Saab moves. A new year on Saabblog.net

What do you write for the start of a new year? Has not everything been said and discussed in almost 8 years blog? The entry is always difficult, so I try it in the simple way. It's about cars. Cars that are getting older and older, that demand more and more attention.

Saab moves 2019That's the page. Because these old vehicles are fun. Especially when you get out of a modern rental car and get into the old, analogue treasure. The calm on board - or rather, the simplicity of things - make the vehicle a pleasure. There are no huge displays with nested menus that you have to search with a rotary switch, swipe or other diffuse gestures. Everything is logical and self-explanatory. The focus is on the driver and not the mobile computer.

Doing and keeping things simple is a challenge. Digitization is supposed to do this, but is happy to lose sight of the goal. There are apps for everything. Everything is online, networked. From the fridge to the washing machine to the alarm clock. The car is no exception, it's the next big thing - with huge potential. The digital possibilities are still in their infancy.

Drive Saab, swim against the current

Keep things simple, keep driving an analog car. Let's not kid ourselves, that is luxury that one must first be able to afford. An old car is sustainable, no question about it. Just as the longer useful life of almost all objects is more sustainable than buying a new one. Moving an older Saab is, in that sense, a statement. But not cheap. Modern cars are cheaper. The bottom line is that full-service leasing rates are the simpler and more carefree concept.

Yes, I continue to drive 2019 Saab. Even if the Saab stock must leave feathers. 2019 will also, from an automotive point of view, be a year of separation. My comparatively comfortable garage and hall situation of recent years is just beginning to dissipate. Two garages less, no emergency reserve. That has consequences. Two or maybe 3 vehicles will go in the next few months to keep my life simple. And then there is the threat of the new company car, which I can hardly escape.

Important for the readers - it will continue in 2019! Somehow, and although we row against the spirit of the times, the combustion engine and private transport are in the virtual pillory. Obviously, many people continue to enjoy analog technology. No matter what the media write and what comes down to us every day with full force. Our Fundraiser for the budget 2019 was a complete success. A statement for the blog and the brand! More readers than in the years before have made their contribution, and at the turn of the year came another, generous individual donations. The action runs until the 15. January, something more on the topic comes after graduation.

Saab also moves 2019

Saab is moving the hearts, still! From the comments and the emails of the donors, a lot of love for the brand was read out. This is understandable, because we like to hang on things that are not so easy to get. Maybe not at all, because the Saab offer on the big used car exchanges celebrates new lows.

Giving the brand a digital home is our mission for 2019. It will not be easy to fill content with content for another year, but we'll try. Write with the greatest possible variety, entertaining about old and not so young Saabs. We also keep an eye on the development in Trollhättan. A lot has happened there in the last days of the year.

Therefore we start this week with very different topics. Max and I were on a test drive a few days ago. With an unexpected exit. And in Trollhättan, there is still a huge difference between aspiration and reality. We bring the details.

20 thoughts on "Saab moves. A new year on Saabblog.net"

  • Also, I am very happy about the continued existence of the blog, which I actually visit every day.
    Also, if I was not allowed to call a Saab my own.
    But this is sure to change ... 95 OG, 93 Cabrio or or or ...
    Best regards from a Volvo-driving Saab fan.

  • VERY INTERESTING, THIS BLOG AND THEREFORE I ALSO WANT TO TAX A SMALL CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION.

    AND IN THE FIRST TIME ... ..
    I ALWAYS WRITE EVERYTHING BIG!
    THIS IS MY STYLE, MY FREEDOM AND MINE ...
    I "DO NOT CRASH", LIKE MANY MY, I'M STILL HOW, LIKE MANY IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE DIGITAL AGE MINE.

    AT THE END OF THE PAST YEAR, I HAD COMPLETELY DECIDED TO BE BELL-CONTROLLED IF THEN SAXED THEN NOW AND THEN WHAT MY HEART COMPLETELY FULFILLED;
    A TURBO X.
    POSSIBLY IN THE BEGINNING SOMETHING NAIV, IN BELIEVING TO FIND A SUITABLE COPY IN THE FAST ...
    ACT AT THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER THE "LUCKY HANDLE" ON.
    THANKS TO THE SELLER TODAY.
    A FEW 1000 EURO WAS THE MOST LOVING ONE, IN ADDITION TO TAKE THEM INTO HAND TO RAISE THE NEGLECTIBLE CONDITION TO A CORRESPONDING LEVEL.
    ONE MAN'S MEAT IS ANOTHER MAN'S SUFFERING !

    NOW, I THROW THEM, BY MEANS OR BETTER, THROUGH THE PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION OF A BEGNADED SCREW, THE "SACRED SINUSCURVE".
    YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD SAAB - A TRUE SENTENCE.
    EVEN IF SOVIELD IS THE MONEY ASPECT IN THE FOREGROUND, THE PERFECTION TO THE SMALL DETAILS, IT WILL FIRST RIGHT (LIFE).
    Bringing in my own ...
    HOOK COVERS FOR SUCH 19 CUSTOM RIMS, SEARCH AND FIND SAAB STICKERS (NOT SILICONE);
    RENEWED SOUND-TREATED IGNITION KEY;
    WHEN LEFT THE SIDE BLINKER IS RENEWED, THEN RIGHT ALSO.
    NAJA, THESE MINORITIES ARE WHICH SHOW YOUR OWN DEMAND FOR SUCH A PROJECT.

    WHETHER IT ALL END TO WHAT THAT PASSED BY MY INNER EYE (IF IT IS ALSO TO EUPHORIC PURCHASES) .....
    WHO KNOWS !?
    CONVICTION, HERBAL AND YES, EVEN LOVE ARE UNRESTRICTED;
    THE UNIQUENESS IS CREATED FROM THE VERY UNIQUE.

    IN THIS SENSE ;
    I AM VERY PLEASANT TO HAVE MADE MY LITTLE CONTRIBUTION.

  • Great that it goes on in 2019! Thanks Tom!

    Swim against the tide, yes, I do that for a long time, with Saab and Lancia, but in the long run very exhausting, that is costly. I am still at the end of 2018 with a heavy heart of my 95NG separated. But there are still enough Saab in the stable where I can be happy every day!

  • Very happy that it continues with the blog. Thanks for the first time for this decision. So we are at least in 2019 again sure that we can get the most information about Saab anywan.

  • That sounds like the beautiful 9000 CSE might still be in the stable, despite the beautiful TA?

    As I already wrote to her reader contribution: A dream couple. In addition, one can say, it is a very varied yet. With the overall potential to bring the happy owner different driving experiences and to offer different strengths and qualities. A separation from the CSE wants to be considered carefully. If that happened, he would be missed forever. That's for sure.

    At least I've never met an ex-CSE owner or driver who wouldn't mourn this SAAB. Not yet one who couldn't think of a number of qualities that he would never have found combined again in another vehicle. Not even in a younger SAAB ...

  • Today I drove home from the practice in the 9000 in the evening. Heavenly peace and quiet when you reverse into the driveway! Two exterior mirrors and a look in the interior rearview mirror are sufficient. The 95 NG accompanies the same process much more excitedly: medium-frequency beeping of the rear sensors, high-frequency beeping of the side sensors when passing the courtyard entrance - I admit, it is really just passable - but it's annoying. If I now imagine a visual orgy of blinkers ... We should look after our old treasures. They just give us a better quality of life.

  • Very nice.

    I would have liked to have seen this word (without any alternative) in time, when it was particularly inflationary in use, consecrated and chosen - as or as a bad word of the year ...

    Even if it is used less often today, it still determines the way of thinking, the exploration of alternatives and possibilities that supposedly do not exist, in this style of thought and language can not even exist. And accordingly, alternatives are not even explored ...

    But there are also other and equally fatal factors ...

    For example, global emissions trading (CO2) or the way national carbon footprints are calculated. Sometimes they are designed in favor of the producers and then again for the benefit of consumers.

    Norway can choose the best of two worlds. It promotes and exports oil and gas, enjoys income and prosperity, but foreign importers and consumers are burdened in the aforementioned sense. Not the Norwegian producer of fossil fuels ...

    On the other hand, Norway can import any number of e-mobiles without being burdened with balance sheets. For the production of batteries and vehicles, the producers and thus other nations are burdened. Not the norwegian consumer.

    You quickly find yourself there as a shining example and environmentalist - at least globally and quite officially and so purely on the balance sheet ...

    Sometimes the end user gets something on the lid, sometimes the producer has the damage. As you like it. Smart people (such as Norwegians or Danes) know how to get the most out of the set conditions.

    They legislatively decide on e-mobility and will gladly import e-cars that weigh almost 3 tons, crammed with rare earths and heavy batteries, and have a disastrous CO2 bill, so long as they do not have to produce them themselves and they do not be accounted for negatively.

    And we? We like to look to Scandinavia again. As with the PISA studies. We didn't understand anything, but nothing at all, but the more precisely we know (again) what is now urgently indicated in D ...

    We don't understand the difference between Germany and Norway, we don't understand the global framework, we are devoid of any vision, but we have understood. If from here on we overtake the Scandinavians on the right with German thoroughness, if we copy them better than they could copy themselves, then we will again be in a leading role (also in terms of climate policy). So there is no alternative ...

    ... without brains and intellect, but no alternative. After all.

  • "But I'm afraid that the drive concept of the future will be decided politically ..."

    I'm afraid you are right. It is again something without alternative. The view beyond the horizon is spared, as so often in recent years.

  • Full points ! ! !

    Many operating concepts (touchscreen / main menu / menu item / operating point) require a new legislation.
    All functions of a touch and / or wipe that require longer attention of the vehicle operator than would be required with a button or a dial are disabled with the engine running.

    If so, I wouldn't miss anything in my cars. I have direct access to all essential driving functions and comfort features. OK then. But no longer a matter of course ...

    It is disturbing that new cars come onto the market and are eligible for approval that have a built-in and such great distraction potential ex works as if you were in my SAAB, while regulating the air conditioning (while driving), surfing the Internet on the smartphone ...

    This is known to be prohibited for good reason. Questions remain open ...
    Nice that you and Tom have posed this.

  • First of all, I wish all of you a happy new year.
    Also, I am happy to continue reading so much about Saab, Saab stories are far from over, and if everyone contributes, we all have more of them.
    All this digi-digitization and gimmicks only distract you from driving, because despite all the help you still have to drive yourself and the physics can not be exited. For me, a modern Saab with ABS, ESP, airbags and xenon has everything you need to drive.

  • At some point, even for you the possibility of a Saabs arise.

  • You are right. But I fear that the drive concept of the future will be decided politically ...

    According to my modest technical knowledge, I would favor hybrids with biofuels (biodiesel and ethanol).
    The last sensational concept of SAAB (the Phoenix) went exactly in that direction. The advantages of this concept compared to a pure and fossil fuel or even to a pure electric car are too numerous to list here in detail.

    But politicians know that better than a few SAAB engineers or than I knew ...

  • All a super happy new year and great that the blog goes on.

    On the question of analog or digital (er) I can only agree with Tom's assessment. I don't need any giant displays with “rotary slide box wipe wash technology” that shine bright as day in the interior. Something like that is annoying by day and even in night mode it lights up the interior. A very simple navigation system with just a good announcement is enough for me personally. At least as long as I can still hear. In any case, I always look forward to the possibility of the Night Panel when I'm on a long journey at night. When I drive, I don't want to watch TV, I want to watch the street and when I have to look for a gas station or a restaurant, I stop and google my cell phone. A short break and whack ready.

  • Really inspiring, if someone with so much commitment and passion runs this blog and maintains like Tom!

    Note: Saab is not just a car, but a philosophy!

  • On a good new blog year 2019!
    Good news from the eager donors! Wonderful! So it should fit ...
    Thank you for looking to Trollhättan in 2019. I find it interesting what is developing at the old SAAB location! Important, because the region must and should be kept “alive”!

  • It's nice to know that the blog survives.
    I still can not afford a Saab for the daily trip to the office, but at least that's the way I can get a bit closer to my childhood dream.

  • Which drive will prevail in the future, in my opinion, completely open, the electric drive is currently not suitable for everyday use, gasoline engines have a higher CO ² emissions than diesel engines and the diesel is in my opinion wrongly vilified.

    So I prefer to drive a (SAAB) classic car before I get a new car for tens of thousands of euros.

  • It's really fun to get into the Saab; my convertible from 2011 only has 71.000 km on the clock and will hopefully last a very long time. I didn't want to, because diesel - panic sale by the previous owner. For this I sold my older gasoline convertible and hit it here. I actually find diesel and convertible a rather strange combination and the car can no longer be used for short distances, but the hope was to be able to use the car for more than 10 years and then for as long as possible.

    In fact, I find the whole transition to digital command centers unhelpful. Swiping and tapping takes much longer than simply pressing buttons or editing knobs.

    Finding something in the lower menu items of the control menu is actually like checking messages on the mobile phone while driving and should therefore be prohibited. In my Jaguar it takes me 4 times as long to turn on the seat heating as in the Saab. There is even a button (small and therefore never found without looking) - but then the tiresome pressing on the touch screen begins. Not to mention other attitudes. Many hi-fi systems no longer have rotary knobs - but they can be operated much more comfortably while driving. I don't want to talk about the many overflowing buttons with miniscule writing (just take a look at a Porsche cockpit ...). Real ergonomics are different, and I think the manufacturers are working more against the drivers here.

    Not to mention the Saab Night Panel. My retrofitted Alpine navigation system with a reversing camera still has to be darkened manually because it could not be docked to the night panel function, and this darkening function has to be called up first thanks to poor engineering, and therefore look for something twice on the touchscreen distracting and dangerous, but all the more it becomes clear how good and functional Saab has actually designed the cockpits. So everything speaks in favor of keeping Saabs for as long as possible - it doesn't get better what you get 🙂

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  • Thanks for the nice description of what is received with analog and lost with digital. Speaks from my soul ...

  • Hooray! It continues with the blog, with my SAAB 9-5 station wagon and the SAAB calendar from Frankfurt! He just arrived and will be with me for a year now.

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