My name is Uwe and I drive (also) a blue Saab. But these are almost all matches to the Ove from the novel "A man named Ove".
I currently own three Saabs: a 900 Turbo Cabriolet, year of construction 1988, a 9-3 I Turbo Coupé, year of construction 2001 and a 9-5 NG, year of construction 2011. Depending on the weather and the current car colors, I can decide every morning, which car I want to drive that day. Each vehicle has its history and stories ...
is the ideal car for relaxed trips. Imported from the USA by the previous owner. That's why it has 175 hp and a regulated 3-way cat. Unfortunately, the performance seeps away in the three-speed automatic transmission. But up to the maximum permitted speed of 70 miles per hour in the USA, it is quiet and consumption is limited. But if you accelerate beyond the approx. 120 km / h - then the load will be so loud that you will no longer understand the passenger and more than 15 l / 100 km will run through the injection nozzles. Before the top speed of 200 km / h is reached, I voluntarily give up ...
I bought the car in 2000 for very little money. It was almost ready for scrap and has been (almost) repaired over the years: engine revision, new leather for the seats and a new hood. The 900 is currently to be given an H license plate. So last weekend I converted the radio to a model from 1988 - plus a maximum of 10 years for accessories.
The 9-3 I
is the fun car. Bought five months ago as a birthday present from me - I had a big birthday last year; and there was a gap in the middle between the other two Saabs ... Now the 9-3 I turbos are pretty rare. There are still 205 registered vehicles in Germany of the variant with the original 5 hp (including the convertibles and the 244-door).
Two weeks ago it was stagged (Step 1, 230 PS), Viggen brakes were installed and everything was approved by the TÜV. In addition, there were new tires, new rear brake discs, front complete AT struts and new wishbones. With the existing Steering Rack Clamp, the chassis is now tight and easy to handle. There are still some construction sites for the next few weeks: dismantle the fan box to set the ventilation adjustment in motion, remove rust on the rear wheel arches and dismantle the oil pan. But it is already a lot of fun to feel the 340 Nm when accelerating and to know that the new brakes bring the load to a standstill again.
The 9-5 NG
is the unreasonable rational car. Unreasonable because the Exot is used almost daily and has some quirks. Reasonable, because the largest and longest of my cars has the lowest operating costs (it is a diesel with 190 PS).
I am always inspired by the design; outside and inside a typical Saab. My variant has as "Vector" the large navigation system, bright leather seats and the matching finish in Fjord Blue. Probably this variant in combination with the 190-PS diesel in Germany is a unique piece. (Please report, if someone wants to contradict that.) The bi-turbo diesel was always delivered with the HiPerStrut suspension. Thus, the "thickness" on all road surfaces is excellent even without Drive Sense on the road. My average fuel consumption is under 9 l / 100 km at about 180 km / h on the highway and relatively many city driving. 400 Nm and 190 PS also make 1,8 t unloading a lot of fun.
When buying three years ago, the headlamp leveling of the xenon headlights was broken, the navigation system showed the "Belgium Syndrome" and the rear window heating did not work. The headlamp leveling got a new sensor on the rear axle, the navigation system an update to E800 and the rear window heater was connected, because this was obviously forgotten during installation. In addition, the body was sealed because the rust prevention Saab was atypical. In the three years I drove about 50.000 km and everything was fine. But now show the first signs of wear. The EGR cooling housing had a crack and the oil pump did not provide enough pressure in the first minute after starting the engine. Both parts had to be exchanged. Fortunately, the spare parts are without problems and luckily there are good workshops - even if my environment because of the costly repairs now considers me something strange.
With my three Saabs there is still a match to Ove from the novel: a certain "stubbornness" concerning Saabs and the preservation of values.
In this sense: Good time with your Saabs!
Thanks to Uwe 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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