M04 9-5 Aero gets dual Hirsch exhaust!

April 5, 2014 in cyc, Hirsch


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For a while ago I got the chance to buy a Hirsch exhaust system for my 9-5, the only problem was that the system was not fully compatible with my car. The system we talk about is the fancy dual exhaust for 9-5 M02-M05, but NOT for the M04-M05 Aero and car with the M04-M05 Aero-look (which is a very popular visual upgrade for M02-M05 here in Scandinavia). My 9-5 is just an M04 Aero sedan, and basically that not will fit is the rear bumper layout. The Hirsch webpage says “Please order the single pipe exhaust system instead”… But at this stage I already decided, I want this and would give it a shoot. I have always liked this exhaust system,  from the moment I saw it on a full Hirsched 9-5 Aero with the 305hp package at ANA Trollhättan back in 2003.  After I ordered the system from Cardyourcar.eu it became clear that the middle pipe from the cat to the Y-pipe wasn’t in stock, but luckily Cardyourcar managed to find some more middle pipes. Since it took a while from I ordered the system to I got it delivered I got plenty of time to thinking how to solve the fitting in a optimal way. In the end I decided that if the system absolutely didn’t fit, I would change to a compatible bumper from a standard 9-5, and use the Hirsch “diffuser”.

So, a few days ago I got four large parcels delivered, and the fun could begin! The system is built up by four parts, it starts with a 3″ middle pipe with a silencer and a flexi part. Then we have a 3″-2.5″ Y-pipe, and two tailpipes with a silencer on each pipe. Before I had Maptuns 2.5″ sports system mounted on the car about 2 years/40 000km’s so the disassembly was not a big issue, as it otherwise tends to be when replacing the exhaust system. If we look away from some mounting components that was pretty rusty the disassembly went quick. The biggest issue was the bolts that link the downpipe and the flexi-pipe, but with some special equipment (cutting disc) the assembly could begin. When I mounted the Maptun system I thought it had a very good fit and everything went pretty well, but the Hirsch system is perhaps slightly better! Obvious I began from the front with the mounting the middle pipe and the Y-pipe without completely tighten the screws so I have a opportunities for adjustment later, before I took a cardboard and marked out the opening for the tailpipe with a ink pen. Then I mounted the rear silencer on the left side, before the custom work on the right side started. Read the rest of this entry →

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SOTW, 9-3 at the Airport

April 4, 2014 in Sotw

This weeks “Saab of the Week” comes from Arvin Blank and shows his 2001 SE in the car park at Orlando Florida Airport.

He has owned her for four years now and speedo is reading 178,000 and still going strong.

A larger picture can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/trollpowersaab/13612904574/

If you have a Saab that you would like to share with us, please email RobinM at robin.kerry@virgin.net and you may be our next SOTW to be displayed on our homepage and shared with the world.

Dragon Saab ‘Spring Roll’

April 4, 2014 in News

This Sunday 6th April sees the first event of 2014 for Dragon Saab, the recently formed Saab Owners Club Group for South Wales here in the UK. Due to the very good reception the group has received since it’s formation plus the support of GWS and South West Saab’s we are now up to 25 cars for this event!!

The ‘Spring Roll’ rally will kick off with an early morning gathering at a local service area then travel in convoy to the Cardiff Bay Barrage where we have gained special permission from the harbour authority and barrage manager to be able to take our cars across the barrage which is closed to traffic but has a roadway for service vehicles. They have even set aside a special parking area for us so we can park up for a couple of hours to take in the spectacular Cardiff Bay and surrounding scenery. This should prove to be a wonderful photographic opportunity.

Cardiff Bay

Once we leave the barrage we will then proceed along the Welsh Heritage coastline taking in a number of beauty spots along the way with a stop at the beautiful Ogmore beach. From there we will head back towards Cardiff via a different route with a stop at Duffryn House and finally a late lunch to round off what promises to be a spectacular event, not just for those attending but also for anybody seeing our 25 strong convoy of beautiful Saab’s covering a distance of some 75 miles.

I will compile a detailed report of our event next week along with some great photographs, in the meantime if you would like to visit our website www.dragonsaab.co.uk and look under forthcoming events you will find a lot more information. Finally, if anybody reading this wishes to join the convoy then please email me at mplsab@hotmail.com.

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Hirsch Performance 20″ Rims – Reloaded

April 2, 2014 in cyc, Hirsch


For those among you who own a NG 9-5 it may be of interest that cardyourcar.eu and Autohaus Lafrentz in Kiel/Germany joined forces to collect orders for a new edition of the forged Hirsch Performance 20″ rims. Of course they will be genuine Hirsch Performance products.

If you are interested please contact Markus Lafrentz directly via eMail through m.lafrentz(at)saabkiel.de for details.

He also has a few Hirsch Performance bodykits for the NG 9-5 available. You can see them on his beautiful combi on the pictures in his post.

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SOTW “The Beast”

March 30, 2014 in News, Sotw

This weeks SOTW comes from Dr.Os here in the UK, at first glance a 9-3 Aero but as you can see from the picture there are a few differences and they don’t stop there. Read Os’s words below.

The car is a Saab 9-3 Aero Sports Saloon 2003 model. It has enjoyed only the one owner since new. The performance and visual creations of the car started off in 2007 with a Saab City dealership T9 upgrade package. 

Since 2007, the car has undergone a complete and extensive metamorphoses, from the factory produced variant into what I lovingly refer to as “The Beast”. 

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Pilots Wanted 2014

March 26, 2014 in Events


Today the regitration for the “Pilots Wanted 2014″ NG 9-5 meeting started. It will be held at the Saab Zentrum Kiel on the 13th and 14th of June.

The meeting is tailored for owners of the NG 9-5 and only they will have access to the full program of the event. Nevertheless owners of other Saab models are of course welcome to visit the event as guests without having to register.

The event is organized by Saab Zentrum Kiel in cooperation with saabblog.net. Registration, more info and the preliminarily programme (in various languages) can be found at saabmidsommar.de.

NEVS offer test drives on several Swedish locations

March 26, 2014 in NEVS

National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, Nevs, states in a short press-release today that they now are taking the customer relationships for SAAB-cars a step further on the Swedish market. From end of April, customers will be able to test drive the new SAAB 9-3 Aero on more then twenty locations in Sweden, from northern Norrland to southern Skåne.

Nevs started the sale of 2014 SAAB 9-3 Aero on their website 10 December 2013, and already at that time it was clear that parts and service was provided by SAAB Original Service Centers in Sweden. Customers have been able to test drive the new SAAB at the factory in Trollhättan since January.

Nevs sales and marketing manager, Jonas Hernqvist, says the sales are made as before via Nevs website www.saabcars.com and Nevs will present the locations they can offer test drives from soon.

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Which future fuel would you like to use?

March 24, 2014 in Poll

There is a lot of talk about bio fuels and future forms of propulsion and in the end all development now more or less share the same goals, to make driving more environmental friendly. So, what we’d like to know is what fuel you currently use in your Saab and which fuel you would prefer to use if you could. In the 2′nd part we dont care about whats available or not, assume that all types of fuels are equally available to everyone. The options available are based on what Saab has developed previously and what could be develop on a short term basis.

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SOTW Classic 900 in Bulgaria

March 21, 2014 in Sotw

This weeks “Saab of the Week” comes to us from Konstantin in Bulgaria. It is a Scarabee green 900S from 1991 waiting for the ghost train to pass by.

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Saab Factory thursday evening

March 20, 2014 in News



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Maptun Parts Hungary opening up!

March 20, 2014 in MapTun Parts

Maptun continues its support for the Saab brand by spreading their Saab web shop for parts through affiliates into more countries and next on the list is Hungary: http://maptunparts.hu. The site opens up on monday with some nice offers! =)

Maptun Parts offers both genuine and aftermarket spare parts for Saab cars in many categories, even used & refurbished parts are offered at really competitive prices.

Other Maptun parts is available in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Austria & International