I used to wash cars as part of a Boy Scout's 'Bob a Job' week. This continued on after the week and I found myself in E-type Jag's, Mk2 Jag's, Mercedes tourers, Monza Sports, Rolls Royce's, Honda Preludes, Citroen Ds's and.. SAAB's :-) SAAB'S... Oh, how I loved those lines, the layout of the cockpit, no door cill's and that MASSIVE boot/trunk... and they have a smell, a sort of petrol/gasoline meets some chloroflouride smell which might not be too good for me... but I loved it anyway. Sniffing petrol must be one of the best things don't you think? When you fill up your car that smell's just too nice. Anyways, I ended up buying a Ford Escort Mk2 painted orange with a black vinyl roof and white steel wheels with 175/70 Wide Oval tyres as my first car... £700 from a weekend meet up to sell cars - this was before the internet was thought up but in the place the computer was invented! That was a little car for a lot of money but it did have a 1.1L engine - talk to me about whine - I know all about it - great down hill but it struggled a bit the other way no matter how far you pushed your pedal to the metal. One day on the motorway a wheel nearly fell off. Another day the bonnet did fall off and I had to drive blind following the white road markings I could see through the driving blizzard flashing occasionally in my quarter light. But, what a great adventure that car was. So I had wheels, fortunate really as I sort of had a misunderstanding at work in an advertising agency and by mutual consent I was sacked. Lol. That £700 car took me places that it really shouldn't have managed. One day I passed a sales pitch that had a SAAB 99 Combi Coupe for sale... it was knackered and rust ridden, it had the massive trunk I needed and it smelled great! So I headed to the local SAAB dealer in Manchester to see what they might have to offer. Now, I'm too slow in coming forward and chatting with sales reps who had qualifications pinned to their walls for NLP (!) I managed to find out where they stored their pre-sale vehicles in a compound across town. In my mind the best way to get a bargain was to be there first and get a good deal, so I checked out the compound pretty regularly. One day, there was the car for me... I was pretty skint so it couldn't be too good, it needed to be a bit rough around the edges but it needed to last forever, be safe (because theres loads of moron drivers out there) and have street cred. (Maybe not in this case :-( ) But that was an advantage. So I did the deal on the car that hadn't been prep'd and Part Exchanged my 1.1L Escort for a 2.0 SAAB GLS - (twin carbs !!). I was sorry to see the 1.1L go, but not as sorry as SAAB Manchester doing the deal with me I imagine. It had 170,000 on the clock, the clock had stopped working over 2 years before and it was struggling to engage second gear. Unfortunately, by the time it came to pick up my SAAB, my Escort was struggling to even engage second gear. I got £700 px for that car so it cost me nothing. I expect that SAAB Manchester would have had it towed away and scrapped because there was no way it was moving from in front of their showroom window without me moving it... So the SAAB fanaticism had started. Being in business my fleet for staff grew to two 99GL's a 900 GLS and then a 900 Turbo for me :-) I needed the trunk space to get all my equipment in. I then defected. I bought a VW Passat. A diesel. I can't complain. Although it had no personality. It did everything great. Uber functional - except if you gave it too much umph it just stopped and coasted to the hard shoulder :-( Funny thing was, the dealership I px'd the SAAB 900 turbo at with 165,000 on the clock put it out to their tame car dealer next door - who sold it - and... I had the purchaser call me about 8 months later asking whether I was the owner of the 65,000 mile SAAB he bought.. 65,000 miles did he say? Seems so. Apparently, the day I PX'd my SAAB the engine blew up! Lol!! Then.. I bought a Range Rover. Big trunk but not so big mpg... so I had a gas conversion done. Great economy then - just like a real car at about 30mpg but I blew the engine up after Land Rover serviced it and removed the Slik 50 I had in the oil. The piston rings melted apparently because of the lack of lubricant where they touched the engine block where there was a water leak, so, new engine needed and not my ballgame so I bought another VW Passat. I loved that car. 300,000 miles with a gearbox fix at 160,000 because it stopped working. (Automatic). It then became uneconomical because it needed two new CV joints, the bodywork needed attention (bumps rather than rot) and it was scrapped :-( :-) But I got a newer one!! Only 95,000 on this one and still going at 170,000 - and very well actually. This has the same personality as my first Passat. None really. It just works. It works beyond all human expectatation and is still there to do more the next day. Its like a love/hate relationship. It does everything very well but it doesn't argue. Frankly, it is totally unappreciated because its pretty darned great. I prefer the SAAB's any day. We bought the SAAB 9-3 Aero Convertible Ttid as a weekend car. Partly because it was a good fun car and partly because we wanted to get some SAAB.fun back in our life. This gave it. We have been allovertheplace in this and done so much and enjoyed every minute - even breaking down :-( It happens... So after the 48 monthly instalments ended on the Convertible I bought the 2002 SAAB 9-3SE for the equivalent of ONE monthly instalment. I'm chuffed :-) but it broke after a week of getting it so now I'm learning to fix it! I replaced an AC pump 3 times and condenser and auxiliary belt so now I'm really invested. It owes me! I love cars for where they can take me. I don't love cars for when they need fixing.