Saab by Gray Design

Gray Design apparently is looking for Saab to make a come back and completed this design work.

The video and photos show a wonderful interpretation of what the future of Saab might have been, have they remained solvent.  How the wings extend and even the Swedish air force logos on the side are just few examples how to tie the brand together.

Unfortunately, it appears that this is nothing more than a study.  But you can still dream for a few minutes.  Enjoy the video.

Replacement Air Bags are Finally Available

After about 18 months of waiting, I was finally able to get replacements for the defective Takata air bags in my 2008 9-3 convertible and my wife’s 2010 9-3x sportcombi in the past week.  GM handled the air bag replacement in my wife’s car, even though it is a SWAN model.  Apparently, safety recalls remained with GM even after the sale to SWAN.

If you have been waiting, it’s probably time to find the nearest authorized SAAB service center and see if you can schedule an appointment.  They needed about one week’s notice to get the parts in.

SAABS have always been fun and safe, and its nice to know that the safety is back!

Editor’s note: During the management transition period no posts were approved. We apologize for the delay. PaulF’s post dates back to May.

Cracked Leather Seats

I remember a discussion here at SU about the contrasting leather in the OG 9-5 seats was not real leather, but vinyl. This is something that got very real to me 2015. I generally take good care of my car, but I have not done much to the seats. I like to think that leather seats get a nice patina over time, if it is real leather, that is.

Summer 2015 the light colored fake leather in my driver seat cracked. I thought it was a shame, since my car is in good condition. I decided to mend it. I looked around the internet and found a solution called “Color Glo”. Color Glo is specialized in fixing damages in both real leather and vinyl. They can also imprint different leather patterns to mimic the original look.

It turned out that cracked fake leather on Saabs was quite common and that the rip could not be too large in order to fix it. Mine was ok to mend. Unfortunately, the leather pattern could not be imprinted because the cushion beneath the rip was too compressed (gap between the cushion and the vinyl). It seems that the cushions gets worn quite fast.

My driver seat before mending the cracked vinyl.

The mending looked ok, but not by any means perfect. Still, the seat was in once piece again. The mending got lightly tainted by my blue jeans quite fast.

Just before this summer, a piece came off the mending and I am back to square one again. It seems that it is not possible to get a permanent solution for this issue. At least not with the method I chose.

The current state of my seat.

I think Tim mentioned that if you chose the all black version of the seat, you got all real leather. That was probably the correct choice to make. I also discussed this matter with my previous boss who used to be employed at Saab. He said that Saab had pure leather all over the seats for a long time. In competition, Saab was the only one to keep leather all over and scaled down to specific parts of the seat to keep price on par with competition.

Has anyone tried any other method? Please write a post and share your experience!

A handful museum Saabs for sale

Some interesting cars have shown up on the Swedish auction site “kvarndammen”.

First up is “the millionth Saab”. Manufactured January 22nd 1976. The description mentions “some corrosion”.

“The Millionth Saab”

This limo was used by Saab’s management. A little bit of corrosion… And two seats were never equipped with seat belts, so Swedish authorities deems it unfit for public roads.

Limo Saab 9000

Or how about an all electric Saab, batteries not included? This car is what remains from a project dating back to 2011 when Saab Automobile AB partnered up with Electroengine, Boston Power, Innovatum Teknikpark and Power Circle. Minor damage to the rear bumper but otherwise in perfect condition.

9-3 ZE SportCombi — another one of a kind

Last, but not least, a genuine Saab 92 from 1950! 680km on the odometer. Some damage on the left side. Proper green.

Saab 92

Saab CabrioChallenge 2017 – a journey in Södermanland

Saab CabrioChallenge celebrated this year 10 years, and even this year we got a report and great photos from our old friend Mioh! Thanks for sharing this with us! 🙂

This years Saab CabrioChallenge took place 7th-9th September, and we started from Vidbynäs (Nykvarn) and ended up in Trosa. This event has been run annually since 2008 and attracted even this year a large number of happy Saabers. Friday evening there was arranged a common dinner at Vidbynäs Castle for those who were in place the day before the start of the rally. Saturday morning all gathered at the castle for a welcome greeting and distribution of the roadbook and a great looking Saab CabrioChallenge cap, we rolled in to central Nykvarn for the mandatory group-photo.

After the group-photo was taken the rain stop for the day, so we was able to cab down before we hit the road through Södermanland. Along the road towards the final goal of Trosa, trees, churches, lunch restaurants, meadows, ice-cream stands and watercourses were passed, before we after many wonderful miles hit our final destination – Bomans Hotel. In the evening everyone was gathered in the hotels large hall where a fine dinner was served for us, and we enjoyed the whole evening with good food and good atmosphere in true Saab-spirit.

Sunday morning started with breakfast and after we checked out we took a drive to Sparreholm Castle to visit their museum and retro cafe. Satisfied and happy we all thanked everyone for a nice weekend and the organizers wished all welcome to Saab CabrioChallenge 2018.
For more info about Saab CabrioChallenge, visit www.cabriochallenge.se
And now, the pictures!

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Didi is no minor player

Several Swedish news outlets like SvD or Sverige Radio are talking about a letter of intent signed by Didi Chuxing and NEVS yesterday in Beijing with the presence of the Swedish Prime Minister Löfven. It would have been nice if the Swedish PM of those days would also have shown his endorsement some years ago.

There is no official information about the contents of ther letter, but Didi should become a big shareholder of NEVS, where big is smaller than 51%.

Didi has also placed an order over some thousand cars at NEVS.

Didi is no small player, it is currently worth US$ 35 billion after acquiring Uber China. It is also an interesting company to invest into. One of the companies that have invested into Didi is Apple with US$ 1 billion, another investor is the Chinese Alibaba, wich is the Chinese version of eBay.

Is this good? Yes, it is as NEVS noticed that they will need more money to get all those cars on the road. But the Center of gravity moves further to China. Mr Bergman says that this will have no influence on Trollhätan as development center and production facility for NEVS but as always at NEVS nothing is for sure as long as it hasn’t already happened.

2017 SAAB Museum Festival, a recap.

The festival was worth going there, not only because of the cars and the talks with other “saabisti”, but because you learn lots of things of the past and maybe the future.

For example, by checking the VIN of the very last 9-5 wagon in the museum I’ve learned that my car “Redna” is one of the last 20 cars with the 2.3L engine. The ones with the 2.0L engine have a different serial number.

Redna. Credits: RedJ

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The last day of the 2017 Saabmuseum festival.

It feels a little bit melancholic to write about the last day, as I could also write about the third day of the festival, but today was a gray day, and not only because the sky had just that colour.

After two days of meeting people you haven’t seen for a long tima a having great talks with them about our beloved cars and how the future could turn out, today was the day for good byes, but I prefer to say see you at the next festival .

Todays main event was the flee market.

Saabmuseum festival fleemarket. Photo: RedJ

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