The SaabsUnited team received this great email from Rob about his love for his 9-3 Coupé. Here is his story.
My name is Rob Adolph (SaabR on SaabsUnited) and I wanted to share the story of my Saab and my connection to this great marque. Although I have been in the Saab family less time than most, it is no less important to me.
A little bit about me first. I work with Jason Powell for Springman’s Saab in BC, Canada. I am one of two salespeople on the floor here and love to talk Saab. The cars, the company, the community all make working for the future of our company worthwhile.
I started in the automotive industry 25 years ago and have seen a lot of changes. From the market to the technology in the cars themselves, change has been the only constant. My first experience with a Saab happened much earlier though when I was around 7 or 8 years old and my Dad took me car shopping with him. We went to all the usual places and examined all the usual suspects. He was always the most interested in the European cars though and ultimately ended up at the Saab store in front of a brand new model – the 900. I remember two things clearly. Getting in to the car and thinking the door was strange in how it wrapped around below the car was the first. The second thing that I thought was the absolute coolest (as an 8 year old kid) was the ignition between the seats. Of course as a kid, the driving was secondary! I was more excited about all the buttons. Unfortunately, my dad decided that a used car would be better (and more affordable) for us at the time and we got a Datsun. My other experience with a Saab was 5 or 6 years later and Dad took me with him to a friend’s place to help him move some things. His friend had an old Saab and all I wanted was to ride with him. I remembered the earlier fascination with the test drive a few years before and wanted to experience that again!
Fast forward several years and many cars later and here I am, selling the same cars that fascinated me almost 35 years ago. We found out that we would become a Saab dealer in the summer of 2010 and I was excited. The cars had become somewhat of a curiosity in my area, as you didn’t see many but you knew what they were. I started to read and learn as much as I could about the brand, the history and people and most of all, the cars. If I was going to sell them, I had better learn them! To go even further, I decided I wanted one. My favourite “newer” Saab is the 2008 TurboX SportCombi. The emotional side of me says that I could forego a lot of stuff to have one. The realistic side of me though (and my wife!) told me I needed something a little easier on the budget. The other model I really liked was the OG 9-3 Coupes. I thought they had a sporty look and the hatchback worked for my needs. I spent 2 months looking for one in my price range though and could not find one. I almost gave up and ended up with a 1996 900 5-door. It had a lot of kilometres on it and was pretty basic and a little rough around the edges, but it was a Saab. That all changed when I came to work the next day.
I received a phone call from a lady saying she just saw our ad for a beautiful black 2008 9-3 sedan and she wanted to see it. She would be in later and would come find me. She also mentioned she had been a Saab driver for many years and had a car she possibly wanted to trade. Later that afternoon, the exact car I had been looking for pulled into the parking lot and it turned out she was here to see the black 9-3! The rest, as they say, is history.
My car is a 1999 Saab 9-3 Coupe with a 2.0L turbo, 5-speed manual, leather heated seats and 178,000km on it. I have had many cars over my years of driving, including several while I worked for a “large” Japanese manufacturer, and I can, fairly and without exaggeration, say that my 9-3 is one of, if not the best car I have ever owned, new or used!
It puts a smile on my face when I hear the turbo wind up. It breezes through corners and is a complete joy to cruise on the highway. I am constantly amazed by this car, especially when I remember it is nearly 12 years old. There are no squeaks, rattles, leaks, vibrations or anything that takes away from the pure joy of driving it. It is a fun car. It is a reliable car. As many others on SaabsUnited can attest to, there is also an intangible when it comes to our Saabs. It is the thing that sends that thrill down your spine, that makes you enjoy driving, and as more than one of us knows, makes us take the long way home.
Maybe it isn’t intangible after all. Maybe it’s soul. And heart. And feeling. It is Saab.
And that is why I love my car.
Springman’s Saab Sales Department
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