A Saab is - what is it? A collector's item, a tool for everyday use? A long-term car? The 900 Turbo Sedan from Dietmar has been there before to guest on the blog. Today it is again, with a high mileage, which it has really worked out in 31 years. And that would be something with the mileage. More on that later.
The Saab 900 was first registered in March 1989. A long time ago, Germany had not yet been reunited, the Wall still stood and the Warsaw Pact countries were seen as a threat to the West. What we call smartphone today was not invented yet. Mobile phones were still expensive, heavy, coarse blocks and could only do one thing: make calls. The 900 Turbo was considered a fast, expensive and exclusive sedan at the time. Anyone who could afford a copy was sure of a solid account balance.
The 20 was used by Dietmar as a company and private car for 900 years. Scheduled inspections according to the service booklet were carried out up to a mileage of 200.000, then only regular oil changes and repairs. In 31 years the engine was sealed and the timing chain changed. The list now also includes two water coolers, five steering gears, one of which was refurbished and quickly became defective. The engine control unit was also repaired once, and the headlining also had to be replaced. One of the problems that you can have with some Swedish cars every 20 to 25 years.
555.000 kilometers - something like that
The Saab was not particularly cared for or spared. Almost 31 years, that gnaws the thickest Swedish steel. Especially when the car is not just a collector's item, but also a daily multitool. The 900 has been a die-hard lantern parker for more than three decades. That leaves traces. The sub-floor has been welded in some places over the years, and an axle shaft tunnel was also due. The doors, a well-known construction site of the 900, tend to rust. Opening after the car wash and driving in the rain helps - so that the water can run off. But who always thinks about it? Dietmar keeps the rust in check by using fluid oil.
In the meantime, the paint is also peeling, no surprise after 3 decades without a garage. In detail, it is the clear coat that begins to peel off on all horizontal surfaces. Trunk, roof and bonnet would be a case for the painter if you wanted to. At the moment, the 900 Turbo is still wearing its scars with pride. at Saab FrankfurtWhere he is professionally looked after, the effort for the major all-round renovation is estimated at around € 10.000. A lot of money, the use of which must be considered.
And there is the little detail with the mileage. The counter ended at 405.200 kilometers. At the end of 2009, this was not necessary and a replacement was not necessary. Because a sale of the Swedish turbo sedan has not been up to now. Since then Dietmar has estimated its annual mileage between 10 - 15.000 kilometers, which could mean the actual mileage between 505 - 555.000. Maybe more. Who cares if the car has been a sustainable companion for 3 decades and there is no separation.
We are looking for more kilometer kings!
Dealing with higher mileage and the idea of sustainability will be one of our priorities for the future. We will have to make friends with it if we want to continue driving Saab.
Do you also have a Saab with a high mileage or a very long holding period? It does not have to be the highest mileage in each case! In addition to the age of the vehicle, we also focus on sustainability. All owners of kilometers kingsThose who want to see their car on the blog are invited to send pictures and information.