The State of Saab in Australia

The last new Saabs arrived in Australia in 2011, a mix of 9-3, 9-3x and new 9-5’s. Since then we know the story worldwide has been Saab’s demise, the saga involving NEVS and the rise of ORIO AB. But here in Australia things haven’t been so up and down I suppose. Saab Australia closed in 2013 with the loss of 6 jobs, we were fortunate enough to have a small population of NG9-5’s but no 9-3 Griffin’s.

So where do we get parts? Well, we have one official importer of genuine parts Alec Mildren a former Dealer and most of the ex-dealerships still service cars in the capital cities but nothing exists regionally. Which leaves us with the dilemma of ordering parts from dealers, shopping online or going to one of the few Saab dedicated wreckers located in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In my opinion I’d like to see ORIO AB properly launch service programs and a proper website with web shop, but seeing as we are a small market I find this unlikely to happen.

My 2004 Saab 9-3 Aero at Mount Hotham, Victoria, Australia
My 2004 Saab 9-3 Aero at Mount Hotham, Victoria, Australia

What about the car supply? There is a steady stream of classic 900’s and 9000’s all the way up to modern 9-3’s and 9-5’s. Prices are low which makes the market a great for potential buyers.

To Be Continued…

SAAB 900 Turbo features on Mighty Car Mods

 

Mighty Car Mods SAAB 900 Turbo

Its possible that as a SAAB owner you’d be unfamiliar with Mighty Car Mods and Online DIY Auto show focusing mainly on JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) import vehicles. However, they’re become YouTube Famous with over 3,000,000 channel views. In a challenge set by creators Marty and MOOG they have to each purchase a turbo’ed car for under $3000 AUD that is manual and turbo. It also must be a car that they’ve never owned before.

(SPOILER ALERT)

The SAAB 900 Turbo Coupe is MOOG’s car which he purchased from a guy from Byron Bay, 11 hours away. MOOG paid $2700 for this almost mint condition beauty. In the coming episodes he’ll be modding it to see and then racing is against a Mitsubishi Lancer MR which has been modded with a turbo. In my opinion the lancer doesn’t stand a chance.

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