Since the first attempts of the blog the Saab 9000 employs me. In June 2011 there was one IDEAfollowed by a detailed Buyer's guide, Is not that all that was to be said? In principle not, because times are changing, and with it our perception of old cars.
Before 8 years ago, the 9000 was just a classic car, so the series, released more than 30 years ago, has long since matured into a classic. You can feel it, you feel it, and sometimes it's not that bad. And it starts at the beginning. Or, more specifically, when switching from a current car to an 9000. In contrast, you really get into the Saab, because the seats are currently mounted very high. A real start, not a descent, and the 9k delights with plenty of light, space, and a great all-round view. The huge windscreen allows for a view in Ultra HD format, everything is great.
The car is from a different time. More than 3 decades ago, it was not even a dream to quarter people in crowded cities in yield-optimized honeycombs. The vehicles at that time, not just the Saab, offered great space economy, large windows and great utility. Everything is different today. Limousines have larger sheet metal and smaller window areas. You crouch, so to speak, squeezed into almost 2 tons of steel and sheet metal, which is chic and contemporary, until you get into an old Saab. Or move from his honeycomb in the city to the grandparents' country house. And surprised to see how humane, flattered by a lot of light and space that the generations before us knew how to live.
Old, good and food for thought!
Yes, the Saab is old. And not everything about him is good. Its suspension, with its solid axle behind, is neat, but today's cars can do much more. And my Anna project comes with 21 Lenzen on the tin dress so slowly in the years. Something is always, but in interaction with Gerard Ratzmann we have this together under control. In the spring little things were done and aging vacuum hoses exchanged precautionary. A new upper engine mount, some optimization here and there. The Saab is reliable, comfortable to drive, and when the hazard switch goes off after 21 years, that's just how it works. And it is not a problem, because the big Saab is just a Swedish Ikea car, where you can do little things without special talent yourself.
The Saab has matured, and I have the impression that it becomes more casual as you get older. Or is it because today's cars are so unsteady, serious, and full of electronics? In the 9k the driver rests in the still good and ingenious chairs from the legendary seat workshop at Göta Älv. The right arm is on the retrofitted center armrest and occasionally presses the bone-dry but accurate 5 gearbox. A real Saab gearbox, far better than the Opel-Kram you later expected the brand. The big Swede drives, if you like, switch-lazy. The large 2.3 always provides enough torque, at idle, the machine is not heard with their balance shafts and comes close to the running culture of a straight-six.
Mature classic, but time is running.
The 9000 still belongs to a generation of vehicles where primarily the gas foot was decisive for consumption. Set the cruise control to the freeway directional speed, or slightly lower, with fabulous ranges and a relaxed driving experience. You then ask where more than 30 years of progress have actually gone, but answer the question immediately. Yes, a 6-speed transmission in the 9000, that would have been it. Or at least an overdrive gear, nice to lower the speed and reduce fuel consumption like the wonderful old English cars once had. In conjunction with a Saab Turbo - that would be perfect.
But you can not have it all. Today you have to enjoy what this fabulous old Swede has to offer. Because its time is limited because the age of the burners is coming to an end. At some point, perhaps earlier than you might think, old combustion engines will lose their approval. The first countries already have specific plans, and sustainability and long service life do not count for much. What follows can be exciting. A break with our habits and an enrichment. Maybe a return. On old values, on cars with high utility value, light and space.