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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Saab longevity

The Star Tribune notes a traveling salesman who drove his 1989 Saab 900 SPG for more than a million miles (in snowy Wisconsin, no less). When it says he bought another Saab to replace it, I assume that means he bought another classic, pre-1994 900, since the GM influence hasn't been so good for character or reliability.

Hopefully my 1992 900 will be with me for a while to come (it's got 186,000 miles, but I'm not placing any bets on a million). I confess to wanting a classic 900 SPG, the performance version of the car, but it would not be a sensible move...

2 comments:

hannah said...

And to think I was just today telling one of my customers the story of how the battery and the alternator died as we simultaneously ran out of gas in the very Saab you hope to keep for so many more miles....
I forgot the awesome part of that story about the amazing mechanics who replaced the battery, but I did manage to work your mom in several times. (That sounds like a "your mom" joke, but it isn't meant to be. honest.)

teague said...

Working in my mom makes any story better! (Right Mom?)

Those mechanic dudes were not doing a damn thing except sitting around the shop smoking until we arrived. (And they kept smoking while working on the car.) They kept marveling at how weird these imports are, and I recall they got a hearty chuckle out of the wipers on the headlights on the way out...