Sales Manager at Springman's Saab, BC's only Saab dealer and hugely devoted Saab fan. If I don't have an answer for you, I will get it. I am the most socially interactive Saab dealer rep in Canada and am always available when someone needs direction.
Quite often I find myself on the internet aimlessly looking for anything SAAB related and often I find stuff from other people who are doing the same or I stumble across something I had forgotten. One such piece I have come across was that of the Saab Turbo 006 Convertible Junior. I remember seeing photo’s of this car on the showroom floor in my friend Darryl’s Saab dealership and never thought much of it.
Finding any information on this car is not as simple as typing into a search and finding the wikipedia file, but I did find a little more on this gem.
The Saab Turbo 006 was built in 1986 and was a great way of creating future Saab fans in the way of kids. This junior car is powered by a wheel motor that can turn into a 4×2 for winter driving (how cool is that? Even in a Go-kart). This according to Saab 900 Classic website who have a number of great photo’s on their site of the 006 including the one below of the 3.5hp engine.
Well, it has been a while since I’ve written a post here. The love for the cars and the community that make it more than just a car still exists with me. Where have I been? What has happened? Well much like many other salesmen, managers and owners, my dealer is no more. This is an all to familiar story in North America and I don’t see it changing anytime too soon.
The problem simply comes down to economics. Owners cannot afford to operate on a service only business until SAAB comes back. My dealer tried very hard to hang on and in the end we suffered the same fate as many before us.
For over twelve years I worked for the Springman’s family in Surrey, BC. I can’t say enough about Dan and his brother Rueben and how they personally sacrificed so much of themselves personally and financially to try and keep things going. The history to this dealer mirrors a lot of the GM nightmare. They started as a body shop and moved to Langley to become a used car lot and then became a Passport dealer. Over the years things would change and GM offered them the Saturn, Isuzu brands. Under Saturn they became the highest volume dealer in BC and life was good. For many years we were busy and building a family of great customers who became very loyal. When GM discontinued the Saturn brand we became a used car dealer once again for one year. Obviously when we were approached to be a SAAB franchise once again, it really seemed like the perfect marriage as we both were left behind with GM’s reshuffle. Unfortunately we all know how that worked out.
In August of this past year, after long consideration, I gave my notice after 12 years of service. I had received an offer to manage a Kia dealer five minutes from home and could not justify letting it slip through my hands. Leading up to my decision, I had heard rumors that the dealer may be sold and that the new owner was looking to make it a Fiat dealer. To be fair, I was told that I would still have a job when the new owner came and that I would be taken care of but it did not sound exciting to me. At the end of September it was confirmed that Springman’s had been sold and indeed was to become a Fiat store. They do still hold a service contract to be able to offer parts and service but it is not their main focus.
Fast forward to today and I have to say that I am very happy with my decision. I do miss the people and the time that I spent trying to be everything I could to the local community. I am still here and will continue to post from time to time and still believe that Saab can once again thrive. I wish the whole SAAB community a very Happy New Year.
This week we get a Saab Of The Week that could really be Saab of the year. This one comes to us from Steve Moss and was taken in Switzerland on his 25th anniversary holiday. All I can say is wow and thank you for sharing with us, oh and congrats on 25yrs.
Through our Facebook page we just received an email that kind of blew me away. Christopher Mills from the UK has been inspired by DJA 880 to the point of trying to recreate it with his 2008 9-3. Below are pictures and his explanation of how it came to be. Very impressive Christopher and what a labor of love.
I own a 2008 Saab 9-3 1.9Tid. I bought it in December 2012 as a box standard Airflow model. (Due to insurance) After seeing DJA 880 (the last Saab) I wanted a goal to make mine look as close to it as possible. So I did! I started off with a duel exhaust system and a couple of interior parts to start me off. In May 2012 I ordered a set of ULA 88 alloys.
In July 2013, I decided it was time to get the front Griffin bumper parts. It took weeks trying to get a hold of the parts. Thanks to Neo Brothers for supplying me the skin. After a Month and a half and the bumper all painted it was ready to be fitted.
The car looks as close to the 9-3 Griffin as I can do at the moment. I do not know anybody else in the United Kingdom to get this upgrade and I am very happy with it. I have lots of photos of the build I want to share with you.
It would be great if you could do a read up on this for the SaabsUnited blog. Also I am in the making of my own blog which will be full of Saab stuff shortly!
This weeks Saab Of The Week comes to us from T. Gorea. When you have one Saab, why not have two? The 2003 9-3 SS Aero is the new addition to this owners collection. The only problem now is which one do you drive? Thanks for sharing.
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