Great sadness here in the UK today.

Jonathan Nash

 

Today we hear of the sudden passing of a truly lovely, warm, charismatic ambassador for SAAB not just here in the UK but abroad too.

Jonathan Nash was a great Managing Director of Saab GB who always showed huge enthusiasm for the brand and had a knack of making everybody in his company feel at ease.

During my time with SAAB at dealership level I met him on many occasions both at events and during his dealership visits. It was at these dealership visits that the first thing he would do upon arrival was to go around each individual in each department and have a relaxed chat with them before heading upstairs. A small gesture you may think but it meant a lot to the staff and he knew it. The last time I saw him was at Erik Carlssons funeral and he still had that lovely warm caring nature. He will be missed by so many.

Please see attached message from Corin Richards, Managing Director:

It is with great regret and sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Jonathan Nash, who passed away during the night on Tuesday, after suffering a heart attack.

Jonathan was a charismatic and energetic man, who worked with Saab GB since 1989, culminating in his stewardship as Managing Director from the launch of the 9-3 (9440) series in 2003 until 2010, when he took up a senior management position at Saab Automobile. Since 2012 he had been working as a Director with the consultancy and training group, PHM.

Our thoughts at this very sad and shocking time are with the family he leaves behind; his wife Helen and their 3 children.

Regards,

 

Corin Richards / Managing Director

 

Saab invasion at Ramsele oldtimer meetup

Last week I went with my family on a vacation trip to the northern part of Sweden. Northern Sweden is beautiful with its vast landscapes of high mountains, deep valleys, huge forests and coast. This time of the year the sun never sets either. The scenery is breathtaking, especially behind the wheel of a Saab 9-3X.

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Saab cars at Ramsele oldtimer meetup

Besides the family vacation, we also went to an oldtimer meetup in the town of Ramsele. There we met up with the Saabklubben localsection of Norrland. A member of the club had arranged for a dinner with a tour of the local power station Storfinnforsen the evening before the meetup. We even got to drive our Saabs across the dam (which, if I remember right, is the largest concrete dam in Sweden).

All Saabs are welcomed in Saabklubben and the cars on the tour ranged from Saab 93 to Saab NG9-5.

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Saab enthusiast meeting at NEVS (with Q&A)

A couple of days after the news that NEVS will use its own brand instead of Saab, a number of Saab car enthusiasts were invited to a meeting with NEVS at the Stallbacka plant in Trollhättan. Among others, the chairmen of Svenska Saabklubben and Saab Turbo Club of Sweden were there, with the Saab Car Museum curator. NEVS held a presentation and showed the group around the plant.

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Saabklubben chairman Karl Ask with Jonas Hernqvist, Sales & Marketing at NEVS.

A more throughly analysis/editorial from the chairman of Saabklubben will follow here at SaabsUnited soon, but for now we have a Q&A (questions & answers) with NEVS along with a large number of pictures from the meeting. These are questions from us and from the readers of SaabsUnited.

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Restoration of 1987 900T16 Cab

DSC_0160Here are two of my SAAB’s in sunny weather at my summer house.

I bought the Cab last autumn in Malmo and drove it to my summer-house in south-west of Sweden, in the belief that I had a car for the summer season 2016. It was not passing the MOT this spring – because of rusty floors. When uncovering the metal from the inside, I realized that I had a big job waiting in replacing the rusty floor panes. I have bought another (cheap) 900 with fine floors which I will “move” to the cab. Another project was to get all the vacuum controlled devices work. After replacing about 6m of vacuum rubber tubes, things started to work again – even the cruise control! The soft top and the rear window has to be replaced – it has probably been replaced some years ago by a non-professionel person, bad workmanship. The rear window lifts are not working – no 12V supply to the switches, even though the front lifts work (same fuse).

These cabs (900OG) seems to increase in value these days since they are approaching the magic age of 30 years. SAAB enthusiasts do everything to keep SAAB’s running! That’s the good reason why I want to save this Cab.

So far my SAAB’s are: 1987 900T16Cab, 1972 96 (newly restored by me), 1997 9000CSE and my daily car 2011 9-5 NG. I will keep you posted as the Cab restoration proceeds.

UPDATE 1:

There has been a winter in between since I last updated my report. During this time I have got a garage close to my summer house to remove and repair all the rusty panels in my car. Because of a leaking soft top, the floor has acted like a bath tub over some time. Since the floor mats are a noise cancelling type with foam on the underside, they have soaked up the water and kept it there – letting the rust eating up the floor pans. So all 4 floor pans had to be replaced. In addition there was rust on the inner front wings, down at the rear side. These are also repaired. I had to replace the windshield because of a severe crack. When we removed the glass, we found no steel to fix the glue on for the new windshield. The lower right and left corners were completely rusted. Soft as a biscuit. The garage made new replacement parts by hand. Fantastic good work.  The last issue was the left door. The paint looked like the surface of an orange. The paint shop grinded it to bare metal, applied a type of etching primer, and painted it black together with the windshield frame. THEN we could install the new windshield.

During the work, the steering rack started to leak oil – probably because of dry gaskets. A refurbished rack was supplied and we replaced the old one. The last issue was crack in the engine oil sump close to the drain screw. This is a common issue if the drain plug has not been changed, not used the right copper washer or used too high torque to tighten the screw. We managed to fix it by: First drain the oil. Pump cleaning fluid through the dip-stick tube and clean the inside as much as possible. Get the cleaning fluid out by using pressurized air. Let it dry over a week-end. Then grind the outside to a rough surface, and end the process by applying chemical metal around the drain screw where the crack was. The oil change has from now on to be done by using a vacuum unit to suck out the oil through the dip-stick tube.

Now I have to go to “Besikta” (Swedich MOT). I am really looking forward to get the car on the road.

Last expensive project is to change the soft top with one that is not letting the rain into the car.

UPDATE 2:

Last issue before the MOT, is to change the generator. It is dead, no charge at all. Tried to replace the regulator, but it did not cure the fault. BDS managed to get a refurbished generator within 24h. Good service!

The MOT is over. The car passed the exam! My wife and I celebrated by having a long ride with the top down in the sunny weather.

The next important task is to replace the soft top. This will probably be done in Denmark, both because of price and response from the workshop.

Then I have to repair the quarter- windows. They are stuck in the top position. After all it is a hobby – no hurry:)

Fly a Saab in Gripen Fighter Challenge

As you all know, new Saabs are still being built. Though these Saabs tend to stay out of reach for the ordinary Saab enthusiast, in terms of cost and driving skills. I’m of course talking about the Saab aircrafts and in particular the recently updated Gripen.

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Saab Gripen. Picture from https://flic.kr/p/q1Ramj

On May the 18th, Saab revealed the new JAS 39 Gripen E fighter jet. JAS stands for Jakt (hunt), Attack and Spaning (reconnaissance), while Gripen is Swedish for Griffin. Gripen replaced Viggen and was originally launched back in 1987 (marking the 50th anniversary of Saab).

The E model of Gripen is the latest and greatest fighter jet from Saab. Gripen is currently in use in Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa and Thailand. I’m no expert on these planes, so check out the Gripen website for more information.

The promotional video for Gripen is rather impressive:

If you have ever wanted to fly a Saab, then now’s your chance.

To promote the Gripen E, Saab has just released the game Gripen Fighter Challenge. The game can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. It’s rated from 3 years and above, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it being violent or gory.

Here’s an official trailer for Gripen Fighter Challenge:

I’m personally not much for mobile gaming, but I did try it out. The controls are easy, with the plane moving as you move the phone. There’s a number of challenges, with an excellent tutorial, so the game should last a few hours. The graphics are nice (depending on your iOS/Android unit) and the sound is great.

What do you guys (and girls) think about Gripen Fighter Challenge?

Tidbits on NEVS from TTELA

TTELA recently posted an interesting article that sheds some light on the development work and progress of NEVS and their new electric cars. In “Här skapas Nevs nya bilmodeller” (Here the new car models of Nevs are created), TTELA got access to three out of four development rooms at the Stallbacka plant.

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NEVS main entrance at the Stallbacka plant in Trollhättan. Picture: Michèl Annink

According to Frank Smit, project manager at NEVS, the whole company is involved in their projects, with 8 people being responsible for different main areas. They work with a large number of engineers in Trollhättan, while close to 80 people are working simultaneously in China (among other things with the new plant there).

As mentioned, they didn’t get access to one particular development room. That room might contain a new Phoenix based electric car.

One of the current projects at NEVS is the development of the third generation NEVS 9-3. “We are working on a new battery and a new electric engine”, Frank Smit says. Even though these cars are based on the Saab 9-3 from 2002, they have basically been built from scratch. There are about 30 NEVS 9-3 in existance in Trollhättan right now and approx. 10 NEVS 9-3 in China.

They also discuss transportation of the cars from Trollhättan to China, where NEVS claim that the Trans-Siberian railway is faster than transport by boat. Tests of the train rails in the Stallbacka plant has therefore recently been made.

Finally, there’s a clock counting down above one of the doors to the development rooms. It’s marked “Time Remaining” and at the time of TTELA’s visit (last Saturday), it was at 334 days. This is most likely a count down for the first car in China. According to Frank Smit this will happen in the second half of 2017.

Be sure to check out the article at TTELA for more pictures from their visit!

Good News Keeping the 900 Classic Running

My Classic 900 has suffered two age related problems in the last while. The first was the Air Conditioner compressor leaking, and the second was clutch cylinder failure.

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I live north of Brisbane Australia, and was concerned I would never find service or parts as required. The Saab dealer I had bought my 900 from was not interested in fixing the clutch, claiming they didn’t have the right tools anymore.

Well, I was lucky that a local A/C service (Nambour A/C on Price street) went out of his way to find a new off the rack A/C unit that could be modified to fit, so now I have a brand new A/C that anyone can service. He also machined a brass fitting to replace the plastic junction that linked the heater to the radiator, because it shattered when moved. Good work.

I also found a local European mechanic (Sunshine Coast Roadworthy Inspection Centre at Kunda Park) who took on the clutch repair with no difficulty. He had to parts come from Victoria overnight, and replaced the master, slave and throw-out bearing. Wonderful to have the clutch right up again.

This has been a relief to me as I was beginning to wonder what would happen to my 900 if I couldn’t get it serviced. Looks like it will be around a few more years now. So, don’t be too quick to dispose of your Saab until you look for a solution that may be closer than you think.

Arnold

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SAABSTANCE Singapore

Hello and greetings from Singapore!

Firstly, will like to congratulate the new refreshed SAABSUNITED page as well as the new Svenska Saabklubben Team for taking over this fabulous site that all SAAB Fanatics globally have grown to love and to appreciate over the years.

Personally used to have had the pleasure of 5 SAABs and it has been nothing short of an exciting journey and relatively fuss free.

MY 01 SAAB 9-5 2.0t

MY 06 SAAB 9-5 SC 2.0t

MY 00 SAAB 9-5 2.3T HOT AERO

MY 06 SAAB 9-3 SC 2.0T VECTOR

MY 08 SAAB 9-3 SS 2.0T AERO – VRN “360” as you may have seen in some photos

Will be showcasing to you some images taken by yours truly as well as a short write up of Singapore. Scroll on!

 

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