Many of our readers have been connected to the blog for a long time. Matthias from Switzerland had 2017 published an unvarnished article about his Saab passion. Meanwhile, he seems to have reached a pain threshold, because we received in April another, alarming mail. And because we know that some Saab drivers are struggling with similar issues, we're releasing them as a continuation of his first article.
Enough is enough. Now really?
"Hey folks, in August 2017, I wrote an article here that read like this:"Enough is enough. But when?"Back then, I talked about the costs I've had over the last few years with my 9-5 Aero estate car. When is it enough? When did you spend enough money to keep a Saab alive?
Now the moment seems to have come. I just opened the carpener, which should cost the elimination of the brown plague for my station wagon. My beloved station wagon should only for the repair of the right fender (rust) in the plumber.
Unfortunately, a lot more rust was found under the various plastic covers in the two rear wheel arches than expected. The cost is estimated by the tinsmith for CHF 8.000 to 10.000 for both wheel arches and fenders. It would certainly be cheaper. But would the quality be the same? It would also be cheaper abroad. Maybe it would be cheaper if I could do it myself, but my options are limited and my skills in welding work very modest.
Is the rust the end for the 9-5?
As it now looks, I have to separate from my car, because so much money, I would love to invest for my station wagon no more.
It would turn my heart, if he landed at the car recycler. Because, technically the car is in very good condition. Despite his 250.000 km. Much has been done and replaced in recent years. He runs like a clockwork. All repair receipts of the years 2012 (purchase from 2., Hand) until today are present. So a complete history sometimes even beyond the year 2012 addition.
Every year a service was provided by me (car mechanic or mechatronics engineer). At least oil with filter and every two years also candles, gasoline filters and more. For the repairs, we went to a garage of trust. The last repair involved the SID2 display. For whole 285.- CHF, the display and the "transfer foil" were exchanged. Everything with a guarantee.
Here are the data for the car and a list of repairs from recent years:
9 5, approx. 2.3 km, color gray metallic, inside black / gray leather, automatic with almost complete full equipment. (Ventilated seats and sunroof missing). Some scratches and small dents on the doors.
- 2019 = SID2 repaired (specialized company, auto meter)
- 2018 = Left front wheel bearing replaced, speed sensor replaced, service with interior air filter and spark plug
- 2017 = crankshaft seal, oil dipstick, service with gasoline filter, new catalytic converter, new battery with new battery clamps.
- 2016 = exhaust silencer new, various engine ventilation hose, cylinder head gasket, valve cover gasket, oil pressure switch, ignition cartridge, service, main light relay.
- 2015 = LED bar third brake light replaced, new alternator, fog lamp on the left, new fuel pump, front brake discs new (slotted with CH certificate), service with spark plugs, water pump, both rear axle bearings replaced.
Everything provable and much more. To be had is the car with original Saab 16 light alloy wheels with winter rubbers. The car is redeemed until the end of May. Ready to drive anyway.
I am very reluctant to part with these great cars. But I can not keep or even fix it. Unfortunately. I would be very happy if he could still get a seat or at least serve as a spare parts donor.
The final end of the passion?
The mail ends with a price idea and the question of whether we know a good place for the Saab. The pictures show rust on the 9-5 Aero, the price for his rescue is at no cost at the time value. Matthias seems to have finished with his Saab and is already looking for a replacement.
The end of a story that 2017 appeared on the blog? Maybe, because in May we will receive another, long email from Matthias. There is a decision. And that follows next Sunday.
Thanks 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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