Wednesday evening. Rush hour and only 2 kilometers home. The car in front of me slows down, the traffic comes to a standstill. That was it for me then! The engine of the Saab dies, with last momentum I save myself in a parking lot. Out, over! The end of a business trip. How could it possibly come this far?
Four days ago. On the way for the blog.
It's Sunday, I've freed myself for the blog a few days. Heading north to collect ideas and topics for the next few months. I like these days when the diary is not as tightly structured as usual. Every kilometer in the Saab is a treat, and my preferred travel car is the 9-3 I Aero. Reliable to the last screw, comfortable, fast, compact. The weather is still nice on this day, but over northern Germany a powerful depression awaits me.
The Saab purrs in the direction of the north, until shortly after Hannover the world is still in order. Then the cockpit flickers, ABS, brake, TCS light up for a moment. Spooky. Disturbing. But only for a fraction of a second. Traffic jams in the direction of Hamburg, the flickering comes at ever shorter intervals. After a stopover with friends, the 9-3 Aero loses its composure completely in the Hamburger Baustellenschlamassel. The cockpit lights up like a Christmas tree, I drive to the next rest area and search by phone Rat in Kiel. Markus Lafrentz taps the ABS control unit or the throttle, but says that I can drive on carefully. And indeed, in gentle crawl I reach Kiel.
Error memory empty, all right?
The next morning the problems seem forgotten. The weather is wet in northern Germany, but the Saab runs as if nothing had happened. The reading in the Kiel workshop brings an empty fault memory, and the throttle or controller diagnosis remains in the room.
What to do? Leaving the Saab in Kiel and driving on with a rental car - that's out of the question for me. Saab dates without Saab? No option. I choose the risk, start the next day to Hamburg. And again the 9-3 plays his game with me. With a deceptive reliability he drives from Kiel to Hamburg and through the city. Only after my appointment he shows his problems. The cockpit lights up, the familiar game. Nevertheless, I drive on the highway in the direction of Hannover. The trolls in the car play their self-healing powers, the ads turn on normal and everything works as usual. Nevertheless, I do not want to risk anything now. With the help of Google's AI and some human instinct, I'm driving around the traffic jam near Hanover, reaching my destination without further incidents. And I'm looking forward to the last day of the trip.
The next morning. Problems? Which problems? The Saab seems to have forgotten her. A car with character and tough. My appointment is 90 kilometers away, I drive cautiously. Noteworthy shows the not so young Swede no. Even later, as it goes to the last 300 km stage of the mission on the highway, it remains inconspicuous. I have a certain amount of basic confidence, but I am deliberately careful about it. Drive slowly, the inner voice admonished, not stop! Even if hunger strikes, because when he runs, then he runs.
A little highway philosophy
If you spend some days deliberately defensive on German highways, there is enough time to observe your fellow human beings as they travel. The good news: it fits in with the upcoming discussion about a general speed limit: Feels much more than 80% of road users are traveling in a frame between 120 and 140 Km / h. The introduction of a general ban will do little for the environment, but will work very well in actionism.
The representatives of the concrete industry in their Audi A4 and A6 were noticeable in the past, but their numbers have declined noticeably. They are replaced by the drivers of those SUVs in full-fat level, which come preferably from Ingolstadt or Wolfsburg. In the mountains of Kassel, they mercilessly scare every small car, who timidly ventures on the extreme left lane, back behind the Mercedes Sprinter, which they actually wanted to overtake. The 2.5 tons of tin-made error in China design are evidently moving from their drivers only in sports car mode to express the consistent contempt for any resource conservation.
Who drives Saab, who is lonely on the way. The gray mass of faceless SUV gets more and more from year to year. In keeping with the coming of the individual traffic age, they seem to anticipate the uniformity of new times. Why do you drive something like that? Because the neighbor does it too? A feeling of freedom and adventure? Or just happiness in the crowd? Skoda brand ambassador Mimi Fiedlerdriving a Kodiaq SUV says: Just because I like to park where I want. Curbs are an option for me, but not really a demarcation, Thanks to Mrs. Fielder for your help. We learn: Because powerful curbs limit our options, you need to overcome them an SUV. Point. Glad I did not know that before. Read in the colorful booklet 40 / 2019.
Sad, but there are bright spots! For a few minutes, a Lancia thesis with Paderborn certification shares my path. Good taste beyond the crowd. We are lonely. But not alone.
The end of a business trip
The Saab stops. Amazing! In the last days I saw on the roadside again and again stranded vehicles. Much younger than my Saab, mainly from Audi and not quite old with around 4 to 5 years. But the old, sick car holds on, and when I finally leave the A3, I realize that he is not feeling well. There are just 2 kilometers to go home when we rescue ourselves to a parking lot and roll out.
Stranded, what to do? My wife saves me, I load my luggage, but I do not want to leave the Saab where he parks. Too dangerous, because it's a place where cars like to lose parts. The ADAC towing service would be around the corner, but I am not a member of the club nor do I feel like entrusting my car to anyone. I call in Frankfurt to, Gerard Ratzmann sends me a towing.
Dragan Beljan is coming (Tel: 0176 - 61401721). A really good decision, because he knows where a Saab has its ignition and knows the story with ignition key and reverse gear. He drives a lot for Saab Frankfurt, and most of all it is restorations that he brings to the painter or accident damage. My 9-3 Aero is his first Saab, who runs aground with a defect. Is not an Audi, he says.
In the Frankfurt workshop then the diagnosis that was to be assumed: It is the throttle. Gerard Ratzmann would install a used one. I would be mobile again, but I have time. He ordered a new part, because the Saab business trip is now only at the end.
The summary: In four days much experienced, many exciting topics and suggestions for the blog collected, which will bring us over the winter. My brave little Saab has proven with 20 years on business that you can count on him. Yes, and Saab Service Frankfurt has shown once again that mobility does not depend on the age of a vehicle.