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Restoration of a Classic: 99 Turbo 4-door sedan (Part 1)

May 1, 2014 in Classics, News, Projects, Saabs History, sponsors, Sweden

99 Turbo 4 DWhen I picked up the car in 2012, in really bad condition as seen.

SaabCars is now selling a 4-door Turbo Sedan model of the 9-3 generation II on the swedish market. Saab Automobile production came to an end with the 4-door sedan of the 9-5 generation II. But when did Saab start to sell their very first 4-door sedan with turbo powered engine? For those of You who know Your history books that was with the 900 Turbo sedan in 1981. Well not quite so. There where a few 99 Turbos with rear passenger doors. And that was 4 years earlier. Here is the story and the restoration program. A restoration that You can follow here on SaabsUnited. Hopefully some of you get the inspiration to do something similar to save an old Saab.

bild 2Some of You have most probably read my prevoious postings on Saab History and classic Saabs. You might recall the Saab 99 Turbo Rally cars I have built and competed with over the last years. Also my recreation of the Pearl white 99 Turbo replica, the very first 99 Turbo from the 1977 Inteational Frankfurt Auto Saloon. That car is now under construction/restoration.

One and a half year ago I found a super rare 99 Turbo and to my surprise it was a 4 door saloon. I was at first somewhat reluctant if this was a true 4 door. Saab has never sold the 99 Turbo in that configuration just 2 door sedan and CombiCoupe (Wagonback).

I picked up the car in southern Swedish province of Skåne. Then I drove way up north to find a not so rusty donor car, since some parts on the turbo where really rusted out and had damage from a collision.

What one of the other 9 4 door cars did look like picture taken from a Saab 99 Turbo sales brochure from 1978.

Now I have again started a historical research that has been part of all my car renovations since I always do unusual and spectacular cars. This car was not different in that respect. It was Test vehicle no. 970 in the One-hundred series. Test fleet vehicles that Sab built before the offical launch of the 99 Turbo CC in 1978. Through a good friend who was a manager at Saab-Scania both in Sweden and The US in the heydays, we started a collaborative work to make the registry of the alluring 100 cars as complete as possible.

We still work on that list. What we know just about nothing about is the cars sent to europe (EU) excluding Sweden. The 100 cars whare sent to the US, Sweden and rest of europe. Of the 4 doors 10 where made and 5 has survived only one in traffic. The one rolling has been modified extensively, has a history as a track-racer, tuned 16V engine and a Airflowkit registration plates GEM943.

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Service You Can Count On

November 24, 2012 in sponsors

Being a vocal supporter of Saab and in the industry as a Sales Manager of a Saab dealer, I often get emails from people who are in need of direction as to where to go with their Saab. I received one such email the other day from a gentleman from Ottawa with a tough one. The Trionic 7 ECU in his 2002 9-3 had been bricked and he wanted to know if we had the tools to reprogram to factory settings. Problem being was that he is in Ottawa and I am in BC so I wouldn’t have the car, just the ECU which doesn’t work for the tools we have at our location as we need the vehicle too.

I was informed that he was going to send the ECU to Genuine Saab as they had the tooling to plug the ECU in without the car and resetting the setting to factory. He had been in contact with Nick at Genuine Saab on November 19th about sending it out and was willing to pay to express it to them and pay for all shipping to ensure it moved quickly. To my amazement I got an email update this morning.


Here’s an update to my situation.
Nick at Genuine Saab came through in a big way. I couriered the ECU on Tuesday, they got it Wednesday and turned it around on the same day so I wouldn’t have to wait through US Thanksgiving.

Nick loaded one of his own files, and it’s excellent. The car started right away, and immediately settled into a very steady idle. The power delivery is extremely consistent, with no holes or sudden peaks in the torque curve. The car feels about as fast as a stock Viggen, which is great since it was rated at 185hp when new.

I would definitely recommend GS to any Saab owner. Great service, great product knowledge, and a definite passion for the brand.


Personally, I don’t really post about endorsing a sponsor or where to take a Saab other than a Saab dealer but this had to be told. Customer service to me is one of the most important parts of meeting the needs of the Saab customer and this has got to be one of the best stories of service that I have heard in a very long time. I was blown away to hear a 4 day turn around actually took place from Canada to the USA and back and even with a USA holiday in those days….. Unbelievable. Bernard, thank you for sharing a real life story of one of the sponsors here and Genuine Saab, thanks for exceeding the customers expectations.

State of Nine US Saab Convention Promo

August 4, 2012 in MapTun, sponsors, State of Nine

New State of Nine
New State of Nine
Our 10th Saab Convention | Exclusive New Items

State of Nine Annual Outlet Sale

July 4, 2012 in News, SAAB Parts, sponsors, State of Nine, USA

New State of Nine

Our Annual Outlet Sale Starts Now!

Saab Enthusiast!  


Our Sixth Annual Outlet Sale starts now! Most of these items only have one available – so act fast!  Have a great 4th of July and enjoy your Saab,



Dan DeVlieger

State of Nine Ltd. 
Phone: 877-449-SAAB


State of Nine, Ltd is not associated in any way with NEVS, Saab Cars NA, Hirsch Performance, Spyker Cars, or Tom and Ray from Car Talk. Prices and promotions are subject to change.  Check for the most up-to-date prices. 

9% Off – President’s Weekend Promo at State of Nine

February 17, 2012 in Events, sponsors, State of Nine

Happy President’s Weekend! This is a facebook and SaabsUnited only promotion – Save 9% Off our entire store (excluding some parts catalog items) now through end of day Monday. Go to now and enter PRES2012 at checkout.

Enjoy and thank you for being a SaabsUnited and State of Nine fan!

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by Tim

Special SU Offer from Shaw Saab

January 22, 2012 in sponsors

Shaw Saab are making a very special offer for SaabsUnited fans as a warm Thank You for the dedication to the brand during the “We are many, we are Saab” meetings. The offer is for remaining 2011 Saab (x-loaner cars) at 50% OFF MSRP. This is a SaabsUnited exclusive offer and is not offered to the public. To take part of this deal you must mention that you read about this on SaabsUnited!

Here are the remaining applicable vehicles:

  • 2011 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan. Automatic, OnStar/Bluetooth, Diamond Silver/Black with 7,100 miles. #8792. MSRP $33,470. SALE $16,735.
  • 2011 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan. Automatic, OnStar/Bluetooth, Diamond Silver/Black with 7,900 miles. #8794. MSRP $33,470. SALE $16,735.
  • 2011 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan. Automatic, Sunroof, OnStar/Bluetooth, Java/Parchment with 6,900 miles. #8793. MSRP $34,670. SALE $17,335.
  • 2011 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan. Automatic, Sunroof, OnStar/Bluetooth, Carbon Grey/Black with 7,500 miles. #8825. MSRP $34,670. SALE $17,335.
  • 2011 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan. Automatic, Sunroof, OnStar/Bluetooth, Bose Audio, Diamond Silver/Black with 7,300 miles. #8832. MSRP $35,765. SALE $17,883.
  • 2011 Saab 9-5 Sedan. Automatic, Sunroof, Turbo-4 Premium, Harmon-Kardon, Diamond Silver/Jet Black with 7,500 miles. #8779. MSRP $45,255. SALE $22,628.
  • 2011 Saab 9-5 Sedan. Automatic, Sunroof, Turbo-4 Premium, Jet Black/Jet Black with 7,500 miles. #8806. MSRP $44,260. SALE $22,130.
The vehicles are sold as-is with no warranty.  Plus, there are a few brand new 9-5’s at similar savings.

Visit the website here:

Shaw Saab
22 Pond Street, Route 228
Norwell, MA

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Secret SU October Fest 99

September 11, 2011 in Projects, Rally Team, sponsors, Technical, Uncategorized

The white 99 has now been in the SUHRT garage for about 2 weeks lots going on and we have 3 more weeks until it has to be ready to roll down to Trollhättan with the other Stockholm Saabs. The convoy will include two more cars from SUHRT the marble white ex. Vladimir Antonov 2010 Midnattssolsrallyt and the RAL 5005 blue 99 Turbo driven in 2011 Midnattssolsrallyt by Fredrik Nyström-Andersson. Both car will be equipped with Clarion Car Stereo from our sponsor KGK.


Here are some sneak picture from the secret “development” department at SUHRT.

We will strap an “embedded” reporter from Auto Motor and Sport Magazine in one of the seats + two of our team sponsors Abshot Signs UK and Mellowood Medical Canada.
We will give the a ride of their life also later on in Trollhättan on a Testtrack. All our cars are equipped with Sellholms Tuning Springs and Bilstein/FORZA Rally/Racing spec shocks, riding on Ronal or Minilite wheels with Dunlop or Michelin 195´s.
Also a big thank You to all the sponsors WORLD-WIDE that helps us to pull this project through!

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The Hirsch Performance 2011 Spring Collection

April 1, 2011 in Saabology, sponsors

The newest Newsletter has just arrived from Site Sponsor Hirsch and I have reprinted it below for you all to see.
The Hirsch Performance 2011 spring collection of accessories for the Saab 9-5 is now available.
At the Auto Zürich and Detroit car shows, Hirsch Performance previewed a few accessories planned for the new Saab 9-5 with the 9-5 Hirsch
Performance Concept. The forged 20″ wheels are already being delivered, and now additional products have been finalized for production.
Hirsch Performance wishes you a spring full of driving enjoyment!
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Free Shipping at State of Nine until January 31

January 26, 2011 in sponsors

Just a quick note…..

Site sponsor, State of Nine, is running a Free Shipping offer from now until January 31st.

The offer is available to all Continental US orders over $50 and International orders over $499 (and if you’ve priced international shipping on some stuff, you’ll know that’s a pretty decent offer).

My own personal winter recommendation would be the custom floor mats they offer – a huge range of custom options that will protect your interior in the winter months.

They also do a great range of Thule accessories, clothing, books, car covers and more.

My thanks to Dan for his continued support of SU through State of Nine.

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State of Nine – custom made cut-off dates for Christmas

December 11, 2010 in sponsors

State of Nine is a sponsor of Saabs United (and Dan’s a top notch guy, too).


If you’ve given the tip to some family members about Christmas gifts for your Saab, then you might need to know that gifts requiring some custom tailoring will need to be ordered this weekend to have best chance of delivery in time for Christmas.

Custom-made Cut-Off Dates
OK, now. For those Saab shoppers out there… We have some big cut-off dates coming up. We need to have all our custom-made floor mat and custom-made car cover orders in production by Friday (12/10/10) in order to get your item delivered by 12/24/10 via normal ground shipping. Please keep this in mind when shopping. If you select our best method shipping option, we will upgrade you to UPS or FedEx Ground at No Charge between now and 12/10/10.

OK, that’s a day old now, but I know Dan will do his level best for you if you get your order in superquick.


Some other gift ideas from State of Nine:

Dan also has 4 web pages dedicated solely to gift ideas for Saab owners. Bookmark the page and send it to your significant others as a big fat hint :-)

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Cyber Monday at Saabs United

November 29, 2010 in sponsors


Please note the following from Fredrik at Maptun (there were some early problems with the code being accepted).

The coupon code is now fixed. It’s valid until 23:59 Tuesday November 30th Swedish time.


The internet has few real traditions, but one of the recent ones is Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday is the Monday after the US Thanksgiving holiday and over the last five years, it’s become a day for online shoppers receiving discounts and special deals.

So be it. Please pay attention to the applicable dates as they vary from offer to offer.


State of Nine invite you to take advantage of a free shipping offer. All purchases over $25 in the US will receive free shipping and any international buyers will receive the same for purchases over $550.

State of Nine sell all manner of Saab accessories, including accessories from Hirsch Performance. While you’re visiting, complete their winter survey and you’ll automatically go into their weekly prize draw.

The offer is open right now and continues through until 12:01am on Tuesday, November 30.


Maptun are offering 15% off all Maptuner software upgrades. Maptuner is a plug-n-play upgrade solution that can boost the power and torque of your Saab (T7 and up).

This is a Monday-only offer, and it’s available as long as it’s Monday 29th November somewhere in the world.

Please use the code CM2010 when you place your order.

If you haven’t seen it already, I shot some video earlier this year of my friend John tuning his Saab 9-3 using a maptuner, in less than four minutes!


SaabUSA Parts have a number of different parts on sale from (Black) Friday 26th November through to Cyber Monday. All of these will be available at special prices for the full four days.

Click here for all the details.

Specials included cover roofracks, smartslot items, cargo nets, jumper cables, genuine Saab car care products, plate covers, rear spoilers, car covers and MORE!

Check the specials page for appropriate model details.



The Saabs United T-Shirt Shop also has a Cyber Monday discount happening. Note that this is for the US-based shop only (links below).

Shoppers can get a 25% discount on all orders over $40 from now until November 30th.

To claim the discount, US shoppers should use the code CYBER2010 during checkout. Canadian shoppers should use CADCYBER2010.

Click to visit….