PJ and I are off on a little road trip.
I bought our Saab 9000 Aero because I wanted to take the road trip in the best seats Saab ever made. Unfortunately, the transmission blew up last weekend, the latest in a reasonably long line of problems. We’re kinda stuck with the car so I have to make it into the best car I can. A replacement transmission is on its way, the manual boost control will be dialled right down and hopefully the car will have a more reliable life in the future.
When I mentioned our plight on Facebook during the week and how we’d be looking at rental cars for the trip, some Saab fans just wouldn’t stand for it. I was stunned to have three offers come in, people willing to loan us cars to complete the trip.
Thanks to timing and convenience, we’ve ended up with a 1993 Saab 900i, with the non-turbo 2.1 engine and Aero kit. In black. I’m not normally one for naming cars, but for reasons that will be obvious to many, I’ve called this one ‘Jerry’.
It even has a ‘Black Saab Rules’ sticker on the back window
The car is owned by a wonderful Saab-nut friend in Melbourne named Simon P. We’re going to enjoy adding to the car’s 350,000km odometer and riding in style as we hug the east coast of Australia.
I had a red 1991 Saab 900 S with a low-pressure turbo when I was living in Sweden and working for Saab. The similarities in feel between this 900i and my old 900 S keep taking me back to those wonderful days driving around Trollhattan.
I’d like to thank Simon (and Ian and Upulie) for their generous offers but especially Simon for looking after us so wonderfully well.
Any road trip involves a car and if you’re a car guy, the type of car can be central to your enjoyment of the trip. If it wasn’t for the generosity of our Saab friends, our holiday wouldn’t be anywhere near as memorable as it’s going to be.
BLACK SAAB RULES!!