Saab 9000 CD Rescue (2)

Writing about maintaining the value of older cars has become a sociopolitical statement. It wasn't always like that, especially not in 2011 when I started writing. Times have changed, keeping old vehicles is also a criticism of the system.

You hardly believe it: 1. Hand and only 93.000 kilometers!
You hardly believe it: 1. Hand and only 93.000 kilometers!

Good, worthy cars from the 80er and 90er years were scrapped last in favor of new cars. Aimless, meaningless. In doing so, if we wanted to improve our environment, we would not need other cars, but longer-lived ones that are used intelligently.

The loss of Youngtimern is enormous and should continue. That's a shame because we destroy a piece of history with every vehicle. Old cars have something to tell, and sometimes a nasty duckling turns into a great swan.

A piece of (German) contemporary history

Before the 9000 CD rolls towards the workshop and TÜV, Oli researches the history of the limousine and becomes a car archaeologist. Because the Saab has a special story that only gradually becomes clear, and it reads like this:

In the year 1993, the embassy council of a Baltic embassy, ​​which at that time still has its headquarters in the federal capital of Bonn, imports a brand new Saab 9000 CD 2.3i to Germany. The Saab is almost fully equipped. He only lacks the sunroof. A noble, prestigious vehicle, with a very popular at that time dark green paint and seats with heavy, black leather.

The Saab does not stay in Bonn, it is passed on to the mother of the embassy council to Hamburg. The reasons for the intra-family transaction are probably the very favorable conditions that Trollhättan offers in the business of diplomatic vehicles. The owner, a lady at an advanced age, allows the 9000 CD on the 1.10.1993. She will drive the car until her death. Who is this lady? We do not want to write her name, only so much: she is a member of the Academies of Sciences in several Scandinavian countries, as well as a Professor Emeritus of the University of Hamburg.

The representative CD is serviced at Saab Uhlenhorst, it is continuously checked. When his owner died very old, he was deregistered in 2016 and ended up with the dealer, where Oli would save him two years later.

The history is clear, as is often the case with a Saab 9000. Many of these Swedish S-Classes were driven by the first owner for a very long time, which makes it easier to research their history. That the CD also carries another, unusual piece of technology from the 90s is only noticed by Oli after a further review.

Folksam data recorder

This marks the start of an excursion into the early years of accident research, which was carried out extremely consistently in Scandinavia. Because in addition to a Swabian car maker, it was mainly the Swedes who invested a lot of energy into this discipline early on.

Saab built the safest cars in the world in the 80 and 90 years. To be objective, everything that came from Sweden back then was considered extremely secure. Co-responsibility was next to Saab, Volvo and Autoliv as the driving force of insurance Folksam. It purposefully pursued accident research and installed data recorders in the vehicles.

The Folksam data recorder from the 90 years
The Folksam data recorder from the 90 years

In the year 1992 Folksam introduced the first recorder (CPR), which responded to a mechanical crash impulse. The devices were installed in 260.000 Swedish cars from Toyota, Saab, Opel and Honda. In mid-2008, the CPR was replaced by a new, electronic generation of recorders (ECR).

Until November 2018, Oli had never seen a crash recorder from the 90s - until he bought the CD and found a strange, black box in the spare wheel well. With a Saab sticker and Folksam lettering. The writing “Crash Pulse Recorder” left no doubt. An early data recorder, which luckily has never had to prove its function.

From a historical point of view, the 9000 CD turns out to be a multiple stroke of luck. A previous owner with an exciting background, a rare Folksam data recorder. The courage to buy the 9k has paid off so far. Auto archaeologist Oli was having fun.

Now the workshop, TÜV, approval and wellness program are on the list. And of course Oli wants the CD to be converted to Euro 2.

How to proceed with the 9000 CD is coming soon on the blog.

13 thoughts on "Saab 9000 CD Rescue (2)"

  • "A bit of criticism of the system [...] aimless, pointless."

    Tom, it's still a great pleasure to read your blog posts, but ..

    ..with this crisp short introduction to the 2. Part of the informative, fast-paced 9000-CD story you've really outdone yourself! "Grandios" as Herbert Hürsch wrote ..

    Chapeau! and Merci

    • PS
      Correction: Herbert Hürsch wrote "great" ..

  • The back seat really looks like no one has ever sat there. This shows again that sometimes advertisements with “sad” photos deserve a look more. Great story!

  • very interesting story, nice that the car could be saved

  • Really true words that are related to the environment! Get ridiculed by friends who sympathize with the Friday for Future demonstrators for my CD / driving "old" SAABs. The old car would not be up to date. Instead of an old car, you are asking for all electric cars ... I think there is no need for further comment at this point.

    But it's just an old car sustainable. When I consider how many cars from the circle of friends of 9000 has long survived. Pure shaking of the head. All the better that another CD could be saved.

  • Yes, yes, I still know how I crashed my first 9000 CS in Brussels when I reset one of those fabulous concrete block stones (just so high that you did not see them in the rearview mirror): the bollard was flat and my beautiful rear apron was heavily dented, me was pressed bad! Back in Cologne, I wanted to examine the damage closer - because of repair order. And lo and behold: no more damage to see! Only light paint scratches, which I took as a confirmation, not only to have dreamed the whole thing.


    “Aimless, senseless (e)” scrapping and “criticism of the system”. The introduction is great ...

    It was not until this morning that a big parking lot struck my mind as to how much the entire industry has passed away from any claim to sustainability across all brands (partly for political reasons and intentionally).
    Front and rear elements are becoming larger and larger and are being drawn further and further around the side of the vehicle - peppered all around with sensors and other elements ...

    Bumpers and fenders have had their day. It is better to swap half the car or the whole car if someone looks at one wrongly ...

    A tailgate (Tiguan) caught my eye, the lower end of which was shaped optically and practically as part of the rear apron / "bumper". A tailgate as a bumper? Are you crazy?

    If you wanted to design cars in such a way that the smallest bumps - be it right, back, left or front - cause an economic total loss and mean potential scrapping, then younger automobiles would be exactly on the right track ...

    I'm glad that the CD is saved and I'm looking forward to Part III ...

    • PS
      If I'm right in mind, then there were tests on the quality of their bumpers with the 9000 and other contemporary cars. SAAB's engineers had chosen the quality of the plastic and the (honeycomb) structure behind the outer shell so that the 9000 was by far the winner of the test.

      It was measured which speeds of an impact the respective vehicles / bumpers permit before permanent deformation or other structural damage can be determined. That was very, very sustainable ...

    • Completely correct. Unfortunately, Saab has also gone through this un-fashion with the hatchback on the 9-5 NG SC.

      • You hit the nail on the head ...

        Whether SAAB could or would usefully withdraw from legal regulations and un-fashions today is completely and completely questionable.
        Helmut Kohl spoke of the mercy of late birth in another context. Maybe the early bankruptcy is also a certain grace?
        However, as a lover of the brand, one is now in the luxurious position of being able to measure or measure SAABs as they once did in comparison to contemporaries and how useful they still are.

        I cannot say whether SAAB would still build cars today that I would prefer by far to other new cars. What could have been is becoming more and more speculative and interests me less and less ...

        I see my personal automotive future more and more in the field of used cars and vintage cars. I wouldn't have thought a few years ago, but now it is. And it's amazingly liberating. Should they do it all: their un-fashions and un-manners but not with me ...

  • Great story about this 9000 CD!
    The fact that this 9000 CD was also a “real CD-Limo” is really awesome in this story!
    Research was definitely fun and enjoyable ... 🙂
    Also, I'm looking forward to the sequel!

  • Auto archeology, that's cool. Unbelievable what the SAAB has for a story. Great that she's so well documented. I'm looking forward to part 3!


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