Almost exactly 8 years ago, the tapes in Trollhättan stalled. Even before, the factory had been underutilized, and from March 2011 only sporadic vehicles ran off the line. Days, until the production came to a halt. Since then there is an end to replenishment, and it is about preserving what is available.
The inventory is getting old, and who cares about the maintenance? They still exist - the workshops that mainly and sometimes exclusively screw Saabs. Your order situation is mostly good, Saab drivers are loyal. Often known for years, has become part of an extended family. And there is also a vehicle from the Trollhättan brand that must necessarily drive up to the Saab / Orio partner. The 9-5 NG was Saab's first online vehicle. It needs to be repaired and diagnosed to the server whose access is only available through a contract with the Orio AB.
3 years warranty on the parts
But what about the older vehicles? Saab 9-3 II and I, the 9000er, the old 9-5 and the classic 900er? And how about the comfortable 3 year warranty on parts you only get from Orio. Is that part of the decision?
I prefer workshops with long brand experience for my youngtimer and budding classics. Meanwhile, it is exclusively Orio partner, in the past was also a free workshop with a Saab master in the game. He had worked for the brand for a long time, then became self-employed and was my trusted man for several years, until he retired from the business for health reasons.
How do the readers with their vehicles? Do you trust the experience and competence of Orio / Saab partners? Or do you prefer a free workshop nearby that has Saab background? Maybe the Saab is just a commodity that can be well maintained even in a workshop chain? They advertise with low prices and fast appointment allocation. But are our vehicles, which are becoming more and more exotic, really well looked after there?
Market Analysis - 8 Years After
We start today with a small market analysis. How do our readers wait for their cars? Do you also accept long journeys, do you value traditional Saab service? Or is it the free screwdriver around the corner, maybe the big chain that enjoys her trust? Maybe you screwed now synonymous and worried the parts of the known wholesalers?
8 years after the end of production in Sweden an exciting question! Multiple answers are possible. We are looking forward to the result!