SaabsUnited Calendar 2015

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.

Respect.

It seems that from time to time some people need to be reminded that there are some rules for commenting here. The most basic one is respect. And in last weeks post when I mainly wanted to talk about what we have in mind for the future of SaabsUnited some people hooked up to the mere fact that two of our writers got a car from another brand and spoke about it here. I don’t want to start talking about that thing anymore now, it’s been too much an issue anyway, I just want to say that I was not happy about some comments. Not at all.

Tim has done a great job on this blog and spent a lot of time and effort into getting the latest news and stories here. Jörgen has done a lot of work for the community and still owns more Saabs than most of us. Both still have Saab in their hearts, no matter what car they drive right now. There are many around here who had to look into another brand due to their personal situation. That itself has been bad enough but for me it is no reason to make them a persona non grata from one moment to another.

Ever since I joined SaabsUnited and through all the ups and downs we had it was always clear that we should treat each other with a minimum of respect. And in that last post of mine some people definetely crossed a line. I was actually close to deleting one or two, but since I believe that most people here still have their common sense I left them for everybody to see how much the commenter just disqualified himself.

If you want to express your opinion here please remember that we are all human beings and deserve a minimum of respect. I don’t want to see members of the team treated sh*t just because of their car. We are all frustrated because of the state of Saab. And because we have to face realities like getting no new Saabs on lease. I had to add a vehicle from another car brand to my car park, too. But does that change anything in my relationship to Saab?. Not at all.

I am always open for a good debate, even if it is controversial. But I strongly believe that those basic values like respect and politeness are a must, especially in the anonymity of the Internet. Those cannot be discussed and therefore the comments on this post are closed.

Thoughts.

It’s been a few days that I’ve been carrying around some thoughts I wanted to put into words here. For the past year I have been pretty absent here as a writer due to the saab related webshop that I had started back then and that has been growing permanently. Nevertheless I’ve been watching closely what happens and what is posted here and around other places in the Saab universe.

Our main job over the years, the covering of the latest news has become rather unsatisfying recently. Not only because real news are hard to get but also because those latest news were rather bad. So for some time I have been looking into ways to get more community topics back on the blog. The stuff that us current owners are interested in while enjoying and maintaining our Saabs. Pretty soon we’ll be introducing a new writer to feature the technical side of our cars. I still believe getting a pre-owned Saab is a good idea and maybe this is a way to encourage more people to join in.

While I still feel that there may be cars made in Trollhättan again in the future for now I think we have to deal with the reality and put our love on the cars we have. I know there are many out there who put a lot of effort into their cars, making them something very special and personal. If you are one of those, please share those stories with us. We will be happy to post it.

We have more things in our mind for the future of SaabsUnited but since it’s you who we are running that blog for we are also open to your suggestions. Comments are open. SaabsUnited has always been a valuable part of the community over the years and can surely be that in the future with a few tweaks here and there.

And finally just a few words on an issue we got a lot of critcism for (and rightly so). I did not like the extensive featuring of Munich based cars either.

For Sale: SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2004 Hirsch & MapTun

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Skärmavbild 2014-08-07 kl. 08.10.27Cleaning up in my garage and now, summer soon over so I decided to let my convertible go.

It is a car that was originally sold by the Saab Dealer in Santa Monica California. As an ARC model with the HOT (High Output Turbo) 5 speed manual. The car was taken to Sweden in 2007 and got the AERO trim added. Also upgraded with the ice block design clear light clusters.

The car has never been driven in the winter ever, as new underneath, so NO salt issues ODO is at 112000 KM

The car has been gently modified to become an even better car compared to the day it left the Magna Steyer plant in Graz, Austria.

Engine,  L850 2,0 liter Turbo, MapTun Flexprogram Gasoline/Ethanol E85, Digital ignition upgrade to m/y .2005, Sachs race sinter clutch, Talliaferro Shortshifter, Ferrita Twinpipe race exhaust system with a race catalyst race down pipe. +280 bhp (never been on a dyno)

Chassis: Yellow adjustable KONI dampers front and back, HR Sportsprings, SAAB Original ALU 65 18″ 10 Spoke wheels, 9-3 AERO V6 314mm brakes. New Michelin Sport Pilot Tires just 1500 km.

Interior: Hirsch leather dash with white stitchings, Hirsch aluminium pedals, Hirsch doorhandles/handbrake and slot kit in leather, Hirsch aluminumlook on the glovebox, US auto dimming mirror with compass and garage door opener. AERO steering wheel y/m 2006, Radio Infotainment system 150, AUX/MP3 connector, upgraded front speakers.

Exterior: AERO body kit, Aero front and rear spoiler, US amber side front lights. Philips LED Daytime running lights, no holes in the soft-top that is in good condition, black rear mid brake light, rear parking sensors, fixed tow/hitch.709

Price to sell at € 12500 / 111600 SEK

Contact Cell phone +46709589632 /  jtrued[at]gmail.com Skärmavbild 2014-08-07 kl. 07.41.08

 

Saab 9-5 NG AERO Hirsch for sale!

SAAB 9-5 NG AERO Hirsch 2010
SAAB 9-5 NG AERO Hirsch 2010

 

Making room for more classic renovations of 99 Turbos in the garage. So I have decided to put my Saab 9-5 NG AERO 2010 for sale.

Its one of the first production cars with number #175 a carbon grey metallic with parchment  leather interior. First owner was SAAB Automobile AB in Trollhättan. I am the second owner and the car has now just 44000 km on the odometer. The specifications list is quite unique:

Engine & Chassis:

4 cylinder 260 bhp Hirsch engine with a manual 6 speed gearbox. Hirsch stainless steel quad exhaust with Helmholtz Resoantor. DriveSense active chassis with HiPer Struts. 19″ Turbine aluminium wheels + a set of 4 Studded  wheels on Saab aluminium. All Hirsch installation made by the technicians at Saab-ANA in Trollhättan.

Interior:

Hirsch leather dash, HUD Head-Up-Display, Color info screen, Harman Kardon top of the line radio. GPS Navigation system with information in the HUD, DAB Digital Audio Broadcast radio, Forward camera for fraffic sign detection and warning for crossing white lines. Advanced Parking assist. Rear seat entertainment with two color screens and wireless headphones and remote control. Tinted plastic screens in rear door windows and rear window from Swedish maker Solarplexius. Textile and rubber mats. Bagage compartment with the slider aluminium control system. Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free mobile communication

Exterior:

Aero design line, removable tow/hitch, rear Hirsch trunklid spoiler.

Ready to be sold for 21000 EUROS, approximately 188000 SEK, the car is in Stockholm. Contact me +46709589632 or jtrued[at]gmail.com.

Just a clean sale no other car is of interest I have 7 Saabs already 🙂

 

Merry Christmas from SaabsUnited

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As days start to get quiet before Christmas it’s a welcome chance for us to reflect a bit on the past year. When it comes to Saab quite a few positive things have happened – mostly behind closed doors as it has become the culture at Saab under NEVS ownership. The extent of work that has been done became public with the first pre-production car that came off the line in September and then finally the real reviving of the factory with the start of serial production just a few weeks ago. And this is just the first step. We will surely see more things to come next year. No doubt it will be interesting and finally in a positive way again.

On the fan side we had the Saab Festival this summer in Trollhättan. Those fun days really proved that the Saab spirit is still strong and very alive. Of course I should not forget to mention the numberless other events all around the world – from the large ones like IntSaab and [email protected] to the small local club events. Hats off to all who organized those.

SaabsUnited this year saw the ownership tranfer solely into my hands, which on the frontpage meant no big change at all. The most satisfying thing for all in the team is that at some point we finally got some news to write about again. And it is encouraging to know that there will be more. Another point for us is the migration of the SaabsUnited store to cardyourcar.eu. We did that mostly to use the logistic synergies and to be able to offer more items than could before. I hope you enjoy it.

Finally, on a very personal note, early this year I had to face a very tough loss as Nic Schellekens passed away unexpectedly and way too soon. I know that many within the community came across him, be it during the organization of WeAreSaab in the Netherlands or on any other occasion. I enjoyed many conversations (mostly about Saab) with him and also cardyourcar was something we both started up about a year ago. I salute you, ol’ grumpy Scotsman.

Whatever your memories of the passing year are, I hope you also get some rest and find time to reflect on them while being among your loved ones. I, along with the entire team of SaabsUnited want to wish you a Merry Christmas. Enjoy those quiet days, things will start to get loud again soon enough. For example when you take your Saab for a holiday ride…

The SaabsUnited Chocolate Advent Calendar

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The SaabsUnited store has been pretty low since the Saab festival.On one hand we sold out most of our items and on the other hand the store has completely moved to cardyourcar.eu. Throughout this week I am going to feature some of the products that are now available in the SaabsUnited store and on CardYourCar in general here, starting with something very special:

The SaabsUnited Advent calendar really sweetens the wait for Christmas. On the outside if features a beautiful 9-3x in the snow and on the inside there are 24 bars of Milka chocolate waiting for their day to come. With a size of 27 x 19 x 1 cm (approx. 10,6 x 7,5 x 0,5 in) and a foldable stand on the back it is perfect for the office desk.

That advent calendar is strictly limited to 250 pcs so don’t think about it for too long.

Feel free to browse through cardyourcar. Of course you can cross-shop all the articles there and get it all in a single delivery. Even a first glimpse on the new SU calendars is available. They have just been made available for pre-orders. More on them later this week.

SU Calendar 2014 – Last Call For Photos

Roughly two weeks ago we opened our email for entries for the new SaabsUnited calendar. We have already recieved a variety of great pics from all around the world that tell us how great the Saab spirit still is.

The decision has been taken to go for a larger size of approx 42×30 cm. As for a second calendar it looks like we might get enough entries and I’d like to encourage all Convertible owners to send in pics of their Saabs (just as a slight hint what we have in mind).

Since we want to come out with the final product a bit earlier than last year we close for entries on Wednesday, October 23rd. Here is a quick reminder of what we are looking for:

We do not have a general demand on the size of the photos but remember that it should preferably have 200 dpi in the final size or 42×30 cm.

Please send your images via mail to su @ tilldrescher.de .

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