Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Saabaru Hits the Big 150!

150,000 miles on any car is a milestone. The adventure mobile, my 2005 Saab 9-2x just crossed over the 150,000 mile mark on the odometer. A Saab hitting 150k? Is that even possible? Let's be honest, Saabs aren't the most reliable cars in the world but the 9-2x's saving grace is it's pedigree roots with Subaru. Swedish car maker Saab met Japanese auto giant Subaru and gave birth to an interracial, pretty unique offspring that is the 9-2x; a luxurious, all-wheel drive wagon for younger, active buyers. The exterior and interior luxury come from the Swedes. The powertrain, electronics and platform are borrowed from the super-reliable, rally-cross inspired Subaru Impreza. Enough gearhead lingo. I bought this car at 103,000 miles and some fifty-thousand long miles later it's running like a tank. It's made a trip to-and-from the mountains of Colorado. It's hauled a kayak on the roof, mountain bike on the inside and served as a fun, daily driver. It's been a drift machine and furniture mover. Sure, it's been a frequent customer to the body shop for two hit-and-runs and a few minor mechanical hiccups here and there, but Saabaru proves each day, it's the best car I've ever owned. The low-30s, high-20s mpg returns each fill-up make it even more appealing and it's ridiculously welcoming practicality makes life easier and stress-free daily. Carry on, you good ole' black station wagon, carry on. On to another 150,000!