At 15.12.2018 it was finally time: After 2 weeks of a mixed mood of anticipation (60%) and deadline (40%), whether everything works with the mailing of the car letter and the other registration-relevant documents from Max - they came to 07: 35 clock by express exactly 40 Min. before the appointment booked weeks ago at the registration office - went to 06: 30 clock off the journey south.
None of us had expected it to be so tight, but sometimes banks and authorities that go above and beyond in formalities and deadlines play the role of potential spoilsport. From here "Thanks" again to Max, that he has repeatedly made pressure.
Well, we were on the way to the "transatlanticist"To get north, at least the map to a little further north. We, that was my buddy Michael - currently Volvo-XC40-driver - and me, especially for Max in 9000CSE on the way. At the time we did not know anything about the theft of the Anniversary. The outward journey was divided amiably at the wheel, and we arrived after a good drive 15 Min. Rather than planned.
The 9000 CSE, which may be remembered on the blog perhaps as a "company car" of my family practice, had also positively impressed the Volvo driver: 20 years, 364500km, with 150 PS "sufficient" motorized, effortlessly even on demand to accelerate to 160km / h , This quiet engine, still very good suspension and - thanks strut - road holding. During the search for a parking lot, Max also arrived in the SAAB at the meeting point.
After a short welcome and spontaneous "in-heart-close" my part- then the last formalities were exchanged with coffee and rolls, and then there was the first meeting in Natura with the "TA". So far I only knew him virtually, had read and internalized everything I found on the blog about him, and bought him "unobserved" from Max. After attaching the number plate brought along and detailed test drive it went after a short farewell again direction North Rhine-Westphalia.
"Honorary" for Michael for his help was the second half of the drive home of the "TA". This allowed me many beautiful views of my "dream car" from the perspective of other road users. At the same time I had the direct comparison to the most sophisticated model that SAAB has ever developed: the 9000 does not have to hide!
After the first night in the carport, the "TA" arrived today "in real life", namely in perhaps the first snow of his car life so far. Our first trip through the white splendor has certainly made further trips. And for driving our SAAB are made, according to the well-known slogan "SAAB, home on long journeys".
One - from my point of view - a bit melancholy resonance there is also, because the trip yesterday was probably our last common "long haul". I feel like many other SAABists. With now four vehicles and the approaching pension, the budget is too narrow, and I will have to gradually reduce myself.
Probably the 1998er 9000 CSE, I think one of the last produced copies, in the near future will look for a new owner who appreciates him as well. He can look forward to experiencing the joy of SAAB driving in black aero armchairs. That was the luxury I gave him / me, because the most perfect SAAB are the most perfect seats. However, my colleagues here have a say, and they do not know anything about their "luck".
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