Life is not always fair. Above all, it is not objective, otherwise the Saab 9000 CD would be a car that would rank high on the popularity list. But the opposite is the case. The 9k with the big trunk is ignored by the fans. Yet he had so much to offer.
The year 2018. In Hamburg, a 9000 CD is squaring the tires. For months it has been offered via an online portal and discussed in a forum. His appearance is sad, the pictures are unloving, he is not prepared. But - the price is low, the kilometers under 100.000, and it seems to be first-hand.
Why does nobody buy it? I have never had a CD, the Saab would not be without charm for me. But I am aware that my paradisiac garage and hall conditions will change in the foreseeable future. Another Saab is not debatable, I have to reduce. So no 9000 CD, but I keep the S class from Trollhättan under observation.
Summer is coming, summer is going. The Saab is still standing, its price is listed below € 2.000. What has to happen before someone buys it? But nobody takes pity on me and I almost forgot the story when my friend Oli contacted me in October.
Saab 9000 CD and the protector instinct
He may be the first to look right at the CD. Visually, the Saab is pitiable. But Oli also sees the 93.000 kilometers, the stainless state, 1. Hand. And the great condition in the interior. An 9000 is generally one of the cars where you can trust your feeling. A good, well-kept interior speaks for the first owner and then usually extends to the care condition.
If the Saab is loveless, neglected, has rust, then you have to look more closely. At my Anna project That was the case. All alarm lights went on, but I definitely wanted the car. Despite all the rules, Anna moved to the 7. April 2013 with me. I have not regretted the purchase since then. But if you look at the costs, you could have financed two projects with it.
Back to Oli, who like me tends to foolishness when it comes to cars from Trollhättan. In the case of the 9000 CD, however, he approaches the situation with reason. Rust is not visible, the body seems accident-free and good. Sure, there are some small dents, scratches, quirks on the bumpers. But the Saab comes from the year 1993. 25 years leave scratches or patina. That may be!
What is there to do? Especially the 4 brakes, the rear panel should be replaced or painted, the exhaust needs new from the middle. Molding, some lighting parts, all fluids and oils changed. A professional preparation is advisable, a dent would have to be pulled out, the rims would do well with a cosmetic operation.
The list is not long, the effort is manageable. The usual things when you want to save a 25-year-old car from the butcher. Some things remain in the gray area. The Airbag indicator light burns, transmission and engine make a good impression, but will this last?
The risk is calculable and I can't think of anything that would speak against buying it. And Oli strikes the following day. The Saab is saved, for little money. Now he gets a workshop and wellness program. And friend Oli discovers new sides of himself. He evolves into an auto-archaeologist.
Because, as always, the question arises what you pulled from the yard on the trailer. Once the prey is home, awakening follows. Or the surprise. Because things are often different from what they seem.
What's next with the 9000 CD? To be continued on the blog, stay tuned!