Last week, my 9-3 kindly reminded me that it needed a service for the second time since I drove it out of the showroom back in 2011. I’ll be booking it in at my new local Saab Service Centre very soon, but it made me think about its first 20,000 miles.
Initially, I caused a few problems by changing so much of the standard set up to Hirsch components, this led to both front bearing hubs being replaced within the first 3 months. Since then, it’s had a number plate bulb, a small car park dink smoothing out and one shiny new Hirsch alloy, that’s it, a bit boring I know, but that really is it.
The 9-3 has given a flawless performance for the past 18 months now, adapting to varied driving conditions with all the grace and style I’ve come to expect from a Saab. Relaxed, effortless high speed cruising, congested city commuting or extremely enthusiastic country lane driving, the 9-3 is an absolutely superb executive car.
So what else has 20,000 miles thrown at it? A few annoying stone marks on the front grille, some anti social behaviour in the way of a size 12 boot mark on the bonnet, and a slightly shinier Hirsch leather steering wheel, no bad, and all taken care of.
And despite my rather erratic driving style (I blame that on Hirsch) the 9-3 has returned pretty decent economy. 20,000 miles with an average 550 miles per tank, that’s 36.3 tanks of diesel, costing around £80.00 per tank = £2904.00
Fourteen pence per smile.
This is officially the longest I’ve ever kept a car, and out of 50+ all I can say is, thank you Saab, thank you for such a stunning car.
Here’s to 20,000 miles, and the next, and the next