Saab 9000 CD Rescue (2)

Writing about the value preservation of older cars has become a socio-political statement. That was not always so, especially not in the year 2011 when I started writing. Times have changed, the preservation of old vehicles is also a piece of 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 in the direction of the workshop and TÜV, Oli explores the history of the sedan, becoming 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 maintained at Saab Uhlenhorst, he is consistently maintained. When his owner dies at a very senior age, he is logged off 2016 and ends up at the dealer where Oli will rescue him two years later.

The story is clear, as is often the case with a Saab 9000. Many of these Swedish S-Classes have been driven by the first owner for a very long time, making it easier to explore their history. Oli notices that the CD also carries another, unusual piece of technology from the 90 years on another 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 90 years - until he bought the CD and found a strange, black box in the spare wheel well. With a Saab sticker and Folksam lettering. The font "Crash Pulse Recorder" left no doubt. An early data recorder that fortunately never had to prove its function.

The 9000 CD turns out, from a historical perspective, as a great stroke of luck. A previous owner with a thrilling background, a rare Folksam data recorder. The courage to buy the 9k has paid off so far. Auto-archaeologist Oli had his 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)"

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

  • "A piece of criticism of the system [...] aimless, meaningless."

    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

  • The back seat really looks like nobody has ever taken a seat there. It shows again that sometimes advertisements with "sad" photos deserve a look more. Great story!

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

  • They 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.

    Whether SAAB would still build cars today and probably would, which I prefer by far better than other new cars, I can not say. What could have been, is becoming more speculative and less and less interested in me ...

    My personal automotive future I see more and more in the field of used cars to vintage cars. If I had not thought a few years ago, but now it is so. And it is amazingly liberating. Should they all do: their un-fashions and un-customs but not with me ...

  • Really true words that are related to the environment! Will be ridiculed by friends who sympathize with the Friday for Future protesters for my CD / driving "old" SAABs. The old car would not date up to 2. Instead of an old car you demand all electric cars ... I think at the point it needs no further comment.

    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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 impact allow the respective vehicles / bumpers, before a permanent deformation or other structural damage can be determined. That was very, very sustainable thought ...


    "Aimless, pointless (e)" scrapping and "criticizing 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 designed to be larger and larger and laterally pulled around the vehicle - all around with sensors and other elements ...

    Bumpers and fenders have served their purpose. It would be better to exchange half of the car or the whole, if one was looked at wrong ...

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

    If you wanted to make cars so that the smallest bumps - whether right, back, left or front - cause as possible a total economic loss and the potential scrapping mean, then younger cars would be on just the right way ...

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

  • Great story about this 9000 CD!
    That this 9000 CD was also a "real CD limo" is really awesome in this story!
    Surely research was 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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