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1989 Saab 900 SPG with 1 million-mile donated to a museum!

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Traveling salesman Peter Gilbert a few years ago donated his 1 million-mile Saab to a museum:

As a traveling salesman, Peter Gilbert has put a few miles on his car — 1,001,385 miles, to be precise.

It took the Glendale man 17 years to cross the million-mile mark with his 1989 Saab 900 SPG. He recently donated the durable vehicle to the Wisconsin Automotive Museum after Saab verified the mileage.

The transmission was rebuilt at 200,000 miles and the hood and a few other parts replaced after eight deer collisions, but otherwise it has original equipment.

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Goran Aničić
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For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

5 Comments

  • I had the honor & privledge to drive the SPG to two SOCs in ’02 & ’03 amounting to about 3,000 miles. The SPG proformed as well as my ’85 900T, with one third the miles as the SPG. IIRC it had 750k in ’02 & 830k in ’03. Peter drove his Viggen to each SOC but wanted the SPG to make an appearance.

    The SPG had a tighter suspension thanks to urethane bushings an recent application of shocks front and rear. It was a joy to drive! The SPG looked very good from a distance, and good close up, when seeing the odometer any wrinkles were easily explained.

    When the SPG was donated the engine and turbo! were original from Trollhatten. The timing chain & guides and head gasket were preemptively changed every 300,000 miles. This shows Peter’s care of the SPG.

  • I would keep driving her to be honest… a well polished trash can sit in a museum, a 900 in top shape should be used…

  • Saab gave someone in America a New car when his reached 1million for his loyalty, could this be the one?

  • I got 314,000 miles out of my 1986 9000T pressure plate !!! These were some of the best automobiles EVER MADE!!! 🥰 I drove SAAB from 1979 to 2004 wish I had a 9000T NOW!!! 🥰

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