When a car is a slim 23 years old, it can have a problem every now and then. The smell of cooling water that the Saab 9000 spread in the interior was noticeable. The cause remained a mystery, because a good year ago all the hoses had been replaced. High quality silicone hoses should ensure safe operation. Was the decision wrong in the end?
The smell of cooling water - a mystery
The smell itself was too intense to ignore. A water leak was nowhere visible, the first oracles referred to the hoses themselves. Could these be faulty? The oracle did not come true. The cause of the defect was finally found in the water cooler. The plastic connector between the cooler and the new silicone hose had capitulated, had become permeable and had allowed liquid to escape.
No surprise after 23 years. But an interesting question arises: is this defect a consequence of the Barter from last year? Because even on the first test drive, an antique connector surrendered to the pressure that was now building up in the new hoses. It would be possible. But where would the alternative be?
Leave everything as it is and wait until a Stone Age hose in the engine compartment loses its composure after almost a quarter of a century?
Permanent construction site automatic air conditioning
The automatic air conditioning in the Saab 9000 is part of the brand's finest hour. When it was released, it was innovative, the sensor for the position of the sun something very special, and comfortable and powerful. In principle, it still is today. In midsummer, in a modern car, you ask where 30 years of progress have gone. Because what is currently on offer is usually worse. Because optimized for low consumption - and therefore better for the global climate.
However, this highly praised automatic air conditioning is also responsible for ensuring that the project Saab has not yet managed a single season without an unscheduled visit to the workshop. First it was leaking, then the compressor was defective. It was exchanged for a used part that did not last long. After a short period it also reported with a leak.
A new Air conditioning compressor brought a deceptive security. And indeed, there was a good year of calm at the front, the Saab drove through the summer, but then the performance of the air conditioning decreased continuously. The diagnosis was clear: a leak. Again.
It was due to seals that had simply hardened after a long period of use. They were exchanged, including the component in question, because no one wanted or could guarantee that it was leak-proof. Now hope is back that the Anna project will come through the summer well and without any breakdowns.
Finally done Saab Frankfurt the annual inspection. As always without complaints, but with love for the old tin. A closer look at the possible rust is standard in Fechenheim. A possible spot was found, cleared, and turned out to be a false alarm.
The Saab was ready to be picked up in the yard, the work was explained in detail and the old parts were ready for inspection. This is exemplary and at the level of so-called premium providers.
That leaves the matter of the new sky for the 9000. I handed in the Saab and said “do it”. Was I too easy going there? A look at the new sky and at something that I would never have dared will follow with the next article on the Anna project.