17 thoughts on “Get a NEW SAAB it is till possible.”

  1. Great stuff Trued. I want to get my hands on a 1989 SPG turbo and do the same thing. Hard to find now a days. I think U.S. Customs will let you bring in a car from Europe with European Specs as long as its over 20 years. I may have to go that route to do it. I bet I can find lots of 89 SPG’s in Sweden? Good Stuff!!

    • Get an SPG in a warm and rust free US state instead of looking for them here in Sweden. I have taken a handful of cars from the US to Sweden. Rust free an all. Fixing rust is the most time and money in a restoration project.

    • Matthew, that specific car has been out for sale many times. Once a swedish guy claimed he had bought it. So it would be great to have some light on this specific car.

  2. Trued, nice story; it seems you have there more activity going on as in the THT factory :).
    It is indeed the best way to get a good driving Saab but we should as well try to collect articles about veteran Saab cars that are still driving.
    In the absence of stories about new development from NEVS, these seem to be very attractive and interesting articles.
    Keep us up to date of the restoration.

    • I see the key future right now for SU to be a site for people interested in the history of the brand and restoring / maintaining of the classics.

  3. Trued, after reading your posts over the years it’s good to put a face with a name! Restoring an old Saab is exactly what I am doing right now. I’m restoring a 1986 Saab 9000. All of my friends think I’m crazy, including my wife! But I love the car. It’s a one owner with only 92,000 original miles, but it sat up for many years. I am close to getting it road worthy. I know this make and model isn’t very “collectible”, but it is quite rare and a very cool Saab. Cheers!

    • Saabdog, That sounds like a great project there are VERY few if ANY around on the roads in Sweden of the 1986 models. You should have it restored. You will have a unique SAAB!

  4. saabdog………I am in a similar situation to you, i.e. I have a 1985 SAAB 90GL (owned since new and now 105,000 miles) and it has been off the road (garaged) since 2003.

    I intend to make this car my project for the next couple of years but am dreading what state the mechanicals (particularly the block is in after all this time. If anyone knows a best procedure for tackling this element after so long without the engine having turned over I would be over the proverbial moon for any advice. In the UK, this model is becoming as rare as hens teeth so I am keen to succeed (pardon the pun).

    I know that this might be a tad off topic from Trued’s post but hey we are not exactly swamped by Saab stuff at the moment.

    • Alistair, go for it its not so complicated lift out the engine and see what it looks like. It could very well be OK if not parts can still be found.

    • Alastair, what a cool Saab! You should go for it. It’s possible that the engine will turnover even though it has sat for a while. And 105,000 isn’t that many miles on the engine. I’ve had trouble finding some parts (turbo hose, distributor & a few interior parts), but they’re out there, I just have to keep looking. Good Luck!

  5. Thanks Trued, that was the push I needed. My first search will be for a new head (or get it skimmed) since this was the issue back in 2003 when there apparently was a hairline crack found under pressure testing and needless to say my oil/water took on the usual sludge so I think I would be best to strip the block down before trying to turn her over.

    Actually looking forward to getting black nails and smelling swarfega again. Think I must have withdrawal symptoms from all these years of driving newer cars and no mechanical involvement.

  6. Trued, loved your post! I have determined that what you showed in your video is the only way to have a new Saab. I live in Utah and I own 4 old classics and 2 new styles. A 1992 – 900 S Convertible (Citron Beige), 1992 – 900 Turbo Convertible (Citron Beige), 1994 – 900 Turbo Convertible (Edwardian Gray) (all 3 are manual transmissions) and a 1992 – 900 S 4 door sedan (Edwardian Gray) with auto transmission. I plan to restore all 4 of these beauties into “NEW” condition as I still love the body shape better than any other. I also own a 2010 9-5 Aero (new style – Glacier Gray) as well as my 2008 9-3 Aero (Jet Black- manual). My 900’s are all rust free and are actually in very good shape as is. All 3 of the convertibles run fine but need to be serviced and have hoses and gaskets replaced etc….my 4 door needs a new transmission. I haven’t had time to really dive into these like I would like to, and I’m worried about the availability of parts. Are parts for the body, moldings, interior and engine still readily available? Just wondering as I am starting to make plans on trying to get the ball rolling on these. People always comment on my convertibles when I drive them. Most of the younger generation LOVE my cars as they have never seen them before and think they are very cool. I plan on getting them in pristine condition and turning heads for the next 30 yrs or more! Thanks for a great post!

  7. Dear Saab lovers,
    i have to admit I am also hit by the old Saabs fever. Actually possesion 3 Saabs: Saab 900 CAb 1993 classic LP Turbo+Intercooler (Blue Lemans), Saab 9000 Aero Auto 1997 (light grey metallic) and just acquired a Saab 9-3 Sporthatch 2.0t Vector Biopower – Titan gray (God what a good drive this car!!).
    So my plan is to set up to new condition the 900 cab (and maybe improve some things like the chassis, motor or finishing) and as I don’t have a garage (closed area), but enough place around to build a covered (not closed area), can someone tell me if it is reasonable to do the job in these conditions? I live in France, so in winter it could be too hard to work on it, but winters aren’t any more as in the former times.
    Second question is how to proceed step by step. I imagine I have to make sure the body is 100% rust-free or repaired (i know there are some, few, spots to be repaired/protected). therefore is it necessary to strip down everything from the car? Then need to do the repainting: 1st no aesthetic protection/painting i suppose (i can do myself), then the outside to be done in a paint cabin: so have to transport the car to the paint shop. How to do this on a trailer ?
    and so on (chassis/suspension strip down to replace all wearing parts, like bushings, seal and so on), clean, repaint, protect, etc.
    So my first decision is in fact, what do I need to do the job at home for the most parts of the job. I know should invest in some tooling and so on. But that is no problem, would be good for the next restoration of the Aero to get it perfect! Already 6 years ago succeeded to replace the convertible top!! Most difficult task to find the staples!
    I would look also for somebody to help me for some operations. I am conscious, that you can not do everything yourself. Especially in terms of experience to avoid “stupid errors).
    so I would thank you for some advice, before starting this exciting project;

    greetings to all of you,
    Nils

    • I have restored a Saab 96 (1961) as well as a Saab 900 Turbo convertible (1987) and had very fine and professional support from members of the Saab Club in Belgium.
      While I do know that also France has a Saab club you could envision to become a member.
      It will help you to do the right things. Success.

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