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Journals

Friends and associates of Hagstrom Saab have some pretty strong views about the superiority of the Saab brand, as you might expect. Please choose a journal below and read what our learned enthusiasts have to say...

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Matt's World

One man’s sermon from the mount

02/11/2010

New 9-5 Estate

02/11/2010

All Hail a New Breed of Motoring God

15/10/2010

New 9-5 (Addendum)

06/07/2010

The New Saab 9-5

17/03/2009

The Curse of the Lead Right Foot

06/03/2009

Saab, in Trouble??!!

05/03/2009

Beware the Four Chrome Rings

05/03/2009

David Llewellyn Owen: a Memorial

03/03/2009

Are there ANY Saab crazed Girls out there?

29/11/2006

Oddballs

02/02/2006

The Unicorn

02/02/2006

A Re-acquaintance with the Saab 9000

08/12/2005

The New Saab 9-5

03/12/2005

Our Country is Disappearing up its own A**e Part III

03/12/2005

Dual Flow Filtration Part III

06/10/2005

Farewell to Scandinavian Blue

09/06/2005

Dual Filtration Part II

13/05/2005

Dual Flow Oil Filtration

03/05/2005

My Saab of the Moment!

09/03/2005

Mixed Emotions

09/03/2005

Why are the T16S 900's being scrapped in droves?

03/02/2005

Question: Where does Classic end and pile of s*** begin?

03/02/2005

When is a Saab not a Saab? When it's a Subaru

03/02/2005

Born Free, Taxed to Death

01/05/2004

Back in the Saddle ..

15/11/2003

The classic Saab 900 1978-1994

19/04/2003

Saab 99 buyer’s guide

01/04/2003

Stay safer in an older Saab!

01/04/2003

Petrol Ł6 a gallon...? But apparently it’s on the cards

Mixed Emotions

It seems that in this day and age the Classic shape Saab 900 is becoming a bit of a rarity on the open road. Old Father Time is obviously taking its toll on all the cars that were not driven by enthusiastic eegits, like perhaps myself who tend to cosset such vehicles. The situation is reminiscent of when the 99 died out about 10 years ago.

It’s a shame, or is it? For us Saab saddo’s the rarity gives an extra kuodos to our already special vehicles; rarity gives us yet one more reason to smile smugly to ourselves whilst driving along road after road filled to the white lines with instantly forgettable wheeled steel boxes. But when I do see, say, a pristine Mark I 900 Turbo it gives an excitement akin to spotting the yettie.

There is of course a rather steep slope of a down side to this situation. Finding a good condition Mark I Saab 900 turbo to purchase, isn’t just becoming difficult, it’s bordering on damn near impossible. When you then start throwing in things like, “well I’d prefer an 8-valve”, “I really want a hatchback” and the obligatory “well it’s got to be black”, it really starts to look like you’d have better chances of snogging the Queen (Elizabeth II, not just any old queen, obviously).

If you’re to take such things too seriously, you could very well end up in a darkened room playing with a lighter, chanting “I hate the world and the world hates me”.

Still one day I will find one; well I did find one last week but it was 300 miles away and to be brutally honest I couldn’t really be bothered. But I will have one, one day, one glorious day, hopefully before Tony Blair and Red Ken ban petrol altogether on the grounds that petrol’s cool.

Regards


Matt

PS. Practice your smug smile in the mirror at home, guys!

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