Contributions improved (and pink link added)

As you may know, we accept and welcome post contributions here at SaabsUnited. There may not be any new Saab cars built, but there are still many Saab cars, enthusiasts and clubs out there. And we want to read about your Saab experiences here at SaabsUnited.

After having spent some time this Christmas on the user base of SaabsUnited, I can tell you that we now have almost exactly 6 000 registered users. And they have all been “upgraded” from subscribers to contributors. Any new users are also automatically set to contributors.

So everyone registered here at SaabsUnited can now (easily) contribute with posts.

When a new post is submitted by a user, an email is sent to the moderators of SaabsUnited. We can then review the post and publish it, or add comments and send it back for (eventual) rewrite. This review system, with the emails, is brand new and will surely improve our work (and speed up the process for new posts).

I have also added a permanent page about the contribution system with a pink link in the top menu of SaabsUnited. Hopefully this will make it easier for our visitors and users to contribute. Oh, and there’s a thought behind the pink link. Click it and you’ll see. 😉

Last but not least, we still have our regular SaabsUnited editors. Not all of them are as active as before – and there aren’t as many new Saab news nowadays – but several of them still contribute (both here and in other ways), which is much appreciated!

Feel free to let us know in the comments below if there’s anything else that we can do to improve the contribution system here at SaabsUnited. And do contribute with your Saab posts here!

International Saab Meeting 2016: The Movie

International Saab Meeting 2016The International Saab Meeting 2016 (IntSaab 2016) was held on the 12-14 of August 2016. The meeting took place in Vadstena, Sweden, a town close to the birthplace of Saab: Linköping. More than 600 Saab enthusiasts, from all over the world, attended IntSaab 2016.

The meeting included a visit to the Swedish Air Force Museum and Saab Arena in Linköping, where the Ur-Saab was on display. There was also a re-creation of the Saab 92 premiere, at the original location (the Saab restaurant Terassen). And of course, the last day was an open Saab swap meet and car exhibition.

Here’s the official movie, or a short summary, of the International Saab Meeting 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUuvvNcXgG8

Svenska Saabklubben, the Swedish Saab Club, hosted IntSaab 2016. Next year, Deutscher Saab Club, the German Saab Club, will arrange the International Saab Meeting 2017. Registration for IntSaab 2017 will open late January 2017, so be sure to keep an eye on their website for tickets!

Happy Holidays all Saab enthusiasts!

On behalf of SaabsUnited and Svenska Saabklubben, the Swedish Saab Club, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for 2016, we are looking forward to 2017 with you all.

As you may have noticed, SaabsUnited has not been much active lately. This is in part due to lack of Saab news, but mainly due to lack of resources (contributors and editors).

After Saabklubben took over SaabsUnited, I have had to do a lot of maintenance on this site. As an example, more than 4 000 spam users have been (manually) checked and removed. All in order to keep SaabsUnited working in the future.

Saabklubben wants SaabsUnited to continue being a relevant and accurate news/enthusiast site for Saab owners in 2017 (and onwards). But this will require your help. Every user at SaabsUnited is a contributor (as noted here: Contribute to SaabsUnited). So please do contribute to SaabsUnited!

Now, personally, I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with my mother-in-law in Gothenburg, since it means that we get to visit the Saab car museum in Trollhättan on our way back home. 😉

Saab sign saved

The single most photographed sign in Trollhättan, the Saab sign by the north gate of the Stallbacka plant, is going to be donated by Nevs to the Saab Car Museum. This since Nevs are mounting their own new sign in place, but they still care for the Saab car heritage and wish to preserve the Saab sign.

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The handover of the sign will be made at the north gate on Thursday the 8’th of December at 14:00. This will be a public event, with visitors being welcomed. Representatives from Nevs and Saab Car Museum will attend this event as well.

Saab in Autoworld Brussels I

I like already to inform you all that the Saab Club Belgium has his 30st anniversary in 2017 and Saab should have been 70 years that same year. This we will make known to the public by showing all Saab models available in our club in the museum Autoworld in Brussels from January 13th- February 5th, 2017.
So this special event will focus on what Saab has built over the years and the Saab cars will be shown among all other beautiful cars from the museum.
We will organize the new year reception of the Saab Club Belgium on Sunday, January 15th and I will put pictures of some of the cars we show here on SaabsUnited after that reception.
But note the dates and come and look for this special Expo in Autoworld Brussels.

Fix for 9-5 lightbar problems…

You may remember the article I wrote about a year ago about the LED-bar for 2010 on 9-5. dsc_1195
I guess the problem with a burned out LED-bar is something we 9-5 owners will experience once or more times in the lifespan of the car. The part is “NLS”(No Longer Supplied) by Orio, and as I understand they will not produce a replacement in the future.

Why the LED-bar burns out is the question many of us ask ourselves, but I haven’t got a 100% answer to that. In my opinion is  it one ting we easy can do to extend the lifespan for the LED-bar;  preventing moisture in the LED-bar. What I had done in addition to new gaskets is to place two small dehumidifier bags (about 10x10cm) in the luggage compartment, behind the covers for the tail-lamps. I just attach them to the bodywork with a strip of tape, and since I start doing this I haven’t noticed any moisture in the LED-bar at all.

Maybe the 9-5 owners worst nightmare...
Maybe the 9-5 owners worst nightmare…

But if you stand with there with a burned out LED-bar, what to do? The answer is pretty obvious – if you can’t buy a new one, repair your broken unit!

I would like to make a summary of those I know repair the LED-bar, the list is NOT complete so if you know about other – please let me know!
There are also a few dealers that I know that have their own exchange-system, if not I’m sure they will help you to mail in your LED-bar.

  • OBD TuningKarlstad, Sweden
    Mail-in-for-repair http://www.obdtuning.se/sv-SE/reparationer/saab/9-5-6662621 (only Swedish language)
  • Logan DiagnosticFranklin TN, USA
    Have a partnership with Orio NA, they also fix 3rd brake light and tail lamps. Mail-in-for-repair.
    Logan Diagostic specializes in repair of GM automotive lightning products. http://ledfix.com/ledreplacements.html
  • eSaabpartsUSA
    Sells the “Aaron DIY-kit”. It is just what it sounds like, a DIY-kit for those of you that will fix the LED-bar yourself.
    eSaabparts ships only to US, but if you go to the website you will find Aarons contact-info if you scroll to the bottom of the page – and I’ll guess he will ship worldwide. https://www.esaabparts.com/95ng-led-fix/
  • Henrik BlomSweden
    Developing a brand new kit. This kits will be delivered with pre-assembled cards and cables, if you never have soldered before you don’t need to worry about that. Everything is done considering making it as easy as possible, but for those of you that feels unsafe to cut out the old cards there will be possible to send in the LED-bar for repair.
    Henrik has also promised a extra function for the LED-bar, more info will come later when the kit is ready to be sold.

Saab specialist building destroyed by fire

A tragic event happened last night in the Dutch city of Ommen. A building in a business complex, where among other Saab Service Ommen is located, was completely destroyed in a large fire. No people seem to have been injured, but a lot of cars were destroyed.

Saab Service Ommen
Saab Service Ommen

The emergency services was called to the scene around 02:15 in the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. The fire grew quickly and the firefighters could only focus on preventing the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings. Around 05:00 the fire was under control.

Here’s a video showing the fire:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjVB2_Dn7cA

A lot of Saab cars can be seen in the video, among those a Saab 9000, NG900, OG9-5 and a NG9-3 Cabriolet. Saab Service Ommen is an appreciated Saab specialist, who sells and repairs Saab cars. They also perform restorations of classic Saabs.

Our thoughts are with the owners and employees of Saab Service Ommen.

Source: Zeer grote brand in Ommen is onder controle

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