"No more Saabs will be bought!"

This statement comes not from me, but from my better half. If it were up to me, there would be at least 3 more models on our farm. But from the beginning:

My first Saab, a blue 900i 2.1-16V, I bought at the tender age of 27. How it came about is quickly told. I needed a car, it looked good, it was somehow different and most important, it fit the budget.

Having enjoyed the benefits of excellent heating and automatic seat heating for one winter, however, I felt it would be a little faster next spring.

The only dealer who voluntarily volunteered a Saab 900 back then was a free Saab workshop in my hometown. Here again was the new object of desire, an 9000 Turbo16, 1. Series in gray metallic with velor finish and air conditioning. Only a short negotiation was negotiated, to be precise, it was just a simple exchange.

I was happy, the Saab went like a sack of mosquitoes, even the 528i of my boss at that time, I let out the accelerator after the Ortsausgangsschild behind me. When asked by my boss that the car had certainly been made, I replied simply: "No, normal 2-liter turbo from Saab ..."

As so often in life, everything beautiful is over and also the time with our 9000 Turbo was finally. It was followed by various other brands, all more or less mass-produced, but usually quite high motorized. At least something ... 😉

The first re-approach to Swedish automobiles succeeded a few years later with a Volvo V70 2.4T with 193PS and gas system. Convenient to drive and harmoniously motorized. Unfortunately, he was not very durable and so he was replaced shortly afterwards against a V70R with 239PS. There it was again, the feeling of having more than enough power available. There was only a small flaw, it was not a Saab ...

Saab 9-3 Aero in Laser Red
Saab 9-3 Aero in Laser Red

Winter 2013, on the tablet, I rummaged through the offers of an online auction house and I noticed an offer: A Saab 9 3 AERO sports sedan in laser red, a few miles and even fewer bids on it, I had to bid on it!

What can I say, the woman was not thrilled, we still had the V70R in the yard. We agreed on a manageable maximum bid, which we would offer.

My fear that our bid was too low was not true and 3 - 2 - 1 we were once again proud Saab owners. We picked him up a week later and started to attend exits and other meetings. We were "the one with the red Saab", met many nice people, some of them even became friends.

One of these friends exchanged his 9-3 Sportcombi for a 9-5NG over time. I saw the car and was immediately hooked, so I want one! I began to search the usual sources and found a local dealer. An 2011 9-5NG 2.0TTID Vector in laser red and with the rare panorama roof.

It should not go unmentioned that we still had the red 9-3, therefore the reaction of my partner to my new desires was incomprehensible. I showed her photos, argued, took her for a test drive, and begged her until she gave up completely unnerved and we agreed (again) on a maximum amount that we would invest.

It took another week until the dealer agreed with our offer and our yard now hosted 2 red Saabs.

Two red Saabs. OK then!
Two red Saabs. OK then!

As new 9 5 pilots, we participated in May 2018 Pilots Wanted at the car dealership Lafrentz in Kiel. There we looked on behalf of a friend the 9 3 Turbo X one of the employees of Lafrentz. Out of jubilee I said to my partner, he would be for her, after all, she always wanted to have a station wagon. We placed her behind the car, started the engine and watched her reaction.

The Turbo X. No red car, definitely not.
The Turbo X. No red car, definitely not.

Contrary to expectations, he actually liked her and this time was the discussion about the meaningfulness of a THIRD! Saab only halfheartedly led. Unfortunately, this vehicle did not immediately become our property, because the friend, on whose behalf we looked at the car, bought it later in the course of the weekend.

I could not get this car out of my head, I was a little annoyed that we did not say yes immediately. I looked around again, after all, after all, I had something like a clearance for the purchase of a Turbo X (luckier luckily). Unfortunately, I did not find anything that appealed to me as nearly as well as the one from Kiel.

Shortly after, my friend called me, thinking about giving up the Turbo X for personal reasons, and he found out I might be interested. We negotiated how to do that among friends and we agreed. So a short time later, the third Saab stood in the yard ...

In the autumn of 2018, we had the 9-3 AERO now five and a half years, matured the idea to exchange it for a fuel-efficient Saab Sportcombi Diesel for everyday use. So it was offered at a reasonable price in our eyes. After several sometimes outrageous offers we finally sold him in spring 2019 with a small discount to a young man from Poland. Now we only had two Saabs again ..

The purchase price should be enough for the purchase of the diesel station wagon, we did not want to invest more. So the search started. My wish, at least 2008er TTID AERO with manual transmission, full leather and heated seats. Young, but ridden or older, but topgepflegte copies were available in our budget. I did not like both and incidentally he had to please the woman too, because after all he was supposed to be for her ...

By accident, I found a stalked 2010er TTID AERO TX Edition in nocturn blue at an ad portal. Called without further notice, visit agreed and even after brief consultation with the government immediately made an offer. The seller's price was actually a different one, but apparently I had good arguments, in short, there are now three Saabs with us again ...

2010er TTID AERO TX Edition
2010er TTID AERO TX Edition

Unfortunately, it will most likely have been the last Saab to make it to us for the foreseeable future. Apparently, in the eagerness of my partner's negotiation, I wrote in writing that we would not buy any more Saabs. Damn screenshots ... 😉

Thanks to Arne for the Saab story on Sunday. The submission deadline for our campaign was the 15. August 2019. The action was over and not there? Not bad! We have new ideas and will introduce them soon.

11 thoughts too ""No more Saabs will be bought!""

  • negotiating skills

    Great Sunday story with fantastic cars. And whoever has repeatedly shown so much negotiating skills and persuasion, will surely find new and convincing arguments at some point. For example:

    “Wow, look at that. Isn't it beautiful? You always wanted a convertible. Then we would have ALL body shapes of younger SAABs. Let's go ring the bell at the house. It happens to be for sale ... ”

  • Great story and even better written! Thanks a lot for this!

    I know that too, a Saab just is not a Saab, so a second one has to come here and if there are already two there, there's a third one ......

    But now, slowly, for the sake of old age, I'm going the other way. Reduction of the fleet is announced. He should settle for three Saab and two Lancia. So still has a Saab soft. But which one? All four of me are repenting!

    Incidentally, I'm very pleased with your red Saab. They look very chic. Most Saab are black, gray or silver. is something boring right?

  • That's when I recognize my SAAB story in many details. Thank you very much for this review, which once again confirms that SAAB has put great models on the road for decades. I'll remember the gimmick with your wife regarding the Turbo X - really great! 🙂

    Incidentally, I'm currently looking for a 9-3 Sportcombi - like a Turbo X as a switch. The NG and the 9-3 need another brother to complete the bodywork family - including, of course, my wife's resigned headshake. 🙂

  • My better half says so too. And I am convinced that there are many more of these statements. Thanks for this fine story.

  • I have to smile, the red 9-5NG TTiD seems to me all too familiar ... it greets the previous owner - drove the car just under three years with a lot of fun until I then parked at said local Saab dealer - and wishes at least as well Enjoy how I had them.

  • You drove him at the time as a test car at the Saab Center Kiel. Also posted a blog article about it ...

  • Thank you, yes, we already have fun with the fat. He should be something optimized and beautified, but everything gradually ...

  • Sounds exciting with the optimization and beautification. What is planned?

  • Front Umbau on Aero-front, if necessary. The exhaust system and possibly other wheels, the 18-Zöller are not my thing ... Otherwise, perhaps even integration of DAB + and Apple CarPlay into the Navi system ...

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