Lived sustainability. We are looking for kilometer kings!

Living sustainability is on everyone's lips. But what do you mean by that? Wikipedia provides various possibilities of definition. It becomes clear: the conservation of resources and the avoidance of CO2 emissions should be at the forefront of sustainable sustainability. Older cars are sustainable. Regardless of which type of drive you use, the largest consumption of raw materials and the most significant CO2 emission always occur during production.

Living sustainability with older cars. We are looking for kilometer kings.
Living sustainability with older cars. We are looking for kilometer kings.

A vehicle that stays on the road for 20 years or even longer is proof of lived sustainability. Its continued use has made the production of 2 or perhaps 3 new cars superfluous and is, if you like, a profit from the perspective of resource conservation. Less from the point of view of the auto industry or politics, which still carries full growth as a mantra.

For a long time, Saab had been committed to delivering long-lasting, robust products to customers. The best proof of this philosophy are the 900 and 9000. The 9000 in particular suffered from its sheer indestructibility. In Sweden, the vehicles were consumed in rural areas because they worked without complaint and under all conditions. As long as they found a drop of oil and gasoline somewhere, the 9000s couldn't be stopped.

With the entry of GM decreased the robustness. Not dramatic, but somehow noticeable. An 9-5 or an 9-3 is nevertheless above average durability, and somehow the basic idea of ​​the long-term car is still in every Saab.

Is this blogger philosophy for Saab fans or does it have something to do with reality?

We are looking for kilometer kings!

Has Saab really built long-term cars that are sustainable to move? The proof must lead the readers themselves! To show that every Saab has the idea of ​​a long-term car, and that sustainable, responsible action does not necessarily have to go hand in hand with the use of the latest technology.

Who has a Saab in their garage that has 300, 400 or 500.000 kilometers on the clock? Or who drives with an old Swede who has even higher mileage? The blog aims to provide a stage for these veterans. So that we can prove that old Swedish steel is far from being old iron.

Participation in the new action is very easy. Everyone who owns a Saab is entitled to participate. Every model and year is invited. It is not a competition for the highest mileage, but it is generally about longevity and sustainability par excellence.

Owners of kilometer kings are invited to send the picture of their vehicle to: sustainability (sa) to send.


  • Images: Maximum of 2 images in high resolution. The sender assures to be the owner of the picture and allows the free use of the blog.
  • Short description of the vehicle: model, year of construction, mileage and possibly 2 or 3 compact lines to state and history. Gladly also something in detail.
  • Data protection: We publish the first name of the owner. If this is undesirable, we ask for a hint. If the number plate on the vehicle is unrecognizable, the sender has to take care of this.

We regularly publish the sent pictures of the kilometer kings in their own section. Maybe this way we will be publishing a whole gallery of Saab Veterans with high mileage. What a statement for the brand would be. The blog team is excited and looking forward to a lot of interaction!

19 thoughts on "Lived sustainability. We are looking for kilometer kings!"

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    My 2006 9-3tid has just passed 390k km, the 1999 9-3 2.2 has 340k km. In total the Saab family we have over 2m km on them.

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    Great idea! I am just about to buy a 95 2.2TID from 03 with 320000km! The many high mileage levels calm down a bit!

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    My Saab 9-5 Aero Estate Mj 2 / 2006 fully equipped now has 280.000 km on the clock. He is very well maintained by me. All 7.500 km I treat my Saab an oil service with filter and mobile 5w-50 oil. Still with the 1. Turbocharger Mitsubishi

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    Great thing, I have a few things to send in - please remind us whenever you can or make the column / rubric visible accordingly.
    Our everyday 9000 now has a self-confident 4 in the first place (with five more digits after it), an early 9-5 Aero with just under a third of a million is waiting for further use, a friend I once had a late SAAB 99 with a good one million kilometers ( German car, continuously moved), a few months ago I acquired a kilometer king like a picture book (1996 9000CSE from 1st hand, personally by the architect, classic black and black and really waited until the very end without exception at SAAB in the place of its first delivery - Mileage: a little over 505.000km), and the list goes on ...

    Thanks for the suggestion and interest!

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      Oh, the purest nightmare for obsolescence, wastefulness and unlimited growth.

      Everyone named has made at least one new car superfluous. The 99 even three to four. This environmental balance is hard to beat - neither for current combustion engines nor for EVs ...

      Off with the (E-) post to the blog! ! !
      Address and conditions of participation are mentioned in the article ...

      I'm looking forward to the pictures and words about such cars.

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      There will be a separate section, clearly visible. 😉 On Saturday we start!

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    If I let the 9-3III times out (who had something to buy with 170000km) I had not bought any Saab or Volvo in the last 6 years with under 216000km and partly sold with significantly more kilometers. The Volvos had 336000 or 317000km, an 9-3I CV went away with 303000km. The 901 has now run around the 240000km and the former 9-3III is now also at 235000km.
    I have to say that I did not sell any of the vehicles because they were no longer “fit”, but because there was either a desire for a different model or the circumstances made another vehicle necessary.

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    Super action

    I'm curious, like a broken spring in the pothole, which SAABs we get to see.
    My personal kilometer king is indeed an 1970 Swede, but just a Gothenburg player and not eligible.

    It is fascinating how the cars were designed at the time. When thinking of exchange or scrapping premiums, today's engineers, fitters and mechanics either turn around in their graves or roll around uneasily at night.

    In the automotive Middle Ages (between WW II and the early 1970ers), the automobile was still thought of as a purchase for life (at least in Sweden) - quite similar to a real estate. My personal experience and the original workshop manuals of that time prove this quite clearly.

    In the books there are as many as 3 oversizes for pistons and 3 dimensions for each piston for piston rings. My personal experience is that every measure was good for more than 300.000 km. Likewise the wheel bearings, the brake discs or whatever ...

    The concept was aimed at several million kilometers and correspondingly many years. Of course, it also had its technical limits as well as its economic weaknesses. Technically, the bodies simply did not last as long as they could theoretically have been driven and braked (corrosion) and it was economically more attractive than service and repairs anyway and from the outset to sell as many new cars as possible and again and again ...

    SAAB was one of the last Mohicans who thought they could handle hectic model changes and economic constraints with reason and have something to oppose to insanity. Maximum sympathetic and maximum sustainable. Somehow too good but too naive for this world. Very, very sympathetic.

    Long live (everyone) SAAB.

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    Exciting initiative and a counterpoint to consumerism. I'm looking forward to the submissions!

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    Until April this year I had a Saab 9-3 SC Bj 2008, TID stagged on 175 horses. After 11 years together and 357.000 kilometers driven, he was a loyal companion with the usual wear repairs. Since I have to drive a lot for work, a new car was needed, if only for business reasons. Since I got to know sustainability at Saab, I dared to buy an “old” 9-3 I convertible with already 212.000 km under my belt as a summer car. I hope he can do 300.000 km. There is no lack of care and attention ;-).

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    Not only kilometer kings, also everyday cars with a high age are interesting, have even 2 9000er CD once BJ. 90 and once EZ 95, this is still in 1. Hand. He has no rust, no Gammelstellen and except for wear parts such as tires, brakes and battery and exhaust still everything original. Charger and clutch are not renewed and run as on the first day (2,3 FPT). The second is an 2.3 E and just as vigorous.
    Quality is already recognizable in both, that all electrical helpers work without problems.
    I hope it stays that way and I have the same sense of achievement with my 9-5 Bj.99. At least it looks like this.

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      It is not just about the number of kilometers, we are not looking for the “kilometer king”. It's about old cars, long service life and sustainability. We welcome every Saab veteran who is doing his job.

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        Great action! I'm really looking forward to the kilometer kings! I had already suggested something like this in one of my comments. My Saabs cannot participate yet ... none over 220000.
        In the current Autobild is a report on an Opel Corsa Diesel 1 has millions of miles on it. I hope a Saab will crack this mark.

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    Great idea in times where resource waste is being sold as sustainability!


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