MSN’s website features a gallery of 51 cool cars. SAAB 900 is of course among them.
Out-of-the-box thinking shouldn’t care what people think. On that note, here’s a front-driver with its engine mounted backward and heeled way over to fit the transmission, with visibility so good it seems you’re outside, but with heated Swedish seats, so you don’t feel like you are. And driving it is so fantastic, you don’t care how it looks. But it looks cool.
As I promised you a couple of weeks ago, I have a clip of the Saab-peoples way to honour Erik Carlsson. Not one minute silence – we do it the Saab-way and honour Erik with three minutes of two stroke music.
3 months ago jemanuelson posted a very nice 92 on Lego’s ideas site.
What is Lego’s ideas site? Basically fans will upload suggestions for what Lego’s next big model should be. The 92 is an obvious choice, although there might be one or two copyright issues to be worked out first. Either way, I think it deserves the full support of our community. Vote now and vote often. And if you get into the spirit of the thing, why not suggest a Lego AeroX or a black 900 turbo?
Saab 92 is the first production automobile from Saab. The design was very aerodynamic for its time, with a drag coefficient of 0.30 (an impressive figure even by today’s standards). The entire body was stamped out of one piece of sheet metal and then cut to accommodate doors and windows. Full-scale production started December 12, 1949.
Come on folks. You know you want at least two of these. This kit effectively sorts out all christmas gifts for the next decade!
I want share a story and some pictures with you. Since I have vented the interest for my old Saab some people had wondered what I’m up to, here is the answer…
Five years ago I bought a M04 9-5 Aero sedan (actually I got it just in time for Saab festival 2010), and thought I was going to have this car for 3 to 5 years, and by then trade it in for a newer, but a used Saab. The original plan that came to me after a year or so was to buy the new 9-3, that from rumours was going to be about M98-M09(M10 SC) 9-5 in size, and my hope was of course that Saab decided to do a 3 door variant. I was at this time not considering the new 9-5, because of its size and a preview during the winter there I didn’t like the interior – or more specific the quality of it. But the time went on, and the 9-5 was growing on me at the same time a new 9-3 getting longer away from production. At this time we have summer 2012, and at this time ANA Trollhättan had a lot of used Saabs, so one day I decided to drop by them. I was not looking for anything special, but a test drive in a 9-5 was “the mission”, since I only had tested the 2.0 TiD 160hp at this time. So after a talk with one of the salespersons, he said he had the right car for me. That was a 2011 220hp 2.0T BioPower XWD, and I took it out for a spin. As some of you guys know I have a thing for red cars, so it wasn’t bad at all that the colour was just laser red! I took it from ANA and headed down to Grästorp and back to Trollhättan before I drive through the ciry centre on the way back to ANA. I was a bit disappointed when I parked the car at ANA, for the first I thought the 220hp engine didn’t had enough power in combination with the XWD, and the standard comfort seats in textile/leather didn’t suit me at all, the seats was far to flat so my legs didn’t have the support I wanted.
So after this I change my plans a bit and start searching for a M08-> 9-3 SC – 2.8T Aero or a TurboX. 2.8T because I know the 2.0T wasn’t a alternative for me, but it was hard to find a car that meet my requirements for equipment and colour. So in spring 2014 I still drove my 9-5 Aero, and was still searching for a suitable 9-3. But during summer 2014 a friend with a 2010 9-5 Aero XWD introduced me to the 260hp software update from Hirsch, and that can I tell you – it is a HUGE difference from the standard 220hp program. Suddenly the 9-5 was the hottest candidate to a new car, and I start the search for a suitable car. But what about the car from ANA? A few weeks later from I had my test drive it was sold to a local man in Trollhättan, and every-time I saw that car later I sent it admiring glances, and from time to time took a picture… So it was decided, I was now official looking for a new 9-5 Aero, 2.0T BioPower in laser-red. Unfortunately isn’t laser-red the most common colour for 9-5, so we wrote December before a car came up for sale. This was a FWD that not have so mush extra equipment over standard, but I decided to give it a chance. Unfortunately was the seller that was a dealer with just used cars not serious at all, he didn’t pick up the phone or answer my emails. So after a short time that car was sold, so I continued my search. So after a few weeks a red Linear came up for sale, but that was not a alternative – so in March this year I found a new red 9-5, this time a Vector. But there is something that says “history repeats itself”, and that was what happen this time. Got respond on my first email, after that it was silent on mail and phone… The car was removed from the classifieds after a short while, but it is still registered to the same owner as it was – and on the used car dealers website it’s still out for sale, they even adjusted the price a few weeks ago… 😉
But at the same time there came a other red 9-5 up for sale – and this time it was “my” car, or more correct the car I test drove. OK, it was not a Aero, but it had the Hirsch software upgrade and was great equipped with a “Active” package and some extras over that as HUD, lane departure warning (LDW), Traffic Sign Reading (TSR), key-less go and Bluetooth. So after some emails with the seller (that was absolutely a serious seller) I decided to go for it. Got a friend of me in Trollhättan-area to inspect the car since I live in Norway, and to make a long story short it ended up with that I make a agreement to buy the car. So last Friday I travel to Trollhättan by plane and train to pick up the car and close the deal, and that was for sure a great feeling! The only thing what is better then a used Saab is a new Saab, and since the things are as it is a the moment we have to manage ourself with the used ones… My new Saab is a two owner Saab, ANA Trollhättan had it first as a company-car for one of their employees, and the second owner was the man I bought it from. So this one is absolute a Sab that can be called a Trollhättan-Saab! So this weekend I drove about 11-1200km in my new Saab, and the only thing that disappoint me is the “comfort”-seats. That was something I know about, and one of the most important upgrades will be to get the sport-seats that Aero have as standard fitted. On the other side was as I already mentioned the Hirsch program something that impress me, the car itself is also handling like a Saab. It feels secure and it handels very well both on minor roads and on the highway. At this moment I’m not allowed to drive it since it not registered in Norway, I have to wait for a time at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, so they can approve the car for Norwegian roads. Then I’m “allowed” to pay duty for it, and when that is OK I can go back to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to collect my plates.
Further plans for the car is to add some Hirsch details, and the front and seats from Aero. Maybe will there be something more later, but time will show. Finally, some pictures from Trollhättan, and the way back home. As you see we stil have snow in Norway!
Since there are no Saabs manufactured for the moment, some of us cling on to what we have. That´s all right, since a well treated Saab will run for a long time. However, there are some issues when a car come of age. One is insurance.
Most car insurances have a limit for covering repairs on the engine/machine. There is a big range here. A common limit is at a maximum of 8 years or 100´000 km. Some insurance companies stretch this up to 120´000 km or even higher in some cases. Note that the deductible may raise considerably when the car gets older (check the conditions).
There are many comparison sites in Sweden which can be used to compare car insurances. Usually you need to do some digging into the fine print to understand the limits for engine/machine damage. If this is important to you, I suggest you do. If you want objective comparison I recommend “Konsumenternas Försäkringsbyrå”. Follow this link to compare:
Note that this site only compare the content of the insurance, not how well the insurance company actually perform at the event of an issue (except if there is a quality index). I made a call to “Konsumenternas Försäkringsbyrå” in order to check about some of the companies with very good conditions and a very low price. Smaller, newer insurance companies have deals with subcontractors to manage the issues and they do not have a good reputation. You may also need to go to specific repair shops. If you stick with the larger companies there will be no issues getting a damage inspected or finding good repair shop. In the end, you get what you pay for.
Folksam, (one of the large insurance companies in Sweden) offer a special insurance for Saab owners. It is a bit pricey, but it covers engine/machine repairs up to 150´000 km or 8 years (which is much better than their normal deal). The deductible is also very low. A bad thing is that they add a cost if you use the car for business trips, which is something I have never experienced before.
Folksam have undoubtedly realized that Saabs are cars that last long so it’s worth the risk to give better conditions. They also realize that they will attract Saab owners who stick with their brand. I hope more insurance companies understand and do the same (e.g. the Saab Brand Insurance offered by IF).
Prices for car insurance differ a lot depending on where you live, what car you have, how old you are and a number of other criteria. Different companies will put you in different segments depending on their specific risk calculation. I would advise you all to check for better deals each year.
I usually do some Saab-spotting while on the road on my vacation trips. This time, me and my family went down to Denmark to visit Legoland. All went well in spite of the horrors of parking my beloved Saab in the cramped ferry parking space, next to half drunk people with no sense opening car doors next to other cars.
I managed to do some proper Saab-spotting inside Legoland as well
In the days before the festival I was walking around in Trollhättan, and on one of my trips to the popular Spikön in the central Trollhättan, in the middle of the channel I saw some interesting. The city of Trollhättan has during the last years done a great job to make Spikön a nice place to be. A refurbished marina for leisure boats with new service facilities replaced the old marina, and where the service facilities was built there was a outdoor restaurant earlier. Next to the new marina has they built a new playground for the kids, and this was the thing that make me pay attention. Inside the building fences I saw something I recognize immediately – something with a Saab-grille. Later I found out that the playground had a grand opening a few days after, on Saturday 6th of June – the same weekend as the Saab-festival. The day after my first visit I visited Spikön again, this time while there was people working there. I get a better look of the ting with a Saab-grille, and that was a hybrid between a car and a plane!
So this weekend did I visit Trollhättan again, just over the night (more about that visit later!), and I went over to Spikön for a closer look at this hybrid. The thing was a plane with a cabin and front inspired from a Saab 96, and it was placed in front of a hangar named “Flygmotor” after the old company “Nohab Flygmotor” (Nohab Aircraft Engine) I belive. Nohab was a company that mainly produced steam locomotives and diesel electric locomotives, but water turbines and Aircraft Engines was some of the other products. The Aircraft Engine was later sold to Volvo and get the name Volvo Aero, and after about 60 years Volvo sold it to the GKN-group. The GKN factory is the neighbour to the Saab-factory at Stallbacka. Another Saab-Nohab link is that in the Nohab buildings (that now is named the Innovatum area), is the Saab Car Museum located, and it is actually located in one of the old Nohab workshops.
So the fact that kids in Trollhättan get used to Saab in early age is well known, and this is one more thing that prove that! And if you visit Trollhättan, I highly recommend a walk to Spikön if you have time over for that. If you live in the city center of Trollhättan it takes approximatelya half an hour to go around Spikön from the hotels and back. And are you are a little too old to use the playground, you can always play some mini-golf in the evenings, eat some ice-cream or just enjoy the silence and a nice view over the channel!
I recently stumbled upona cliponfacebookwithaSaab 9–5 wagonthat stood outfrom the crowd.
ThisSaab 9–52.0 wagonmay lookordinaryifit woulddrive pastyou duringthe day,but when darknesssettles onthe eveningand the trunk lid is opened, this car turns into exactly what it’s called, – a#turbopartysaab.With it’sRGB LEDbarspulsatingindifferent colors, glowropeLED doorinserts,smoke machine,PAspeaker with15″ subwoofer, – it turns thiscar intoapartyonfour wheels.
Kenneth, the owner of this car,will cruise aroundontheSwedishroadswith hispartysaabthissummer andspread hisjoy andmusic around wherever he’ll go. Enjoy!
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