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by Rune

Crossing the Norwegian mountains in style

April 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hardangervidda last weekend

Our 9-5 has been in our care for about a year and a half now. So far we have carried out only two road trips, and we were long overdue for a third; Time to visit my relatives out west!

As I live in Sweden and work in Oslo, the road trip became a two stage affair. My dad lives not far away from me, but logistically it was easier for us to simply join up in Oslo. On Friday we pooled together in my car, four people in total.

What was different this time around is that I was mostly a passenger. My dad wished to take the helm as we approached the stomping ground of his youth. I was fine with that as the rear seat is comfy and the ample leg space makes it easy to relax and just enjoy the trip.

Lærdalstunnelen - the longest road tunnel in the world

In some ways, it took me back to some of the family trips back when I was a child. The roads were a lot different back then. Instead of long and wide tunnels with ample space for my 9-5 meeting a big truck, my dad’s 96 would balance precariously on narrow roads glued to the side of a steep mountain. Back then, looking out the rear side window of my dad’s 96, there was nothing but a 200m (if not four times that) drop straight down into a fjord or a small mountain creek.
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A Different Kind Of Post

December 16, 2011 in Editorial, Off-Topic, SaabsUnited Related, Uncategorized

I really didn’t know what to call this post because it has nothing to do with what’s going on with Saab right now, but it kind of has everything to do with Saab. Maybe Christmas is getting to me and I feel I have to share in a way that is a break from the normal of what we’ve been reading here. In any case, here it goes. Where do you see yourself in this thing called Saab? We call ourselves Saabs United and I would say that for the most part this is very true. Just as with any organization or group, you will from time to time have people that come into you group with the sole purpose to disrupt things and to try to get reactions from others. Since coming to Saab and getting to know people all over the world, there are a couple of things that stand out to me and set Saab apart from any other car company and Saabs United apart from most other sites.

First would be the word “United”, the dictionary describes united as being made into or caused to act as a single entity. Better than that is this one, formed or produced by the uniting of things or persons. Do we always act as a united front? No, but I would have to say that even when we don’t, we are still united by our passion for Saab to survive and our passion for the great cars and people that make Saab, Saab. Even when on occasion I have disagreed with people, it has opened the door for dialog when handled properly.

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by Jeff

GM: Please Approve Saab’s Deal

December 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

As if you didn’t figure out by now, this would be the appropriate time to politely lobby GM to please approve this deal (or at least counter with an acceptable revision). Not that anyone needed reminding, their Facebook wall has been flooded for weeks.

You know where to go.

Unexpected turnout…

November 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

In June, I was a very happy man when I rolled home in a 9-5 Vector Anniversary Sedan, with a 2,3t Biopower engine. That car is a real beauty.

BUT, back then I also saw the car of my dreams, a 9-5 Griffin Aero Sedan, Nocturne Blue, 2,3t BioPower Automatic with the same leather interior I have in my own Griffin that I bought in 2010. The color is my all time favorite and the car had everything that Saab and Hirsch has to offer including sun-roof, spoiler, dual exhaust, aluminum pedals, engine tuning, the big stereo navigation, rear spoiler, xenon lights etc etc etc… but it also had a price tag that was way above what I could afford on short notice at the time…

Well Saab’s situation has forced many dealerships to sell out their stock of used cars and today I paid a small visit to ANA in Trollhättan, my favorite dealership just to check out whats going on and I noticed that the car of my dreams was on sale,… The price was just too good to be true. Would the car of my dreams actually become mine?

One big hurdle remained, how to get the money fast enough to pay for it… Well, my parents in-law have been interested in buying a newer car so I called them up to see if they would be interested in buying the 9-5 Anniversary that I owned, which would enable me to buy the car offered by ANA. Well after a few hours I got a call, where they said that they would buy the car! I was really happy that they decided to buy it. It is truly a great car which I have enjoyed a lot and I’ve put in a lot of money into making it better and nicer, so I was happy for them to get a really nice car, but also very happy for myself to be able to buy my 2’nd Griffin, the car I couldn’t take my eyes off back in June… I must say that the visit to ANA had a very unexpected turnout =)

Right away I called up Richard Nilsson, the person at ANA I whom buy cars from, even though it was 22:00 in the evening he didn’t mind to hear the good news and so on friday afternoon the car of my dreams will finally be mine! =)


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by till72

Pang Da And Youngman Stay Optimistic

November 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

Ttela.se reports that Pang Da and Youngman are optimistic to strike a deal by Friday, 25th:

It’s Automotive News China, which reports on a continued hope for Chinese companies, Youngman and Pang Da that manage to get GM on its side in the Saab deal. The intent of the parties signed would be binding on November 15 but will now be extended until 25 November, ie this Friday.

The interesting info is that the MOU will be extended until Friday. This, in combination wit Youngman sending money to Saab to pay the wages, indicates that the Chinese are pretty optimistic about the case.

I’d tend to think that the new offer contained some serious efforts since GM’s spokesman James Cain confirmed that there will be no ok for a 100% takeover by Pang Da and Youngman (di.se):

Are you prepared to accept a deal with Youngman and Pang Da owns 100 percent of Saab?
“No. Let me be clear. Saab and Youngman can do whatever they deem best for the company. But if there is one hundred percent takeover of Saab, they will do it without the vehicles we supply, 9-4X, and without GM’s technology, “said James Cain.

Looks like this week is yet about to become interesting.

kcaco

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by Trued

Attention NG 9-5 owners software update

November 22, 2011 in News, Uncategorized

I have My 9-5 at my dealer Svenska Bil to have a removable Tow-hitch installed and some minor service. My technician called me and told me that they had recieved a software update from Saab that resolves the issues that some owners have experienced with the Steering-wheel lock and start button.
So head over to your dealer, why not since You are at the dealer, give the car and yourself an early X-mas gift. Why not something Hirsch. Tuning upgrade or why not The New leather dash and aluminium pedals.
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Just lets hope Saab in the future as a premium brand would contact all owners directly and offer time/appointments for service announcements, updates etc.

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NEWS! Negotiations takes new twist!

November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

According to www.ttela.se and www.di.se tuesday morning the new twist is somewhat like this.
A new offer is presented to GM by Youngman and PangDa. In return they get the licenses for 9-3, NG 9-5 plus the possibility to buy 9-4x.
Guy Lofalk and the Swedish Government ready for heading to Detroit without Victor Muller.
The sources say that GM is not in a hurry to finalize anything. Same sources say that “The ball is now with GM. We get a positive answer and negotiations picks up, or a no and in that case Saab goes belly-up”
Youngman has sent fundings to Saab to cover for this months salaries.

Guess more will unfold as the daylight slowly enlightens Sweden today!

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Car & Driver features Bud Clark and his Saabs

November 19, 2011 in Uncategorized


Picture from Car & Driver Magazine
Good old Bud Clark in California is featured in a nice article in Car and Driver.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/ancient-grease-cool-saabs-stay-alive-in-california

Bud has been working on Saabs since early 60 ies. Nice pictures of his cars including the super unique Saab Quantum.
For Saab people in California and US he is an institution of knowledge, Heritage and carrier of Saab history.