Since here on the part of Blog asked I also want to write my contribution for the blog here, as I became Saab fan I already wrote, I already wrote reports about meetings, now I want to write how they are perceived, how they are moved and how they are cared for.
Seen, I think a normal Saab 9-3 II // 9-3III is not particularly noticeable in the streetscape, the cars look visually still young, the design line of the facelift could be so nearly in a showroom of new cars. Among us Saab fans of course, the cars are already on, barely a Saab is hidden, with some Saabs you see, you know the owner and knows about the workshop and Saab meeting, but that does not mean that Saab owners often a Need to go to the workshop. It is more like going to the workshop to chat, meet nice Saab drivers and do good things for the Saab. If you do the Saab well, he will thank you with a lot of driving pleasure.
It's very mixed among friends, acquaintances and outsiders. Many are curious, and ask how it is to drive a supposedly dead brand. An acquaintance who has long tried to drive a car of a now defunct British manufacturer, has given it up for lack of spare parts and has changed to a living French manufacturer. He can not imagine that the Saabs are still driven like that, and the brand still finds so many followers. Friends who tend to be interested in the automobile have also found interest in Saab, even caring for some vehicles and the meetings. Some even send me photos of Saabs when they see a Saab. Recently, a friend even sent me a picture of a 9-3 with Greek marks, which she accidentally discovered in Vienna.
Can be moved the Saabs still have problems. Thank God there are no diesel bans in Austria and thus the diesel can be driven without restriction. For a while, the price of diesel was almost as high as Super Plus, which saddened the basic enjoyment of diesel fuel economy, but now the prices of gasoline and diesel have returned to normal. You do not have the feeling of moving an old car, well, hardly.
Of course, if you have the opportunity to drive a comparable sized new car, you will naturally feel that development time has not stopped, many things are becoming more modern, advertisements are more precise, more colorful. Digital just. Everything beeps, warning sounds from all sides. At the latest, if the Spurhalteasisstent has not recognized the first construction site marker and starts to cheep wild, you worry if you need all this.
Any improvement in traffic safety is of course desirable, but of course all systems have their limitations, and if you annoy the Gepiepse and you turn everything off, the question arises why you carry it with you. You still have to drive yourself and not the computer.
Everything is clearly structured in a Saab, everything is clear and easy to read and operate. If you have installed a navigation system, the cockpit of an 9-3II or 9-3III looks visually not antiquated. No indication is covered by the steering wheel rim. The nightpanel makes some long night trips easier, as I have already written. A Virtual Cockpit looks nice in the showroom, but in everyday life is just a gimmick and distraction.
Since these cars will not exist anymore, you drive more attentively and relaxed. Short distances, so the classic "bread from the bakery around the corner fetch" are not made if possible, for city driving the public transport are used. It does not use every speed limit fully, often enough with a little 100 and cruise control on the highway to drive. You get to your destination almost as fast as you have to use less, less material wear and get to your destination more relaxed. With a Saab you contribute so much to environmental protection and sustainability. But that does not mean that you only sneak around, sometimes you just want to feel the pressure of the turbo and drive out. If I had the opportunity, I would also save a neglected Saab like Paul and give him a second life. There are unfortunately some candidates, if you look in some sales notice. The cars would earn it.
Remains to write how the cars are supplied. So far, there are no supply problems, you bring the car to the Saab workshop for annual service, if necessary, even get a Saab as a replacement car which makes you all the more happy and can pick up your own car when it's ready. Spare parts, which are needed for an older car, are available in stock or in the shortest possible time and are priced within the normal range. For special requests, I hope for the help of the Saab community, which can provide mutual exchange of experience.
If you read on the Internet in forums and hear from friends, how they are partially treated in brand workshops in warranty cases, or if for a 5-7 years old car of a major manufacturer, a special spare part is not available, then you look all the more on your own Saab and appreciates the expertise of the Saab workshop. As I wrote before, in our case that is Saab Himberg, Here, the Saabs are well looked after.
Adaptations for the Saabs are currently not available. Only the seal on the rear window should be renewed in the limousine, this dissolves slowly. Since the Softlacktasten were renewed, it is also handled very carefully here. Since both cars are still under the 200 000 km mark, I hope that both of them can be driven for a long time without any problems.
Thanks to Ken-Daniel 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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