Monday Snippets – IntSaab edition

A few photos have popped up on Flickr from IntSaab, in Switzerland. Check these babies out!

There’s no caption with the photo, but my (not difficult) guess is this 16V has been converted over to ethanol use.

And the guys from Dimini.ch doesn’t just sell classic old Saabs (in 1:43 scale), they also own some classic old Saabs (in 1:1 scale). It looks like they took out the award for best Saab 99 at the show.

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We have already covered the issue of Saab owners losing their keys and having to get them replaced. If you lose both keys, it can be a very expensive proposition (SU article).

One of our Australian motoring publications, Drive, did a little digging and found that Saab were not the only ones to have expensive key replacement. Having said that, though, the process seems to be much cheaper here than in other countries.

From comments to that article:

My drive is a 2004 Saab, I recently wanted new keys, both electronic fobs had disintergrated over time revealing the electronic guts of the fobs. Cost in Aust $250 per key + $90 programming each. I purchased two new key fobs on ebay from a Saab overseas cost A$35 each including postage + $90 to program both here.

The SU article linked above quotes a cost of around $1,000 or more for what I assume is the same service quoted at around $680 in the comment above. It’s not necessarilty the same service, as this guy already had existing keys with the CIM included, just in very shabby condition, hence the lower cost.

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Gasgoo is reporting that there could be some Saab bargains coming in China….

The price of the 9-3, which only came in gasoline 2.0T and 2.8 V6 form, ranged from the 340,000rmb to 529,000rmb in its hey day but recent news articles indicate that in a bid to get rid of the 9-3′s before the introduction of BAIC made 9-3′s (although the 9-5 is set to come first) Shanghai Saab dealerships have dropped the 9-3′s pricing by 80,000rmb. So a Saab 9-3 Vector 2.0TS that once cost 429,000rmb is now only 340,900rmb.

That doesn’t seem to bode well for Saab’s reintroduction to China, does it? Not for the 9-3, at least.

Thanks to AH!

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It’s nice to know that the “last car guy in Congress” is a Saab guy. Or a partial Saab guy, at least.

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The Saab 9-5 in good company at Monterey over the weekend…..

Thanks to Dick L!

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And finally, a bit at GM Inside News covering a new turbocharged application for the 3-litre 6-cylinder, which is reportedly going to be used in the Saab 9-4x’s sister vehicle, the Caddy SRX in 2013.

Saab do have options to continue to use GM engines and architectures for some time, but it’s unknown if that covers just existing engines, or new engines as well. It’s also unknown whether Saab would be bothered with this. The figures for it are unknown, there’s no indication as to the source and I don’t know the people at GMI well enough to know if this is reliable or not.

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