We Saab drivers - statistically - have old cars. So cars that are older than the average, which the KBA for Germany with 9,5 years indicates. And the times when you were looking forward to a new model are long gone.
In the long run times of the Saab model series, in between, a facelift was already celebrated like a new model. Or the introduction of a new engine - at Saab these were the diesel engines, which came late into the program.
As one sniffed once gladly at the local dealer and looked under the hood or better took a brochure with all the technical data home to compare intensively, to judge theoretically and to dream a little. If at some point a test drive jumped out, it was a highlight.
Yes, that was a long time ago, just a memory, but does it have any consequences for us?
I would say yes, because we Saab drivers live more stress-free than the drivers of other brands. These are still living in anticipation of a new model, which may be a bit more economical (but usually only on paper), which may offer a little more assistance (but only with a lot of Gepipse) or maybe a little more space in the interior (but with that, it inevitably gets bigger on the outside and becomes more unwieldy).
Then comes the agonizing question: What is my car worth when the successor comes? Is it good to be in payment, or better to sell privately? Etc. Etc.
Saab has a so-called "completed vehicle history". That means we know all vehicles that have been produced - with all their strengths and weaknesses. And we are in the comfortable position, from this "pool" of vehicles, which are still to be found on the used car market, with a little luck to find exactly the vehicle that meets our expectations.
It's amazing what a wide range Saab has produced with the few model series. Colors, color combinations, engines, rims, equipment variants, extras, every detail makes a vehicle individually. Also interesting are the models, which were delivered outside of Germany: often with more powerful engines, for southern Europe also with stronger air conditioning systems.
One Saab friend is satisfied with a Schnauzer Schnauzer, the other with a Sportcombi, the third swears on Eros, the fourth enjoys the convertible, the fifth is happy with his 9000er and so on.
The variety is evident in the Saab meetings and retreats: Everyone has their own individual hobby, which he cherishes and cares for. And that's good. But despite the diversity of the vehicles there is a community that is certainly not so common. Because our "Saab world" releases us from all temporary influences on the automotive life. We enjoy ourselves in what we have and have no "successor-stress".
Thanks to Thomas 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.