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SOTW. 900 from Soweto, South Africa

July 4, 2014 in Sotw

This weeks Saab of the Week comes to us from South Africa.


Hi, please find attached a few photos of my 1996 SAAB 900se AUTO with 295000km and still pulling like a rocket; I have owned the BEAST for 4years now and  still as refined as ever!!

Regards C Kgaje,
Soweto, South Africa

Larger pictures can be found here

 

GM announces another recall

July 2, 2014 in News

Six new recalls were announced on Monday by GM. The recall is affecting 7,6 million vehicles in North America and 800,000 more vehicles overseas, a total of 8,4 million cars worldwide. So far GM is aware of 7 crashes, 8 injuries and 3 fatalities due to an ignition key failure. The affected and recalled vehicles are 1997 to 2005 Chevrolet Malibu sedans, 1998 to 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue sedans, 1999 to 2004 Oldsmobile Aleros, 1999 to 2005 Pontiac Grand Ams, 2000 to 2005 Chevrolet Impalas and Monte Carlos, and 2004 to 2008 Pontiac Grand Prixs.

2014 is currently breaking the 33,01 million record (record set back in 2004) number of most recalled cars in a single year, So far a total of 39,85 million recalled vehicles has been made this year, and GM has contributed with 28.5 million of those…and 2014 isn’t over yet.

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2014 Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention Recap

July 1, 2014 in Clubs, Events, News, SAAB Club of Canada, Saab Museum, SAAB Parts North America

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Hello everyone,

We had a wonderful inaugural Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention in Toronto, Canada this weekend. We are grateful for the support of SAAB owner’s from all over Canada as well as those who traveled from as far as Kansas, Wisconsin, Missouri, Rhode Island, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey to name a few from the United States. Without your support, this event would not have been a success as you have made it.

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The weekend was filled with great seminars. One of the highlights being the SAAB Car Museum seminar by
Peter Backstrom. We were honored that he was able to join us for this convention.
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There were many great cars from vintage to the current new generation 9-5. SAAB owners have an overwhelming pride in their cars. Too many pictures to include in this post, though.
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white spg
classic green convertible
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A special thanks to all of our sponsors who helped make this event possible:
Presenting Sponsor: SAAB Parts North America, Stage 9, SAAB of London/Ultimate Automobiles, Factory Tire,
Novus Tech, Concours Touch Auto Detailing, SAAB Club of Canada, SAAB Club of North America and NINES Magazine, Aktive Motors, BOOST Customs, Hot Rod Scott’s, and ONPOINT Dyno & Race Service.

This convention was organized as an opportunity for SAAB owners to get together to share their love and passion for this iconic brand. In the process, friendships were made that will last a lifetime. The SAAB community has weathered a tough few years. The brand is as unique as its owners and for some, their loyalty is immeasurable.

Thank you again to all who attended. Hope you had as much fun as we had in meeting all of you.
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-Please copy and paste link below to see more pictures from the convention by Nickolay Kachev:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kachevnikolay/sets/72157645011666780/

-Please copy and paste link below to see more pictures from the convention by Kobie Mercury-Clarke:

http://s87.photobucket.com/user/kobie2/library/Canadian%20SAAB%20owners%20convention%20June%2028%202014

Regards,

Saxel

Co-Event Coordinator

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Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention- Toronto, Canada- June 28 & 29, 2014

June 28, 2014 in Events, News, SAAB Club of Canada, SAAB Parts North America

Hello from Toronto, Canada!

We are all so excited about the first ever Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention happening this weekend.

More information can be found at www.saabconvention.ca

I packed up my car for the trip…..proudly displaying my saabsunited license plate.
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Just arrived at the host hotel, the Westin Bristol Place.
Westin

Nice to see the presenting sponsor, SAAB Parts North America setting up their tent.
SPNA

Glad to have SAAB of London/Ultimate Automobiles as a sponsor. They have brought several cars to the convention…love the custom Canadian convention logo on the hoods of their cars.
SAAB London

Owner’s and enthusiasts are starting to arrive for the convention tomorrow. A big thank you to all of our sponsors and to Peter Backstrom from the SAAB Museum. He will be flying in on Sunday to conduct a seminar and will be a speaker at the banquet gala.

SAAB Parking

Antique SAAB

NG 9-5

Even though SAAB is going through some uncertain times with many challenges ahead, owner’s in Canada and the U.S. still have a soft spot for a brand that defies logic. The SAAB Spirit is alive and well in North America! Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Regards,

Saxel

Co-Event Coordinator

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SOTW, Doug’s 400,000 mile 99

June 27, 2014 in Sotw

 


Hello,

This is for the SOTW–my ’78 99 purchased new that year and still doing fine over 400,000 miles later.  After my dog remodeled the interior I was lucky to find a 99 Turbo as an organ donor, and transplanted the entire interior and wheels adding  “euro” front headlights obtained from the Swedish SAAB club.  Given the hatch, I’ve enjoyed camping in it in Mexico, Canada and all regions of the U.S. and hope that NEV produces a new version so that others can enjoy the fun.

Doug Peterson,
Salem OR

Thank you Doug for sharing. A larger picture can be found here

Neo Brothers – 96SS MkII…The 96cc??

June 24, 2014 in News

With the transition from old warehouse to new out of the way and recent closure of the last phase of the build, we’ve had a chance to take a small break, regroup and get back to selling Saab Parts. In the meantime, this left Nick and Andy unoccupied and they found themselves doodling…Here’s a sneaky picture of Nick’s desk…Image

So the question is, who’s got a suitable donor for the next project?…Engine and running gear not required!!

Neo Brothers

 

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Lafrentz’ Saab meet in Kiel June 13th/14th

June 24, 2014 in Events

_L5F1561For the past two weeks Anna and I have been trekking around Germany in my 9-5. Stops along the way: Berlin, Kiel, Wolfsburg and Düsseldorf.

Berlin & Düsseldorf because I happen to be a 178 cm tall Stones fan (i.e. a medium to large fan) and they just happened to be playing those towns (if any of you have two spare tickets for Stockholm, let me know).

Wolfsburg because RedJ and his wife lives nearby and we enjoy hanging out with them. Apparently they have an automobile factory down there too.

Kiel… Well, as Trued reported there was a Saab meet taking place there last weekend. Knowing that Autohaus Lafrentz have specialized themselves on the NG 9-5 I decided it was an opportune moment to check them out.

Ethan in the background getting the coffee going. Meanwhile a hungry Norwegian dude (behind the camera) is about to pounce on the breakfast buffet long before everyone has arrived.

Ethan in the background getting the coffee going. Meanwhile a hungry Norwegian dude (behind the camera) is about to pounce on the breakfast buffet long before everyone has arrived.

The event was one of the most pleasant Saab weekends I have ever participated in. Lafrentz had gone all out and provided free food and beverages for the 34 NG 9-5 owners who signed up for the event in addition to a hefty bag of swag (flashlight, Hirsch cap and a usb memory stick among other things). Friday evening we enjoyed a nice barbeque, followed by a hearty breakfast the next day, and finally the big dinner on Saturday. In between the scheduled activities we got to talk to old and new friends and see lots of great 9-5s, including eight of the pre-production combis.

After seeing some of the neat stuff Lafrentz have in stock, it dawned on me just how significant they have become in the NG 9-5 community: Replacement dashboard fascia (as previously reported by RedJ), rare 9-5 SC parts secured after the bankruptcy and some upgrades intended for future 9-5s.

Case in point: A fellow Norwegian had his 9-5 retrofitted with a back-up camera. The job was completed in about eight hours, and a new discovery was made along the way: MY11 sported a different wiring harness between the transmission and the steering wheel. MY10 seems to be better prepared for this particular upgrade than its slightly newer sibling. Wires have to be Read the rest of this entry →

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SOTW, Geralds long loved Viggen

June 21, 2014 in Sotw


Please find attached photos of my 1999 Viggen. I am the original owner and bought the car from the Saab Dealership 7th October 1999.

The Viggen has just turned 150k miles. It has extensive upgrades, except for a LSD. My opinion of the vehicle is probably one of the best that Saab ever produced. If it had included the present upgrades from the factory, then Saab would have had a real winner on it’s hands.

Gerald P. Goulish (USA)

Thank you for sharing Gerald, more photos can be found here

 

What tools do you have in your car?

June 18, 2014 in Classics, Technical

tronds_toolbagYesterday I was out for a spin in my M91 900 Turbo 16, and after I had driven a few kilometres I loose all the power in the middle of a sharp bend, while I was accelerating. My initial reaction was that something was wrong with the fuel supply, but after the road straighten out I realise this had to be a issue with the air supply. I was lucky and found a bus-stop in the middle of the countryside, and turned off to locate the fault. When I opened the hood, my idea about the air supply was absolute right, a hose from the intercooler to the throttle body had jumped off. A very quick fix if you have the right tool, but in a small second I got a little panic – in this car I don’t have a toolbox… This time it was false alarm, I was able to tighten the hose clamp with a flat screwdriver from the original tool kit.

I know – many of you guys in here drive newer cars as your daily driver, and have a big toolbox in the boot shouldn’t be necessary. As some of you know have I a M04 9-5 Aero as my daily driver, and like it or not – in this car I have a big toolbox in the boot. But isn’t very often I need some the tools for that car either, in the four years and 80’000km’s I’ve had it, it only has let me down three times;

  1. The fuel pump – after a attempt to change the pump outside my work (failed because I don’t had extra fuel hose – but I had a spare pump) I managed to get the pump working again, so I get home.
  2. On my way to the Oktoberfest 2012, when the crank sensor gave up. This happened appropriately enough when I was going to drive off a ferry, so two crew members had to push me off the boat… Luckily a crank sensor is a part of the “T7 rescue kit” (crank sensor, fuel pump and DI-unit ;) ) so after the engine had cooled down a bit I changed the sensor myself.
  3. The hose from the boost valve to the turbo compressor. The thin hose had gnawed on the V-band clamp that connect the turbo and king cobra pipe, and at a point it went off. This resulted that I had no power at all… This time it was enough to cut the hose and connect it again until I get home and was able to mount the V-band clamp properly.

So in total no big things, two well known T7-issues, and one issue caused by bad work from my side  – but some basic tools have saved me from tow-trucks and a lot of wasted time.

After slimming my toolbox down to my new tool-bag, I now have to a set of some wrenches, a monkey wrench, a big and a small flat screwdriver, some torx-bits, a hose clamp screwdriver with spiral blade, fuel-pump-tool, a cutting pier, a LED-torch, some cable ties + gaffa tape and at least some glows and rags for cleaning up stuff. And of course a box of scrubbing wipes for oil and other dirt.
So to sum this up, which basic tools do you think is nice to have in a small bag in the spare tire compartment? Or maybe you don’t have tools at all, and have the number for SAAB-assistance stored in your mobile phone?

And I almost forgot, on my way back home after visiting some friends I stopped and shoot some pics on my old 900.
Actually the time was around 00:45 when I shoot these pictures, and it’s still pretty much daylight outside where I live…

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Introduction of Saab Club Belgium

June 17, 2014 in News

Saab Club BelgiumSaab Club Belgium (www.saabclub.be)

Proudly we present hereby the Saab Club Belgium to you.

We do have a bit more than 200 members.

Saab cars from the Saab 92 to the Saab 9-5 NG and nearly all models in between.

Events are regularly organized as there are; rally’s , one in spring and one in autumn, one Saab weekend, chat evenings, technical days etc.

While we are close to the Netherlands we do have members who are also member of the Dutch Saab Club and vice versa.

Our intention is to keep you all, at SaabsUnited, informed about our activities which are nice to be shared with such a large group.

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Indian and Chinese interest in Saab Cars / NEVS

June 16, 2014 in NEVS, News, Saabology

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 Dongfeng logotype

 

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Mahindra logotype 

 

 

For some days now SaabsUnited have been aware of the two possible new owners/partners/collaborators to Saab Cars. We have decided to lay low with this information since it could potentially hurt the negotiations. SaabsUnited has always had the making of Saab cars in Trollhättan made and designed by Swedish know-how a top priority.

Today the SvD reporter Jonas Fröberg has published an article revealing the two parties interested in Saab, They are Mahindra and Dongfeng.

Mahindra is interested in becoming an owner to a certain percentage. SU sources mention a percentage over 50%. Dongfeng primarily wants to get in on the Phoenix platform. Mr. Fröberg thinks it is odd since Dongfeng bought 14% of the french PSA group for little over 1 billion dollars half a year ago. Dongfeng makes a wide variety of both in house as well as “license” PSA products.

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Some of Dongfengs cars

Mihandra a big indian conglomerate with som 180000 people. They are big in various machinery and make two electrical vehicles as well as the Ssangyong SUV brand. The indian company has an competitor within the borders of the country and that is TATA Motors. A successful company now running luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover. Mahindra might want to copy that concept, turning Saab into the prestige brand it should be. There is overcapacity of “standard” cars in europe but not for luxury and “boutique” models. The relatively small production facility in Trollhättan might be just perfect. I guess the economy could be good for 75000 car/ year in the 65000+ dollars category. The former owners of SAAB as well as founders way back the Wallenberg Business Empire with SEB Bank and SAAB AB (aircrafts, submarines, military systems), has according to Fröberg good old connections with Mr. Anand Mahindra. This could potentially be very helpful since SAAB AB does not want any publicity that is negative and involving the word SAAB in any way to disturb right now. An informant told me that Dassault French makers of fighter-jets competing with SAABs 39 Gripen on the world scene has shamefully used the trouble in Saab Automobile in smearing the Saab name. Same french company hiring burglars to try to open hotel safety boxes for Saab AB businessmen. (but that is another story). A key question is the rights to the SAAB name on automobiles and I would guess this is the hardest issue to solv. Saab AB does not want any more negative writings, that could be negative for the arms sale.

“We do not comment who we are talking to, but it is two asian vehicle manufacturers. We negotiate / talk, ownership and development of the Phoenix Platform”

- Mr. Mikael Östlund says this to SvD reporter Jonas Fröberg.

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Mahindra XUV 500 Sportz

So my guess is that there is a solution for future car manufacturing in Trollhättan that we can write about here at SaabsUnited before the end of this month. Or why not come with a great Midsummer Nights surprise on thursday before Sweden closes down for a 3 day holiday by many regarded as more important then christmas. A Midsummer present to the Saab World please!

Link to SvD Jonas Fröbergs article :http://blog.svd.se/frobergsbilar/2014/06/16/dongfeng-och-mahindra-vill-at-nevs/