With the Saab in Coronaland

Tuesday, shortly after 8 a.m. The TÜV appointment is waiting for the 9-3 Aero. The approximately 60 kilometers of motorway to Frankfurt are usually characterized by heavy traffic, traffic jams. Not particularly enjoyable as a rule, but on this day everything is different! The first meters on the A3 show the route unusually empty. I guess the journey through Coronaland begins. Where commuters should drive towards Frankfurt, 90% of trucks dominate today.

Hanauer Landstrasse Frankfurt
Hanauer Landstrasse Frankfurt

Free travel that is not a pleasure on this day. Although the weather is perfect, the sun is shining and temperatures are mild in the spring. The turbo enthusiastically sniffs the morning air, my mood remains subdued. I change from the almost empty A3 to the A45. It is similarly free, even from Hanau it doesn't get crowded towards Frankfurt. The Saab rolls with 140 to 150, involuntarily I miss the members of the "I'm in a hurry" faction. The speeders, hustlers, hectic people, they shine with absence. Goods transports in the right lane, a couple of vans and small cars on the left. In between the old Saab.

Just before Frankfurt-Fechenheim a Chrysler Towncar, finally a little change. Another individualist on the go. In Frankfurt a little more traffic, but still very clear. Corona has the country under control, which should only be a start. More and more companies are relocating to their home office or shutting down production entirely. If you can stay at home, you should. This is the only way to interrupt the infection chain. Many do this, and even on the streets around the Saab Service Frankfurt workshop, traffic is somewhat reduced.

The virus is always there in Coronaland

Before 9 a.m., after a relaxed drive, I have reached my destination in Fechenheim. This morning, more than half a dozen vehicles receive TÜV or their H approval. The yard is full of Saabs, at first glance everything is as usual. Not in the second!

The virus continues to accompany me, the mood is indifferent and difficult to describe. And COVID-19 also influences the processes here. The door handle for service acceptance is disinfected again and again, out of concern and responsibility. Exemplary, customers and employees should stay healthy. Keep your distance is the order of the day in Coronaland.

Before the TÜV, the aero is inspected in the workshop, a few extras are done. The acceptance itself is not a problem. Flawless, of course, not bad for a 20 year old car. The service in Frankfurt is great, as always. There is still the inspection that should actually be due. Maybe next week, we'll meet. If there are no curfews, as in other European countries. The virus affects us, although the measures to combat it will only really take effect in the coming days. Planning on sight. Something we have to get used to.

We have to get used to the new situation

The access to the A45 is closed, in the south it goes over the Frankfurter Kreuz and the A3. There's a bit more traffic on the highway now. It reminds me of the summer vacation, with reduced traffic and less congestion. Doesn't the virus have everything under its control? Even a few members of the “Left Lane” faction are on the move, they are completely free, the more we leave Frankfurt behind.

Shortly after the Rodgau it gets lonely again. Unusual for a Tuesday morning and somehow threatening. Before driving to the office, a short stop at the local butcher shop. A second breakfast, something for the nerves. The parking spaces are almost all empty, a lady has just loaded the trunk of her car. Now, standing by the car, she disinfects her hands with a cloth. Coronaland. The scene of the day, exemplary!

Disinfectant wipes are mandatory

For a few days now I have had such cloths in the car. Disinfect hands and steering wheel after every purchase, perhaps a helpless gesture. But she calms down and gives the feeling of not being completely defenseless against an invisible enemy. An enemy that changed our behavior overnight. Keep your distance, don't shake hands, all of a sudden it works and at the push of a button. Friends call, ask how to do it, a new care is spreading.

Germany is Coronaland and will remain so for some time. What can we do?

Reason, reason, responsibility

It is time for reason and reason. The measures intervene in the private well-being zone, and it becomes difficult for some people. Another lifestyle, the deliberate shutdown of social contacts. Not just to protect yourself. It is about the chronically ill and the elderly. People who have a restricted immune system and for whom exposure to the virus could be fatal. We can protect them if we question our selfishness and are aware of our responsibility.

Germany has with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) world-class virologists. You can trust their expertise, not the trolls in social networks, who are trumpeting conspiracy theories around the world. Crises are tests for all of us. Later generations will judge us based on how we survive and how social we behave!

Of course, in this situation the world certainly doesn't need an auto blog. We will not leave the readers alone and continue to write anyway. As long as we find a topic. For all reason and all impositions that come to us, something daily luxury may continue to be.

17 thoughts too "With the Saab in Coronaland"

  • Thank you for your clever words in this devastating situation. And thanks for your blog, please keep going.

  • My old 9000 (also my 9.3) already had the particle filter (also called pollen filter). Now I do not know if he would have kept the Covin-19 out, since it was always reassuring to have something “on board”. Many cars own that today, but SAAB was often ahead of its time and created innovations, especially as a role model for other manufacturers, which is unfortunately often forgotten today. And “kör alltid bra” 😉

    • Unfortunately, the pollen filters do not help. The industry is currently developing appropriate systems, above all Volvo owner Geely. In 30 days, a system should be ready for production that filters 95% of the airborne particles larger than 0,3. This includes the droplets on which the corona virus likes to travel.

  • Especially now in the Corona period, the SAAB blog is a welcome change.

    Thanks for that!!!

  • Thank you for pointing out the particle filter. Will the blog report when it is available and where to get it? The blog continues to be a reliable, reputable, and interesting source of information - and, yes, a little distracting conversation, which we can all use at the moment.

    Do you really need such a filter for the car? The breath droplets don't hang on the road, where only closed vehicles drive around, waiting around in the air, do they?

    Thank you also for the perfectly captured surreal mood. The references to the lost business enterprises (Neckermann) have not only something melancholic, but unfortunately an enormously current reference. It is getting really bad for the small restaurants and of course for the small retail stores (for example also for Karstadt, of course), which are already struggling because of the internet anyway. The disgusting Amazon, which does not pay any taxes in this country (and which is why I have not been ordering for years, and only once if something important was not available anywhere else) hires thousands of new employees. Real perverse!

    I very much hope that after the crisis, not only will retail be promoted, but internet retailing of new retail goods will finally be subject to a climate tax for all this back and forth embroidery, for example a surcharge of at least 25 percent on each item, which has long been the case anyway should have happened. Otherwise we only have desolate cities with empty shops and crumbling houses, as most German villages and small towns have long been.

    After the end of the crisis, which we hope will occur in the foreseeable future, let's all go shopping at local retailers!

    I wish the blog team and all readers all the best and health!

    ´TOM you are absolutely right´ in what you have observed´ ... as one of the few´ who was on the road´ and noticed firsthand how quickly an industrial country like the FRG sees itself forced within a very short time´ the public general To limit business and community activities so much that you think something should have happened that would have caused humanity to hide (like in the war years when people visited air-raid shelters to protect themselves from the bombing) ! ´I believe that the world has just turned upside down for many in the last two weeks´ and many understand what is only important again! 'That people do it with the necessary caution (2 meters distance OK', wash your hands regularly and possibly disinfect who also thinks it is absolutely necessary '), but don't let it get you astray' and your closest family or friends no longer meet in direct contact but only want to take part in their lives digitally or by telephone! `Guys that is guaranteed to go in the wrong direction ... it can't be stopped ... in the FRG 70% will be infected over time ... and after that it's going to be mostly against it but will continue to infect others with the virus´! ´Therefore, continue to use your contacts in the closest family with close friends and don’t let yourself go astray´! ´ Because this doesn’t help anyone… not us as an individual ’as a social person who needs contacts’ (at the moment, as I said so limited that the spread doesn’t spread too quickly) ´ and also not the general public ’because those who ´´mone in 3 Months would have been over most of it´´ have probably NOT internalized that this topic will accompany us for much longer´! ´I think then it will really start ... and will determine our actions and actions for the next 2 years´! ´Because as long as there is no vaccine available there is no way to fight the virus´ there will always be new groups that will infect other groups ´ it will show itself´ 'Sometimes I get the feeling' where do I know this problem from 'hmm and I have to think of the zombie films of the 80s involuntarily' a fiction and unreal high 3 '!! ´But what we are experiencing now is REAL and therefore we have to learn to deal with it´ so that our social environment does not suffer from it ... with all caution of course´ !!


    • Do not use any contacts, the message from those responsible is very simple: stay at home!

      The most sociable individual has to get through it, and it would be good to take the news to heart. Because the consequence that will result from non-observance is an ordered ban on going out. Do we want that?

  • I also hope that everyone can take care and stay healthy. The current situation is not funny, but if we all stick to the measures now, hopefully that will pass.
    I would also like to thank the Saab blog, which continues to provide us with articles that everyone can read in peace and who knows, maybe one or the other reader will now find the opportunity to write his own Saab stories for the blog.

  • @ Heijo Red
    Moin, dear blogger!
    Clear contradiction to follow theses: Guys, this is guaranteed to go in the wrong direction ... it cannot be stopped ... and therefore continue to use your contacts in the closest family with close friends and do not let yourself go astray!
    I don't know where you got your information from, but I have to clearly contradict you.
    Prof. Drosten, virologist from the Charitè Berlin and advisor to the Federal Government at the present time (together with other virologists from the Robert Koch Institute) meet At the moment the statement continues that droplet infection is the main route of infection. That means the personal distance (2m) is extremely important! The virologists also say 60-70% of the population will be infected. It is also communicated that the infestation of the citizens will take place over a “longer period”. So much for the clear announcements from the virologists and the government from Berlin.

    Of course, it is (still!) To be prevented that people at risk are infected or that self-infection is prevented as long as possible!
    Reason: Otherwise the infection becomes a logistical problem !!!

    -We do not have enough protective materials in some jacks for self-protection.
    -The ventilation capacities cannot be increased “infinitely”.
    -No one wants to experience with their relatives that it is decided from an “emergency medical point of view” WHO is connected to the ventilator! The 60-year-old or (!) The 80-year-old.
    -Furthermore the med. Personnel in the "focus areas of virus attack" at the physical limit.
    -Med. Personnel are now (!) Already being recruited from retirement to work through the situation on site.

    What should the situation look like when the infection curve rises rapidly ??? Nobody wants to read that here….

    Therefore: Information up to date every day at https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/info/podcast4684.html
    With that in mind, stay ALL healthy, avoid panic and fear. Instead, get information from reputable sources.
    Greetings from the north!

  • Dear Ms. Hamster,
    Dear Mr. Hamster,

    please think, buy and act a little countercyclical. One or the other stock market paper is now as cheap as toilet paper. Petrol is also cheaper than ever.

    I would also like a pack, salt, flour and yeast. Really only one at a time. It's a shame that you don't pay any attention to this.

    You have too much money and you don't care about my homemade pizza?

    Okay, then maybe you are interested in disinfectants? You can get that in the E-Bay for € 45. I just want a little flour, salt and yeast. Can't that be too much to ask? Why do you have to stack this up under the covers at home?

    Bad news for you:
    I will not buy the stuff from you. No disinfectant either. Think, buy and act counter-cyclically and we are all better ...

    When I think about how many of the hamster purchases will be disposed of in the next few days (6 kg of bananas?), Weeks (meat and milk) or months and years, I would actually like to slap you today (Mrs. and Mr. Hamster) ...

    • You shouldn't make a flat rate, that would be too easy. A healthy supply, as practiced by our parents and grandparents, is recommended and a bit of personal responsibility. 10, 14 days not necessarily having to go outside is not wrong in the current situation. It has nothing to do with the cute little hamsters ...

      What is not possible is the unreflected shopping of large quantities, which in the end cannot be consumed. This behavior can also be an expression of current excessive demands in a situation that is difficult to assess.

  • @ Tom,

    my comment was meant something like that. I make a bet that 80 to 90% of the hamsters already had enough in the household before their purchases to survive 10 to 14 days without symptoms of deficiency.

    The fact that shrimp and pikeperch are stored in the freezer or whatever in the cupboards and shelves has unfortunately hardly prevented a hamster from plunging an affluent society into a certain and at the same time very, very luxurious chaos.

    Of course, my children's desire for dad's pizza is also a luxury problem. Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, a big thank you to all hamsters who are fueling chaos and problems before they have a good reason for it. That is definitely very helpful.

    I also believe that the majority of the purchases end up in the garbage sooner or later. I just saw far too many shopping trolleys, in which even perishable foods were piled up at absolutely grotesque heights ...

    Some drivers of these cars, by the way, wore green face masks (which have probably been stolen from hospitals lately). This is survival of the cheekiest.

    Everyone can and may evaluate for themselves, but it disgusts me enormously.

    For that I finally like to tank again.
    That's something.

  • PS hamster

    If the hamster purchases served the purpose of reducing the number of baths and contacts, I would not ride around on the type.

    However, the opposite can be observed and ascertained. The supermarkets are as full as before Christmas and Corona is happy about it.

    Empty shelves and ultimately the hamsters are to blame. The toilet paper takes on the role of sold out blue cabbage and fresh kale ...

    You have to go to many supermarkets until you finally have everything for the big festival. One after the other. The result is unnecessary contacts and a mix of infected people with others.

    A friend was at a single day in 6 (!) Supermarkets without getting (!) Toilet paper days ago. And yesterday I had a woman behind me at the cash register who was pressing three packs of ten against my chest with a mad grin ...

    What a party ! ! !

    If the virus had a brain and a sleep phase, it would laugh itself to sleep night after night - for the sheer joy of the hamsters, because without them we would only visit a supermarket every 3 days. And not about 3 to 6 markets a day (a factor of 9 to 18).

    How can and should it be that a brainless DNA that is somewhere between matter and life and that doesn't even have the status of a single cell is strategically superior to us?

    Dear people,
    listen to your mom. If you don't let the hamsters go, there is curfew. Mommy made that clear yesterday. I only like her to a limited extent, but where she is right, she is right ...

  • The author captured the vote very nicely. With us, too, the traffic is getting less and the people hopefully more reasonable. Hopefully, because that's the only way curfews will pass us.

  • Since it is somehow also about cars, this may be interesting: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ETZEreoXsAAfC8M.jpg

    However, the laugh can get stuck in your throat if you have to read something like this: https://rp-online.de/nrw/panorama/coronavirus-in-aachen-wuerselen-einbrecher-stehlen-klopapier-aus-auto_aid-49668311

    On the other hand, it should now be clear what will bring the German soul to a boil. Whoever should first impede or ration access to toilet paper will face an uprising of unprecedented proportions.
    You have to imagine that the Bundeswehr will be deployed inside to prevent the looting of camps with toilet paper.

    If you are not afraid of the future now, you can no longer help. The stupid thing is that you don't have to be afraid because of a virus, but because of the supposedly reasoned people who live with you here ...

  • Thank you very much, Herbert Hürsch, thank you! Your first contribution to hamsters already got to the point!
    @Tom: A certain permanent storage is definitely recommended! What is not possible is to stir up further disorder in times of uncertainty, just because one or woman tries to compensate for one's own uncertainty with the supposed control over the newly acquired stock ...


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