Summer in the city. Blue sky with white sheep above and a red traffic light in front of us. Saab's standard tinted windows and silver roof filter or reflect the sun, making it easy to air-condition the 9-3 I. We hold behind a Mercedes of the E-class. Next to me my beloved wife with ball belly.
My right hand wanders to her left or even on the tummy. I do not remember exactly. In any case, the atmosphere in the SAAB could not have been more beautiful. We smile at each other and are in happy anticipation ...
... as it crashes and splinters and we are thrown forward.
A sad farewell
The E-Class in front of us was a few inches shorter, without you have looked at the front of the SAAB much. The SAAB rear or the front of the Ford Mondeos, which is there, but already. The scene and consequences could be described in more detail, but the bottom line is that the 9-3 I had done his job and his duty involuntarily and without fault very well. The growing family was fine, but she needed a new SAAB.
A fresh eyeliner
The choice falls on a black 9-5 SC with the BioPower 2.0t and chrome glasses. He was already at a dealer, was immediately available and cheap. And he feels good. He even delights as long as he is new and unfamiliar. As ingenious as the hatchback was, the trunk of the SC is larger and in front of the car the road and signs seem twice as bright at night, thanks to xenon light. The 9-5 is quieter. At crawl, doubts arise over and over again, whether the engine is even on. A kick on the accelerator brings clarity. The hired Turbo plays in a different league than the naturally aspirated engine that we had in the 9-3.
A new favorite game with simple rules. At construction sites on motorways, one sticks to the speed limit and does not accelerate until one is allowed again. For a long time, an Audi, a Mecedes and whatever one or two lanes have left to the left, are growing in the exterior mirrors or are already at the same height next to us.
Only then does the SAAB join. With "only" 340 Nm and 220 PS from regenerative energy. The driver's side window is suddenly empty again and in the mirrors of the BioPower the rest of the world seems to slow down. The passage is fascinating ...
The chrome glasses are new, SAAB still alive and even living myth! Comments from our environment were: "What is that for a battleship?" Or "Oh, a SAAB! Certainly not without! What is there under the hood? "Riders were enthusiastic. No trace of pity ...
But how is your own perception 2019, after nearly 12 years and good 125.000 Km?
Aging and everyday life of a Swede
The dry truth is, SAAB has been bankrupt for a long time, and today I am neither a "brand ambassador" nor ecologically superior. I drive a no longer young and technically arbitrary petrol engine, a combination of the upper middle class with an 5 gearbox. Without E 85 pushes the ecological conscience and I drive slower, quieter and less overall. I drive SAAB. In everyday life and as a travel car.
Investments are limited to a new loader and 2018 a new clutch, which is fine. And yet, the original intent to keep the beautiful car meticulously in order and maintain, unfortunately, long since abandoned. It is the little things that are difficult to implement.
Since the familiar uses ever to hot glue or cable ties to fix the glasses frame or the engine cover. Or a defective actuator of the blocked tank lock flies out without replacement. When it is available again, the inner lining must go out for the second time and then back in.
This costs time, nerves, money and does not do the car well. Plastic parts are not meant to be touched more often than necessary. Outside, the aging and improvised solutions visually ensure minor discrepancies and more wind noise. Even under the hood or in the interior, noises gradually emerge which, from a technical point of view, may be ignored, but in total are not beautiful. I'm in doubt if my chrome goggles are still quieter than the 9-3 I was?
I drive her on. Still happy! But the years (and the spare parts situation) are not ignored by the car, my initial enthusiasm or my original owner pride. And are not the wheels of other cars just as round?
I continue to drive her because she does her job and because, as long as you can still drive SAAB in everyday life, I prefer sitting in a SAAB. This is again due to little things - but there are many and they are positive. The overall package is just right and the design is good. It just feels more and more natural over the years. But I can just remember how the red lighting of a jagged and overloaded dashboard almost drove me mad during a long night drive. How much I wish the trip might end or I could continue it in a SAAB.
Thanks to Herbert Hürsch for this Saab story! How is it in everyday life with an older Saab? What do you experience, how do friends, colleagues and the family react? With indulgence, enthusiasm or compassion? How do you keep the Saab alive, what do you do with spare parts and workshops, how do you optimize or restore the old Swedes?
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