Our Saab convertible: “What’s old is new again”

“The seats hold you like your mom did when you were three and are just as comfortable.” — Car & Driver review

Thanks to Plaza Tire & Auto Service and owner Mark Heauser in Nevada City for the new battery to get our beloved ’93 Saab convertible back on the road after being garage bound during much of the COVID era. Fingers crossed.

We have fond memories with this cabriolet, going back to, well, 1993: The commute across the Golden Gate Bridge from home to the parking garage at CNET near PacBell Park in San Francisco; frequent rides along the West Shore of Lake Tahoe; car camping adventures with our son and our dog riding in the backseat (with a duffle bag in the middle); as well as trips to Southern California for the beaches and Del Mar horse races. Oh, and one long roadtrip to Death Valley in the wintertime, with the top down, no less.

For the record, I was reminded this week that convertibles are getting scarce. I had been looking at a Mustang (plain Jane interior) and an Audi (aargh, $$$) ragtop, since Saab is no more. At just 84,000 miles, we’ve got “miles to go before I sleep,” as Robert Frost put it.

A review is here:

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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