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Saab 9000 Aero

SINCE the the 1st November, my recently purchased £500 1994 Saab Aero has proudly been wearing a tax disc in its windscreen. No big deal, I hear you say, but making a £180 outlay on a car that cost such a (relatively) small amount of money seems like a significant event to me. It also marks the point where my principal daily driver (of the moment) as what many people would call a banger, as opposed to the 2008 Subaru Outback that currently resides on the fleet, acting as a long-term test car for What Diesel magazine.

I’d originally bought the Saab with the intention of using it as a repository for spare parts for my own shiny example, while donating its 16-inch deep-dish alloys to my Saab 900T16S Aero. However, after meeting the seller and seeing how much love and attention he’d given the car, and following my own inspection of the car (yes, I bought in the dark, without looking at it… I know, I know), I realised that despite having 210,000 miles on the clock, the old warhorse actually has a considerable amount of life left in it given so much of the original car has been replaced.

I’d originally bought the Saab with the intention of using it as a repository for spare parts for my own shiny example, while donating its 16-inch deep-dish alloys to my Saab 900T16S Aero…

So, instead of laying it up and stripping it for parts, I bought it home, and have taken it on as my daily driver. The timing couldn’t have been better either – as petrol prices continue to fall, the economics of running my big, sporting saloon – which will do 30mpg all day long – suddenly don’t seem that bad at all. Yesterday, I filled it up at 92.9p/litre, which compared with the Subaru’s 106.9p/litre, seems almost a bargain. Okay, so the new car does 45mpg, and the Saab’s been doing 32mpg, so the economics of fuelling still weigh in favour of the new car – but the Saab has 225bhp (possibly a little more, since I fitted the Abbott Racing manual boost controller I had lying around in the garage) and that means it’s a little more entertaining. Also, I’m not so worried if someone dinks it in a supermarket carpark…

And let’s not get involved with the depreciation and running costs. I’ll happily service the Swede myself, but would I feel as happy doing that with a brand new Scooby? Exactly.

In truth, I can understand why people run new cars – and enjoy my time in them, but for some reason at this point in my life, I seem happiest running around in something old and worth very little. Does that say something about me? Probably. Watch this space, though – I might feel differently when things start going wrong on the Aero.

Now let’s hear similar stories from all your Rover 800/600 owners…

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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