MapTun Car Meeting 2016, 5th of May in Örebro Sweden

https://youtu.be/ttOdKNor92Q

Film from the 2014 Event

Let us hope this will be the best SAAB event this year in Sweden. The the event focuses on SAAB´s but any other great car is welcome. See other Saabs meet with people for MapTun, SaabsUnited and various vendors. So mark the day as a car day in Your calendars. Örebro is easily accessible for most people in sweden. Right in-between Stockholm and Gothenburg.

CEO Fredrik Bengtsson of MapTun welcomes You all to an exciting car day with some great surprises!

So put som polish in Your car and join for a fine day with great people

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MapTun Meet in Örebro Sweden

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In the hometown of Stig Blomqvist the famous SAAB rally driver the MapTun Meet was held again. As always in sunshine outside the MapTun Company HQ.
The pictures speaks for themselves. It was a lot of happy people and cars of all ages and even a “new” brand. I served as one of the judges deciding what cars getting the sweepstakes.

Above is Joakim Bernhardsson winner of “Best Performance” with his 9-3 Racing Replica. My choice of all the cars at the meeting but You all know I am a “sucker” for everything that is rally or racing historical. Joakim is the first who makes an authentic replica of that racing car. In the heydays the original car was driven by a group of three drivers one of the Peter “Poker” Wallenberg. Most of the company logotypes are from companies in the Wallenberg/Investor conglomerate.

Maptun Meet 2015

MTmeet2015Now it’s time again for the annual MapTun meet, MapTun has kept on the tradition and like the past years the meeting is going to take place in Ascension Day. Ascension Day is a public holiday in Sweden so this is a great day to attend on a meeting like this. This year this will be Thursday 14th of May, and the meeting will take place at MapTun in Örebro as usual.

The fun start 10 o’clock in the morning, and will last until 15.00 in the afternoon. In addition to the car exhibition there will be offers, demonstrations and other happenings. Some special invited partners will also this year take place, like Orio and Meguiars in cooperation with Mekonomen. For those of you who schedule repairs and/or maintenance during the day MapTun will award you with generous discounts, so here are many good reasons to attend to this! So for those that get tempted to attend on this wonderful event, it’s time to sign up! There is a limited number of slots if you want to display your car at the exhibition, but registration is no necessary if you will attend as a guest.  As a extra bonus Bista Biltvätt offers all exhibitors at 2x wash tokens on presentation of voucher (sent via email after registration of the car). The car wash is located right next to Maptun. Link for signing up and the absolute latest info: http://www.maptun.com/maptunmeet2015 (på svenska: http://www.maptun.se/maptunmeet2015)

This year MapTun also have a contest in front of the meeting, if you are at social media Instagram you have chance to win  a gift card  worth SEK500 (about € 50). The only thing you need to do is repost a picture and hashtag it #MTmeet2015. The picture can be found by search up the user “maptunparts” in the Instagram app or visit http://iconosquare.com/p/970219829120002185_1700343897 For those of you that not had decided to yet, maybe a look at the pictures from last years meeting will convince you?

WHAT: MapTun Meet 2015
WHERE: Verkstadsgatan 2, 702 27 Örebro, Sweden
WHEN: 14th of May, 10.00 – 15.00

#stayoriginal – project complete

stay_original_epic_blocket_adFor a few weeks ago I mentioned that Orio started a project named #stayoriginal, and now Orio with help from several helpers, including  from Maptun and Högdalens Bil& Skadecenter completed the project and handed it over to the “new” owner.

At Högdalens Bil & Skadecenter they have removed all rust, they also took care of all the dents – and repainted the entire car. They had also replaced the right rear fender, the wheel arches, all mouldings outside the car and finally a new wind shield. Normally this is work for 3 weeks, but the guys made it in approximately half of the time.

At our friends at Maptun in Örebro three persons worked in total 55 hours to make it ship shape mechanically. The engine has been almost completely rebuilt with for example a new timing chain and the most of the components related to brakes is all new. Inside the car much of the interior is replaced, such as front and rear seats, door panels and more. The AC system has also been overhauled. Many of the parts that Maptun expected would break within a 12 mounts period (witch was a lot) has also had been replaced.

Almost all of the parts on this project come from Orio, they have up to 98% of the parts for our Saabs available at the stock in Nyköping or in production. The things that was a bit tricky to solve was the interior details , for example was the front- and rear seats and the door trims discontinued, but that part was solved with parts from a car recycling in almost  new condition.
In my opinion this is not a very big deal, how many of you have considered to buy brand new seats for your 15 year old 9-5? If you ask me it’s more important to supply (and produce) service- and spare-parts that people need and is necessary for our cars to run –  for example wind shields for the new 9-5 to make an example. I believe that Orio will produce new parts as long someone (we) buy them and Orio make money on that…

The YouTube-clip under is from the handover to the “new” owner, this time Orio has put English subs on the clip, for all of you that don’t understand Swedish! 🙂
If you want to see all the teasers, visit Orio’s #stayoriginal webpage – or their YouTube channel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d4DjnXCSYw

#stayoriginal

I guess this situation is something that all of us had been in at least one time. You are searching for a “new” car, and you search the classifieds after the perfect car. Some of the classifieds sounds too good to be true, as they for example promise you, let us say, a 10 year old car that is “better then new” and so on. In respect for you guys who are selling your 10 year old car, I’m not saying it is a piece of scrap, but to be honest – how may 10 years is mint condition? But in the opposite end of the scale there is the ones that are totally honest, and this time there is a guy that are very honest in a epic ad titled “Saab 9-5 Estate, you will regret it”…

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In this classified on the Swedish site “Blocket” a guy try to sell a MY00 9-5 Estate that he had bought for his daughter, but the car has caused trouble since he bought it. On the pictures the car looks quite all-right, but the ad says it has a lot of scratches and dents – but that is maybe not the worst thing. The mileage is about 195 000km, and some of the things that are broken is the turbo, AC, brakes, drive shaft joint, SID and other electrical problems, wheel bearings and so on. To a potential buyer of this car the seller requires that you have good economy, a good mental health and at least a Bachelor degree in wrenches… :p The price he is asking is SEK 9000 (about US$1000), but if you have a fantastic fun statement of reasons, you will get it for free, because he need help to get in better mood! :p After the inspection of the car (in Sweden this has to be done every year), there is obviously things to fix, for after this he updated the ad with the words “now I know what to do the next month”…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=394U4_ekIkE

But at this point the rescue is near – Orio, the supplier of Saab original parts, has fallen in love with the humor in this ad, and now they had chosen this car as a “project car”. They want to restore this car to as close to original condition as possible – with original parts.
So for the next month this car will be at two workshops, MapTun in Örebro and at a paint- and body-workshop (Högdalens Bil & Skadecenter) and Orio will post updates and videos from the project on their website – http://www.orio.com/stayoriginal/.
Unfortunately the video is only in Swedish, but I guess many of you will understand what’s going on – and maybe Orio add English subs to the next ones?

For Sale: SAAB 9-3 Convertible 2004 Hirsch & MapTun

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Skärmavbild 2014-08-07 kl. 08.10.27Cleaning up in my garage and now, summer soon over so I decided to let my convertible go.

It is a car that was originally sold by the Saab Dealer in Santa Monica California. As an ARC model with the HOT (High Output Turbo) 5 speed manual. The car was taken to Sweden in 2007 and got the AERO trim added. Also upgraded with the ice block design clear light clusters.

The car has never been driven in the winter ever, as new underneath, so NO salt issues ODO is at 112000 KM

The car has been gently modified to become an even better car compared to the day it left the Magna Steyer plant in Graz, Austria.

Engine,  L850 2,0 liter Turbo, MapTun Flexprogram Gasoline/Ethanol E85, Digital ignition upgrade to m/y .2005, Sachs race sinter clutch, Talliaferro Shortshifter, Ferrita Twinpipe race exhaust system with a race catalyst race down pipe. +280 bhp (never been on a dyno)

Chassis: Yellow adjustable KONI dampers front and back, HR Sportsprings, SAAB Original ALU 65 18″ 10 Spoke wheels, 9-3 AERO V6 314mm brakes. New Michelin Sport Pilot Tires just 1500 km.

Interior: Hirsch leather dash with white stitchings, Hirsch aluminium pedals, Hirsch doorhandles/handbrake and slot kit in leather, Hirsch aluminumlook on the glovebox, US auto dimming mirror with compass and garage door opener. AERO steering wheel y/m 2006, Radio Infotainment system 150, AUX/MP3 connector, upgraded front speakers.

Exterior: AERO body kit, Aero front and rear spoiler, US amber side front lights. Philips LED Daytime running lights, no holes in the soft-top that is in good condition, black rear mid brake light, rear parking sensors, fixed tow/hitch.709

Price to sell at € 12500 / 111600 SEK

Contact Cell phone +46709589632 /  jtrued[at]gmail.com Skärmavbild 2014-08-07 kl. 07.41.08

 

MapTun Stage 1 for the 9-3 1.9 TTiD — a quick review

Life starts with a turbo
Life starts with a turbo
Last October I was approached by Fredrik Åberg and asked to write a review of MapTun’s Stage 1 tuning kit for the diesel 9-3. Given the rumors last year of future NEVS 9-3s fitted with the diesel engine I thought it was an excellent idea to explore further.

There are three versions of the 1.9 TTiD engine: 130, 160 and 180 bhp. MapTun takes all of them all the way to 210 bhp.

The upgrade was easy enough. I hit a rough spot at first, but after Fredrik pointed me to an updated 64-bit device driver for MapTun’s USB device I was able to upload their engine map to Anna’s 9-3. We were finally all set.

My first impression was that it drove more like a Saab should. The difference between 130 bhp and MapTun’s 210 bhp is of course noticeable. The tendency to eat tyres in roundabouts and faster overtaking is most welcome. Sadly I only got one test run in before it became necessary to mount the studded winter tyres, so more detailed testing of acceleration will just have to wait. There is also the question of the engine’s running-in phase that might skew the results at this point.

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