Saab 900 from 1985 and 262.000 kilometers

Is it only 262.000 or already 262.000 kilometers, which has the 900 of Tim on the clock? It's not much for a Saab 900, but that's not all. The kilometer kings also want to be a benchmark for sustainability. And here is the 34 years old Saab hard to beat.

262.000 kilometers and desire for many more
262.000 kilometers and desire for many more

Saab 900 from 1985

The production of how many new cars has made the Saab 900 of 1985 with its long car life already superfluous? A legitimate question that unfortunately receives too little attention in the current climate debate. Because if you were to credit him with the avoided CO2 tons, then Tim would be unbeatably sustainable with his Swede. The Saab is still allowed to go a long way in advanced age. This year he was a guest at the festival in Trollhättan, and on the way the supply of spare parts for the next years was secured on a junkyard.

Anyway, what could be broken? Hardly electronics, a robust mechanism, and if I'm properly informed, not a turbo, but a sucker under the hood. The Saab is a few years older than his teenage owner, Tim and I know each other from the Saab Stammtisch in Alzenau.

Saab 900 from 1985
Saab 900 from 1985

How does he feel about his classic from Trollhättan? Every time he drives, he writes to me, he experiences a feeling of absolute relaxation and contentment. I can understand that, and it's interesting that he's not the only reader of the blog traveling by a car that's older than its owner. Is there a new trend emerging? Maybe ... In any case, it's a hopeful sign of lived sustainability by a young generation that likes Saab as much as the older friends of the brand.

This coming Saturday, I present the next Saab veteran. It does not always have to be the highest mileage, it also includes age and, above all, sustainability. All owners of kilometers kingswho want to see their car on the blog are welcome to send pictures and information.

8 thoughts too "Saab 900 from 1985 and 262.000 kilometers"

  • Due to the long use of our Saab and because you did not buy a new car every three or four years, which was maybe not good for Saab, we saved 9-5 CO12 with the 15-2. I really hope that this will be counted against the tax.

  • Yes. Also, it was already in my head ... .. From a certain age and / or mileage to get a CO2 premium. Will immediately write to the relevant ministries. Just be afraid to wait a little longer for the answer, because first the new grandiose climate package and the promotion of oh so environmentally friendly electric mobility must be processed. Not to mention the subsidies to the auto industry for research into new drive technologies ... ..
    That's why I spend a little time writing. Take a trip with one of the Saabe. And enjoy it, if in 178 kilometers the counter jumps to 300.000 ....

    Have a nice weekend.

    The Lizi

  • If there were a social consensus on more sustainability, then old cars would also have a higher priority. Unfortunately, that will never be the case. The system lives only through consumption and a rush of innovation whose benefits should be questioned critically.

    In any case, if we were to use all our cars for as long as Tim did, no big corporation would earn anything. But he does it right and that's a good thing.

  • Blood is in the shoe ...

    Not so with this ball queen of sustainability with petite feet and her perfectly fitting 80er-year disco shoes. A cool bride in her best age and a smart white dress. Surely she will live a long time and still walk many paths on one or the other parquet fleet-footed ...

    Cool and suitable license plate. I would actually hang a little disco ball on her inside mirror or two. A nice contrast to “large fuzzy dice hanging proudly from rearview mirros, like testicles (quote from a song by Cake)”…

    Speaking of sustainability, as well as readers Andreas I miss a corresponding political steering or at least the delicate plant of a socially clearly audible emerging discussion on how to promote them. I am only known politically in the name of the environment set Kaufanreize. In other words, we are a throwaway society - but at least one in the name of the environment. Very strange ...

  • The door handles ...

    ... are an equally beautiful and amazing detail on this car. Chrome-plated handles made of injection-molded 1985 were no longer necessarily cheap to produce. Furthermore, these were already from the 1970ern more for the conservative thinking of the long-standing traditionalists among the manufacturers ...

    Ironically, the national and then anti-aerodynamic competition (Volvo) already sunk from 1972 a recessed grip in the doors. The handle itself was designed as a rectangular plate flush with the body and therefore offered no wind resistance. That was not as nice as before, you would have something like that but also on an airplane
    found ...

    I do not want to rate this as negative for SAAB. On the contrary, I ended up looking for a Volvo at an 1970er because I did not want to have any other handles.

    But I find it funny anyway that the avant-garde (and aerodynamic) of the two Swedes, despite its roots in aircraft construction at this point for many years as conservative as Jaguar, Bentley or Rolls Royce. It strikes me today for the first time and seemed to me worth mentioning - but no rating. No, I like that kind of door handle on any car that is compelling or even adequate ...

    • As (almost) always has everything with Saab its reason. He has nothing to do with aerodynamics in a specific case, but certainly with security. The Saab door handles allow the rescue workers in case of accidents higher tensile forces than do the retractable that time. For this reason, Saab remained almost always faithful to the basic form and renounced retractable handles. Safety before design!

  • @ Tom,

    I had already thought that there was a good reason, and this was not purely aesthetic nature, it could not be at Saab ...

    But now I know this. 1.000 Thanks for the enlightening info.

  • PS

    In fact, one of the Volvos that I once had with the mentioned door handle (144, 244 & 245 of '72,' 78 or '84), this once broken - succumbed to its intended use. Other memories come back ...

    You had to turn your hand 180 ° and insert your fingers from below into the recessed grip without being haptically rewarded for this act of relative dislocation. They weren't flattering. Just opening the door, there was a little bit of "craft" in it ...

    Amazing how the different reputation of both brands reflected in this detail - just in a supposed (but just supposedly) more modern door handle of the otherwise so conventional and cube-shaped Gothenburg manifests itself ultimately the comparatively coarse thinking of the national Saab competition. Who would have thought that?

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