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by RobinM

sotw Rare 9-5 in Housten

November 15, 2014 in News, Sotw

Phil’s passion for Saabs follows him across the Atlantic.

Hi Robin,
Please find attached a picture of my current SAAB collection, comprising a 2003 9-5 Aero Combi, a 2011 9-5 NG BioPower and a 2002 9-3 SE HOT Convertible. SAABs are rare in Texas in general and Houston is no exception, compared to states on the Eastern and Western seaboards and the mountain states. While the high heats of our summer seasons can affect the car’s interior, there are no issues with salt corrosion so the cars’ paintwork and general condition remain great even after many years. My history (addiction?) with SAAB started while i was still in Europe in the eighties and nineties, and continued after my work took me to the USA in 2002. My 14th SAAB, the 9-5 NG, is amazing, there are less than 10 of them in the whole Houston area (over 5 million inhabitants) so it gets many looks and wows for roomy interior, remote start and of course the HUD feature.
The 2002 9-3 SE Convertible was my first car bought on arriving in the USA, new off the lot of a struggling dealership. I had owned 8 SAABs from 82 through 2002 in Europe, so the salesman did not have to make a big effort to get me in the car. It is still going strong today with 154,000 miles. My wife bought the 2003 Aero Wagon from my SAAB shop in Houston in 2010, and 40,000 miles later it still goes like a bomb.

My history with SAAB:
Europe:
1) 900 Turbo 1979 (82-86)
2) 900 GLi 1982 (86-90)
3) 9000i16 1988 (90-00)
4) 900I16 1990 (93-02)
5) 900 SE Sensonic 1998 (98-02)
6) 9-3 t 1999 (99-00)
7) 9-3 Convertible 1999 (01-02)
8) 9-3 1999 (01-02)
USA:
9) 9-3 SE Convertible 2002 (02-present)
10) 9000 Turbo 1988 (04-08)
11) 9000 CSE 1994 (05-09)
12) 9-5 Aero 2002 (09-12)
13) 9-5 Aero combi 2003 (10 – present)
14) 9-5 Biopower 2011 (12 – present)

The search for Saab number 14 in the summer of 2012 took almost 3 months. The few ex-GM dealerships in Houston with some relation to past SAAB business did not sell many if any 2010-2011 9-5s, and this car was certainly never seen on the roads around here. I wanted a model with HUD, the most defining aeronautical feature of this most remarkable car, and numerous candidate vehicles were considered as far as New Hampshire (2,000 miles away) without success, before finding on sale in Minnesota cars, including this one, that had been company vehicles for SAAB USA employees, and thus taken off the road in 2011 when the bankruptcy was concluded. This model had less than 6,000 miles, a 4-cylinder BioPower dual fuel engine and all the technology options except the DVD package. The car has 35,000 miles today, impeccably maintained by Swedish mechanic Tomas Larson at Texas Automotive Performance. The car gets compliments from many car aficionados driving German and Japanese premium brands, and there are clear signs of envy when the HUD is lit up.

A line up I’d like outside my house. Thank you for sharing. A few more pictures can be found on my flickr page

 

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by Trued

SAAB “Expert” Tom Magliozzi / NPR CarTalk has passed away

November 11, 2014 in News, Uncategorized

My favorite US radio program CarTalk has lost one of the two Magliozzi brothers Tom and Ray. Tom just recently passed away in Alzheimers disease.
The two brothers has given me so many hours of great car talk. Any brand and owners are helped or roast by the two guys.
I remember most clearly a guy with a SAAB 99 calling in to the programme. The issue with the 99 was explained something like this. “In sweden it is dark most of the year and the workers in Trollhättan happened to mount the engine on top of the gearbox and to add more issues the put it in the wrong way with the clutch just behind the radiator” I had a great laugh. It seams like quite a few of callers where from the east coast and drove cars like Volvo, Saab or european cars.

Read more here: http://www.cartalk.com

Here is one on 900 with an exploding muffler:
Dear Tom and Ray:
What would cause a muffler to explode? We just had work done on our ’93 Saab 900S. It was running very sluggish up hills, and diagnostics showed several leaks in the exhaust pipes leading out of the catalytic converter. After having a new converter and pipes installed, the car was better, but still a little sluggish. Within a week, we were accelerating to get on a highway, and the muffler exploded. It literally burst open along the side. What kind of pressure would cause this, and should our mechanic have picked up on a muffler problem in the first place? — Angela

RAY: Well, here’s the key question, Angela: After the muffler exploded, did the car run better?

TOM: If so, the muffler might have been the source of the sluggishness. Often what happens is that when a catalytic converter fails, its innards disintegrate and get pushed farther down the exhaust system, where they can lodge in the muffler baffles and plug it up.

RAY: That would cause exactly the symptoms you describe — the car would be sluggish when climbing hills or accelerating. If the tailpipe is blocked and the engine’s exhaust can’t get out, the fresh fuel and air have no room to come in, so the engine bogs down.

TOM: So both your catalytic converter AND muffler might have been clogged. And when your mechanic replaced the converter, the acceleration improved a little bit, but the pressure on the muffler multiplied. At some point, the pressure got to be too much and the muffler burst at its weakest point — the seam.

RAY: While that makes you unwelcome in most bedroom communities after dark, it also allows the exhaust to escape. So the car should run better. And once you replace the muffler, you should be all set.

TOM: Mufflers sometimes explode due to backfires, caused by too much unburned fuel in the exhaust system. But given all the corroborating symptoms you have, I’m betting yours was just badly clogged. Next time, try Mufflermucil.

Or listen to the library of great old shows like the one with:
- How many rocks can you fit into a Saab? http://www.cartalk.com/content/0729-sorry-dad-i-blew-your-car

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by RobinM

SOTW, Laser Red Texan

November 8, 2014 in News

Hi Robin,

I’d like to share my 2009 Saab 9-3 Aero in Laser Red for consideration of SOTW. Being a 2009, it has the 2.8T V6 with XWD and an eLSD. The car is equipped with a 6 speed manual transmission and a number of Hirsch upgrades including the front upper/lower grilles, rear diffuser, dual exhaust, lowering springs, and a Hirsch sport steering wheel on the inside.

On the performance front, it has plenty of power coming with a JZW Stage 3 tune, Genuine Saab downpipe/midpipe, and an ETS intercooler. Overall, it has more than enough power to put a smile on my face every time I drive it

Kindest regards,

Matt (USA)

Big thank you once again an as usual larger versions can be found here

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by Tim

Have no illusions!

November 5, 2014 in News

Just like in 2011 as the situation became more and more grim the mood around here got worse and the comments became more and more offensive. The situation today is a copy of what happened back then.

People here can criticize NEVS for all kinds of reasons and many of that criticism is well founded but nobody cant predict the future and NEVS had a Chinese owner who wanted cars for China, that is pretty clear and in 2012 he brought the money to the table when nobody else did and thus Saab could live on for a bit longer. And I’m sure that the managers at NEVS do regret some of the decisions they’ve made…

To this date, NEVS has kept Saab alive for a longer time than Spyker did and NEVS has spent almost 4 times the amount of money keeping the company alive than what Spyker did and even though NEVS is caught in a situation they can not control they do deserve some credit for still keeping things going. One other point I want to make very clear, what spyker did was to bring 1,8 billion Euros of debt into the Saab without really spending much at all of their own money on the company, Spyker spent the roughly 150 million Euro that was available in Saabs accounts when Saab were handed over to Spyker by GM, so far NEVS has spent their own money and accumulated only about 20 million Euro of debt, think about that before you criticize them too much!

But I want to get to the point of the headline: people here need to stop being naive and having illusions that there is going to be some white knight coming to save the brand from NEVS. THAT is not going to happen! This is it, its this or nothing. If it dies now, it dies for good…

There is not going to be any kind of bankruptcy situation where the assets of the phoenix platform can once again save the factory and bring back the brand. There is no money for that. If NEVS closes down the assets will be sold off and everything will be gone forever.

I for one am still keeping my fingers x’ed harder than ever and hope to god that this is going to work out, and I have spent enough time with Mattias Bergman and the other guys at NEVS to have a lot of faith, in that they are probably the only ones, who can save whatever there is left to save in Trollhättan…

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by RobinM

SOTW, Arnies grand pair

October 25, 2014 in News


Hi from France !

I’m very happy to introduce you Mary (as in Bloody Mary) and my everyday SAAB 9-5…

Two different generations, two different shapes, but the same pleasure !
My cars are a 1991 900i convertible and a 2010 9-5 Tid 160 hp
They will be thrilled to be elected S(s)OTW !

Arnie
Normandy
France


Please check here to see a few more pictures from Arnie

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What I drive now while waiting for a future swedish sportscar.

October 21, 2014 in News

As Tim Rokka mentioned in his last posting here that he has ordered a BMW 428i Xdrive. For the last two months I have been the happy owner of a BMW M4 Coupe. Last week I had a pilgrimage to Germany visiting BMW Welt + Museum and production facility in Munich. From there to a racing course at Sachsenring via a stop at the Audi Museum in Ingolstadt. The M4 is for me that Saab 9X or AEROX that Saab never made. The former owner Spyker had some racing cars but they where in my opinion sort of kit cars with an Audi engine and 100% impractical and just space for 2 people without any luggage. My present M4 has enough space to go to the BMW dealership and pick up a set of 255/40/18 wheels inside the car. Just folding the rear backrest and all the wheels fit.
It is my first rear driven car ever and I really look forward to this new relationship. Handling wise it is a supercar german motor magazine drove it on Nürburgring in 7:53 minutes. I managed in my very first timed slalom drive at the Sachsenring circuit get the best time. First time for me in a slalom in a rear wheel driven car.

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At Sachsenring Circuit near Dresden, Germany

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At the BMW welt (World) with the BMW Headquarters and Museum in the background

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MY favorite racing car of all times the BMW 3.5 CSL in the original M livery that has inspired me to att the racing colors to my M4. Swedish Formula 1 driver Ronnie Peterson raced BMW when not in the Lotus or March cars.

Now I am off to pick up newly blasted chassis part for my Saab 99 Turbo 4 door car. I will post more on that project here on SaabsUnited. All You guys know where the SU crew hearts are!

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by RobinM

Free Winter Battery Check (UK)

October 12, 2014 in News

Here is an offer from The Saab Service Club in the UK
Free Winter Battery Check
Winter’s a tough time for any vehicle, even one designed to survive harsher seasonal conditions than ours. And a flat battery is the last thing you want to catch you out on a freezing cold morning. Yet it’s the most common cause of breakdown calls throughout winter. So now’s the right time to get a free battery check at your nearest Saab Authorised Service Centre. There’s no need to book and it only takes minutes to diagnose whether your battery and charging system are ready for winter’s worst.

£99 Fixed Price Battery Offer including fitting
Remember your car’s battery is the only power source you have to get everything up and running. So if our check proves it’s raring to go, you can drive off without worrying. But if it confirms your battery is under the weather, we can install a brand-new one as specified for your Saab and fitted by trained Saab technicians for only £99.00 which includes a 3 year warranty.

Get off to a good start this winter
To claim your free winter battery check, simply register with Saab Service Club and download your voucher. Existing Saab Service Club members can download a voucher directly by entering your membership number where requested. Simply take the voucher to your nearest Saab Authorised Service Centre and hand it over at reception. Click here to find yours now.

Claim your voucher now!
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by Tim

NEVS NEWS: Reconstruction continues! =)

October 8, 2014 in News

The decision was taken today that the reconstruction of NEVS is to be continued until November 29th. None of the creditors called for a bankruptcy of NEVS which is indeed very good news. A committee consisting of representatives from the creditors will be formed and will have insight into the progress of the reconstruction.

Mattias Bergman told P4 West that the goal is to have the deal completed with the two partner companies before the 29th of November.

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NEVS: Judgement day for the reconstruction

October 8, 2014 in News

Today is the day that will determine if NEVS has a future in the auto industry or not. Its judgement day for the reconstruction and NEVS has to disclose how it intends to remake its business in order to pay its creditors.

In Trollhättans neighbor city Vänersborg lies the district court and town hall and thats where the event will take place, in the same facilities where Victor Muller had to explain to his creditors how he was supposed to save Saab with the help of Youngman and Pang Da. This time there are also two companies who wants to save Saab but as you all know one of them is Indian and one Chinese.

Today NEVS will tell the court and their kreditors about the reconstruction plan, if the creditors continue to believe in the fact that NEVS has a future they will vote for the continued reconstruction of the company if they vote to discontinue the reconstruction the judge of the Vänersborg district court will take over the process and make a decision with the vote as a guideline only.

In normal cases the reconstruction almost always continues since if a bankruptcy would be forced then the creditors would most likely not receive any payments for their outstanding debt at all, all of it would be lost. This has proven to be the case with the still ongoing bankruptcy process of SAAB Automobile AB.

Several experts have given the NEVS plan thumbs down, as Fredrik Sidahl explains to P4 West, it lacks a concrete time-line. It doesn’t give the creditors anything to relate to as to when they might receive payment. Also to consider is that there is no real information in the plan as to how NEVS intends to keep the company running since it does not have any more funds available nor is able to borrow any money. Fredrik Sidahl also explained that the best option for the creditors is of course if the reconstruction continues and becomes a successful one.

So does NEVS have a future or not, according to sources I’ve talked to a new owner would not really matter in the end unless NEVS can start to actually produce something that can create an income to run the company. NEVS needs to get both its deals in place for their plan to work and they’ve been talking with the two partners for almost a year now without reaching a conclusion. They’ve spent more time on this than they did with the official purchase of Saab Automobile ABs bankruptcy estate.

There is no question in my mind that time is running out fast and NEVS needs to find some way to bring money into the company and according to the reconstruction plan NEVS is supposed to build other brands in their facilities but as most people know, there really isn’t a shortage of production capacity in Europe, more like the other way around. However there are a number of brands who would like to build their cars in Europe in order to gain market credibility and a foothold in the region, perhaps Qoros or Dong Feng? Dong Feng is already a major sponsor of events in Europe including sail racing boats and other high-class events.

I still keep all my fingers x’ed for a bright future for Saab and that I one day can buy a new 9-5 with the SAAB badge on it, but I also have no illusions that a bankruptcy can create something new out of this, if it ends now, it ends for good!, there is no coming back! Anyone believing that Mahindra is stalling in order to force a bankruptcy and thus buy the place cheaply is misinformed. That is never going to happen!

The bankruptcy estate would have very little money to operate with so an immediate liquidation of assets would take place and that means the end of it all. I’ve herd through other sources that there are already plans in place to buy the factory and to convert it into a warehouse which will support the Gothenburg & Uddevalla harbors which is in desperate need of space, Trollhättans proximity to the two harbors make it an excellent location.

You could say that NEVS is the last hope of us ever seeing a new car with a Saab badge on it again.

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NEVS Reconstruction plan in English

October 3, 2014 in News

The full version of the reconstruction plan from Lars Eric Gustafsson at Hamilton Law firm responsible for the reconstruction of NEVS can now be found in English here: http://hamilton.sidvisning.se/reorganisationplan/

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NEVS Plan A and Plan B

October 3, 2014 in News

The news Yesterday of NEVS approaching third parties although they are still in Talks with the two Assian car manufacturers.

The OEM track

The OEM track

Well later yesterday they sent a preliminary reorganisation plan to their creditors, and helped us understand what this Plan B means.

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