Long-term car! In the past, in the 70s, this was really on the manufacturers' agenda. Even 10 years later, until marketing and CFO led the engineers off their wrong track. Where would you go if you built cars that you could use for 20 or 30 years? Maybe even longer. And where is growth, the mantra of our economic system? There are still long-term cars. The Saab 9000 is one of them.
Probably the best that ever rolled off the production line in Trollhättan. The facts speak for themselves. No other Saab has so much space for passengers and luggage in so little space. This was once called space economy. Also something that was once at the top of the list of developers, but has now been struck from the mind. At the same time, the 9k scores with lightweight construction, offered the most advanced technology of its time, and its hatchback made it incredibly flexible. If desired, it can be a sports car, a station wagon, or a car for the whole family, Saab once wrote. And was right.
The 9000 was a success story for Saab from the start. The first entry in the upper class, to which the 9k was really considered due to its interior, hit like a bomb. Things got hectic in Gothenburg, with outdated, cozy, angular rear-wheel drive vehicles, there was nothing to counter the modern turbo from Göta Älv. As a consequent reaction, the developers in Trollhättan were recruited, who then designed the 850. Before they moved on to Audi.
Long-term car from Saab
Today, the 9000 is rare. The stock has shrunk dramatically in recent years, several cars were exported. His versatility, coupled with unpretentiousness, was doomed to him. As super cheap offers bought from the gravel, they were used up, until nothing left. Rarely loved, hardly invested, until the end. Too bad, because you could have used them longer.
The 9k Aero from Florian is just run in well and cared for with love. His mileage is already scratching the 400.000 mark. It is currently at 395.430, which is not much for the 2.3 liter engine. The manual aero from 1996 is 23 years old. The aero seats show some patina, but the condition of the upper class from Sweden is good, because Saab back then focused on quality and durability. Rust is not an issue, the 9000 has been carefully preserved as a precaution.
However, Florian is also very caring about his Saab, which he has owned for 14 years. The 9000 is fun for him and he looks forward to the next 100.000 kilometers. But in winter, the Aero does not have to get out. That's where the 9-5 wagon from 2005 comes in.