A weekly feature where we invite you the SU readers to tell us your stories.
A story about how you met your partner or lifelong friend– was it because of Saab? If you can think of anything that happened in your life because of Saab, we want to hear about it.
If you have a story you would like to tell, email it to the SU crew for publication. Send a few pictures along and we will publish it so the whole of SaabsUnited community can have a read.
This weeks story comes from Scott and came with the title “It Brought Us Together”
My first car was a blue 1975 Saab 99LE. What a car! It was a four-door, non-turbo model with no AC and a stick shift that had the annoying habit of locking into reverse. I would pull up to a stoplight, put it into neutral, and when the light changed and I shifted into first gear the car wanted to go in reverse! Uugghh. This happened about twice a month. My dad would take the transmission apart, find everything in order, and just shrug his shoulders. Strangely, it would work fine once he put it back together. At least, until the next time it broke. He never could figure out why the transmission did that.
I loved that car.
My ’75 Saab brought my dad and I together. Cars were about the only thing we had in common. I remember the day we found it. He had taken me from Ozark over to Dothan where they had tons of used car lots. (Still do.) We were going to buy my first car! After driving around for a couple of hours and not really finding anything of interest, I saw it. It was sitting on the back row of a small used car lot. I said, “What’s that?” He said, “Oh, that’s one of those old Saabs.” “Oooh…can we look at it?” My dad grunted and we pulled in. The car had a strange shape (sort of like an amphibious vehicle). And the dash looked like it belonged more in a Cessna than in a car. And the ignition key was in the wrong place — on the floorboard between the front seats. And, to top it all off, it was Swedish! (Where would I get parts for a Swedish car in Ozark, AL?) From the moment I laid eyes on it, I was hooked.
Over the next few years my dad and I spent a lot of time repairing that Saab and heading out to various junkyards in far-flung places to find one part or another. But I’m convinced that, were it not for the Saab, we wouldn’t have spent as much time together during my high school years. That little blue Saab gave us something in common, something we could share.
What brings you together with those you love? A football team? A favorite TV show? A love of the outdoors? It’s important that we identify common interests and focus on them so that we spend more time with those we love.
Last year I bought my son a blue 2000 Saab 9-3. The color is very close to that of my first Saab. I can’t wait for my son and I to start our Saaby adventures.
~ Scott (Augusta, GA)