Saab Pride – Showing Saab butt all over New England (except for the bit where he’s in New York)

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.

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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.

Whiteface Saab

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.

Saab Maine

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.

Saab Vermont

Saab Mass

Saab LI

Maine Saab

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17 Comments

  1. This guy must be fascinated by behinds. All pictures are of the back of the car! Arseman should be his number plate. Nice story and good photos.

  2. I believe the 9-5 wagon has 70 some cubic ft of space with seats down, the Pathfinder has 82. I should know, I’ve got a PF, and often thought of getting a wagon… if it had XWD I’vd be sorely tempted to consolidate my 9-3 and PF into one.

  3. Nice shots, Nico. I’ve always liked the 9-5 Wagon (SC).

    Triple, what year pathfinder are you talking about. Maybe Nico was driving an older one. It sure seems like the PFs have grown.

    Cheers, and I hope to get my ride out and about with a camera in tow.

    ~P

  4. As a fellow Nutmegger (albeit one from the (in my opinion) more beautiful Quiet Corner), I say bravo and welcome to New England, the awesomest part of the country! I never get tired of exploring its beauty, and I’ve lived here all my 20-year-old life.
    Sorry. Enough with the provincial bragging. Also, the 1999-2001 wagon’s rear is the most beautiful part of any modern Saab. (Yeah, okay, I also own a 9-5 wagon…) 🙂

  5. PGAero> every PF from 91 on has had at least 80 cubic ft. with the seats down. They have def. grown thru the yrs. I detest the new style, mine is an 01. I’d love to find a uberclean ’88 one of these days, it’s my fav. generation.

    I really need to go get some pics of my 9-3 done…

  6. triple,
    good info. A good friend of mine back in high school (’93-’98) had a ’94 4-door Pathfinder (I think he got it in ’97). Many great trips were made in that rig. My 2-door BMW 325e also contributed to our travels, just not so much in the winter, or on rocky/muddy/etc. terrain.
    ~PG

  7. As another fellow CT’er and New Englander, it was great to see these shots. Sounds like a wonderful trip! If anyone ever has the chance, try the CT Wine Trail in the summer.

    As far as NY not being part of New England – right on! The border is at Greenwich!

  8. Sorry if I caused any geographical offence, but the trip was mostly through New England, right? And then there’s economy of headlines to consider.

    The 9-5 Wagon vs SUV thing’s an interesting one and has been mentioned here before. You seem to get a massive boost in comfort, safety and economy whilst still retaining most of your load capacity. Sounds good to me.

  9. Also, he said the trip was “across” New England. If I drive across Wisconsin, I can still visit Canadia (sic) on the same trip, right?
    Kthanks.

  10. I’ve amended the headline so as to take account of the sensitivities shown here. All you New Englanders have my sincere apologies, rendered from the heart of my bottom.

    🙂

  11. As a native of Upstate New York, I thank you too Swade. I’d much rather take a tour through the Finger Lakes or the Adirondaks than have to get up close with those snooty New Englanders 😛

    The drive up the Veterans Memorial Highway on Whiteface Mt is splendid. (The highest vertical drop thing only applies to the ski runs – there are taller mountains around).

  12. Hi Everybody,

    Thank you all for your comments and Swade for posting my “obsession”.

    I am sorry for the two mis-conceptions. I can’t recall what website I saw the comparison between a 9-5 Wagon and a Pathfinder (it said 73 for the Saab and 78 for the PF). I have driven them both an equal lenght of time now (I now proudly surpass that time in my 9-5), and the cargo space’s difference lays in the height. Which makes sense, yet it hasn’t limited the usage of the 9-5 at all. (All IKEA furniture still fits perfectly).

    New England, somewhere between Europe and the US. So my trip was New England and New York, yep I knew that, sorry. Tomorrow all North Eastern Saabs (and Volvo’s) will see a little of their natural habitat as we expect between 2 and 10 inches of snow. (I am from The Netherlands, so snow is fun, as Holland doesn’t see much of it these years. By the way, Saabs as mentioned, are twice the ticket price over there, and I don’t even have a Dutch Drivers license, never had one. “Butt” I am driving one in the US.)

    Also which I forgot to mention is that during my daily driving I tend to get close to 300 miles per 15 gallons. This is painfull. Explanation however is the fact that I work about 23 miles from my house, yet it takes me 75 minutes each time, twice a day. Commuters hell. I do commute with my wife though. During the trip we averaged 460 miles per 15 gallons. The Pathfinder (1996, by the way,triple) gave me 15 miles per gallon on the highway, so with the Saab I end up spending half the money. And the good part is, I do that driving a Saab.

    I love the “triple” hard shelf for the 9-5 cargo space, the PF had a vinyl one, as does the 9-3 SC if I am not mistaken. So an A+ for the 9-5.

    Thanks Everybody,
    Nico

  13. I love the fall season in Hudson valley-Catskill region of New York (it’s about half way in between the capital-Albany and NYC), it’s gotta be my favorite time of year.Having been to Iraq in 130+ degrees F for nearly 2yrs I enjoy every minute of the four seasons we enjoy in the north-east US. I just need to get out and play more outdoors it this region as most of the time I go down to NYC.

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