In the last few days, a lot has happened with us in terms of automobiles. Two vehicles left us. Our Citroën Berlingo is a thing of the past, as is my premium German make. While the company car's adoption remained an emotionless tale, like the car itself, we miss the French comfort artist. We miss the Berlingo and now we are waiting for new cars. The term new car requires a special definition.
New cars defined the Saab way
In the last few days we have disassembled the Saab 9-5, our upcycling project. A weekend workshop in the workshop, that's when you get to know your new car. The 9-5, very tender 22 years old, deserves the title new car. No rust, all screws as from factory. This makes working on the car easier and makes the processes fantastically fast. A circumstance that no longer occurs too often in the Saab warehouse.
Experience speaks strongly for Spanish cars, as Lizi finds them again and again and distributes them to Germany and Austria in small doses. Because with all new Saab acquisitions in recent years, most of the budget has gone into body construction. You save yourself with a (well-chosen) Spanish car.
The project is now nearing completion. This week the hardware workshop goes online. A new intercooler, water cooler and pressure pipe and hoses, no small operation. Adjust the parts us Do88 delivered? And can we think of anything else to further optimize the aero spontaneously and for little money?
We actually have an ingenious idea and grab the Saab shelf to do engine optimization with little effort and completely legally.
The weekend workshop will go online in the new week. Exciting - a must read! This is followed by the new entertainment with DAB+ radio, navigation and reversing camera as well as USB interfaces in the Saab.
New Citroën car
It's a little different with the Citroën brand. We actually miss the Berlingo after 50.000 kilometers and 3 years. It was an unusually inspirational car; in a class where there is quite a bit of boredom with vehicles like the VW Caddy. I'll tell you a summary of the years with the reasonable and yet unconventional family dream from France soon.
In any case, the family liked the Citroën so much that, contrary to all intentions, a new car was ordered. Now as a successor, a small Citroën for the city, because our transport tasks have steadily shrunk in recent years, and actually the Berlingo was almost a bit oversized at the end.
Only, with new cars it's such a thing. Half a year delivery time (approximately), you have to live with that at the moment. And even this information is without guarantee. But the Citroën branch in Neu-Isenburg, which now bears the name Stellantis & You wearing gives us some hope.
Fortunately, delivery times are not a problem for us. The fleet is (finally again) 100% Saab, and the Saab 9-3 OG Aero is once again in continuous operation, which the Swede noticeably likes. He enjoys clocking up kilometers and we also enjoy driving the Trollhättan Turbo. However, I myself primarily drive around with the good old 9000 (Anna Projekt) until the upcycling of the 9-5 is complete.
Luckily for my nerves, that won't last much longer. Because the extravagant Saab 9000 Lady perhaps anticipates the replacement and the approaching early retirement. She takes advantage of the situation mercilessly and makes sure that I don't get bored.
At least now I'm seriously longing for my new Saab car.