A man named Uwe ...

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".

In the wonderful color "Fjord-Blue"
In the wonderful color "Fjord-Blue"

Currently I own three Saabs: a 900 Turbo Cabriolet, built in 1988, a 9-3 I Turbo Coupe, built in 2001 and a 9-5 NG, built in 2011. Depending on the weather and the current maladies of the cars, I can decide every morning which car I want to drive that day. Each vehicle has its history and stories ...

The 900

is the ideal car for relaxed trips. From the previous owner imported from the USA. That's why it has 175 PS and a regulated 3-way cat. Unfortunately, the performance in the three-speed automatic transmission seeps away. But it's quiet and fuel consumption is limited to the maximum speed of 70 miles per hour allowed in the US. But if you hurt faster than the approximately 120 km / h out - then the load is so loud that you no longer understand the passenger and good more than 15 l / 100 km run through the injectors. Before the top speed of 200 km / h is reached, I give up voluntarily ...

I bought the car in the year 2000 for very little money. It was almost junky and was (almost) repaired in the years: engine revision, new leather for the seats and a new soft top. Currently, the 900 should get an H-mark. That's why I upgraded the radio to a model from the period 1988 - plus a maximum of 10 years for accessories - last weekend.

The 9-3 I

is the fun car. Bought five months ago as a birthday present from me to me - I had a big birthday last year; and in the middle between the other two Saabs was a gap ... Meanwhile, the 9-3 I turbos are pretty rare. There are of the variant with the original 205 PS (including the convertibles and the 5-door) nor 244 approved vehicles in Germany.

Two weeks ago he was deceived (Step 1, 230 PS), Viggen brakes were installed and the TÜV dismissed everything. In addition there were new tires, new rear brake discs, front complete AT-struts and new wishbones. With the existing Steering Rack Clamp, the suspension is now tight and easy to handle. There are still a few construction sites for the next few weeks: Dismantle the fan box to set the ventilation adjustment in motion, rust removal at the rear wheel arches and disassembly of the oil sump. But even now, it's incredibly fun to feel the 340 Nm accelerating and to know that the new brakes will also stop the load accordingly.

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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12 thoughts too "A man named Uwe ..."

  • Great story, thanks for that. I like the fleet. The color Fjord Blue fits very well with his rare car like the 9-5NG.

  • That all reads well. Nice cars and many pictures.

    An absolute dream trio with a small transmission weakness. But who knows, with so much love for the brand, caring for their own cars and a certain stubbornness, Ove ... um Uwe ... maybe even out the automatic and replace it with a manual transmission?

    Thanks for the Sunday story! ! !

  • Thanks for the nice story! As "multiple offender" with four Saabs in daily operation - one of them a 9-3 I Aero Convertible a 9-5 nG I can understand you well ...
    They annoy you sometimes - yesterday only a window in the 9-3II wagon of my wife verreckt - but I love the old Swedes ...

  • Great Saabs (synonymous or especially the 9-3 |; always wants the form - until today), nice story .... and "Fjord Blue" is a hammer color! 🙂

  • A terrific report for an "April Sunday" in the merry month of May! 🙂
    The 3 CUTTERS are awesome!
    Too bad that the 900-ter so drunk and brings the performance "suboptimal" on the drive axle ...
    The 9-3 is a coupe and the color of an absolute gem, a timeless classic, already!
    The 9-5 NG is a visually successful top-SAAB with the color combination blue metallic outside and light leather inside. The bi-turbos are so much fun ..., I can imagine!
    Still more joy than "worry lines" with the SÄÄBEN! The certain stubbornness may be helpful ... 😉
    Thanks for this report from HH!

  • What I would still be interested would be how the 190 diesel PS with front-wheel drive behave, there are significant traction problems?

    • I would not worry much, nor hope too much ...

      The traction and load changes are well known. In first gear hardly brings a front-wheel drive its potential on the road - whether it is 190 diesel-PS or up to 300 gasoline PS (about a brazen 9 5 Aero chrome goggles).

      The fastest quarter mile or the victory at the inner city traffic lights were never Saab philosophy. The focus was always on safe overtaking maneuvers and passage in higher gears. As far as I know, a FWD NG can be moved as safely and quickly as all his ancestors - be it a gasoline or diesel ...

      And no question, an XWD certainly extends the range of driving situations in which the feeling of superiority would occur more often. As XWD and SC the NG from the reader contribution would be my absolute dream car. Especially since the consumption is moderate.

      However, the internal competition is already very intense. Nice for Ove ... uh, Uwe ..., that he does not have to decide between a Viggen and a NG, or may decide daily ...

      Enviable but indulged by heart.

  • THREE Saab ..? Does that make economic sense ...? Probably not, and that's the first point I like about this story. (How could you convince the world's best wife of this ..?) I am meanwhile - rather involuntarily - now also at three. Yes, you smile or shake your head, but that makes you sympathetic too. Ove would not have let that stop her ...
    Second, bringing a nearly ragged Saab back on the road means suffering. It is a pity about each of these vehicles, which lands in the junk press. (If you want to see really shocking pictures, you should check out XELUMX-9 Ng at Bildelsbasen.se Rare Saab story is successfully destroyed). How nice that you did not let frustration and costs put you off.
    And finally: In my opinion, yours are actually the three vehicles with the most successful Saab design. May they be preserved for a long time. Beautiful cars, great story. Thanks for that.

  • Great Saab collection. A Saab just in case, if you like. My favorite would be the 9-3 Aero. Compact, tailgate and power without end. Everything that made a Saab so.

    Of course, 9-5 NG and 900 Cabriolet are still worthwhile!

  • Wow Uwe, what a great story and what a beautiful Saab! The fjord blue 95NG is simply stunning! And if you know me a bit, you may know how my heart beats for the 9-3 I. Are just great cars. Today I have my 5-door Viggen (probably even rarer than a 9-3 I Coupe) back in operation (running mt season license plate 05-09) and turned a round. Did a lot of fun 🙂

    Continue to enjoy and have a good trip with your beautiful trio!

  • There are even more crazy Saabfahrer with 3 approved and operated vehicles except me. That calms down tremendously.

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