If someone had recently told me that you can be very satisfied with a 20 year old vehicle, I would probably have looked at it crookedly and thought about repairs, rust, seats, etc.
The fact that I drive a 20-year-old Saab 9-5 on my own came like this: I still drive around 50 tkm per year - and since 1997 in various Saabs. The current 9-3 X has now run 234 tkm and should be spared a bit so that it will last a long time. When the idea came up to drive the 9-3 X "in the right way" in winter and to buy another station wagon for the summer. Problem: Around 10 or 8 years after the end of production of Saab station wagons are practically only vehicles with high mileages on the market. And I also wanted to have my favorite color combination burgundy metallic with leather beige - a search for the pin in a haystack.
Coincidentally, I looked at Autoscout.ch in January to Saabs, especially since the Swiss cars should be in good condition, and lo and behold: It was a 1999er 9-5 wagon offered in burgundy metallic with leather beige, with sensational 99 tkm on the clock, and as the cherry on top of the V6 gasoline engine under the hood. Wow! So contacted the dealer in Zurich, queried various things, conducted a WhatsApp video call, where he showed me various details, and then made the purchase contract. Then came the customs procedure, which must be settled in advance on the Internet, and the end of January, the Saab repair shop of my trust brought the vehicle on a trailer to Germany - I was at this time due to flu, unfortunately not able to ride.
The 9-5 got the full approval by the TÜV, a service and the disc-film tinting, so that the sun does not burn so much the rider dog on the fur. Now he is running with season ID 03-11.
Well, the body is not dellenfrei (that will give a few cosmetic repairs), but what was absolutely important to me is: The interior including leather seats is really 1a! And the 99 tkm was understandable not only on the basis of the service booklet, but also on typical details such as: zero stone chips on the hood, zero mini-stone chips on the windshield. Of course, the Saab is rust-free, oil-tight and all electric helpers work.
All in all: a stroke of luck! And the smooth running V6 with the automatic is a dream! After kilometers traveled so far by 3.500 itself, the average fuel consumption for 9,7 l / 100km - 1 liters is more than for 4 cylinder turbo - given. Of course, this value comes about with a relaxed driving style, and the car always charges for that.
Finally 9-5 again, after four and a half years "abstinence". Finally again: The ingenious double sun visor, the practical parking ticket holder, the super-comfortable seats, the generous space.
On the subject of value and sustainability of older cars, the Saab 900 girlfriend in the reader contribution of 17.02.2019 already said everything - I can only agree. Even the infiltrated trends do not impress us Saab drivers.
My 9-5 station wagon was certainly the best thing that came off the line in Trollhatten at the time. And this Vorsprung durch Technik makes driving enjoyment even today 😉
Thanks to Thomas Zecher for the Saab story on Sunday! 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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