My saabische story. A Saab from Greece.

I drive since the beginning of 2015 a Saab 9-5 2.0t (built in 2004) of the first series. With this car, I have experienced a varied history, but this does not cool my passion for the brand until today.

Saab 9-5 from Greece. Low mileage.
Saab 9-5 from Greece. Low mileage.

It is important for me to emphasize that it was not the car itself, but rather the external circumstances that I only became aware of later: the car was moved in Greece for several years and was there despite its good external condition and low mileage (only 72 TKM) probably exposed to sun and salt for some time. It was simply badly maintained and had to be "repaired" first.

It started on the first drive from the Saab dealer in Giessen to the A3 direction Bonn, when on the way the engine indicator light flashed and forced me to return to the workshop. Trigger was a defective cable.

A few months later, after a temporary enjoyment of the powerful four-cylinder turbo and the gentle hum of the four-cylinder engine on long freeways, I suffered a clutch damage halfway along the way back from the coast.

Then a few months later I wanted to go to a football game with friends, and suddenly it was bright as day in the dashboard late in the evening: the "Christmas tree" (ABS engine control light, etc.) has been shining in a wide variety of situations since then and always emitted a warning tone. Months of feverish search for the source of the error followed. From the engine control unit to the wheel sensor, everything was exchanged for a used car guarantee from the Saab dealer in Giessen - without result.

An employee of the former Saab representation in Beuel found out that the cause was a simple cable break between the wheel sensor and the engine control unit. The damage was finally repaired for 150 €, the new ECU for insurance with 2.600 € and the wheel sensor with tight 1.000 € to book.

Every now and then I used the car to drive to the office. And so it happened that one evening, I suspected nothing bad, the engine suddenly lost power and I once again had to call the Yellow Angels for help.

This time the control cassette was over. Cost 500 €.

After that I had rest for a few months. The Saab purred and mumbled happily to itself and brought me and my partner a lot of driving pleasure, especially on weekend trips to the Moselle and the Ahr.

But that was not all, the inclined reader suspects it. One evening I was on my way back from work in Düsseldorf and hit the end of a traffic jam at the Ratinger Kreuz. At first everything was normal, we slowly went stop-and-go in the direction of the junction to the A3. The BMW driving behind me suddenly lost its nerve and wanted to fill up on the right to make up a few meters (!). However, since I had to brake again because of the slow traffic, the BMW caught me in the back on the right. He hit me so unhappy that a large wave had formed in the floor pan. The car was thus warped and an economic total loss. Imagine my anger after the car had only been "repaired" for a few months and my joy in driving the Saab now seemed to come to an abrupt end.

At this point, I would like to sincerely thank my partner Yvonne, who has been so dedicated to the preservation of the car in the following years. Realizing how much of my heart and soul is attached to this car, she has made every effort to find a workshop that will provide a professional 130% repair to cover the costs of the opposing insurance.

I am probably not allowed to do any surreptitious advertising on the blog, so I would like to mention a body builder in Bonn (Saimé-Genc-Ring) who has wonderfully restored the car (including paint fade-ins). All the fun to find this workshop (thanks to Yvonne!) Took over half a year.

Meanwhile, I take the Saab usually only at the weekend or for longer trips out of the garage and take it even more attention than usual. He now has almost 105 TKM on the clock and I hope he accompanies me for many years, just like this one wonderful blog that I like to read on my long commute by train to work.


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.

2 thoughts on "My saabische story. A Saab from Greece."

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    What a hopeful story! Recovering from a total write-off… With my beautiful, very much loved black Saab 900i, which had only traveled 136.000 km, I had to experience an absent-minded SUV driver when I had to stop because of a left turn in oncoming traffic in front of me. Result: My Saab was warped and almost all sheet metal was bent. Total loss. I went to 4 workshops, although it could have been straightened up again - but the sheet metal damage was too extensive for all of them. Grrr! Nevertheless, I could not part with this beloved vehicle, I had it repaired once (!) 20 years earlier after just such a rear-end collision against all reasonable advice for an immense amount, which at the time, when it was almost new Car was insurance paid. But now no workshop was ready to deal with it ... It is now with me as a 'spare parts store' or, more beautifully, on the old part ... After months of searching, I have now found the same one, only 1 year older and 125.000 km more on the speedometer. He drives like a one too! Nevertheless: maybe I should make my way to Bonn ... Thanks for the secret tip!

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    BEAUTIFUL

    Both. The car and the story. It brings back memories for me. A silver 9-3 !, someone drives up and the result is also a total economic loss that I would not have suspected at first and outside of the gate. It's great when a SAAB survives such a finding. And it's also more sustainable ...

    At the time, Meiner survived, because the collision partner's insurance sold him amazingly high for more than 2.000 €. For the buyer (a professional with a large car transporter full of younger cars with injuries) and the insurance has been guaranteed. Two winners and a stupid one.

    Again, I would not agree so quickly to such an expropriation, but take me the beautiful story of today as a model.

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