I love cars, always have done, from my earliest Tonka trucks and Scalextric through to Silverstone classic days and RAC rallies in the Kielder Forest with my Dad; love them.
It seems that since I was 18, this passion for cars gained momentum, and because there are so many nice cars to try, why stay with just one, you need to try lots; in fact so far I’ve had 50 in 22 years!
i’ve owned Alfa Romeos, Audis, BMW’s (fifteen of them – 1, 3 and 5 series), Jaguar, Lancia, Mercedes, the list goes on, but in all that time, the 6 SAAB’s I’ve owned have a very special place.
There’s just something about the way they feel, you start off by enjoying the more cosmetic side of car ownership; the fact that it’s far more of an individual choice, they look a little different. And from my own experience, the dealers and specialists I’ve ever dealt with, aren’t arrogant, they’re all friendly and all love SAAB’s too.
Then, after living with SAAB’s for a while, you begin to appreciate the finer points of both design and engineering, SAAB’s are a great place to be; the seats are by far the best for comfort and support; the heated versions warm up faster than any other. The unique gadgets such as the night panel and butterfly cup holders turn out to be the best gadgets ever, because they work beautifully, day in, day out.
Then, of course we come to the Turbos; for daily driving, SAAB engines make life easy. In cities, they’re well-behaved, and can comfortably move around at 5 mph, but then when you hit the outskirts of the city, give it a prod and it comes to life. A surge of power hits just when you want it, and for overtaking in safety, there’s nothing better (well, maybe the M5 I had, but that aside).
For all these sceptics out there, live with a SAAB for a few days, and you’ll soon understand why they are so loved. This blog is going to be a long test review of a 2011 9-3 TTiD.
Saab vs. Scepticism