• Chris Carrier posted an update in the group Group logo of 9-4x Drivers9-4x Drivers 3 months, 1 week ago

    Quiet here, as usual. One of the rear HID lights, right side was out the other day and then came back. Based on NG9-5 owners, that’s a bad sign. However, we’ve had the car two years and excepting the brake booster issue, it’s been great.

  • Chris Carrier posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    In reply to: swedane started the forum topic Center console upgrade in the group 9-5 Drivers (2010-) I found this interesting information regarding center console on saabblog.netFor picture and more info, see View

    It’s not bad, but you lose the writing on the panels. Seems like this would be an easy change. Not sure just spraying the panels is quite enough for me. Wish I could get those carbon leather versions.

  • Chris Carrier posted a new activity comment 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    In reply to: Chris Carrier posted an update in the group 9-4x Drivers Anyone replaced the battery? I had an issue that apparently has killed the battery in the process. I read it’s an unusual replacement? View

    Appreciating that I am in an empty room here, there were four things that had to be done. I do not believe they weren’t related. Four things do not fail at once. Either something was misdiagnosed or damage was inadvertantly caused to one thing in the process of “fixing” another:

    Brake booster
    Brake pedal assembly
    Battery
    Cooling Fan

    All told,…[Read more]

  • Chris Carrier posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    In reply to: Chris Carrier posted an update in the group 9-4x Drivers Anyone replaced the battery? I had an issue that apparently has killed the battery in the process. I read it’s an unusual replacement? View

    So, I’m sort of talking to myself here, but I just had some (warrantied) repairs done. The brakes were engaging randomly and had to have the power booster replaced. Then, the shop found that the brake pedal assembly also had to be replaced — that was a doozy – 6 1/2 hours of labor at $145/hr. Warrantied. Afterwards, my two year old battery…[Read more]

  • Chris Carrier posted an update in the group Group logo of 9-4x Drivers9-4x Drivers 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Anyone replaced the battery? I had an issue that apparently has killed the battery in the process. I read it’s an unusual replacement?

  • I’m totally biased, but the Saab looks the best. It lacks all the trendy adornments that will make the other cars look dated in 10 years. It’s like everything on the Aero X has a purpose whereas the others have […]

  • Chris Carrier posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    In reply to: swedane posted an update in the group 9-5 Drivers (2010-) Today I picked up my NG 9-5 after having the engine management sytem upgraded by Hirsch. It may not sound that much different – 260 hp versus 220 hp, but I […] View

    I wish Hirsch was still around for the US. What did you pay? It used to be hefty, but it did not hurt the warranty which was valuable.

  • Chris Carrier posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    In reply to: Manny Steiner posted an update in the group 9-4x Drivers Are there any specific accessories we can buy for the 9-4x? Performance upgrades? View

    But hey, you have a 9-5 Aero in your photo, so maybe you know these options.

  • Chris Carrier posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    In reply to: Manny Steiner posted an update in the group 9-4x Drivers Are there any specific accessories we can buy for the 9-4x? Performance upgrades? View

    Depends on your engine. If you have the Aero: http://www.vtunerperformance.com/. I tuned my old 09 9-3 Aero through him and was satisfied. It’s actually a little cheaper and better now.

    Not sure about the NA V6, but given that it’s a GM engine, there must be options.

  • @till72 Confused how to contact you, but saw that Volvo was listed as a “brand that would dissapear in 2014.” Ridiculous, but interesting since I think Saab was on the same list two years…[Read more]

  • As a U.S. owner of two “new” Saabs (and one old one), this still makes me proud. When asked, “They don’t make those anymore, do they?” at least now I can say “Oh, they do. They just don’t sell them in the U.S., yet.”

  • Chris Carrier posted a new activity comment 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    In reply to: Doctor Donk posted an update in the group 9-4x Drivers I won some, i lost some. Cars are very close in dynamics. [bpfb_video]http://youtu.be/4YI4-QkJ4ho[/bpfb_video] View

    Did you pull your plates before this? Also, Aero Hirsch? Did you have it Hirshed when you bought it? There was a narrow strip of time to do that before things went south, I believe.

  • Chris Carrier posted a new activity comment 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    In reply to: Chris Carrier posted an update in the group 9-4x Drivers Well, looks like I’m going to need a rear bumper for an Aero thanks to an accident my wife was in. Any idea where to start? View

    Wanted to report that after ordering in later September, the parts were in within about 10 days. It was a breeze after and the car looks like new again. A good parts story ending!

  • My wife was rear-ended in her 9-4x Aero by a taxi in July. I inquired immediately to Saab Parts NA and was told 6-8 weeks on the bumper. I feared this to be a catch-all estimate for any part they didn’t know how […]

  • While this means very little to me here in the states – it is nice to answer the question about the state of Saab differently than I have for the last year and a half.

  • Chris Carrier posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    In reply to: Chris Carrier posted an update in the group 9-4x Drivers Well, looks like I’m going to need a rear bumper for an Aero thanks to an accident my wife was in. Any idea where to start? View

    Not surprisingly, the Saab “dealer” I went to had nothing in their computer database for 9-4 parts. He’s going to create the estimate manually.

    Saab parts say that the lower portion of the the bumper is not available for 8 weeks but the upper part is. I probably need the lower and maybe not the upper.

  • Chris Carrier posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    In reply to: Chris Carrier posted an update in the group 9-4x Drivers Well, looks like I’m going to need a rear bumper for an Aero thanks to an accident my wife was in. Any idea where to start? View

    I have contacted Saab Parts. We’ll see that they say. The current bumper is probably salvageable, but there are cuts in the gray plastic and I don’t think that’s repairable. No cracks, just a big yellow taxi smudge in the paint.

    I’m wondering how it would work if the proper repair would cost ~$3k, but we have to settle for something along the…[Read more]

  • I guess I thought I’d get some token check, like $50 or something.

    After 2 1/2 years of ownership, there is only one small problem I’d have a warranty cover, and it looks like something I can buy myself for […]

  • Chris Carrier posted an update in the group Group logo of 9-4x Drivers9-4x Drivers 1 year ago

    Well, looks like I’m going to need a rear bumper for an Aero thanks to an accident my wife was in. Any idea where to start?

  • What is the buy out estimate? Surely that would have changed since it was first estimated in 2011?

    But, uh, how do you go from a 9-5 to a Fusion?!

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