Yes, I admit it. Also I love cars with turbo engines, especially those from the old shot and grain. Nowadays even almost all cars are equipped with turbocharged engines even to the small car segment, which - and that is also the goal in the aggregate development, rather like large-volume naturally aspirated engines feel (I am for many years at a large car manufacturer in the south of the country as a driving strategist !).
But, so where did the exclusivity and boorish character of former turbo engines last? This "down around" still lame, but all the more buzz when the turbo compressor pressure has built up enough. I had some such vehicles and not just SAABs.
I started with a Nissan Silvia 1.8 Turbo from 1988 with rear-wheel drive. The car was a lot of fun and had a much better elasticity at that time than, for example, a performance-matched BMW318is with a sixteen-valve engine. Then followed an Audi 200 quattro 20V with legendary 5 cylinder turbo engine and 309 Nm at already 1.950 min-1. This was followed by 2 SAAB 900 Turbo 16 (which, by the way, I still own both) and an 9-3 soft turbo (which I unfortunately traded in).
Now you are probably wondering what this has to do with the title? I did not want to do my SAAB 900 Turbos the salt in winter anymore. So only approval with season license plate. In the last few winters, I either drove my wife or daughter's car or even a bus, which is good for the environment but doubles my travel time. And the 5 months abstention from SAAB driving became more and more difficult to endure!
That meant: a "Daily Driver" SAAB had to come! But he should be reasonably priced and most of all an 9-3 coupe, a manual switch with a turbo of course. Since I found but on Mobile.de near 9 3 5T 2.0i with automatic, so just the opposite of what I was looking for. I drove the car but nevertheless sample and was pleasantly surprised. And since the car was otherwise in good condition for its age (almost no rust), I bought it.
Yes, it is not a sports car. But for daily commuting, mostly on the highway and in the city, the driving performance is completely sufficient. What's more, the car decelerates and relieves stress. After I have changed the oil of the automatic, it switches again buttery soft. Although almost 20 years young and 210.000 km, the chassis still feels crisp and is free of bumps.
Otherwise there are no "Squeaks and Rattles". The directional stability is impeccable, the steering provides a lot of feeling and a good braking effect with a clear pedal feel complements the positive image. Another absolute strength of the car is driving in the snow. The combination of new, very good winter tires (Conti TS 860), low torque and the automatic winter program (starting in the 3 gear) ensures that the car digs diligently through every layer of snow (and there was a lot of snow this winter! ).
As can be seen in the pictures even the paint shines, although I wash only now and then. Sure, a few little things are always there: the usual pixel errors are present (the most important information is still recognizable), the air mass meter was broken and had to be replaced, the exhaust was due and the automatic air conditioning does not cool. But, all in all, it just makes the car happy and I look forward to every ride!
Let's come to my conclusion: Boys and of course girls, dare you to a SAAB with naturally aspirated engine! It does not always have to be a turbo to be happy with a SAAB.
Thanks to Herman Verbeek 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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