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(JSOnline)   Wisconsin man drives his Saab 1 million miles. Went through 22 sets of tires, 600 quarts of oil, and eight deer collisions   ( divider line
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2006-12-05 12:08:12 AM  

The current work truck is only in use for less that a year and has 3 deer collisions so far.

/mmmm Venison.
2006-12-05 01:21:45 AM  

Too bad modern Saabs don't resemble their predecessors in the slightest. Did GM at least bury the bodies of the Saab engineers after killing and peeing on them?

/born from jets my ass
2006-12-05 01:32:39 AM  
and 3.7 million people laughing at him for driving a Saab.

Besides, Al Bundy did this YEARS ago with his Dodge
2006-12-05 01:41:07 AM  
Why would anyone drive a Saab for that long?

/in Milwaukee, feel ashamed
2006-12-05 02:59:57 AM  
Why would anyone drive a Saab for that long?
Pre-GM SAABs are actually pretty decent cars.
Also, they're very good in deer/moose collisions.
2006-12-05 03:01:01 AM  
"And before I took her to the museum, I had a full detail job done. She was like a bride getting ready for her wedding. It was the first time that her carpets were thoroughly cleaned in 17 years."

Ooookay, gettin' a little weird for me there.
2006-12-05 03:07:01 AM  
How many farmer's markets?
2006-12-05 03:07:31 AM  
89 saabs are runners?

damn,i want a saab.
2006-12-05 03:08:10 AM  
nm: Also, they're very good in deer/moose collisions.

Wait...people really have moose collisions??? Deer I can understand but...I guess I just never thought about it.
2006-12-05 03:10:35 AM  

Pre-GM SAABs are actually pretty decent cars.

When I was in high school I worked at a place that worked on Saabs. One guy always wrote "Sob" on the work order because it always needed something fixed, and fixing a Saab can get expensive.
2006-12-05 03:12:48 AM  
My dad's Chevy truck is approaching 700 thousand miles. Original motor, but it's on its second transmission.
2006-12-05 03:14:53 AM  
How do you call a Yugo with a turbo ?

A Saab.
2006-12-05 03:15:16 AM  
log_jammin: Besides, Al Bundy did this YEARS ago with his Dodge

Al Bundy was a character on a TV show.

The K car featured on the show has been since retired with far fewer than 1 million miles on the engine. And nevertheless threw up enough blue smoke to make SWAT teams run for their gas masks.
2006-12-05 03:19:50 AM  
MonkeyBoy666: Al Bundy was a character on a TV show.

I had no idea. Thanks professor.
2006-12-05 03:25:34 AM  
and us average Joes care why...
2006-12-05 03:32:44 AM  
nm: Pre-GM SAABs are actually pretty decent cars.
Also, they're very good in deer/moose collisions.

I just bought a used 1999 Saab 9-3 at the end of October. My first car I purchased on my own, and I LOVE the car. It was manufactured in Sweden but the '99s are right on the edge where GM started taking over (GM purchased the rest of Saab in 2000, after owning 50% of it for 10 years). You can see the less innovative GM approach in the latest 9-3 models. They are still nice cars, however, and are very safe cars with regards to collisions. The Saab concept cars look very cool:
Saab concept cars
2006-12-05 03:37:06 AM  
Tourney3p0: My dad's Chevy truck is approaching 700 thousand miles. Original motor, but it's on its second transmission.

How much of the rest of the car has been replaced?

Chevy trucks are rather infamous for having non-powertrain defects over the long term. Doors falling off, etc.

I've heard of companies changing fleet-wide from Chevy pickups to Ford pickups after getting burned. This is after some bright new exec believes some salesmans line of crap that they'll save money by going with Chevy.
2006-12-05 03:40:51 AM  
log_jammin: I had no idea. Thanks professor.

My pleasure.
2006-12-05 03:43:26 AM  
SAABs in the US are typically owned by aging public school teachers with overwhelming superiority complexes.

They're mediocre people all around, and use their income (derived from years at the public trough) to buy something that makes them feel sophisticated and superior in a world that knows them to be anything but.
2006-12-05 03:55:07 AM  
Don't discount Al Bundy. His Dodge hit a million miles. It's a terrible shame it ran out of his driveway at the million mark and he couldn't claim his Viper.

/only Married With Children show I remember
2006-12-05 04:02:04 AM  
Too bad Saabs (old and new) suck ass compared to that other car from Sweden. You know, the one that starts with a V, and ends with olvo. And isn't a complete pile of crap. And new volvos aren't as good as the old ones, they're still better than saabs.
2006-12-05 04:03:18 AM  
2006-12-05 03:37:06 AM MonkeyBoy666

How much of the rest of the car has been replaced?

Almost none. I helped him bleed the brakes after he replaced the pads a couple years ago. And I remember one time when I was a kid, my mom had to pick him up from work because the alternator died. Otherwise it's been a good truck.

My brother's Toyota truck had the power steering pump literally explode at 15 thousand miles. That was fun to clean up. Also, remember awhile back when there was a big uproar about the Corvette being recalled? That same weekend, over 200 thousand Toyotas and about 100 thousand Lexus vehicles were recalled, but it didn't really make the news. My friend got his recall notice. On his way to the dealership to get his truck service, his rear differential locked up (which was the cause for the recall). It completely destroyed his transmission and damn near flipped his truck.
2006-12-05 04:03:19 AM  
The K car featured on the show...

He drove an A-Body Plymouth Duster. That's a far cry from a K Car.
2006-12-05 04:19:34 AM  
I hope I can do this with mine, too.

Only at 150K after almost 15 years, though. At this rate, I'll get it to 1 mil around 2090, when there still won't be any damn flying cars.

2006-12-05 04:21:37 AM  
What do you call a yuppie romance novel?

A Saab story.

One of my friends in HS had a couple older Saabs, like early 80s. They were good running cars.

I had an Opel Manta.
2006-12-05 04:25:20 AM  
so 1999 is about cut off good for a "authentic" saab?
(Sure ill look this up later).

Ive pondered buying a saab but an older one to do up a little,
the concept of Pre GM sounds appealing.

Not that im anti GM, being australian means im a holden fan by default.
2006-12-05 04:43:34 AM  
Wait...people really have moose collisions???

yes, quite some. If you survive one, and end up lying in your SAAB wreckage under a half ton moose corpse, your worst problem is actually all the ticks and stuff from the mooses fur biting you and infecting you with moose diseases you don't want to know about.
2006-12-05 04:43:44 AM  
ActualFarkal: Don't discount Al Bundy. His Dodge hit a million miles.

I heard Al Bundy was a character on a TV show.
2006-12-05 04:43:59 AM  
See, the fact that he's from Wisconsin doesn't surprise me that he's got that many miles on it.

If he were from... say, western Oregon, THAT would be a shocker.

/ordered them in advance
//got a discount from
///window seat allll the way
2006-12-05 05:52:35 AM  
Too bad this guy still can't find the ignition.
2006-12-05 05:55:45 AM  
Saabs have become more dependable, more comfortable, sportier cars. Fanatics love the old ones, but theyre fanatics.
2006-12-05 06:01:28 AM  
I loved my SAAB that I had 7 years ago until some asshat stole it in Colorado.
It was a beautiful 1993 convertible turbo - back when a SAAB still resembled what a SAAB should be!
All the brand new cars that I've had since then still can't compare to the amazing performance I got out of that car.
If you didn't like a SAAB ( a true SAAB, before GM ruined it), it's just because you never drove one before.
Bah humbug on GM for ruining the best auto EVER!

Grr.. remembering it out now.. I'd love to get my hands on the jerk who stole it!
2006-12-05 06:05:01 AM  
Fanatics love the old ones, but theyre fanatics.

Being a "fanatic" has nothing to do with it. They were once a great car before GM bought them out.
I'm hardly a fanatic. Just a person who has owned an older model, and actually owned a 2005 SAAB before dumping it due to the fact that it simply wasn't the awesome car that they once were.
2006-12-05 07:42:59 AM  
We had Saabs when I was growing up. I don't know the model but they were ugly and had two cycle motors. My dad kept corked sherry bottles in the trunk, fulla oil.

\onion on my belt
2006-12-05 08:14:02 AM  
Damn kids. I had an authentic SAAB (it used to be all caps). A 1969 97 (Sonnet V4). Yep, 1.5 liter, cast iron, V-4. Wanted to get 2-smoke from a Monte Carlo (SAAB raced and won there unlike some other car companies) but never got around to it.
2006-12-05 08:27:45 AM  
Thinking about getting the teenager a pre-GM SAAB or a Volvo for a graduation present. I will probably last him until his student loans are paid off.
2006-12-05 08:30:01 AM  
Also, they're very good in deer/moose collisions.

That's cause those bastard moose keep biting the designer's sisters.

2006-12-05 08:36:42 AM  
My '88 SAAB 900 ran great for fourteen years. An awesome car that could haul immense loads, handled great in the snow, and got terrrriffffic mileage (no turbo, just the injected 4-cylinder) It is true however that, while they just run and run for years, when something breaks on one, it gets expensive to fix. Also, it is hard to find a qualified mechanic for it, so when you DO find one, you follow him from shop to shop like women follow their favorite hair stylist.
2006-12-05 08:39:16 AM  
Wow -- not much Saab love here on Fark today.

I've owned 2 GM-era Saabs, and I say, don't knock 'em unless you've driven 'em.

They're not the pretention-mobiles that BMWs have become, they're not overpriced, have excellent crash ratings (versus moose or other items), and the turbo is fun.

The only good thing I will say about GM is at least now they've engineered out the (in)famous torque steer and turbo lag of prior models (I'm looking at you, Viggen).

@The Icelander: nothing Pythonesque is obscure here.

/sits back and awaits the flames
//the fjords are lovely this time of year
2006-12-05 08:45:57 AM  
JohnnyDanger: SAABs in the US are typically owned by aging public school teachers with overwhelming superiority complexes

By you they are. Around here they're typically owned by no work housewives for use when the SUV would be too negative to look at. Besides, most of the teachers switched back to VW's years ago.
2006-12-05 08:46:50 AM  
Cool, that's twice as long as mine lasted, before it got totalled in a hail/wind storm. Of course, by then it was so devalued that the broken tailight lens is what totalled it.

'85 Saab 900, went through one starter and one fuel pump, had to replace a few collapsed vacuum hoses, and the vent knob didn't work, but awesome car nonetheless.
2006-12-05 09:08:29 AM some catching up to to. I've still got 650,000 to go on the '88 Volvo, and 435, 000 to go on the '81 diesel Jetta....

/they'll make it. I'm patient...I must be to drive those cars..
//Volvo - Zero to 60...eventually
2006-12-05 09:10:43 AM  
Closing in on 100,000 miles with this one:
2006-12-05 09:13:32 AM  
My friends family has owned about 7 Saabs in the time that I've known them (about 8 years). My friend had three of them. Started driving with a 9-3, upgraded to a 9000 Aero (which was actually a couple years older), and just sold his 9-3 Viggen Convertible for a Jeep.

I'm not gonna throw any hate because I got to drive all three and they were ALL fun as shiat. And that Viggen Vert? Man, once on the highway, that thing MOVES.
2006-12-05 09:19:15 AM  
I drove Saabs back when they were cool:

/yes, I'm old
2006-12-05 09:21:26 AM  
When I worked at a car lot, someone traded in a Saab older than this one with 440k miles on it. He should have just kept going. The thing ran like a top.
2006-12-05 09:29:43 AM  
The Icelander:

Moose bites can be pretty painful.

/monty python is *never* obscure
//A moose is just a deer with the quad damage power-up.
2006-12-05 09:38:56 AM  
williehorton: The SAAB 96 with the V4 engine is damn fun to drive.

/Drives a Saab-Scania 9000
//Really, really want a Saab 9-3 SC Aero
2006-12-05 09:49:08 AM  
my 2000 volvo S40 just hit 100k, and drives exactly like new. AND it has turbo. AND it's pre-ford.

/that's the closest thing i've got to a relevant comment
2006-12-05 09:51:20 AM  
My car will be hitting a quarter million miles sometime this next year. And no deer collisions!

/73 VW Karmann Ghia
//Rebuilt engine, original transmission
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