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My Saab 9-3

It is on purpose that I am calling our car MY Saab. Vilay would always tease me in the US because I would refer to the car I had before our marriage as MY car. Of course after our marriage I put the title in both our names. Yet, it was a car that I bought new without ever knowing who my husband would be. I had two of them while driving this car. :D

My last child would have came home from the hospital in that same car (just like his three sisters) if he had been born in the U.S.

I bought my Saturn with a baby in my head. A baby that would ride in the backseat.

I looked for a car that was full of security. As much as I could afford on my salary.

I had that baby in 1995, 2002 and 2003.

I drove that car until we moved to France (almost ten years after I bought it brand new).

My (our) Saab is a car that drives well in snow and is glued to the road (from online reviews). It is everything that I have prayed for since Vilay told me we had to buy a car. I pray that it continues to be. With a three year guarantee (on a 2001 USED car) I feel pretty sure that we are blessed to have found this car.

We found it in Zurich since the car market kinda REALLY sucks in the Jura and the Suisse Romande in general.

We are blessed to have family in France come to help us drive back and forth to buy the car and complete all the paperwork. Three days worth of buying and papering and picking up.

Thank you so much to our French family for ALL YOUR LOVE and HELP. Not only now. But throughout the years.

Vilay wanted me to take pictures of the car but I was in love with the tree above the car. I only wish that I could have captured it just as I saw it through my eyes. It was as if it was decorated just for us.

I drove my car (hehehe) and I was nervous.

Oh my, I was nervous.

If it had been in Ohio that I was driving (after six years of NOT driving) I wouldn’t have felt so nervous.  But here in Switzerland, I don’t know the roads and there ARE NOT curve ahead signs with the suggested speed which makes me just FREAK the HELL out at each and every curve in the road.


Other than that , I can see myself driving (in a month or so) with my knee while eating a hamburger and sipping a Coke.  Just like I used to do in the good ol’ US of A.

I didn’t really do that.

Well… not at least… NOT ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

It, however, makes for a good story for Europeans that love to hate Americans.  :D

Photos below are of my Saab with the most beautiful tree that my camera really sucked at capturing…  Or, perhaps that was me???

No.  It was the camera.  That is my story and I am sticking to it and MY CAR!!!

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  • Brendan January 6, 2011, 12:31 am

    Hi – I have owned 5 Saabs on three continents. I love them as they do many things well. Just make sure you keep up with the regular maintenance – esp. oil changes – and you will enjoy driving your car for years. Congrats!!

    • Pumpkin January 6, 2011, 7:39 am

      I love our Saab. I had read online that once you own a Saab you never own another car. I totally get that now. It drives like a dream and the seats are the most comfortable seats EVER.

  • Alison January 6, 2011, 2:38 am

    Nice car! Congrats!

    • Pumpkin January 6, 2011, 7:42 am

      I am so excited to be able to drive again. I still can’t believe we found our Saab at the price we did. I will never own another car. It is the perfect car.

  • Frédérique January 6, 2011, 6:12 pm

    Great you’re in love :o) with YOUR car. I’m sure you haven’t forgoten how to drive. I didn’t drive for almost 17 years (yes !!!), and had to readjust a little bit when I bought MY new used car, but I rapidly felt OK again… Good luck !

    • Pumpkin January 7, 2011, 8:38 am

      I went out again yesterday without Vilay. The kids were so excited to go with just me. It was like we were on a secret mission. I did better without Vilay in the car. He talks too much about the road rules and driving which makes me nervous. I am still really careful around curves. In the US, we have a speed limit for curves which gave me a general idea of how bad the curve was. Here we don’t have that which is fine but I just have to adjust to it and over time I will know the roads near to us.

      You made me feel so much better knowing that you didn’t drive for a longer time than me and quickly readjusted.

      It feels so good to be able to just go without waiting on Vilay to take me or on the train. :D I am a free (big word) woman again!!!

  • anne January 6, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Well I don’t drive at all.. did try to learn once in the 90’s but failed and it stressed me too much. Now I cannot afford to learn and in the UK we have to do a theory test before the practical test …

    Fantastic that you have a car now though, you will adjust I am sure :-) xo Thank you for you lovely comment Pumpkin x

    • Pumpkin January 7, 2011, 8:40 am

      I watched a program in France about how hard it is to pass the UK driving test. So, I feel for you there. In the US, it is so easy that it is really not a good thing. lol

      We went shopping yesterday for groceries. It was so strange not to have to take at least two trains and carry all of that home. We just threw it in the trunk and drove home. Stress free.

  • Selkaen January 8, 2011, 9:09 pm

    As we used to live in Canada, my husband and I had considered buying a car. I was shy and nervous because I had never driven outside of France and I feared the rules in North American were much different from the ones I knew. And I wasn’t used to automatic cars. Thanks God we didn’t buy one there finally, and now I enjoy driving my automatic BMW on the Ticino and Graubunden roads (well, except when there is ice like today of course). I just wish my husband had his driving license as well.

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