Jim Hickstein

Jim Hickstein

Jim Hickstein

Saint Paul, MN

Jim bought his first new car in 1987, a Saab 900 hatchback – with no turbo, but keeping it above 3000 rpm all the time helped. No dealer or service shop ever mentioned a club of any kind. Upgrading over the years, but still one at a time, he was on his fourth Saab, a 2002 9-3SE, when Saab’s impending sale (or maybe bankruptcy) made him seek information, asking the all-too common question, “Will I be able to keep my Saab on the road?”
Some years later, Jim is now the Secretary of the Minnesota Saab Club, and Treasurer of the Saab Club of North America, works on his own cars, and is getting really good at finding Saab parts. (It’s not as hard as it seems.)

Current Saabs:
2002 9-3 SE HOT, Sun Green
2001 9-3 Viggen 5-door, Laser Red
1995 9000 Aero, Scarabe Green again
2011 9-5 Turbo6 XWD Aero, Fjord Blue again
2008 9-3 Turbo X, Jet Black Metallic, of course

Prior Saabs:
1987 903M 8-valve NA 3-door, Rose Quartz. This car really needed a Turbo.
1986 9000T, some kind of blue with peeling clearcoat. And it’s been Turbos ever since.
1996 9000 CS, Scarabe Green
2011 9-5 Turbo4 Premium, Fjord Blue