Census – How Many Cars Are In Your ‘Garage’?

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Check out some of your fellow reader’s rides in comments below. Outstanding!!!


When I posted my question a few days ago – What’s your ideal 4-car garage? – I was rather amazed at the number of people who already have a very nice collection going.

So my question for today – how many cars have you already got in your ‘garage’? I use the term ‘garage’ but of course, the car(s) don’t have to reside indoors. My wife and I have three between us, for example – the Saab 9000 Aero, the 968 and the Brumby – but only the 968 is properly garaged.

I guess the main criterion is that it’s a car you care about. For our place:

  • The 968 is self explanatory.
  • The Saab 9000 Aero has been a source of some frustration and it doesn’t get looked after like it should, but it IS a Saab I wanted to own for a long time and it does seem to be running pretty smoothly (even with some frustrating malfunctions)
  • Some wouldn’t care about a Subaru Brumby, but then they’re probably not a Brumby owner. These humble little utes steal your heart. Mine’s going to get a little pampering soon.

So…. census time.

How many have you got and if you feeling like sharing a little info (makes, models, favourite bits) then please feel free.

I love having a peek behind people’s doors.

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  1. At the moment we are down to one car — a 1995 Jaguar XJ6 sedan. It has the 240 hp inline six and a 4-speed automatic. It runs well despite having a rebuilt title being that it was in an accident before we purchased it.

    As you can imagine it comes with leather seats, moonroof, and wood trim. And IMHO it looks good (especially from a distance). This one is our daily driver and with only 124k miles, it should last a long time. The best part was the price. We purchased it for less than $2k US.


    1. I’ve considered a salvage/rebuilt titled car, but ruled it out because my insurance company balked at comprehensive/collision insurance. It was $6000, which is a big difference from $2000. Did you have troubles?

      1. For a daily driver/runabout it’s about as good as you can get for the price. I had to take it to the dealership to get it aligned but otherwise it’s been good. I just carry liability so there wasn’t a problem with the insurance company.

  2. Here goes my list:

    (i) Saab 9000 Aero 1997 – Received a full engine, turbo and suspension rebuild over the last two years, was fully repainted and had the interior refinished earlier this year. This car has some serious upgrades – custom 3 inch stainless steel exhaust from turbo back, Maptun Stage 3, Abbott Racing springs, piggy back anti roll bar and various suspension bushings, and koni adjustable shocks. I doubt I will ever sell this one – as close as one can get to a new 9000 Aero at this point!

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    (ii) Saab 99 Turbo 1978 – This car has been through a nuts and bolts restoration over the last five years. Only the perishables (rubber and plastic parts, carpets, etc) let it down. Car is bog standard exept for Turbo decal along the bottom and Abbott racing springs. Doubt I will ever sell this one either.


    (iii) Newly acquired 1985 Saab 900 T16S – this car needs work, but is in fairly good condition and is generally complete. Purchased this from Italy two weeks ago (long story) with the hope that it was rust free, although it turned out to have some odd rust on the bottom of the car but no where where it usually would have rust. Will get this car on the road, then subject it to a full restoration at some point (this is the car that I promised myself when I was ten years old that I would buy for myself when I “grew up” and had money). Again, doubt I will ever sell this one either.


    (iv) Wifes car (not collectible) – Saab 9-3 2006 SC Diesel with Hirsch tuning and sports suspension. A good (but boring) runabout for the wife and kids. Strangely, I am quite emotionally attached to this having owned it for over eight years now. Although not a collectible, I have excellent memories driving this car with my wife (including on our honeymoon three week trip to Italy), and as it only has 106K Kms, I doubt I will be selling this for at least another two years.

    I consider myself lucky, as I own three of my top four dream cars (the only car from my top four which I do not own and probably will never own as they are becoming outrageously expensive is an air cooled porsche 911).

  3. 1972 Jensen Interceptor III, just got it back on the road after being off since 1996. Red. Big 6.3l V8 and like a gentleman’s club inside.


    1977 VW Kombi camper. This is a mobile photo booth. Green. 1.8l flat 4. Slow. See my Kombicam website for pics and more.


    1998 Merc C180. Blue. 1.8l 4 cylinder motor that is too small for the car. Just a little quicker than the VW. It is my mother’s old car that she lent me over a year ago when some scum tried to steal my Subaru WRX. I sold it after it came back from the repairers and I never found a car to replace it. I spent all my money fixing the Jensen, so I am still driving the Merc as the daily.

      1. The only place I have ever heard about the Jensen Interceptor is on this blog — what a gorgeous automobile!

          1. You just gave me a reason to go and see the new Fast and Furious movie. I love the rear glass —- that is why the classics will never die!

        1. Nige, you have a really nice car — the flickr pictures really show the beauty and character!

  4. #1: Main car is 2013 Ford Escape AWD, 2.0 Ecoboost. Chose it because it drives somewhat Saab-like
    #2: 1966 Saab MC850. Not running but I’m working on it. Restoration blog here: gtyurkon.com/MC850
    #3: 1966 Saab 96. Runs but not drivable — someday
    #4: 1964 Saab 96. Not running be have rebuilt motor by David Baugher. May just sell — no time
    #5: 1963 Studebaker Daytona Lark. Started resto but set aside due to frustration — rust, rust, …
    I won’t count the F’n 2005 Chevy Silverado that dropped it’s hood on my head when checking oil — cheap hood springs.

    1. Interesting lot! It’s funny — I think a LOT of the modern mid-small cars drive more like Saabs. Perhaps that’s vindication of the Saab way? I think it is.

  5. 9 Deep. SPG’s(’86, ’88, ’90), C900T(’89), C900S Jetpack(’90), 9000 Aero(’96), OG9-3SE Vert(’00), NG900 Vert(’96) and Aston Martin DB9(’05)


      1. +1 on the: Vive la C900!!! No, zero rub. This ’86 SPG is heavily modified — I always advise to spend the money on the suspension.

  6. So, 1991 Saab 900 SE Convertible, completely STOCK, even down to the stereo. Redbox EPC, etc. My wife’s craptastic 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3l automatic and I’m driving my dad’s 1992 300D 2.5l turbodiesel with a 3-speed + overdrive slushbox.as a daily driver. The Merc is bullet proof, but slow. It has some serious paint issues which don’t show in the photo. The van photo is an internet match; mine looks identical, but who wants to take time to photo a minivan? On the plus side, the Stow-n-Go seating is excellently executed.


    1. My wife wants another stow and go van. (That’s why we sold the S-Class.) We are looking at anything from a Previa to a Town & Country. P. S. Did you know that Consumer Reports doesn’t provide info on anything older than a 2004. I’m looking at some low mileage minivans that are older than that.

      1. They are out there, my friend. Low mileage minivans, that is. As I understand it, Chrysler only started with the full Stow-n-Go (both rows fold up and stow) in 2005, and even then you have to check for it up to the newest generation. It depends upon what you want, I guess.

        As for Consumer Reports, I didn’t know that, but I don’t consult them in general. I guess they have to draw the line somewhere, and ten years old is it? I can give you the run down on the common issues with the 2003-2006 generation of Chrysler vans if you wish. E-mail me.

    2. Good to know there’s a fellow W124 guy on here! I think it’s interesting that in the NA market there was a 300D 2.5 liter turbodiesel. In Germany this engine was called “250D Turbo”. We also had a naturally aspirated 300D and a 300D Turbo, both 3 liter, 6 cylinder engines.

  7. Swade your 9000 aero still looks a really nice car. The rims set it off and those seats are the best. Anyway I rebuilt my garage so that it could fit 4 cars. That took some time to get agreement with my partner. I have 3 900’s (2 coupes and a convertible), a 2003 9-3 convertible and a 2008 9-5 aero. The garage is at our holiday house and we have a small house in the city which fits one car. Phillip




  8. Just one for me, but we’ll be adding a 9-3SC to the mix soon – we have a new addition to the family due January 5th! Shortly afterwards we’ll be moving to our new house and I’ll have a garage, but most importantly MrsP has already sanctioned construction of a shed/workshop out back. I hope to have something from the 60s sat in that workshop within the next 4 years.

    My current daily is a ’99 9-3S, with mods inc. 3″ DP, catback, stage 3 ECU, Koni yellows, sway bar, poly bushes, big FMIC, etc. The usual stuff, and lots of replaced wear parts. I’ve installed most of it myself as a sort of trial run for the future when I get a car I’m scared to break.. With this one I just jump in, generally! It’s been solid but there’s always more to fiddle with, and the body is now a bit sorry after several hit & runs parking in the street. And as per Swade’s maxim, I always wish it was an Aero. Sorry, Mighty Saab!


      1. Thanks Andy, but it has a couple of noticeable dents here and there and looks tired until it has a good clean. But that’s black for you, too – never again!

        1. Ditto me on the black. Silver and the various mildly tinted metallics just age better than the others. White also ages well. Black and some reds are the worst.

  9. We are at 2:

    2007 9-5 2.3T sedan, 5-speed automatic, chili red with sand leather interior (the key differences from the Aero are the extra-bolstered single-colored seats and 1cm higher suspension). Completely stock, kept 100% maintained, and close to 180,000km. Totally capable of cross-continental runs but we limit it to eastern Canada and the northeast USA where one sees SAABs on the road daily and service is available (parts have sometimes been a bit slow, such as a trunk latch, but always available). It was purchased new. Daily driver just over half the year.

    2010 MB E350, bought in 2013 off-lease with 4 years warranty and 57000km. Now 84000km. Medium silver-grey, black interior (there are not many choices when buying second-hand), AMG trim (standard on Canadian models) and optional 6-spoke 18-inch AMG wheels, panorama roof, 4-Matic (standard on Canadian models), and the luxury interior package (also standard in Canada)–the rear-window electric sunshade is actually quite neat when driving away from the sun! This is our cross-continent cruiser and daily driver the other half of the year. Upholstery is deceivingly called “Artico leather”–it’s plastic, formerly known as MB-Tex I think, but I cannot tell the difference in a side-by side comparison, and all it needs is a wipe. The SAAB gets gobs of leather care at least twice a year.

    The 9-5 has noticeably more comfortable seats, feels more sporty and quick, uses regular gas, has a very slightly more capacious trunk/boot, cruises just as quietly, but is a bit shaky at idle and has many fewer bells and whistles. Both feel solid, but the Merc has the edge. Interesting that both have similar HP and torque ratings. The 9-5 has needed very few repairs–just did a right front wheel bearing, but the E has needed nothing but annual scheduled maintenance so far. Scheduled maintenance, however, is about the same price as real repairs–think of it as a $200 tune-up and wiper blades plus a $400 car wash! On a given day, when both are at hand, I prefer driving the SAAB, but feel more assured in central North America in the MB. In both cars, use of cruise control is essential to wallet-control!!!

    Thanks for asking, Steve!


  10. A call for automotive exhibitionism, impossible to resist…

    Main family car: Green 2003 9-5 Estate (2.0t/Auto/LPG converted), been with is since 2007 and has an impressive 510.000Km on it’s clock, with original engine and gearbox, but since 3 months replaced it’s turbo (now a TD04, so it can keep going for another 300k;at least. It is mainly used by Mrs, as she has the 100Km a day commute, while I can get to the office on bicycle.


    Then a red 1986 2CV, with us since 2012. It’s the only convertible that legally seats our 3 kids on the back. 95000km on it, and it has proved to be great fun around town.


    Then a white 1970 Mercedes S-class (W108/280SEAutomatic), owned it since 1999, It has been in storage from 2007 to 2012, since it failed MOT due to heavily corroded chassis beams. In 2012 it has been restored with new chassis beams and partially resprayed.


    Finally the faithful 1995 9000 (2.0i manual), had it since 2001 and just can’t part with it. It sits in a garage at the family holiday home for 3 quarters of the year, only taken out to be abused for carrying bicycles and skiing gear up and down the mountains in holiday times, and the remaining quarter of the year it is used as winter car (the 2cv and Merc go into storage in winter time, with the salty roads and all).

    It’s a low value collection, as none of the cars are worth sh*t, but they’re all fine cars and I really enjoy owning/driving them.

    1. “It’s a low value collection…..”

      As a fellow low-value collector, can I just say that I think it’s an absolutely perfect collection. Love ’em all.

    2. You under value your fleet! You are a shining example of how regular folk can live like rich men with a little ingenuity and imagination. Well done!

  11. Saab 9-5 2.3 Vector 2008, wife’s daily, just passed 100k km
    VW Golf TDI 130 2003, my daily, just passed 240k km
    Porsche 914 2.0 1974, my project, milage around 86k miles.


  12. I have just two.

    First is a 2001 9-5 Aero Sportwagon: safe, fast, comfortable, spacious, economical,and still (to my eyes) good looking – what more could you ask for in a car?


    Second is “Belle”, a rust free C-900 which I imported from the southern US in 2010. Aside from a modern CD/MP3 player (I have the original radio) she is stock and has only 67000 miles on the odometer. Although not as modern feeling a car as the 9-5, I love the way she rides and handles.


  13. Good idea to do this census, I like it!
    As I already mentioned in the other post, this is my current two-car lineup:

    2005 Saab 9-3 SportCombi 1.9 TiD – In the family since 2008 and mine since 2011. It has the Hirsch performance upgrade to 175 hp. The first years were a bit troublesome with some repairs under warranty and a new engine. The first engine cracked the block at around 75k km. Saab paid goodwill for a new from factory replacement engine (would’ve cost about 6.500 € including the swap, iirc). Other than the water pump grenading the timing belt recently (rocker arms replaced etc), it has been pretty reliable since then. Despite 180.000 km on the clock it still feels very tight and is in beautiful condition inside and out. Very economical, too. I average about 6.5 liter/100km.

    1987 Mercedes-Benz 250D (W124) – 5-cylinder, 2.5 liter non-turbo Diesel with 90 hp that should be pretty much indestructible. I bought this last year to get into wrenching and keep the kms on the Saab lower. It’s only registered in the summer because it has very little rust and I would like to keep it that way. It’s my summer daily driver, except for longer trips (>1.5h). By European standards it rides like a boat, but it’s very comfortable and, even with the few optional extras it has (sunroof, ABS, head rests in the back, arm rest), feels like a quality product. The paint (red!) hasn’t aged very well though.


    1. Indeed a great Census. All of these cars are really beautiful. I have sincerely enjoyed looking at everyone’s collection, especially the older more vintage cars — what character they have.

  14. My census is fairly straightforward. I have my 2008 Turbo-X SC which was my daily driver until earlier this year, but as it approached 120000 miles, I started to get spooked, especially with parts prices. It’s now my weekend/fun/utility vehicle. I’ll keep it until the wheels fall off.

    My commuter currently is a leased Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The brand is tarnished here in the US, but there’s a lot for a Saab fan to love, including 44 MPG average during my commute, great comfort, drives nicely, and has every feature imaginable. It was a screaming value and has been bulletproof thus far. It’s everything the new Saab 9-5 should have been in my mind.

    This photo is of both.


    My wife is getting a Mazda CX-9, which is surprisingly fun to drive for a mini-van alternative.

    In the future, I want to collect one of each engine type, 4, 6 (currently the Turbo-X), 8, and maybe 10. I’d consider a Viggen convertible or Fiesta ST for the 4, maybe a first gen CTS-V for the 8, and maybe an M5 for the 10 once they all get cheap enough around 10K each…

  15. Well, I might as well chime in with mine. I have no physical garage, which is unfortunate, as both my cars have paint issues due to age and exposure.

    The Saab is a ’99 9-3 SE (non-HOT) that is bone stock and was purchased new. It currently has 165,000 miles on it. Since I live in the southern US I removed the headlamp wipers once their motors went wacky because we really don’t need them here and I didn’t feel like tearing the motors open to fix them. The A/C is currently bypassed because earlier this year while my daughter was driving through a shopping center parking lot the compressor pulley froze and shredded the serpentine belt into spaghetti which proceeded to wrap itself so tightly around the driveshaft that she couldn’t steer the car. Fortunately, she was able to quickly and safely guide it into a parking space and shut it off which saved the engine from being cooked. The car is black just like Dan P’s except the clear coat on the hood and roof started peeling off like dandruff flakes a few years back and now sports a matte rat rod-like patina. My daughter recently bought her own car so now the Saab is once again my daily driver. It needs some cosmetic attention apart from the paint and I’ve really struggled with whether or not to keep it or sell it to someone else as a mild restoration project. When I look at it I want to sell it but when I drive it I want to keep it (as any long-term owner of a Saab will understand). I can’t justify buying a third car partially because my wife doesn’t understand why in the world our car to driver ratio should ever exceed 1:1. Since we’ve been married 30 years now I don’t see that viewpoint ever changing. I also don’t have the money to insure and maintain an extra vehicle at this time.

    Keeping things in the Swedish family our other car is a ’91 Volvo 245 purchased in 1994 with 66,000 miles It only has 185,000 miles on it now and is by far the most reliable car I’ve ever owned. I’ve recently installed the IPD anti-sway bar kit (highly recommended) and it also has their heavy-duty rear springs on it. The only other modification has been a Plus-3 upgrade to 17″ Voxx MG-3 wheels and it now sports a brand new set of Nitto Motivos (also highly recommended). While it’s certainly not pristine (the clear coat is fading but the silver base hides it well) it’s very straight and has no rust. The interior sports the usual cracked dashpad but it’s mild compared to many I’ve seen. I don’t ever see myself selling this car. As a result of the aforementioned daughter purchasing her own car it’s back to being my wife’s daily driver and she loves it too. She feels eminently safe in it and loves the utility (as do I).