The time is running. Ruthless, precise. Many things are predictable. New cars are used to, with a little luck to Youngtimern. Later, perhaps, and it takes a lot of attention and the right owner, they mature into classics. This will be the topic at the latest when the brand no longer exists. Because the aging of vehicles has implications for all parties.
Workshops that specialize in Saab, feel it not only since today. The market is changing and getting seasonal traits. The winters are quieter, and cars that are used in everyday life, rare. But it buzzes for the start of the season on the lifts. As soon as the sun comes out with rising temperatures, the appointment books are full. Long waiting times are the result, because suddenly all just want the one thing: bring your classic cars and classic on the road.
For Saab owners, the matter of aging their vehicles is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, a lot of money flows into conservation and restoration. On the other hand, you want to move your Saab all year round. But there is the money, the beautiful state and wet and salt in winter. More and more flee therefore in the season flag. From March or April until autumn, then sleeps the Youngtimer. And you think you have done something good for the car.
Is that so?
My 9-3 Aero was elaborately treated against rust several years ago. What was unavoidable, because otherwise it would inevitably come to an end sometime. Better to do something sooner than too late - then my thinking. Around 7 years have passed since then. In winter, the Saab sleeps in a dry hall, in summer he is allowed on the slopes. To be perfectly honest, I even avoid riding with him on rainy days when it's feasible. That's awkward, I admit it. And above all: it is completely meaningless. The sensitively treated Saab still does what old metal usually does. He rusts. The overlapping sheets on the subfloor inevitably provide points of attack for rockfall, dirt, moisture. The body shop of the 90er sends its regards. You can not do anything about it. Just grind, seal, and hope it lasts a long time.
From my mantra, classic or Youngtimer not to move, so I got lost. For one thing, because sometimes it's pointless what you see in the above example. For another, because car is not equal to Saab and Saab is not the same. While the 9-3 is sensitive, the 9000 is a hardcore Swede. Actually, all, apart from the 9000er, who spent his first life in road salt contaminated Fichtelgebirge, before he came to me, are resistant to rust. Great rust prevention or sealing? Never done. Rust? Almost always wrong. And if, then harmless little things that you eliminate before it becomes serious tooth decay.
Driving classic cars only seasonally or year round?
How do the members of the Saab scene see this? Youngtimers and classics, and youngtimers now include early 9-5 and the 9-3 I, moving year round? They're all-day and above all winter-proof. Seat heating, front-wheel drive, good light. A Saab comes from the land of snow and ice.
Or spare the sheet? Put it in the hall, garage or carport until winter time is over? Because under the Swedish metal sheet but there is a sensitive, which is inclined to the rust. The voices of the scenes are in demand. Here is the poll: