With all that has been reported in the last couple of days, its been hard to think of a good time to tell people about the great programs that Saab is offering at this moment. Before anyone gets any crazy thinking of (this must have something to do with what has been written about in the last two days) these programs came out Oct 1st and are the same as any other manufacturer at this time of year when it comes to the previous model year inventory. So, here are the programs. On all of the Saab 9-3s there is a $6000 credit for new and existing customers and if you have a 1995 or newer Saab you get a further $2000 in savings for loyalty. That’s an $8000 savings on a 2011 Saab 9-3 and with a starting price for Canada of $36100 that would make the price now at $28100, which blows me away to think of a brand new Saab for under $30000 Canadian, that’s Ford Fusion pricing. When we look at the 2011 SAAB 9-5 the story gets better. The 9-5 has an $8000 credit for new and existing customers and also has the extra $2000 in savings for loyalty if you have a 1995 or newer SAAB, that’s $10,000 in savings. These programs are offered by the manufacturer, see your closest Canadian retailer for any further questions about available models and options. Stock is getting a little low as far as color packages and such, but the dealer network will work together to try to find exactly what you’re looking for as we are still stocked fairly well. Read the rest of this entry →
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Jörgen Trued was out driving from MapTun to his home today when he sighted this beautiful thing!
-Hey here I am Jörgen editing Tims post.
A Super Saab day for me first a great meeting strictly professionally at SAAB Technologies in Linköping. Meeting that was interrupted by SAAB 39 Gripen starting on the Saab Field runways. I guess some of You know that Tim and I have something in common, airplanes and aviation. Picked up some Saab stuff in the company gift store.
Then on the way back home i picked up Saab stuff what else. Freshly painted wheels and plastic stuff for the SaabsUnited Historic Rally Team “Secret” OctoberFest event racer… (Hint: white color as been used)
The to a junkyard and putting in a complet SAAB 99 TURBO B-Engine with gearbox right smack into the cavernous rear of my 9-3 TurboX SC. Then on to our great friends at MapTun to pick up some interesting tubing.
5 min later the Java brown 9-5 NG SC on the road. A cellphone conversation with my favorite SAAB dealer WAFAB in Karlstad. But that is an even more closely held secret that could be revealed next weekend.
All in all it is now time to relax for a day in the archipelago of Stockholm. Then down in the Sundbyberg City Saab Factory dungeons to make more of our favorite Saab 99´s
June 18, 2011 in test drive
On the 9th of June, 2011, I got to borrow a 9-3 2,0T BioPower Aero Grffin Convertible. The reporting of the test-drive was performed in 10 different updates spanning over 5 days, this is all those parts merged together into one big post.
June 13, 2011 in test drive
This morning I packed my uniform, flightbag and some other stuff and started a trip together with johanna from Växjö to Trollhättan. Upon arrival I’m picking up my 9-5 Anniversery, Johanna will drive my 9-5 Griffin back home and this beautiful convertible will be returned to Saab.
Anyway I wanted to show you guys the bagage-compartment with some stuff in it.
June 12, 2011 in test drive
Today we took the 9-3 Convertible out shopping, 3 big bags of food fit into the bagage-compartment with room to spare with the roof down. The space below the roof-compartment is actually more spacious than I first thought. We could easily fit a shoe-box in there as well. One feature of the bagage-compartment surprised me a bit for a convertible and it was the fasteners for a floor-net and Saabs bumper protector for loading stuff into the compartment. It was a very welcome surprise since I use both of them heavily on my 9-5.
The bagage-compartment can opened in two ways, either via the key or by the handle located below the decor list. There is one thing I would like to have and it’s an automatic closing function, with the wing fitted to the top of the hatch there is no easy way to close the hatch on the outside without having to look for a place every time. I don’t want to push on the wing it self since I know that the fitting is not that strong so I find myself pushing down on the hatch just above the decor list which is quite an “un-natural” place to push… It’s really no big deal, but just one of those things that the guys at Saab maybe could have thought about, or think about when they are designing the next car.
I also tried to put some stuff in the backseat and the forward seats move away very easily giving great access to the backseat. Even in tight places on the parking-lot it’s no problem at all to get in there. The doors are very big but I still find that they don’t move out as far as on my 3-Door 9-3 Viggen. Sitting in the back is no problem at all, there is plenty of room and I’m 180 cm long, weighing 85 kg so anyone claiming it to be too tight should go and buy himself a 9-5 instead! =) By lifting the silver colored handle halfway up the seat starts moving forward with the aid of the electric motors, when its stopped lift the handle the whole way up and the seat folds forward. Same thing applies when moving it backwards, just lift the handle a bit and the seat moves backwards to its last known position. Read the rest of this entry →
As I already wrote in a post earlier this week I had the opportunity to take a closer look at the 9-5 Hirsch Performance. The base for the car is the 2,8T V6 Aero. Hirsch added the 330 hp engine upgrade, lowering kit, aerodynamics package, 20″ forged wheels, quad exhaust and leather interior…
June 9, 2011 in test drive
The 2nd drive of the day takes place mainly on the highway when driving to our home which is located about 25 km west of Växjö. Its a 2,5 hour drive from Gothenburg and on this leg I get to try the engine a lot more. Compared to the 9-5 the engine is a lot more responsive in the 9-3 and the acceleration is really fast. Driving on the highway at 120 km/h the fuel consumption is steady at 10.7 liters / 100 km.
One thing that is a bit negative on the highway is the noise from the tyres. If I were to buy a car like this I would choose something softer for more comfort. But we solved the road noise problem by turning up the volume and soundsystem played metal by the group Amaranthe as well as it can be played
Photo taken by my girlfriend Johanna on the E6 highway due north of Halmstad.
June 9, 2011 in test drive
Having driven the distance between Trollhättan and Särö. The car performs perfectly, on both highway and narrow roads. It is very easy to drive and visibility through all windows are close to perfect, even the smaller rear-window. The fuel we are driving on is E85 and the fuel comsuption was 10.1 litres/100 km and the total distance was 108 km at an average speed of 58 km/h.
Later in the evening the weather turned better and we were able to drive with the top down.