What Matters Most?

Yesterday there was a post about a parts bag that was double stamped saying made in China and made in Canada on the same bag. Now if anyone is purposely trying to hide the country of origin a secret or covering up a lie then yes that is not good at all. This really makes me wonder though as to what matters the most to us? I really want to know that regardless of where the parts come from, that they will be coming and if I buy a ten year old Saab, that I will be able to get parts and easily.

I think for most, this is what is of the most importance to us and the one thing we want to see secured or fixed. Parts availability is the most crucial thing we want to hear as being taken care of because it can potentially affect our every day driving.

I read this on Jalopnik today:

My 1998 Saab 900 was my first car and has been the only car I’ve ever owned. I got it five and a half years ago with 91,000 miles on it and it was a well-used example. Sure, I’ve had the alternator, radiator and other bits replaced, but it’s never left me stranded.

But now, 14 years old with 155,000 miles, it’s starting to give me grief. The A/C compressor has long been dead, and that wouldn’t bother me so much had it not been for the record heat in Southern California this week. (I have the right to complain about 100 degree-plus heat in October!)

More telling though is that this is a Saab, a company that’s now a parts distribution company rather than an automaker. Except they haven’t been that great at delivering parts.

The last line here is what I find concerning and I believe to be one of the biggest PR nightmares for Saab Parts right now. “They haven’t been that great at delivering parts” is a statement we have heard or experienced, but my question is what are they doing to change this?

Well, let’s look at what has happened so far. As recently as this past week we read on here that Saab Parts had secured Saab Automobile AB’s subsidiaries in Spain and Italy and before that was North America and the UK.  They also speak of further expanding operations internationally in the near future.

Yesterday on Just Auto I read another great post by Simon Warburton about where they may be looking next. Most likely the article states, France and Germany by years end.

“We are looking into other Saab main markets and we look to have at least the 10-12 biggest Saab markets under our own control,” Saab Automobile Parts CEO, Lennart Stahl

This to me is reassuring to know that they are taking the right steps to ensure that Saab Parts is controlled directly by one group and to ensure the proper quality in all markets. Where the parts come from to me is of little concern as long as they are all of Saab quality that we have come to expect. It makes sense for Saab Parts to want to control all Saab Parts when you consider that there are 1.5 million Saabs around the world that will all need parts or service.

Every step that Saab Parts takes to securing a parts supply chain and company is a step in making your vehicle ownership more enjoyable and affordable, we all remember what happened with key fob prices and availability when the bankruptcy first hit.

And when in the Jalopnik post you have someone who says:

So I have to wonder, when is it truly time to throw in the towel and find a new daily driver?

Trouble is, when everything is working right and I’m not bothered about the paint or the broken air con, I happen to like my car a lot. I just moved a bed, dresser and lamp in it a couple weeks ago. Honestly, I can’t think of another car on the market today that meets my needs the way my Saab does.

It is nice to see that the needed steps are being taken to ensure that people like him and you won’t have to make these kinds of decisions and later regret them.

I am not in any way disregarding or trying to say that mis-labeled parts is not an issue but I will say that if parts in fact do come from China in the future as one of many suppliers, I will not be upset by that. I truly think that the steps needed to ensure you will have parts available for your Saab are being taken and I am sure that new supplier relations as well as the old will be formed or restored.

bcaAero
Member
3 years 11 months ago

I recently received a new key fob (marked “made in Germany”) and a windshield washer nozzle (marked “made in Hungary”, which, being of Hungarian lineage, made me smile). To be honest, I do not care where the parts are made so long as they’re manufactured to the original specifications and held to the same quality standards. Whatever it takes to keep my beloved 9-3 Aero on the road. I’m just grateful that I don’t have to scour junkyards for used parts…

100%Saab
Member
3 years 11 months ago

Quality parts and honesty.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 11 months ago
Parts to keep our cars on the road. Period. I don’t care where they are made. To a certain extent—-I will even trade “original quality” for a lower price. In many cases, we’re buying these parts for cars that are 5, 10, 15, 20 years old, or older. If they are daily drivers or well and often used second cars, we don’t want to pay a fortune for parts—-so if we can get a reasonable duplicate that fits and works, made in a lower wage country, for a reasonable price and the parts are plentiful—-I’m on board. I’ll shop anywhere… Read more »
Angelo V.
Member
3 years 11 months ago

This reminds me—-I have seen “aftermarket” turbos that claim to fit Saab engines, for far less than the originals. Does anyone have experience with these? God willing, I’ll never need a new turbo. But I’m curious to know if these aftermarket turbos that claim to fit Saab and claim great performance actually work as described.

SaabKen
Member
3 years 11 months ago

Yeah I’ve seen those on eBay …… Bishimitsu turbochargers ! 😉

Dan P
Member
3 years 11 months ago

yep I know of a few people running what is known in the modding community as “chinachargers”. Some have had issues, some none at over 300hp in an og9-3. The important thing seems to be to get them professionally balanced before you install.

Red J
Member
3 years 11 months ago

Angelo,
a turbo is not the part of the engine I would try to find the lowest price. The impeller inside is moving quite fast (250.000 rpm according to Wiki), hence making any minor imbalance to a major hazard to your hole engine bay.

fred diesel
Member
3 years 11 months ago

There are also genuine turbo cartridges (CHRA) available pretty reasonable.

What kills me is the Chinese have the Saab machine tools making what is essentially a Saab knockoff….and theyre NOT trying to sell them worldwide.

rune
Member
3 years 11 months ago
(I have the right to complain about 100 degree-plus heat in October!) No you don’t! For the last couple of mornings, my SAAB have warned me to drive carefully because “there might be ice on the road”. My hands felt like they were turning into solid ice before I got the engine started. I was wearing a hood to add a little warmth to my head and I just got some feeling back into my toes. The only reason you ——s have had a warm summer is that you have not shared any with us. I would be surprised if… Read more »
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