It's autumn 2019. I'm strolling through the Saab hangar and making plans. Paul is parked there and he is supposed to be sold next year. A 9000 also has to work, probably the white CS. But then? Isn't it getting lonely, a little too heavy on the Saab 9000? Probably! Variety would be good!
I confess to being bored. Prosperity problems plague me, my company car is not that exciting. Maybe the almost 10 years of Saabblog are to blame. They spoiled me for modern cars. I think the SUV wave makes me yawn, I know digitization professionally. I deal with her, day after day. I don't have to have any of that in the car. As long as it remains possible, I want to drive independently and with as little supervision as possible.
My idea is that my company car will not have a successor. Not one that is modern. It should be an older, analog car. One with manageable technology, a bit of style, comfortable and not badly motorized. I classify that as sustainable. Cars that were made a decade or two ago have been using the most resources for a long time. Continuing to use them is a responsibility towards the environment. If you take care of them, move them carefully and keep them in good condition.
It has to be a Saab, that's considered set. For a short time a Volvo 850 and a W124 went through my head. Both ideas were rejected again. Too much Saab man ...
Dreams and compromises
Buying a Saab is not easy. Or? Since 2008, the planet has received fewer and fewer vehicles from the factory. 2011, in spring, was over. What had been a trickle in the last few years dried up completely. With this in mind, it could be difficult to find the right vehicle.
Still, I have a plan. The basic requirements are fixed. Some are negotiable and some are not. At least that's what I plan to do. I'm looking for a Saab 9-5. The old generation, not the last, legendary. The old one is more compact, better suited for my everyday life. Its technology is more manageable, and it looks even more relaxed with the spare parts.
It should be a limousine.
Because I didn't have that yet, I did have the station wagon. The sedan is more active to drive, but never fitted into my life, although it is the more elegant choice. The 9-5 station wagon is a victory for common sense, with a guarantee that it is compatible with work and family. The following key points are clear: automatic, the 2.3 liter engine in any power level, and a bright interior are non-negotiable.
The mileage? Please below 200.000. For readers who do not surf the Saab universe every day: With normal brands, this corresponds to the status of a leasing return. And please, no maintenance backlog that extends from here to the horizon. Optional, and therefore desirable, are a sunroof and a muted exterior color. Otherwise everything goes. Whether Vector, Arc or Aero. I am completely flexible.
So a simple thing. Choose a car, look at the car, buy it. After all, the Swedes have pushed really large numbers of the 9-5 times into the markets. But it won't be easy. On the contrary, it gets complicated. In autumn 2019 I have no idea that this idea will occupy me any longer. The difficulties are only gradually revealed. Then there's this virus from Wuhan and it's not just sabotaging me. It paralyzes half the world.
But I really can't foresee that at this point.