Caroline’s Custom Saab 9-3

In the custom section of the festival, we saw quite a lot of exciting Saabs in different shapes and colors. This red beauty, caught our eyes.

What was that console in the middle of back seat? It resembled the battery pack in the Saab ePower.

We were informed that it wasn’t a battery pack by the car’s owner and creator – Caroline. Caroline has been working on the car for 7 months and it’s still not fully complete. We wondered where she learned all these skills and she told us that she had been studying technology/mechanics but was now employed at Koenigsegg.

That explained the ghost. Koenigsegg is located in Ängelholm in an old airbase. The ghost was the sign for the squadron located at F10, Ängelholm.

The ghost can be spotted on Koenigsegg cars and on the Saab AJS Viggen below.

What a great car!

Arriving at the Saab Festival 2019

Me and my family decided to go to Trollhättan to visit the Saab festival this Saturday. Rain was pouring down in Gothenburg when we started our journey.

We found a good parking place close to the museum. The parking alone, was almost like a Saab festival in itself.

Rain was still pouring downs as we were greeted by a bunch of wet 900s.

After a few minutes the rain faded and we could actually see the sun. We had some shorter showers later, but all in all it was a pretty nice day. Me and my oldest son took a bunch of pictures. I will publish a number of these in a set of posts the coming days. So, keep posted!

Time goes by

Time goes by and its now about 8 years since Saab went out of business in its original setting.

NEVS have had their ups and downs. They have mostly been struggling under harsh financial conditions. Something employees from the Saab days are used to, but probably not too happy about. Lately a new major owner, Evergrande, has entered the scene and the wheels are spinning faster again in Trollhättan. Focus is still on the Chinese market and there are currently no formal plans for launching products in Europe or the US.

Quite surprisingly, NEVS lately bought about 20% of the Swedish supercar maker, Koenigsegg. Koenigsegg and NEVS are also planning for a joint venture company which will produce electric cars and hybrids. Rumors say that Koenigsegg would like to gain access to the Trollhättan plant in order to produce “cheaper” electric cars. The reason for NEVS doing this deal is not that clear. NEVS are focusing on sustainable transport solutions, which has little to do with supercars.

You may remember that Koenigsegg was one of the potential buyers of Saab back in the days. Koenigsegg is now the employer of Saabs United´s founder Steven Wade, Swade.

Another car manufacturer in the western part of Sweden is Volvo. Volvo has been doing great lately, better than ever, I imagine. New plants, lots of new models, lots of sales. Many former employees of Saab have found a new job at Volvo Cars.

The picture below was taken last weekend in the heart of Volvo-land, Torslanda. You may recognize the slogan from Volvo commercials with Swedish celebrities like footballer, Zlatan. The car in the foreground however, is made by Trollhättan.

Have you ever had a hard time locking your Saab?

Sometimes I cannot lock my Saab properly with the key remote. If I am in a hurry this may get quite frustrating. After a while, I started to see a pattern. There was always a lorry nearby, a lorry with a remotely operated crane.

In Sweden, we recycle things like glass, paper, plastics and cupboard. The recycling stations are emptied regularly. This happens quite often when I drop my oldest son off at school. My conclusion is that the crane remote is operating on a similar radio frequency as my car key remote. It seems that the weaker car key signal gets drenched by the crane remote. When the lorry is gone, my car lock works perfectly.

Have anyone else had this problem?

A lorry emptying the recycling station outside my son’s school.

 

 

Saab Insurance – Swedish Market, Update

I did a post on Saab insurance for the Swedish market a while ago. I have recently renewed my insurance and have happily found out that the insurance company Folksam has stretched their limits for Saabs even further. If you buy the large car insurance, you will have machine and electronics insurance up to 10 years or 15´000 Swedish miles (1 Swedish mile = 10km).

Auto-dimming rearview side mirrors, update

A long time ago, Tim wrote a post about the difficulties of getting new auto-dimming rearview side mirrors. I wrote a short add about the mirrors getting back in stock.

The brownish color was not the biggest issue, it was the failure of the dimming function on all mirrors. In November 2015 I fixed my left mirror it has worked fine ever since.

Before: You can see a brownish tone in the left part of the mirror.
After: The new auto-dimming mirror

The auto dimming area does not cover the entire glass. However, that is nothing which you will notice driving the car. The auto dimming function works fine on all mirrors after I replaced the bad one.

Cracked Leather Seats

I remember a discussion here at SU about the contrasting leather in the OG 9-5 seats was not real leather, but vinyl. This is something that got very real to me 2015. I generally take good care of my car, but I have not done much to the seats. I like to think that leather seats get a nice patina over time, if it is real leather, that is.

Summer 2015 the light colored fake leather in my driver seat cracked. I thought it was a shame, since my car is in good condition. I decided to mend it. I looked around the internet and found a solution called “Color Glo”. Color Glo is specialized in fixing damages in both real leather and vinyl. They can also imprint different leather patterns to mimic the original look.

It turned out that cracked fake leather on Saabs was quite common and that the rip could not be too large in order to fix it. Mine was ok to mend. Unfortunately, the leather pattern could not be imprinted because the cushion beneath the rip was too compressed (gap between the cushion and the vinyl). It seems that the cushions gets worn quite fast.

My driver seat before mending the cracked vinyl.

The mending looked ok, but not by any means perfect. Still, the seat was in once piece again. The mending got lightly tainted by my blue jeans quite fast.

Just before this summer, a piece came off the mending and I am back to square one again. It seems that it is not possible to get a permanent solution for this issue. At least not with the method I chose.

The current state of my seat.

I think Tim mentioned that if you chose the all black version of the seat, you got all real leather. That was probably the correct choice to make. I also discussed this matter with my previous boss who used to be employed at Saab. He said that Saab had pure leather all over the seats for a long time. In competition, Saab was the only one to keep leather all over and scaled down to specific parts of the seat to keep price on par with competition.

Has anyone tried any other method? Please write a post and share your experience!

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