It’s time once again for a look at the Saab love that’s out there in the ownership community – the Trollhattan Saab Pride of Ownership Competition – with support from Elkparts.
All around the round world the roundel is rounding up respect, recognition and revelling in the right royal rogering it renders in the revenue department. Audi appreciators are acting increasingly arrogant after ascending the upper automotive echelons with such alacrity, and Benz boffins? Blimey!
These brands all have their fans and vast majority wouldn’t look twice at a Saab, which is all the more reason for us to sing their praises.
Leading the choir this morning is Nico and he’s got a butt thing going on. You’ll know what I mean as soon as you lay eyes on the photos.
As always – click on any of these to enlarge.
August 2006 was a happy month when I purchased my third, full grown Saab ( I am also an avid 1/43 collector).
The first two were purchases through Ebay and I was un-educated and naïve at the time. My first win on Ebay was a 1992 Saab 900 for the lucky price of $900.00 dollars. I never got the car delivered and I suspect the dealership to have received a better offer on the lot. I did receive a full refund so no harm done.
The second was a mishap. A 1989 Saab 900 convertible paid in cash between Las Vegas and Los Angeles in Barstow (I was living in Santa Barbara, CA at the time). The car had everything wrong with it, except the brand new soft-top. I spent $2400.00 and it would have cost me $5000.00 more to get it fixed. With no money I had to take the loss.
In 2004 my wife and I moved to Connecticut, New England. I was always looking for Saabs, yet most of the time they were out of budget. The Nissan Pathfinder I was driving at the time was at no cost. I never thought I would be driving a Wagon though. Somewhere on the internet I saw a comparison between a Pathfinder and a 9-5 Wagon. With the seats down they had equal cargo space. Whether that is true or not, I was sold and traded the Pathfinder in for my current 9-5.
This past October my wife and I went on a Fall Foliage trip across New England. Funny thing is I am sending you only black and white pictures while the fall colors were awesome. We did a round trip, starting in Bridgeport, Connecticut, through the Catskills, NY and up into the Adirondacks, NY where we stayed in Lake Placid, home of the 1980 winter Olympics. I took several pictures of my Saab’s Butt.
The first one is on Mt. Whiteface – the highest vertical drop in the North East Americas, or so they say. We then leaped into Vermont, which we crossed in a day. We stayed in New Hampshire (“Live Free or Die”) where, by chance, we saw this sign for the “First Ski School in America” nicely located in the middle of nowhere on “Lovers Ln.”.
The two pictures in Maine were taken at the same time in Kennebunkport. I was framing my Saab’s Butt, while my wife took a picture of me as I was taking mine. We really fell in love with Portland, very European looking and on our last day my wife said: “Next time we are in Maine, we have to make it a point not to leave” On our way back to Connecticut we passed through Massachusetts, where at a lucky stop I took another Butt picture. My wife’s response: “Enough already” Well I only took five, so what, I am the proud owner.
We drove more than 1400 Miles and on the last picture you see the 9-5 Wagon on the most Western point of Long Island, NY. We drove all the way to Montauk, NY (featured in “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”). To get to Long Island you can take several ferries and one brought us straight back into Bridgeport, from Port Jefferson, NY. We skipped Rhode Island, hence no “Butt” picture there. As it was our first vacation in three years you can imagine we took our time. The last time we traveled, we packed up our household and left California with a truck and trailer and crossed 15 States to get to Connecticut.
Nice detail. My car has 73000 Miles on it right now. I bought it with 58000 Miles and a couple of weeks before the trip my transmission failed (doing 65mph on the 95-Interstate) which was covered under extended warranty, but still, it took two weeks to repair. The 1400 Miles was a true test, and I am proud to say the Saab passed with flying colors. I had the best mileage and the transmission held up perfectly. We could have taken my wife’s Volvo S40, but I am convinced the trip wouldn’t have been so comfortable.
Oh, and yes, I did all the driving.