Maptun Parts Sweden: Big Outlet

maptun_parts_outlet_nov14Our friends at Maptun have now a parts outlet with Saab Original-stuff!
Much of the stuff is bumpers and interior parts, that have to be collected at Maptun in Örebro so for this large items is it  maybe most relevant if you live in Sweden.
The site is only in Swedish language, but the pictures is pretty describing, and if you use Google Translate you will get a good idea of the descriptions.

Most of the stuff is new, but in some cases the original boxes may be missing or the stuff has been unpackaged for photo or demo purposes. Minor flaws can also occur,  but in that cases the flaws is described as far as possible in the description. Some of the articles is only available in a very limited numbers, so hurry if you want to do a bargain!

Click on the image to get to the Outlet – there is stuff for the classic 900 and 9000’s, but mainly it’s 9-3 and 9-5 stuff that’s available.

Saabs of Houston 2014

I had a great email from Jonathan of Viking Motor Cars in Texas about a Saab get together last weekend

Hi
Just thought I would send in some pictures of a meet we had here at our shop last Saturday, October 25th.
We had over 50 Saabs show up, from a 1988 Saab 9000 to a 2011 Saab 9-4x.
We are in Texas, a place not know in the world to be Saab country 🙂
The event was sponsored in part by Saab Club Of North America as well as Saab Parts NA.

Jonathan

Big thanks to Jonathan for letting us see his event.
I have placed larger pictures on Flickr and you will see quite a few more pictures from Jonathan there too.

If you want me to add any events you are organising onto our diary, please email me with as much detail as you can.
Best address is robin.kerry at btinternet dot com.

Thoughts.

It’s been a few days that I’ve been carrying around some thoughts I wanted to put into words here. For the past year I have been pretty absent here as a writer due to the saab related webshop that I had started back then and that has been growing permanently. Nevertheless I’ve been watching closely what happens and what is posted here and around other places in the Saab universe.

Our main job over the years, the covering of the latest news has become rather unsatisfying recently. Not only because real news are hard to get but also because those latest news were rather bad. So for some time I have been looking into ways to get more community topics back on the blog. The stuff that us current owners are interested in while enjoying and maintaining our Saabs. Pretty soon we’ll be introducing a new writer to feature the technical side of our cars. I still believe getting a pre-owned Saab is a good idea and maybe this is a way to encourage more people to join in.

While I still feel that there may be cars made in Trollhättan again in the future for now I think we have to deal with the reality and put our love on the cars we have. I know there are many out there who put a lot of effort into their cars, making them something very special and personal. If you are one of those, please share those stories with us. We will be happy to post it.

We have more things in our mind for the future of SaabsUnited but since it’s you who we are running that blog for we are also open to your suggestions. Comments are open. SaabsUnited has always been a valuable part of the community over the years and can surely be that in the future with a few tweaks here and there.

And finally just a few words on an issue we got a lot of critcism for (and rightly so). I did not like the extensive featuring of Munich based cars either.

SOTW, Arnies grand pair


Hi from France !

I’m very happy to introduce you Mary (as in Bloody Mary) and my everyday SAAB 9-5…

Two different generations, two different shapes, but the same pleasure !
My cars are a 1991 900i convertible and a 2010 9-5 Tid 160 hp
They will be thrilled to be elected S(s)OTW !

Arnie
Normandy
France


Please check here to see a few more pictures from Arnie

What I drive now while waiting for a future swedish sportscar.

As Tim Rokka mentioned in his last posting here that he has ordered a BMW 428i Xdrive. For the last two months I have been the happy owner of a BMW M4 Coupe. Last week I had a pilgrimage to Germany visiting BMW Welt + Museum and production facility in Munich. From there to a racing course at Sachsenring via a stop at the Audi Museum in Ingolstadt. The M4 is for me that Saab 9X or AEROX that Saab never made. The former owner Spyker had some racing cars but they where in my opinion sort of kit cars with an Audi engine and 100% impractical and just space for 2 people without any luggage. My present M4 has enough space to go to the BMW dealership and pick up a set of 255/40/18 wheels inside the car. Just folding the rear backrest and all the wheels fit.
It is my first rear driven car ever and I really look forward to this new relationship. Handling wise it is a supercar german motor magazine drove it on Nürburgring in 7:53 minutes. I managed in my very first timed slalom drive at the Sachsenring circuit get the best time. First time for me in a slalom in a rear wheel driven car.

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At Sachsenring Circuit near Dresden, Germany

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At the BMW welt (World) with the BMW Headquarters and Museum in the background

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MY favorite racing car of all times the BMW 3.5 CSL in the original M livery that has inspired me to att the racing colors to my M4. Swedish Formula 1 driver Ronnie Peterson raced BMW when not in the Lotus or March cars.

Now I am off to pick up newly blasted chassis part for my Saab 99 Turbo 4 door car. I will post more on that project here on SaabsUnited. All You guys know where the SU crew hearts are!

SOTW , Gunter goes for many drives

Last year I visited Intsaab in England and Mr. Saab, EriK Carlsson, took the time to admire my 9-5ng.
When I offered to take a seat in the car he said he didn’t dare because he was afraid he wouldn’t get out anymore, funny.
I love this car and went on holiday in it several times, twice to the south of France, to Intsaab 2013 and recently to Malbork, Poland for Intsaab 2014.
In august it took me and my family safely to Portugal and back to Belgium, we drove about 5.000km in 2 weeks.
On the way back we stopped in Bayonne (in the south of France near tothe Spanish border) to see the Saab 900 speedster prototype by Leif Mellberg.

Kind regards & keep on Saabing,

Gunter Van Oost

(aka Saabgun on SaabsUnited)

Thank you for these great pictures.

As always there are a few more pictures from Gunter on my flickr page

A Rare Opportunity!!

A good friend of mine sadly has to sell his low mileage 900 Ruby Edition. It had previously been listed and sold on Ebay but the buyer then declined the purchase due to not having the money to buy it!!  It is now relisted but with only 20 hours left to go!

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I am mentioning it here because it is a fantastic opportunity to own what is fast becoming a sought after model and hope it can be purchased by somebody within our community or a Saab fan who will cherish it as it so deserves.

I originally sold this car brand new from the dealership I worked at to a chemist who sadly died. His wife then kept the car in the garage for many years until she then sold it to my friend who coincidentally was also a salesman at the same dealership.

The time has now come for it to find it’s third loving home. The car can be found on eBay (see details below) but only has 20 hours to run (at time of writing). Apologies for the short notice but I have only just found out about it being relisted.

Only available in the UK, the Ruby had the 185 bhp (138 kW; 188 PS) ‘Carlsson’ engine but no body kit. All were in ‘Ruby’ Red and can be distinguished from other 900s by the colour-coded bumpers and grey (rather than silver) alloy wheels. They also had the unique air-conditioned interior of buffalo leather with Zegna pure wool inserts in the seats and door panels. There were 150 examples and were the last classic style 900s sold in the UK.

This example for sale is a genuine 2 owner car with only 69,000 miles on the clock from new and has a full Saab main dealer service history.
It is in fantastic condition as you would expect and has 4 new tyres, also new brakes and discs all round.
It also drives perfectly to match its condition.
This has to be the best example of a classic Saab 900 Ruby available in the UK at this moment, this is indeed a great investment opportunity for somebody to own a piece of motoring history.

If any of you purchase it please let me know. Incidentally it is listed on eBay as a T16s which of course is incorrect.

View it here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Saab-900T16S-Ruby-Edition-VERY-RARE-low-miles-INVESTMENT-OPPORTUNITY-no-reserve-/221574233668?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item3396da7e44

 

Plan B, my thoughts.

As I wrote in my Post one week ago the english version of the reorganisation plan was not published. So all of I wrote was mostly based on the Appendices 2 and 3. In the meanwhile I was able to read the reorganisation plan in English as posted by Tim and this are my thoughts about it. This is only my view, an engineer that has worked for the automotive industry for the last 16 years and loves Dilbert, the comic stripe, so you can imagine what I think about management.

Read morePlan B, my thoughts.

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