I love Saab stories. I love happy endings. I love good things that are a long time coming.
This story’s got all the above. It comes to us from JT in Hawaii. When Saab likened the Turbo X’s to the black turbos of the past, they seem to have picked the spirit of the car very accurately. From the reviews it’s getting, the Turbo X seems to be every bit as revolutionary and it’s doing a great job of paving the way for the XWD models that will follow it.
JT’s story – one of black turbo wishes that were a long time in the making…..
The first time I ever saw a Saab was on a used car lot. This was back in 1989 during my youth and my parents were looking for a good used car. There was an absolutely gorgeous black 1984 900 turbo calling my name. I knew nothing about the car but it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, my parents passed on the black beauty.
Several months later I came home from school to find a 1983 900 Turbo in the garage. It wasn’t the black beauty but it was my first Saab. Fast forwarding about 6 months later. I was returning home from school but strangely, my parents weren’t home which was unlike them. I received a call shortly thereafter stating that they were at the dealership. They had purchased a brand new 1990 Edwardian Gray 900 sedan. Needless to say I waited about 2 hours in the driveway for them to pull up.
As an “adult”, I lost touch with my love for Saab and joined the BMW cult. I must say that the driving dynamics are very hard to beat on BMW’s. On a chance encounter I ran into the owner of my local dealership and he stated that I should test drive the 2007 9-3 Aero. For kicks, I went down to do a test drive and ended up trading in my 2006 330i for a 2007 9-3 SportCombi Aero.
Some time went by and in Dec. 07 I received an interesting email from my Saab guy about the Turbo X. I ended up putting a deposit on a Turbo X sedan and I think I was number 12 in the nation. The only thing that made my almost 6 month wait bearable was the TS website. Reading stories, seeing pictures and watching videos made it clear that the Turbo X would be totally worth the wait.
I received a call from my dealership a few days ago stating that my car was ready for pick up. I am now the proud owner of the first Turbo X in the “Aloha” State. After driving the TX for a few days, I can honestly say that I have the black beauty from my childhood. The Turbo X is everything I expected in a car and more. BMW, Audi and Benz should worry if Saab continues to put out fine cars like the Turbo X.
Besides the much talked about awesome exhaust note, velcro grip and effortless power, I’ve noticed some nice touches not present in the 2007 Aeros.
1. The car’s auto headlights will only go on when the car is put in gear. Additionally, the interior lighting will be at the dimmest setting until the car is put in gear.
2. The turbo boost gauge will light up when the car is unlocked. This has a cool effect at night.
I leave for the Turbo X Academy at Road Atlanta on Saturday, May 30th and I really look forward to see when these awesome machines can do. Hopefully I will be able to share this experience with other TS members.
I’m looking forward to hearing a little about that Academy outing. It should be an absolute blast.
Congratulations, JT. Thanks for the kind words and enjoy the X!!!