Thanks to the generosity of a friend, I recently found myself with some money to spend at State of Nine, one of our site sponsors. I settled on two accessories for the “new” 1991 900 Turbo Convertible, both aimed at preservation.
First, because all convertible tops will leak at some time or another and because the plastics inside the 900 are still pristine, I chose the water-resistant convertible cover to carry in the car for those times when I’ll park it outdoors for several hours at a stretch. I liked the portability of the cover (it comes in a box about 12″ x 6″ x 6″ (30 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm)) and I liked the ease of use according to the State of Nine listing.
It is easily installed, that’s for sure. On the other hand, my installation doesn’t look quite as tidy is the picture on the State of Nine website:
I’ll continue to work with the cover and the drawstring to optimize the fit.
Overall, I give the cover a 9 out of 10 for meeting overall expectations, but just 7 of 10 for fit for my 900. Worth the US$95.95.
See more photos after the jump.
I also picked up a couple of Emblem Armor discs to protect the nearly new Saab-Scania logo badges on my 900.
Like most of you, I’ve certainly felt the frustration of the relatively fragile badge enamel that plagues virtually all Saabs (see evidence after the jump). My most recent brand-new Saab hood (bonnet) badge barely made it a year before the 80% of the color flaked off in one big piece as I drove one hot day. I saw it happen and, naturally, cussed like a sailor because I’d debated whether the replacement was worth the US$70 (with tax).
Naturally, I am in no mood for a repeat of that fiasco with my new 1991 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible.
For a reasonable US $9.95 each, State of Nine emblem armor seems to be a great idea. Installation was a snap. I decided to trim the “armor” prior to installation because it wasn’t exactly circular and it appeared that the wider part wouldn’t adhere unless it cleared the silver lip around the edge of the badge. (See photos after the jump.)
The “armor” is heavy-gauge self-adhesive clear plastic film that looks and feels that it will provide a great deal of protection for the badges. My questions are how the surface of the armor will endure, and if it should need replacement how easy it will be to replace the armor once it has cured in place for several months or a few years. Personally, I don’t think that I’ll be a good test of longevity since I drive the 900 fewer than 4,000 miles (6400 km) per year.
I give the Saab Emblem Armor a 10 of 10 for value, ease of installation and apparent quality. Naturally, I will not know how it will perform until a few more miles pass.
Installation of the Saab emblem armor:
What we are trying to avoid (from my 1988 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible and 1999 Saab 9-5 SE):
This sticker overlay is about three years old. It faded after about 18 months of use. This photo is at three years old.
Step One: use elastic loops to position the front section of the cover.
If I parked the car outdoors and used the cover as the primary protector, I’d probably modify it to include a loop that holds it in place at the door handle in order to keep the black rubberized surround protected from sunlight damage and to keep it more secure in windy conditions.