I’ve done a few “call yourself hardcore?” entries, focussing on people’s collections of model cars or literature. This entry is a little different. It’s just a guy with two Saabs.
There’s nothing particularly hardcore about owning two Saabs, unless you’ve got to travel 2,000 kilometers to get them serviced!!
Danni owns two Saab 9-5’s and lives in Namibia. He writes:
Some pictures of my two current MY01 9-5 Aero. The red one has been optimized to 184kW / 350Nm and the blue one stock standard Aero 169kW / 350Nm. Both are pristine, red with 118,500km and the blue one 154,000km with a new sub assembly after the turbo calved and broke one of the rings. Out went the old sub assembly and a new one at South African rand 103,000! Eina! (meaning painful)
I bought the blue one new with a maintenance plan up to 50,000km and the red one bought from an American chap who worked for the franchised dealer who closed shop permanently in Windhoek, Namibia. For servicing, I have to drive to Johannesburg, South Africa, a distance of 2,000km one way. You think I am crazy? No, the cars are that good in terms of comfort, quality, performance and are unique in this part of the world. I will NEVER trade them for anything else, irrespective what the GM powers be do to Saab or those myopic narrow-minded journalists who test the cars for 20 minutes and think they can form a sane analysis. Listen, I have mine for 4 years now and believe that I have a better understanding of a 9-5 Aero than a journalist who get his hands dirty on a very bad day on a 9-5 Aero. Pity some folks really.
Now that, my friends, is hardcore.
Here’s a few of the pictures that Danni sent me.