Participation is easy, the Saab photo campaign will start next Monday.

What else will happen on the blog in the coming weeks? As announced, we will part company with "Paul" and sell our project car. The proceeds are donated to a good cause. Currently, the Saab 9-5 is in the hangar, without driver's seat, which is the saddler. We have to be patient with the holiday season, but the mission is nearing its end.

In addition, we will address a hot topic, and that is the rust in our everyday vehicles. While we maintain the classics and youngtimers meticulously, our daily drivers rust gently and unnoticed. A circumstance that we and our workshops do not pay enough attention to. A ticking time bomb that you have to do something about, even if you want to drive Saab in a few years. We have highlighted the problem with our 9-3 station wagon. The report will be coming soon on the blog.

25 thoughts too "Saab Mission 2019"

  • to "analog vehicles":

    I would call myself rather as a "partially critical technology nerd" with all sorts of modern and smart frippery.
    But in cars (especially faucets and center console) I also like it more classic.

    And I experience just in my environment or circle of friends and acquaintances a real "split".
    For a few MUST it be the newest, as digital as possible and with huge ads (Tesla-like was yesterday), illuminated as much as possible in cruel bright colors and all this with thousands of Gimmiks (up to the logo light cone on the ground from the Outside mirrors).

    But many here in my circle of acquaintances have now more than enough of this technology flooding (from Tracking & CO anyway) and therefore also opt (and because of the higher repair costs and the ever growing dependence on the authorized repairers) aware of "older" Used cars or sometimes even new "cheap brands" without all these "digital command bridges".

    And just on the weekend I had this discussion with nephew and niece.
    Both are "Generation Smartphone". And my niece wants to buy her first car soon.
    But both want to consciously a car that has as little digital stuff as possible (only iPhone connection for music is important and possibly Navi integration).

    PS:
    Nice that our "SSL" (SAAB summer hole) is finally over!
    I'm looking forward to the upcoming actions - I'm curious! 🙂

    • SSL = great! Good that it's over!

    • Exciting: The digital discussion is spreading across all age groups. One can not say that the "old" would reject it, and the "boys" welcome digitization. This discussion will certainly deepen the coming years.

  • Congratulations to so much enthusiasm, is admirable, the focus is right. Keep it up !
    From a 2009 Saab 9 5 2.3T (260 PS) sportscombi owner who has been driving Saab for 48 years.

  • Nice that the blog is back. I really missed the SAAB reading!

  • My 2002er 9-5 2.3t kombi (4ter after 99, 900, 900-I) now has new bushes in the chassis because of TÜV
    and runs and runs and ...
    The automatic transmission was still flushed and refilled (did not know that was necessary).
    Greetings Klaus

    • Paying attention to the automatic is always good. Often the gears drive through the area with the first level. Refill and rinse before sometimes do wonders. Good ride!

    • Hope you changed the filter ......

  • Hello and a greeting from Franconia to my favorite bloggers!

  • A very well considered and great debut after the SLL!

    Inner resistance to the "digital" capture of all areas of life grows. What does the so-called "digital competence" mean? Here the average politician and the average journalist seem to me to be modest and simple-minded.

    As a rule, the "digital competence" of the citizens is still tied and measured exclusively by how many people of which age groups are enthusiastic about the recent nonsense and in the Main Stream mitzuschwimmen to use as many devices and offers in the situation and will , Ergo they are reduced to uncritical consumer and the more uncritical and consumptive they are, the (digital) more competent was allegedly the population ...

    It should be clear to everyone that this competence can only be understood today as a critical, self-determined and selective use of the digital.

    It was quite similar to the printed word. My grandmother (God bless her) told me once about her newspaper and her magazines that everything had to be right, otherwise you would not print it. And that's what a woman told the 2. World War II and so had a lot of (printed) propaganda. Incredible ...

    Oh, what am I happy to drive an analog SAAB ...

  • Always a pleasure to devour the detailed reports here. I can count myself among the Saabians with 32 years probably the younger ones here, but at least I have been driving Saab for almost 13 years. And even with this description I can only agree. For me, Saab also stands for the proven that I greatly appreciate and enjoy in a world of digitization and automation (keyword driver becomes a passenger). Let the whole smart cars pumped full of ICs prove for the first time that they will continue to be cherished and cared for even after decades. A successful weekly start for you all

    • I can just undercut that with 22 years 😉

      • I think there are even younger years coming!

        My boys are already negotiating with me, who the 18. (in 7 or 10 years) times which gets my cars ...

  • As analog cars, the old SAABs will surely make it. Some of the 900 will survive.
    9000-er and 95 will rarely get that far. They were in their lifetime too much used cars and not so crazy special. Even if I liked it.
    Bad it looks with the 93. Too much electronics inside to get really old. If the parts have reached their age, it will probably be expensive. And if someone else wants to afford it? In my last licked the CIM rum. Lock up and drive away impossible. Orio / Saab Parts can not deliver. Somewhere else one was found in the frame. And if not? How to use "so what" without the thing? Who replaces one in 20 years, when the 93 Oltimer status has such a part? Can this be repaired at best? Because without such special parts it will not work. And of these special parts there are probably thousands of different solutions in today's cars without which a function of the vehicle will not be possible.

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    • I'm afraid these are legitimate thoughts and doubts ...

      Already some 16 years ago, a friend (an engineer of theater and event technology), who had been sitting with people from Daimler (it was about the presentation of the new S-Class), told me that the Daimler guys said in the meeting, the new S-Class was the first that would probably never bring it to the classic car ...

      On the part of the event organizers, it was first an embarrassed silence and finally the obvious question: "Yes, why is that?"

      They already anticipated the answer. The reasons given were the complex electronics and the fact that neither Daimler nor suppliers would feel responsible for them over the long term ...

      A remarkably frank statement by a market leader on the subject of sustainability. As a follower of a vanished brand, you no longer have to indulge in any illusions ...

      In fact, it is probably the technically simpler SAABs that will be granted the longer life. They have already shown that completely correctly. Unfortunately …

    • The electronic kit in 9000, 900 II / 9-3 I and 9-5 I is relatively simple and manageable. Because I'm less worried, it comes in loose order a few items.
      It gets more difficult from 9-3 II. The CIM problem says a lot about it. Unfortunately, for Orio-Sweden, this component has always been ordered too late and too little for years. The philosophy of small orders now takes revenge with longer delivery times from the supplier. It is incomprehensible to me why Orio does not pay more attention to such vital parts.

      • Answer: So people will buy VOLVO?

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  • Thank you for stopping the "SSL" ...... .a small motivation to continue driving Saab, I had last Wednesday on the A 24 from Hamburg to Berlin ...... .I "limped" with my 9000er at Tempo 130 and cruise control so in front of me back when the beautiful sound of a non-original exhaust system passed me, which a 900 I Turbo "escaped" ....... Since the colleague had recognized me Saabianer a little late, we greeted us several times with flare of me and flashing lights from him ...... ..my passengers were very touched and I thought: nice that people in the spirit even come closer in this way ...... Please keep it up !!

  • A nice stop for the summer hole. Rarely, by the way, not only in the south. SAAB I saw on the track WÜ - HST only a Swede in a 9-5, who was as surprised as me :-). Today on Rügen, came to meet me 2 SAAB, all happy grinning. SAABists just.

    • In hst but there is about 10

  • Nice that the blog is back 🙂
    I was in Malta for two weeks and totally surprised how many sabbos I saw there. Feels more than Volvo, I did not count. It was nice ...

  • I am looking forward to these new promotions and glad that we can regularly read something interesting about Saab again.

  • Nice to read something from you again. SSL over, juhu. ... PS: My daughter (10 years old) has been an enthusiastic SAAB driver since her birth (of course with my support and not in public SV ... und) and keeps saying that she does not know what kind of car she will drive because no new SAAB is produced anymore. Luckily Dad does not just have a SAAB in the garage. ... all a pleasant week yet

  • The fact that many 9-3II are neglected is partly due to the diesel crisis, unfortunately they are not worth much anymore, although they are still great cars. We will certainly not give ours, no matter what, so I'm curious about the rust protection and maybe tips on how to protect the seals on the front and rear windows. Many 9-3II are also in the hands of non-Saab fans who have probably gotten it somewhere cheap from a Fänchenhändler and which is no matter what happens to the car.

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