Saab Of The Week

May 2, 2015 in Sotw

This week our SOTW comes from Patrik from Cincinatti Ohio USA. Here is the story of his lovely 93 Sport Saloon…….

 

Hi Martin—

Pictured here is my 2003 Saab 9-3 2.0T in steel gray metallic.  Although 12 years old, with only 61,000 miles, it feels and looks many years newer.  I never go too long without receiving compliments on the car’s near-mint appearance!
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I have been a Saab fan for my entire life and have owned the car for over three years now, and have made some additions including the 2008-style “ice block” tail lights, silver-painted trunk handle, rear bumper reflectors, a custom Swedish-style license plate, steering wheel buttons with the Aero-style metallic trim, and some custom chrome trim around the dashboard as inspired by the newer 9-3s.
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Overall, it is a very well-equipped 9-3 and includes bi-xenon headlamps, rear parking sensors, power moonroof, front fog lamps, and the 210 hp 2.0T engine.  It is an absolute joy to drive and I plan to add additional Saabs to the fleet in the coming years.
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From Cincinnati, Ohio, USA,
Thanks—
Patrik Hornak
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If you would like to have your car featured as SOTW then please email me some picturea along with a write up and I will feature it.
Regards,
Martin
mplsab@hotmail.com
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Not SAAB related – The connected car

May 1, 2015 in Technical

According to wikipedia a connected car is ..

… a car that is equipped with Internet access, and usually also with a wireless local area network. This allows the car to share internet access to other devices both inside as outside the vehicle. Often, the car is also outfitted with special technologies that tap into the internet access or wireless LAN and provide additional benefits to the driver. Examples include: automatic notification of crashes, notification of speeding and safety alerts.

The connected car is also the current buzz word in the automotive industry. But from my point of view this is not a concept driven by the automotive industry but the reaction of this to the current trend away from the car as a symbol of the ME to the connected device (smartphone, tablet, notebook …).

The connected car as found on Twitter

The connected car as found on Twitter

So the car should become a smartphone on wheels…. But if you want to connect something you have to connect it to something else. I mean, without a good network not only in the cities but also at the roads those cars would feel really alone.

Yesterday I had to make a 2 hour journey along one very important highway in Germany. I thought I could use my phone to show me the way and listen to an internet radio station during the journey. The result was that during the journey I was able to listen to the radio only 50% of the time as the 3G+ network is mostly only available at the cities or the zones nearby.

Currently the phone companies build their networks where people use it, and till now people have been using the phones at home, at work but not that much while driving to another city.

I don’t know if this is a Germany-only problem or maybe an Europe only problem, so what is your experience. Can you enjoy of the constant connectivity while driving from Stockholm to Göteborg? Or what happens in the states if you leave the big cities?

What will happen to the new fancy GPS from Audi that relies on the map data and satellite pictures from Google maps if you start your journey in the middle of nowhere if it can’t retrieve the map data?

Maptun Meet 2015

April 27, 2015 in Events, MapTun

MTmeet2015Now it’s time again for the annual MapTun meet, MapTun has kept on the tradition and like the past years the meeting is going to take place in Ascension Day. Ascension Day is a public holiday in Sweden so this is a great day to attend on a meeting like this. This year this will be Thursday 14th of May, and the meeting will take place at MapTun in Örebro as usual.

The fun start 10 o’clock in the morning, and will last until 15.00 in the afternoon. In addition to the car exhibition there will be offers, demonstrations and other happenings. Some special invited partners will also this year take place, like Orio and Meguiars in cooperation with Mekonomen. For those of you who schedule repairs and/or maintenance during the day MapTun will award you with generous discounts, so here are many good reasons to attend to this! So for those that get tempted to attend on this wonderful event, it’s time to sign up! There is a limited number of slots if you want to display your car at the exhibition, but registration is no necessary if you will attend as a guest.  As a extra bonus Bista Biltvätt offers all exhibitors at 2x wash tokens on presentation of voucher (sent via email after registration of the car). The car wash is located right next to Maptun. Link for signing up and the absolute latest info: http://www.maptun.com/maptunmeet2015 (på svenska: http://www.maptun.se/maptunmeet2015)

This year MapTun also have a contest in front of the meeting, if you are at social media Instagram you have chance to win  a gift card  worth SEK500 (about € 50). The only thing you need to do is repost a picture and hashtag it #MTmeet2015. The picture can be found by search up the user “maptunparts” in the Instagram app or visit http://iconosquare.com/p/970219829120002185_1700343897 For those of you that not had decided to yet, maybe a look at the pictures from last years meeting will convince you?

WHAT: MapTun Meet 2015
WHERE: Verkstadsgatan 2, 702 27 Örebro, Sweden
WHEN: 14th of May, 10.00 – 15.00

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NEVS stands once again on its own feet

April 15, 2015 in News

As no one had submitted objections to the plans from NEVS to pay their creditors the district court in Vänersborg has approved the application from NEVS to leave reorganization. From now on NEVS has 60 days to pay their creditors in part, the second part will be paid within six months.

We expect that NEVS will publish a press release today. we will keep you informed.

What are the consequences of this step?

First, NEVS has no protection any more from the Enforcement Authority, So NEVS has 60 days to get the money to make this first payment, and I don’t think that any creditor will grant them one more hour.

Second, NEVS can take its own decisions and so it will be much easier for them to sign any contract with anybody.

As of today there seems to be three parties with different interests in NEVS. One wants to be a majority owner, a second one wants to develop cars based on the phoenix platform and the last one wants to build cars in Trollhättan. Which of those contracts will come true nobody knows, but as they don’t exclude each other any combination of the three is possible.

The Saabfestival in June is getting more and more a “must be there” appointment.


Press release from NEVS

Nevs has exited the reorganization

The District Court of Vänersborg has today, April 15, 2015 decided that the reorganization of Nevs shall cease as the purpose of the reorganization is fulfilled.

The reorganization of Nevs was initiated August 29, 2014 for a period of three months. The reorganization was prolonged for a period of three months at two occasions, December 11, 2014 and March 11, 2015.

On March 23, 2015 the District Court of Vänersborg approved the composition proposal by Nevs after a vote where 98,2 percent of the creditors representing 98,6 percent of the amount of the debt was in favor for the composition. On April 14 The District Court’s approval of the composition became legally valid.

Link to the decision, (in Swedish only)


I haven’t found no new information on the text of de decision of the district court, but maybe my Swedish isn’t as good. :-(

Saab Of The Week

April 10, 2015 in Sotw

This week’s SOTW comes from our friend Guiseppe in Italy and just happens to be another Convertible with yet again some stunning scenery.

Keep them coming folks!!

“Hi Martin

Please find here I have some pics of my Convertible 9-3 MY01 Hirsch Tuned.

I’m using it not very often but every time I’m driving it it’s real fun !!!

I live in Trieste, Italy

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NEVS applied to leave reorgnization

April 8, 2015 in NEVS

According to the local newspaper ttela.se and to SwerigeradioP4 NEVS has applied to the court to terminate the reorganization period on the 14th of April.

They have chosen the 14th of April as the composition can be appealed until the 13th of April.

This is an already announced step, but it has been done now. After the 14th of April NEVS will be in a better position to negotiate with the new partners.

Next step is to present the cooperation contracts or new ownership contracts, and I don’t think we will have to wait long for that.

Help required.

April 7, 2015 in Technical

I am looking for the following part for my 1988 900 T16s.

 

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It is the throttle dash pot actuator valve, also known as throttle release diaphragm. If anybody can help I would be very grateful. Obviously I am willing to pay a fair price for a suitable part. Many thanks.

 

 

9-3 2.2 BioPower “Griffin” Aero by Emil – part 4

April 5, 2015 in Fan Stuff, Projects

Many of you who have been at any Saab meeting in Sweden during the last couple of years has maybe noticed a good looking carbon grey 9-3 “Griffin” sedan. This 9-3 is special in many ways, the first thing is that the car isn’t that you first thought when you saw it – in fact this is a 2009 9-3 Aero, but it’s completely converted to a 2012 9-3 Griffin optics and interior with something extra. The second thing, and for me the most impressive, is what you maybe don’t notice even through the bonnet is open – the engine. In this car the original 2.0 BioPower engine replaced with a 2.2 litre BioPower engine, and it is the story about the engine we are going to tell here.

This is article number four and the last one in the story about Emils 2.2 “Griffin” Aero. The earlier parts  will you find here; one | two | three

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The latest modification Emil has done to his car is to go a little step away from the Griffin-lookalike concept, he have replaced the fog-lights with LED-lights (or DRL lights if you want). Emil thought the standard fog-lights had a much yellower light than the rest of the lights in the front, and to fix this issue Emil started to look around for suitable LED-bulbs. But when Nevs came with their MY14 9-3, which has DRL (Day Running Lights) instead of fog-lights, Emil thought a update to this would be worth a try. From an acquaintance who works at Nevs Emil get the right part-numbers and information about what modifications that was needed to be done. But when Emil ordered the articles he needed at ANA in Trollhättan wasn’t that possible, they was simply not in stock at Orio yet.

emil_drlkitBut in May 2014 at Maptun Meet 2014 in Örebro, things start to go Emils way. For those who was there you maybe remember that Orio had a stand there with two representatives. Emil got a lot of credit for the job with the car, and they discussed a lot about what was changed and updated. To make a long story short, Emil was invited to Orios office in Trollhättan to show them the car, which of course Emil thought was very nice. After a few months they manage to find a time in the calendar, and Emil show the guys at Orio his car. This ended up with that Emil and Orio agreed to discuss different future ideas, but a solution of the DRL was not ready at this point due to Orio didn’t had finished all the agreements with the suppliers.
At the same time Emil worked on the possibility to buy a DRL-kit direct from Nevs, at first this wasn’t quite impossible to do, but later they ended up with a “no” to this. But not long after the no from Nevs, Orio sent Emil a message there they wondered if Emil wanted to help them to try out a thing; how the DRL kit fit the 9-3 Griffin. The parts Emil revived from Orio fit bolt on, except a error for the monitoring of the light. Another issue is the resistance in the DRL, it is much lower then in normal lamps, so with that results in that the DRL is flashing. Emil has fixed that problem with help from a friend that works with vehicle electronics, but as a “blot-on” kit from Orio this is still under testing. Read the rest of this entry →