From 1985 to 1989 I drove a 5 year old Saab 900 turbo year 1980. Experience with this vehicle in terms of comfort, visibility, engine sound, design and safety prompted me to order a brand new Saab 1989 turbo from the Saab dealer early in 900.
Despite the then very high price of about 45.000, -DM, there was no doubt that it must be this vehicle again. After a running time of 180.000 km in nine years I asked
at the Saab dealer, what I get when buying a new Saab yet for my stainless, nine-year Saab.
The disappointing answer was 5.000, -DM. For this ridiculous amount I did not want to give away my still reliable and heartfelt Saab. So I decided to drive the car until a major engine failure knocked him out. Wait for this
I mean, 30 years have gone by and over 500 000. km he ran, in vain.
Of course, over the years, some repairs were due, such as cylinder head gasket, engine control unit, all pumps, etc. but no engine damage, no problems with the transmission. Only the steering gear has repeatedly attracted attention over the years through incontinence. Since there is no original replacement, I've been up in recent years
instructed repaired used parts, but partly gave up their mind directly after installation. This was of course annoying and without a second or third vehicle not to accomplish.
Repair work in independent repair shops, which have no Saab experience and no longer appreciate an old car, I leave after several bad experiences no more
do. There remains, depending on the problem, only the decision to bring the vehicle to Mannheim or Frankfurt (from Heidelberg).
For a few years, the Saab 900 is used only for selected and mostly shorter routes. For long distances comes since 2015 a Saab Sportcombi 1.9 Ttid used.
But back to the Saab 900, which I continue to ride with much pleasure, almost as on the first day, because it not only makes it very uncomplicated and relaxed (despite turbo) drive, but the sound of the engine causes a pleasant feeling throughout the body ,
Now, the faithful companion 30 years old in the next month and the decision is to admit him with H license plate as a classic car. Whether he gets this due to the condition of the paint is questionable. 30 years of wind and weather, sun and rain, snow and ice and always under the street lamp, have left their mark. If one day I have to say goodbye, then I will certainly expand some parts of the interior
(eg seats, steering wheel) and put these in my study, as a reminder of many accident-free years in one of the most beautiful and safest vehicles of the 80er and 90er years.
Thanks to Dietmar Erhard 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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