The days are getting hotter, the thermometer climbs to over 35 degrees. Midsummer in Germany, and the 9000 is doing really well. While much younger vehicles give up in the heat, the old Swedish lady seems unimpressed. That changes on a Saturday afternoon ...
Older cars are no less reliable than modern vehicles. In fact, on the contrary, because they communicate with us before things get serious. You just have to understand them. Since I have owned Anna, she has had a little problem. The EDU (Electronic display unit) in the dashboard falls off now and then. So every two or three months it stays black at the start. A slight hand edge hit on the lid of the dashboard usually helps, the haunt is over. Not the fine way to deal with a Swedish lady. But quite a few Saab 9k riders hold this like me, and most of the time it works.
EDU = prehistoric networking in the Saab 9000
Until this Saturday in midsummer. We start at the Saab hangar in the direction of home, and the EDU remains dark. Sustainable, and the famous hand-edge stroke does not help. The thing is not pleasant, because over the years the EDU has become a kind of prehistoric networking hub over the 9000. It controls the automatic air conditioning plus fan on the radiator and is thus responsible for the thermal health of the engine.
It gets hot inside. In fact, it is very hot, and an unclimatised 9000 can hardly be driven in summer. I sweat - but I'm much more concerned about the engine. Motorway, midsummer, no cooling. It can end badly. I stop - stop the engine - wait a few minutes. The EDU flickers for a few seconds. Then: darkness. Several curses, a sweaty T-shirt and half a dozen hand blows later, the Saab is running again.
The climate cools, the engine moves in the thermally healthy area. Another shocking moment later on the A3, when the mice cinema turns out to be short. A blow, very gently, and on it goes. After this experience, it is enough for me. A solution must be there, thrills do not have to be.
A few days later, at Saab Service Frankfurt. Anna gets a new, used EDU, and a new onboard computer. The old EDU was never really bright, which I always pushed to the age. In reality, prehistoric networking also struck here. The brightness sensor of the on-board computer also controls the brightness of the EDU. And the sensor has been broken for ages.
After a few hours of waiting, Anna is ready for the start. Saab Service Frankfurt did an excellent job for little money. The mouse cinema lights up reliably, the on-board computer reports with the Saab lettering at the start. Pre-digital animation, I just love it… The Swedish lady no longer fucks.
I think ... But summer is not over ...
Temperatures above 30 degrees are commonplace and I think I'm well equipped with the 9k. Older cars are no less reliable than modern vehicles, I wrote at the beginning of the article. And of course, when you move an old car over a long period of time, you also sense its weaknesses. The Saab will strike again in the greatest heat. With one difference: this time it doesn't surprise me. I am prepared. Seriously. Sequel follows.