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Caution: Non Genuine Hirsch Steering Wheels on eBay

January 17, 2015 in Fan Stuff, Hirsch

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Today I was contacted by a fellow Saabist who ordered one of those steering wheels from a seller called saabtun-parts. Since on ebay it said the item was located in Germany but the parcel was sent from Poland he got suspicous and contacted me to verify if it was genuine Hirsch. A quick check with Hirsch brought to light what we had already expected – those steering wheels were not made by Hirsch (and not by MapTun either just to mention).

A bit more investigaton brought to light that saabtun-parts was the new name of the seller zeliftpl, who as it seems left a rather bad impression at saabers in the uk and elsewhere when they sold silicone hoses.

While it does not mean the wheel is bad when not made by Hirsch using a false name to promote it and justify a price tag of well over 500 Euro is not what an honest businessman would do in my opinion. Another point is that they exclude the customer’s right to return the item within a certain period of time is, ehem, kinda suspicous, given the legislation in most EU countries.

Feel free to share your experience with saabtun-parts or their alter ego, zeliftpl, in comments. The more info the better I’d say.

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The only way to get a tree home,,,,,

December 24, 2014 in Fan Stuff

Our friend Paul, over at SVS, shows the world “the only way” to get a large Christmas tree home.

This year’s annual festive dash to collect the Christmas Tree was a little late this year; just 5 days before Christmas.

As usual, my son and I drove to a nearby country estate to choose the perfect tree, all the regular sized trees had gone, leaving only 10ft+ trees. After a great conversation with the farmer and some festive bartering, we ended up with a rather lovely 11ft Christmas tree.

It’s part of the tradition to get one a little too tall but we persevered, dropped the hood on the Aero convertible, lowered the passenger seat, and in it went, ok, so it may have been hanging over the boot slightly, but this is England, it’s ok to be eccentric.

Heater and seats on full, we triumphantly returned home, the smell of the pine needles and crisp blue sky adding to the joy of a topless Winter’s drive – perfect.

Happy Christmas everyone.

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The SU Calendar Twins Are Finally Here…

December 10, 2014 in cyc, Fan Stuff, SaabsUnited Related

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A while ago we asked you to send your saaby pics for our new calendar. First of all a big thank you to all who participated and made the choice for us as hard as it was. This time we ended up creating two different calendars. One is a picture calendar and the other one a planner version with more room to put in notes, dates and birthdays.

The calendars can be purchased via the SaabsUnited store on cardyourcar.eu. We skipped postal delivery because it has proven to be pretty unreliable and utterly slow. If you order from abroad we’d recommend to team up with fellow Saabers and make a group order. Sorry for that but since we had 20% missing/returned shipments this seemed to be the only secure way to go.

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DIY Saabs (Yes you can too!)

November 19, 2014 in Fan Stuff

This is probably something different from what you think when you read the headline of this article, but this is Saabs you all can make at home, that’s for sure!

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After making ice cubes all summer in my 92.001 ice cube tray from Saab expressions, I realized that I could use the tray for other things too. So what’s better then make some chocolate-Saabs?
To be honest I did this for a few years ago too, but since I have very limited cooking-skills the result was discouraging. To explain what level I’m on when coming to making food - if I manage to boil some water without burning it it have been a great day in the kitchen…  After some debriefing I came to that that I heat up the chocolate too fast and maybe to a far too high temperature, and it ended up very dry, hard and after a few hours it had a white shell.

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But shame on those who give up – to continue making 92.001 chocolate I have to buy some special tools. And one day, I saw a heater for making chocolate fondue in a gadget-shop. Since it was cheap (like 100 SEK / ~USD13) I thought it was worth checking out, so I bought it. So yesterday was the big day for some Saab candy production, and of course I don’t remember how much chocolate I needed for making to full trays, so I started with a 300g plate of milk-chocolate.
The process matched my skills very well, simply break the plate into small pieces so they melt faster and put them in the 25W heaters pot and wait. When its ready I started filling the ice cube trays but as the pictures show I have to get something that can remove the leftovers to make a smooth finish. As you can see its not only at the Stallbacka factory they get short of materials – I simply ran out of chocolate after car no 16!!! ;) So if you are planning to make some chocolate-Ursaabs, you will need about 20g of chocolate pr Saab.

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After this it was time to allow the Saabs to cool down, I let them stay in the refrigerator over the night, but I think 3-4 hours will be enough.
The result was over all expectations but there was one small problem; a few small air-bubbles in the cars when I release them from the trays. So if you have a good solution here, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Place also a comment if you have ideas of other things to melt in those trays, I guess that it’s not only ice cubes and chocolate this is suitable for? And next time I meet up with local Saabers it will be some samples to taste for those who dare… ;)

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SU Calendar – Entries Close soon

November 12, 2014 in cyc, Fan Stuff

About two weeks ago we asked for your photos to create the 2015 SaabsUnited calendar. Just like in the past years we have gotten a big number of entries and we would like to thank you for that.

We’ll wait a bit until the 11th has ended all around the world and then we will face the tough but fun job to choose this year’s winners. So if you missed it yet, send your last minute entries to shop @ cardyourcar.eu

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Photos Wanted: Saab 9000 -91

November 4, 2014 in Fan Stuff

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My first Saab has been a 9000 from 1989 and I always had a special love for that model. So when I heared that our friends from German saabblog.net plan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the 9000 with a dedicated 9000 calendar with a spcial focus on the early models, I was all into it.

While there are many press photos of models from 1992 on it is rather hard to get anything from the early years. If you can help out with (press) photos until model year 1991 please get in touch with Tom of saabblog.net via email: kalender2015@saabblog.net.

And while you are at it feel free to send the pictures for the SaabsUnited Calendar, too. It would be nice to have more 9000s in there, too.

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SaabsUnited Calendar 2015

November 3, 2014 in Fan Stuff, SaabsUnited Related

2014 Planner

Here we go again with one of the most fun projects of the year. Just like we did in the last two years we ask you to send us your Saab photos. We will choose 12 of them to design a calendar for 2015. Last year we even got enough to make three different calendars so we look forward to see what you come up with this time.

If you feel that it’s the time for a special dedicated calendar for a certain model or series or have any suggestions regarding the calendar feel free to leave a comment. We will try to include those suggestions in the creation of the final product.

The only requirement for those pics is that they feature one or more Saabs and that the image size and resolution are as large as possible to get proper printing quality. The size of the calendar will be 42×30 cm (like last year) and at that size your image should have at least 200 dpi. But anyway, just send the largest version you have and we will check it for you.

Please send your entries to shop @ cardyourcar.eu until November 11th.

The chosen ones will of course get a free calendar and as an extra bonus a gift card from cardyourcar.eu valued Euro 25.

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Saabs of Houston 2014

October 31, 2014 in Fan Stuff

I had a great email from Jonathan of Viking Motor Cars in Texas about a Saab get together last weekend

Hi
Just thought I would send in some pictures of a meet we had here at our shop last Saturday, October 25th.
We had over 50 Saabs show up, from a 1988 Saab 9000 to a 2011 Saab 9-4x.
We are in Texas, a place not know in the world to be Saab country :)
The event was sponsored in part by Saab Club Of North America as well as Saab Parts NA.

Jonathan

Big thanks to Jonathan for letting us see his event.
I have placed larger pictures on Flickr and you will see quite a few more pictures from Jonathan there too.

If you want me to add any events you are organising onto our diary, please email me with as much detail as you can.
Best address is robin.kerry at btinternet dot com.

A Rare Opportunity!!

October 16, 2014 in Classics, Fan Stuff, Saab's for sale

A good friend of mine sadly has to sell his low mileage 900 Ruby Edition. It had previously been listed and sold on Ebay but the buyer then declined the purchase due to not having the money to buy it!!  It is now relisted but with only 20 hours left to go!

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I am mentioning it here because it is a fantastic opportunity to own what is fast becoming a sought after model and hope it can be purchased by somebody within our community or a Saab fan who will cherish it as it so deserves.

I originally sold this car brand new from the dealership I worked at to a chemist who sadly died. His wife then kept the car in the garage for many years until she then sold it to my friend who coincidentally was also a salesman at the same dealership.

The time has now come for it to find it’s third loving home. The car can be found on eBay (see details below) but only has 20 hours to run (at time of writing). Apologies for the short notice but I have only just found out about it being relisted.

Only available in the UK, the Ruby had the 185 bhp (138 kW; 188 PS) ‘Carlsson’ engine but no body kit. All were in ‘Ruby’ Red and can be distinguished from other 900s by the colour-coded bumpers and grey (rather than silver) alloy wheels. They also had the unique air-conditioned interior of buffalo leather with Zegna pure wool inserts in the seats and door panels. There were 150 examples and were the last classic style 900s sold in the UK.

This example for sale is a genuine 2 owner car with only 69,000 miles on the clock from new and has a full Saab main dealer service history.
It is in fantastic condition as you would expect and has 4 new tyres, also new brakes and discs all round.
It also drives perfectly to match its condition.
This has to be the best example of a classic Saab 900 Ruby available in the UK at this moment, this is indeed a great investment opportunity for somebody to own a piece of motoring history.

If any of you purchase it please let me know. Incidentally it is listed on eBay as a T16s which of course is incorrect.

View it here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Saab-900T16S-Ruby-Edition-VERY-RARE-low-miles-INVESTMENT-OPPORTUNITY-no-reserve-/221574233668?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item3396da7e44

 

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My last day as a Saab owner… for now…

October 14, 2014 in Fan Stuff

At 10:15 today I officially sold my last Saab. It was my 2010 Saab 9-5 Griffin that I bought brand new in february of 2010. For 13 years its been an absolute privilege to support one of the best brands in the world and I’m still keeping my fingers x’ed that I once again can some day can walk into ANA in Trollhättan and place an order for a brand new 9-5, even so a few weeks ago I walked into ANA and placed an order for a new BMW 428i xDrive Coupe instead. It feels good to support my dealer who has been so very faithful towards me during my 13 years of Saab ownership and I’m sure I’ll continue to get the same kind of support with this new brand.

I can tell you that it sure feel strange backing out of the drive-way this morning knowing that it was the last time I’d be doing it in a car that I bought brand new and that has served me with excellence for 134’400 km. Its always felt a bit sad to sell a car but this one was really special and it felt extra sad, but time goes by and I know that this car now has an excellent new owner who’ll care for it more than I have time for. Its a strange feeling to move on to another brand, but considering the uncertainty that has prevailed with the brand since the bankruptcy and the uncertainty of spare-parts availability in the future, as well as the big drop in residual value of the cars right now I felt that it was the right move.

All I can say is that its been a privilege to own a Saab and I sure hope that one day I can experience that privilege once again!

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Follow Up: A very special day at Castle Coombe.

September 29, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff

Some of you may recall a post I put up a few weeks ago entitled “Lets all try to make this a very special day for one true SAAB enthusiast.” http://www.saabsunited.com/?s=Castle+Coombe

Well the day of the event came with six of our Dragon Saab members driving in convoy from Wales to the venue at Castle Coombe. We arrived early morning with great anticipation about how many Saab’s would turn up on the day. The morning saw a steady flow of cars arriving from all over the UK until it’s climax where we had a fantastic display comprising of 51 SAABS!!!

During the morning the sole person this gathering was organised for, Mark, arrived and was totally overwhelmed by the incredible turnout. The weather during the week leading up to the event had been truly awful with continuous rain, even through the night prior to the big day. But even that worked out well for us with sunshine and a few clouds but other than that a completely dry day.

Despite this  being a previously arranged track day at Castle Coombe organised by the Bristol Pegasus Motor Club, when the organisers heard of our story and what we were trying to do they accommodated us extremely well by not just giving us a fantastic display area for all our cars but even finding time to halt the days’ track events and allowing us to have a SAAB parade around the track for our dear friend Mark Ovens aka Parish for whom the whole day was dedicated. Mark rode up front with David Dallimore in his concours 99 Turbo 2 door. Expecting to maybe being allowed two laps of the circuit we were given time to have FIVE full laps! At one point with each car being spaced out we had the spectacle of the entire track from start line to finish being occupied by the amazing sight of nothing but SAABS!!!!!

During my many years working at SAAB dealerships I had acquired two bottles of champagne specially bottled for SAAB to commemorate both the launch of the second generation 900 and also a Lauren Perrier bottle marking 50 years of SAAB in the UK. These had been hidden away at home since the nineties while I often wondered what to do with them. This day seemed to be the perfect opportunity to make good use of them. I gave one to Mark and his wife to take home and decided to try a raffle for the Lauren Perrier. I thought if we could raise somewhere nearing £50 I would be delighted with all proceeds going to the Forever Friends Appeal. We decided to not put a price on the ticket but instead for people to buy one for whatever they felt they could manage. From the sale of the very first ticket we knew the success of this raffle was going to far exceed £50. The generosity of our gathered friends raised a staggering £241!!! All of which went to Mark and Karen to donate to the Forever Friends Appeal, the hospice who are providing cancer care for Mark.

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The winner of the raffle, our great friend and well known Dr Oz Reid has since decided to once again raffle that bottle of champagne at the forthcoming Neo Bros open day, again, with all proceeds going to the same appeal. I think that gesture alone sums up what a wonderful spirit of camaraderie still exists within our family.

To summarise, the entire day went perfectly, one could sense the feeling of warmth and sensitivity surrounding it. I can tell you that Mark and Karen were staggered by the turnout and Karen told me that thankfully Mark just happened to have one of his better days and so was able to see the entire day out to the end.

On behalf of Mark & Karen, I would like to say a huge thank you to the organisers at Castle Coombe and all who turned up on the day with their many beautiful SAABS. A great and very memorable day was had by all. Our continued best wishes go out to Mark, Karen and their family.

Please check out the links below for some great pictures and videos.

http://gallery.bristolpegasus.com/2014/Castle-Combe-Track-Day/i-sVGWfNG
http://s653.photobucket.com/user/Naranto/slideshow/Parishs%20Day%20Out?sort=6
https://www.flickr.com/photos/27487434@N04/sets/72157646640502519/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g2f5x7SkcM
Click here to view Castle Combe 2014 Edits_