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.

Saab had long been committed to providing customers with long-lasting, robust products. The best proof of this philosophy are 900 and 9000. Especially the 9000 was doomed to its sheer indestructibility. In Sweden, vehicles were used up in rural areas because they served their duty without complaint and under all conditions. As long as they found a drop of oil and gas somewhere, the 9000ers were unstoppable.

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 anything 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 his garage that has 300, 400 or 500.000 kilometers on the clock? Or who drives an old Sweden, which has even higher mileage? The blog wants to give these veterans a stage. 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 view the image of their vehicle: sustainability (sa) to send.


  • Images: Maximum 2 images in high resolution. The sender assures to be the owner of the image 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.
  • Privacy: We publish the first name of the owner. Should that be undesirable, we ask for a note. Should the number plate on the vehicle be unrecognizable, the sender has to take care of it.

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 too "Lived sustainability. We are looking for kilometer kings!"

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

  • 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.

    • 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 does his job vigorously.

      • Great action! I'm really looking forward to the kilometer kings! In one of my comments I had suggested something like that before. My Saabs can not join yet .... no one on 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.

  • Until April of this year I had a Saab 9-3 SC Bj 2008, TID hunted 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 again professionally, I had to get a new car, 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 as a summer car. I hope that he can also do 300.000 km. There is no shortage of care and attention ;-).

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

  • 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.

    The books are full of 3 oversizes for pistons and pistons 3 dimensions for piston rings. My personal experience is that every dimension was good for more than 300.000 Km. Like 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 limitations as well as its economic weaknesses. Technically, the bodies simply did not last as long as they theoretically could have driven and braked (rust) and economically more attractive than service and repairs, it was anyway and from the outset, as many and repeatedly different new cars for sale ...

    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.

  • 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 either because there was a desire for a different model or because the living conditions made another vehicle necessary.

  • Great thing, I have a lot to send in - please remind me of opportunity or make the column / column accordingly visible.
    Our everyday 9000 now has a confident 4 in the first place (with five more digits behind), waiting for further use of an early 9-5 Aero with scarce third million, a friend I once have a late SAAB 99 with just over a million kilometers ( A few months ago, I acquired a kilometer king from the picture book (1996er 9000CSE from 1, hand, by the architect himself, classic black and black and really until last without exception waiting for SAAB in the place of its first delivery - Mileage: something about 505.000km), and the list can be continued ...

    Thanks for the suggestion and interest!

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

      Everyone named has at least made a new car superfluous. The 99 even three to four. This environmental balance is difficult to beat - neither for current burners 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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  • 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

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


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