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by Trued

31 private owners of Saab 9-3N cars in Sweden 2014

January 7, 2015 in News

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According to the national statistics in Sweden NEVS registered 264 cars 2014. Out of the 264 cars just 31 are now registered to private individuals/owners. The sales was horrible to put it mildly. The estimated 1000 cars sold from NEVS management fell short. Where are the remaining 233 cars? Some might be operated by companies as fleet cars, some might be at dealerships around Sweden.
Link to Swedish Car Statistics for 2014: http://www.bilsweden.se/storage/cms/07cbea545c654cc5bd2059b29c755d17/dc1e5fa5cd3c419da3af2109e3592f3e/PDF/-8/topplistandec14prel.PDF?MediaArchive_ForceDownload=true&PropertyName=File1&ValueIndex=0

So why did it go so bad? Here some of my conclusions.
1. Way to expensive should have been 33% lower price to make it competitive
2. Plain and simply an old car that we have had on our roads for more than 10 years
3. Big Saab used car market to compete with. Many companies with leasing fleets etc. went to other brands.
4. Lack of colors, just black and silver does not cut it for many customers.
5. Some technology same more or less just glued on to the dash and holes drilled for letting cords through (Parrot Hands-Free)
6. Value on mildly old 9-3, 9-5 and 9-5 NG falling dramatically
7. Some parts are still hard to come by through ORIO and salvage.

The car in the pictures VIN#YTNFD4AZ4E1100075 was parked in a NO-Parking zone (and stood there for a couple of hours) in central Stockholm and is owned by NEVS in Trollhättan and possibly on loan the Racing Team PWR they sponsored. I wonder where the parking tickets are sent? Besides it is really bad publicity for NEVS and the other sponsors featured on the car. I would not have liked to have my name on a car “committing” i crime. Myself living in central Stockholm really dislike the poor attitude among the people who can not conform to the easiest of rules.

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by RobinM

Unique Yellow TX from Canada.

January 6, 2015 in Sotw

Hi Robin,

I’m the original owner of this TX in Vancouver, Canada and it’s my favourite car thus far. It’s sad to see Saab being sold multiple times and Spyker going under. IMO Aileron is truly a masterpiece with beautifully crafted exterior and interior.

Let’s hope for a better 2015 for our beloved Swedish brand as well as Muller and Spyker.
Happy New Year to my fellow Saabers!

The upgrades on my TX include:

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014 in Editorial

From all of us Saabsunited crew members, I wish you all a Happy New Year!

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Till would normally write this, but the doctor put a splint in his arm and the task has fallen on me to write a few words.

2014 has been another odd year for us Saab fans. NEVS are struggling on after making only a handful 9-3s. It was not the revival we had hoped, but I choose to remain positive and supportive of their future endeavors. Our 9-5 and 9-3 are still young cars and I will make sure they last ten or fifteen years if that is what it takes. But in short, another annus horribilis for sure.

For me personally, 2014 was somewhat of a roller-coaster figuratively speaking. I had to attend three funerals: My sister’s dad, a dear friend from school and a neighbor (and father of my best friend). At one point I told my friend to order his dad to keep going, cancer be damned. “I am not attending another funeral!” were my explicit instructions. If only life was that simple. Just like a Swedish car manufacturer that produces impeccably designed safe and fast vehicles with soul, the end was inevitably nigh. No, I am not a bitter man; at least not in public.

Then, on November 3rd, my son Nils was born. He screamed like a banshee leaving the hospital, but calmed down upon spotting the Saab. We took Anna’s 9-3 going to the hospital, and I fetched them a few days later in my 9-5. Being somewhat of a nutter, I kind of hoped that Anna would deliver Nils in the Saab, but all things considered the hospital was probably the best place for the activity at hand. Nils weighed in at 3.8 kg and had about as much hair as me. I do not know what the future holds, but I do know I will accept whatever life-style choices Nils will be making, as long as he drives a Saab.

2015 can only get better. It has to.

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Saab Club Belgium organized a tour of the Cribs

December 28, 2014 in News

Kerststallentocht_3 Kerststallentocht_1 Kerstallentocht_2December 27th, in the North of Belgium 22 Saab cars gathered for a tour of the cribs. A tour in which we passed 13 cribs. So far the winter here was mild, in fact far too mild. But on this day the first snow did hit the ground in Northern Belgium (Antwerp province).In a beautiful white landscape all the 22 teams (two Saabs from The Netherlands came down for this event) drove this 60 KM tour and could visit each and every crib along the way. We started with coffee and at the arrival there was warm soup for everyone. This was a gorgeous way to start the Christmas holiday and the Saabs did do so well in the snow.

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SOTW, Snow loving Griffin

December 27, 2014 in Sotw

Niels-Søren Bøgh from Denmark sends us some beautiful wintery pictures of his 9-3x

This is my wife’s 9-3X TTiD 200 Griffin Hirsch MY12 on small trip to the nature. The place is called the “Frost wally” and was formed by the last ice age. For those who like nature, snow and Saabs – here are some winter pictures that speak for them self!

Between the pips is a badge installed from a classic 900 Turbo… this has become a family trend!

This is after my opinion the car NEVS should have had their focus on in TTiD, BioPower and ePower. And my biggest dream is the TTiD  with the eAAM system…  Merry Xmas!

Thank you very much for this weeks SOTW, bigger pictures can be found here

 

A Very Merry Christmas To You All

December 25, 2014 in News

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The only way to get a tree home,,,,,

December 24, 2014 in Fan Stuff

Our friend Paul, over at SVS, shows the world “the only way” to get a large Christmas tree home.

This year’s annual festive dash to collect the Christmas Tree was a little late this year; just 5 days before Christmas.

As usual, my son and I drove to a nearby country estate to choose the perfect tree, all the regular sized trees had gone, leaving only 10ft+ trees. After a great conversation with the farmer and some festive bartering, we ended up with a rather lovely 11ft Christmas tree.

It’s part of the tradition to get one a little too tall but we persevered, dropped the hood on the Aero convertible, lowered the passenger seat, and in it went, ok, so it may have been hanging over the boot slightly, but this is England, it’s ok to be eccentric.

Heater and seats on full, we triumphantly returned home, the smell of the pine needles and crisp blue sky adding to the joy of a topless Winter’s drive – perfect.

Happy Christmas everyone.

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by till72

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2014 in SaabsUnited Related

On behalf of the entire team of SaabsUnited I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope you all can enjoy some time with your beloved ones and relax a bit. It’s definetely needed after a Saab year that has been more turbulent than we would have liked.

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by RobinM

Richard’s Out of Africa finding

December 21, 2014 in News

I know she was a Dane but ..it seemed fitting. There I was driving down a dusty road in the middle of Kampala’s soul-destroying traffic and there it was:

As the owner of a 91′ Plantana Grey SPG convertible, my heart stopped. The car was more Mad Max than Springtime in Sweden but I admired the owners ingenuity in dealing with the local conditions and ..lack of parts supply. The car was a little worse for wear ..and oddly an automatic. Some ex-pat Saab-lover no doubt shipped it in at some point and the enthusiastic new owner has done his best to uphold it’s dignity.

I still prefer mine

Thank you Richard for the great photos.

 

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SOTW, Sonett coming together

December 20, 2014 in Sotw

 Robin,

I thought to change things up a bit it might be interesting to show a current restoration in progress. I’ve owned my 1971 Sonett (71501207) since August 1979. I bought her from Jack Lawrence (he used it as a pace car) and she was real transportation for the first few years, then becoming a summer fun car. Being exposed to WNY winter salt, she was suffering from typical Sonett chassis rust, so I decided it was time solve it. After a couple of light fixes, I concluded she deserved better, and began a complete restoration a few years back. Attached is an image of the restored chassis, with suspension and drive train installed. As the second image illustrates, she now can more than hold up her own weight. With some luck, she’ll be back on the road this summer. Hopefully this story will encourage other Saab owners to do the same. It has been a fun yet challenging project.

Best regards,

Todd Gustavson
Rochester, NY

Neo Brothers – 9-3 Sport 314mm Front Brake UPGRADE Kit

December 19, 2014 in News

Are you looking to upgrade your standard 284mm or 301mm front brakes on your Saab 9-3 Sport 03-12? We now have an affordable solution…

For just £223.12 plus VAT we can supply:

1 x Quality Aftermarket Saab Front Left 314mm Caliper inc Carrier
1 x Quality Aftermarket Saab Front Right 314mm Caliper inc Carrier 
1 x Set Genuine GM Front Brake Pads 
1 x Pair Genuine GM Front 314mm Brake Discs

All you need to do is remove the original backing plates. We recommend fitting these to 17″ alloys or larger.

These kits are in stock and ready for immediate dispatch. Click here to view it in our shop.

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