My Saab story began ages ago. The gray driver's license was very fresh, but my account balance was quite clear. Now there was a green Saab 900 Turbo for sale at the dealer. 10.000 DM, which I had nowhere near, could be read on the price tag. Nevertheless there was a test drive. An event with consequences for years.
The green Gradschnautzer Turbo with beige interior made a lasting impression. I can still hear the sound of the Turbo in my ears today, and when I think of this 900, I smell the special scent of its interior. That Saab smell of wood and leather that the old cars have. Which the brand lost over time, as it is with almost all new cars today.
The years passed. Then came the first 1992 in 900, then a second and a third. Saab became a constant in my life. Particularly impressive was an early 9000 CS that I rented for a long time while waiting for my first 900. Years later, shortly before the end of production, I tried to buy a brand new 9000, but it failed. My desire for a new Saab failed because of the completely disinterested dealership and its owner, who would rather play cards with a friend than sell cars. That I should meet again in the Saab scene two years later is a completely different matter.
Because these stories were a long time ago.
And today? Almost 30 years later, there is a company car in front of the house that is not a Saab. A German premium product and a good car. The manufacturer and dealership go to great lengths to make me happy, which doesn't always work. If necessary, this goes so far that the plant is switched on if I have special requests. Nevertheless, the company car stands more than it drives, which is only partly due to Corona and the reduced external appointments.
Because there is - no surprise - more than a Saab 9000 in the hangar. And that makes life difficult for the premium brand. The modern car can do so many great things. It sends me emails or SMS, reminds me of the appointment in the workshop and calls me automatically. The collision warning even detects things that don't even exist. On a free, really free route and in total solitude, it warns of invisible objects that could collide with in the next milliseconds.
The sound is bloodcurdling, you are really wide awake and your pulse rotates under the roof of the vehicle.
Of course, one must not be unfair. The company car has driving lights that turn night into day. He holds out at a speed of 250 in the left lane forever on the open road and is not at all strenuous. An old Saab can only dream of that.
And still, there is something.
This Saab factor. I prefer to drive the old 9000, even if it is really old now. 10 years ago when I started the blog, it was still in the youngtimer group. Today it is a classic. That's how he drives, and it takes more strength to move the old Swede than with a modern car. The turning circle is comparatively huge, unwieldy in the city and noisy on the motorway.
It doesn't matter at all. Because such an old, analog car is like a vacation. Open the sunroof, open the windows, and enjoy driving. Charles Trenet in the CD player and it's like a drive through the lavender fields of Provence. Bad light at night does not matter, you drive carefully.
Then there are the little hidden joys. When you drive up to the construction center with the old Saab, the guy with the forklift truck brings the pallet with the goods, and people all around with the “he'll never bring that into his car” facial expressions.
Then you loosely open the tailgate, relax and load everything, pretend not to notice the probing glances, and drive away.
While a dozen people lost their bet.
I could write something about sustainability now, which it sure is. Also via analog and unsupervised mobility. But that's not what it really is. My mainspring is the sheer joy of the 9000, which awakens every time I take one of them out of its hall after weeks.
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