The High Mile Club

Has your Saab done over a 100,000 miles or 161,000 km?
Paul from England has written a website called “Saab vs. Scepticism” and on one of his pages he invites you to submit your photo and milage of your long running Saab.

For some reason, I’ve always loved cars that have covered 100,000+ miles, it really separates the good from bad, and whilst some cars start to self combust, others thrive.

Saabs of course, thrive, in fact 5 of the 9 Saabs I’ve owned were bought with over 100,000 miles on the clock. All, without fail have felt as sharp as the day they left their proud dealerships, not only that, but they have more of a story to tell, a unique personality.

Saabs become part of your family, a tradition that passes through generations and inspire you to take the road less traveled, I recently wrote a post about honouring our Saabs and maintaining them for the future journey; this page will hopefully celebrate these mile honoured Saabs.

The High Mile Club needs you (or should I say, your Saab). If you’re the proud owner of a Saab that has earned its 100,000+ mile / 161,000 kilometre honour I’d love to here about it, so send me a picture of your Saab, tell me a story and I’ll add it to the collection – the more the better.

Please take a look at his web site here. I know he is looking forward to your emails.

conrad
Member
4 years 3 months ago

99.350 so nearly there. like a wine they get better with age.

Eleven
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Fantastic, send me a photo when you’re done 🙂

Doctor Donk
Member
4 years 3 months ago

my 9-5 05 was good for about 5 years and 100 000km. No fails at all, only bushes replacement.

Allan B
Member
4 years 3 months ago

147,000 miles so far in my 9-3 sport saloon. Just breaking it in, really.

Allan B
Member
4 years 3 months ago

That’s 237,000km, or 24,000 Swedish miles, for those of you who use metric. This car is totally original except for service items, a couple of suspension rods and a new intercooler. No rust. Not even a hint.

OliverH
Member
4 years 3 months ago

221.000 km, second engine and gear box, just replacing springs (broken) and dampers (Bilstein B12 kit). I love this 95 Saab-Performance. Will be some more time in the family.

aus715
Member
4 years 3 months ago
My two 9-5s are going strong. Both silver, his and hers. The Linear Sport Estate has just done162000km. No, it isn’t as tight as it was when new. Yes, it has had a few things replaced. BUT…it carries my family on the highway effortlessly, quietly, safely and powerfully when needed. It carries an enormous amount of ‘stuff’ in the back, including the dog, a 6m boat on tow, and the interior is bomb-proof. I do my own maintenance and enjoy doing it. I fully expect it to do another 160,000km in service to my family, and yes it is great… Read more »
Peter Gilbert
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I am now on my 8th Saab with over 100,000 including my 2001 Viggen and 2007 9-5 Aero Combi. Three of them were totaled by other people’s negligence but nothing beats driving the Millionth Mile at the 2006 SAAB Convention at Lake George, NY.

On aggregate I have driven over 3 million mile in SAABs since 1967. I bet there are are more high mileage SAABs than any other marque.

http://youtu.be/prvMuCTSvJY

This was with the original engine and Turbo! Enjoy.

Allan B
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Respect.

kochje
Member
4 years 3 months ago

What a nice website that is; lovely.
Will drive our Saabs so lonng that we can become members.
Would it not be a good idea to also create a group here on SU?

Eleven
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Thank you, that’s not a bad idea about adding to SU, I can’t believe the feedback so far, and that’s just been today 🙂

Dan P
Member
4 years 3 months ago

100,000 miles isn’t nearly ambitious or significant enough for a Saab! Mine is at around 125,000 miles and always feels like its getting better – probably has a bit to do with the gifts I buy for it but I’d not be that surprised to get another 125k out of it!

Eleven
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Hi Pacey, besides the million mile 900 Peter Gilbert mentioned, the highest I’ve had sent through this morning has been from Sweden with 528,783 Km / 328,570 Miles.

It’s just fantastic to see so many people who are proud of their Saabs, if I have to raise the mileage bar later on, I will 🙂

Dan P
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Absolutely – certainly not knocking the idea, I just think you’ll be inundated!

Eleven
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Ha, ha, I have been, another 10 came in through the night 🙂

It’s fantastic to see so many people join in.

Maybe a 250 / 500 / 750,000 targets too.

Some stunning stories though which I’ll share when I catch up.

silber
Member
4 years 3 months ago

1997 SAAB 900 S, first engine, 210.000 km. I have changed the brakes, fuel pump, exhaust and my car runs perfect again 😉

Gargamel
Member
4 years 3 months ago

My biggest problem is to NOT drive 100,000 🙂

Peter G.
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Bought my 2000 9-5 with 80.000 km on the dial, now it’s near 240.000. Most saabs I’ve seen have over 200.000 km behind them, 300.000+ is also not a rare sight.

Eleven
Member
4 years 3 months ago

It’s great to celebrate it though isn’t it 🙂

talladegan
Member
4 years 3 months ago

My last 9-5 estate killed it’s original turbo at 235,000 miles and I scrapped it. My current 9-3 hatch has 165,000 miles and still going strong.

H.K. Gordon
Member
4 years 3 months ago

We have 4 – all over 100k – 9.3 2001 – 140k; 9.3 2002 – 215k; 900 1995 convertible – 115k and the “baby” 2002 9.5 at 109k – all that is miles and none has had a major repair!!! That is why I love Saab.

RS
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I’ve always considered a Saab with 161k km on the clock low milage 🙂
We’ve got currently three Saabs in the family -all in daily use- that have been driven over a million km combined and still going strong.

goofy
Member
4 years 3 months ago

my 2002 hatchback has 140,000+ miles on original engine, manual gearbox, and turbo

Eleven
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Just wanted to say a huge thanks, firstly to RobinM for posting this, and secondly, for the great response. The only thing I seemed to underestimate, is setting the bar too low at just 100,000+

Mind you, it was more about highlighting the shear craftsmanship and quality of Saabs and also how much we all love them.

adamb
Member
4 years 3 months ago
I don’t think any of my Saab’s have been less than 100,000 miles. The first one was a 1986 9000 2.0 turbo Auto with around 100k on it when I desperately needed a cheap car, it only cost me £200 (it may have been just under 100k I don’t recall now, I didn’t have it long) but the auto box was failing quite badly (it would bang into gear when you kicked down) so I traded it in after just 2 months against a 1993 2.3 FPT manual 9000 that cost me £1000, it had a claimed 140k on the… Read more »
JasonPowell
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Nice looking site, the beauty of a WordPress site is that it’s easy to create something very nice and clean to show off what we have a passion for. Really like your one header and how the black Saab blends with the black background like the car is just coming into the light. I created one of these sites too just for fun here. Very nice look and feel to what you’ve got there, thanks for sharing.

Eleven
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Hi Jason, yes, WordPress is cool for this, does what i’ve needed it to without the fuss of creating a bespoke site with cms.

I set it up for the enjoyment of writing about, and taking photos of Saabs. From some of the comments i’ve had to date, at least 3 more people have purchased Saab 9-3’s too.

Spread the Saab love I say.

Dan P
Member
4 years 3 months ago

It’s a great looking site because eleven has a great eye for photography and design, I wouldn’t put all the credit on the template – the man running it has taste! And probably the best looking 9-3ss around, the bugger! Great work mate.

JasonPowell
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I wouldn’t put all the credit on a template either as the layout and photos are great.

Eleven
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Seriously nice comment, thank you, I always feel proud to be part of a global Saab community.

kanundrum
Member
4 years 3 months ago

85k Miles on my 2008 TurboX I should have 100k by the end of the year. Lets see

tknage
Member
4 years 3 months ago

We have one og900 2.0 8v na with 370000 km and one og900 2.1 na with 330000 km on it. They are our daily drivers. I will enter them in the list one of the days.

We also had one with just over 400k, but that one is gone. I also have a 900 T16 full pressure with a whooping 510k on it in the driveway. Unfortunately that car will never run a meter again.

ken
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Having owned several Saabs, I genuiely felt I was getting a low miler when I picked up my little toy – an ’86 900i – with 110k on the clock

Jarmo
Member
4 years 3 months ago

My current 9000 CS has over 409 000 km on it, and my og900 turbo (CD Finlandia) has 519 000 km on it. Had two og900 with over 300 000 km.

spacy
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

Honestly, the only Saab’s I have owned with less than 100k miles is:

1985 9000 2.0 injection [no turbo] with 43k miles
1987 9000T SE [UK edition with every extra, inc’ wood door caps]
BOUGHT with 9950 miles.

All the rest & there were a good few…all had over 100k miles.

Currently:

1997 2.3T anniversary 132k miles
1998 2.3t [maptuned] 136k miles
2004 Aero 2.3 estate 123k Miles.

Was going to buy a 2.3 Edna estate, but still looking & one of the above will have to go.

spacy
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

The edit button has gone??

1997 2.3T anniversary 132k miles
1998 2.3t [maptuned] 136k miles
BOTH 9000’s

ivo 71
Member
4 years 3 months ago

My 1996 (MY97) 9000 CSE 2.3 FPR manual just turned 320.000 km (or 200.000 miles) last week. Still on original engine and turbo, compression off the chart on all 4 cilinders. Car doesn’t seem to realize it’s 16 years old 🙂 .

Ivo

Piet-Hein S.
Member
4 years 3 months ago

figures on the speedometers of my Saabs:

1993 9000 CD 2.3T Griffin: 214.000km (changed auto-gearbox last january)
1999 9-3i 340.000km on LPG (I traded the 1998 NG900 2.0T for this one. the 900 had 370.000km on the meter. the bodywork was somewhat rotten, but the engine sounded like it was new)
and my 1986 9000i will have to wait another 13.000km before joining the ‘high mile club’, for she hasn’t done 150.000km yet.(149.-and-a-bit)

JerseySaab
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Looks like my first reply did not go through, will try again…

1986 900S – 286K miles (original engine, 5-speed trans rebuilt at 160K miles)
1997 9000 CSE – 297K miles (original engine and automatic transmission)

I know it must be possible to wear out Saab 2.0 and 2.3 engines but it is not an easy task 🙂

Mjöllnir
Member
4 years 3 months ago

I have a 2000 9-3 SE convertible with 138,000 miles. And our 1996 900SE 2.0 has 240,000 miles registered. The R13 cold solder glitch robbed me of about a year of mileage-counting. But I know in my heart that he’s up over 250k…

Tone
Member
4 years 3 months ago
1995 900S. 247,000km. I just put on another 1,500km last weekend. The car still feels tight and smooth. It’s only had one previous owner who was also a Saab enthusiast and he looked after it very well. I’m sure the reason my car still feels so fresh for its age has something to do with the previous owner, but then it’s not hard to look after a Saab. The only issues have been the typical Saab issues we all know and love (central locking not working, stuck heater control, cruise control not working), but the engine, transmission and body are… Read more »
Simonas
Member
4 years 3 months ago

Mine MY 2005 9-3 SS has already made 138K miles. Some issues with electricity, but more or less it’s really reliable…

It’s quite standard mileage for the cars in Lithuania 🙂

RandomGuy
Member
4 years 3 months ago

My -99 9-5 2.0t has done 377 000Km and still going strong, round-Europe-trip planned for this summer. 🙂

JoAnn Spaulding
Member
2 years 7 months ago

My 95 saab 9000 has over 250,000 miles on it and it is still running strong. It will start up even on the coldest of days and goes just as good as ever. I have never had a car that has lasted this long.

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