The story we never finished (fuel, testing and Saabs) and why some of us are absent

Note the previous owner’s logo still semi-visible. On the desk, a BAIC model sits proudly.
I do not have access to this site’s traffic numbers anymore, but it is no big secret that saabsunited.com probably has way less regular readers than back in its heyday. Many (all?) of the former contributors either moved on or went into hibernation following the factory’s bankruptcy. Without new content being posted on a regular basis, how can we expect to have as many readers? Though some of us remain interested in Nevs’ endeavors, there just is not much to talk about yet. That will hopefully change soon (?), but things are what they are.

My latest effort dates back two years three years. Heck, I thought it was only two years ago, but it has actually been three! RedJ was writing a post about TechROi and I tagged along as his inept photographer. TechROi is one of the many spin-offs following the bankruptcy as former Saab engineers continued developing automobile technology elsewhere. In this case, their main focus was a gasoline tank made from steel. Yes, steel. “Isn’t plastic lighter..?” It turns out that no, it isn’t! By improving the way they press the steel, the engineers managed to increase tensile strength while keeping the steel sheet relatively thin. The result is a lighter and safer design.

This is what happens when dropping fuel tanks onto concrete
It was a promising story at the time. Not least of all, there was a tie-in with Nevs. Back in 2014 Nevs resurrected production of the 9-3, but several parts proved difficult given the low production numbers. One of the old partners eventually told Nevs “why do you not get in touch with TechROi?”. Being a smaller company meant that they could accommodate Nevs. There was even a hint dropped that a future unannounced Nevs product might some day use the new TechROi design… Then they showed us a fuel tank that had seen severe track testing: They unbolted the tank, then drove 70kph on the side of the test track dragging the tank through the gravel. A plastic fuel tank would not have coped so well. I was reminded of one of those videos shown inside the museum, of Saab engine testing ‘back in the day’: A guy strapped across the hood of a 93 (or 96?) checking the two-stroke engine _at speed_! Crazy, but you cannot fault their attention to detail. Not to mention the 10m drop onto concrete test. Saabs are not built like regular cars and every component must be as safe and strong as practically possible. (yet many of us expected to pay way less than what we would have paid for lesser cars, go figure)

RedJ and I left that meeting feeling a little bit more optimistic about the future. We believed we would see

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Where do YOU buy Saab spare parts?

We receive a lot of questions regarding Saab spare parts through the contact form here at SaabsUnited. People ask where to find certain parts and many don’t even know that there still are plenty of spare parts available for Saab cars (in most cases).

While it’s nice to help other Saab owners, and we’re more than happy to do it, there’s some room for some improvement here.

So, we now have a dedicated page about Saab parts here at SaabsUnited. It explains the current spare parts situation and features a list of Saab spare parts providers.

The list of parts providers contains the earlier advertisers here at SaabsUnited, there are some companies that the Swedish Saab Club cooperates with and then there are some parts providers that the editors here have recommended.

These are basically Saab spare parts providers that we (and other Saab enthusiasts) use and appreciate.

But our list of parts providers is far from complete. We want your help to expand the list. Since we’re based in Sweden, many of the companies are this as well (but they sell internationally). Spare parts providers in Asia, Africa and South America are particularly wanted.

Where do you usually buy your Saab parts? Do you have a favourite provider? Is there some spare parts provider that you avoid? Let us know about it in the comments below or through the contact form.

Contributions improved (and pink link added)

As you may know, we accept and welcome post contributions here at SaabsUnited. There may not be any new Saab cars built, but there are still many Saab cars, enthusiasts and clubs out there. And we want to read about your Saab experiences here at SaabsUnited.

After having spent some time this Christmas on the user base of SaabsUnited, I can tell you that we now have almost exactly 6 000 registered users. And they have all been “upgraded” from subscribers to contributors. Any new users are also automatically set to contributors.

So everyone registered here at SaabsUnited can now (easily) contribute with posts.

When a new post is submitted by a user, an email is sent to the moderators of SaabsUnited. We can then review the post and publish it, or add comments and send it back for (eventual) rewrite. This review system, with the emails, is brand new and will surely improve our work (and speed up the process for new posts).

I have also added a permanent page about the contribution system with a pink link in the top menu of SaabsUnited. Hopefully this will make it easier for our visitors and users to contribute. Oh, and there’s a thought behind the pink link. Click it and you’ll see. 😉

Last but not least, we still have our regular SaabsUnited editors. Not all of them are as active as before – and there aren’t as many new Saab news nowadays – but several of them still contribute (both here and in other ways), which is much appreciated!

Feel free to let us know in the comments below if there’s anything else that we can do to improve the contribution system here at SaabsUnited. And do contribute with your Saab posts here!

Happy Holidays all Saab enthusiasts!

On behalf of SaabsUnited and Svenska Saabklubben, the Swedish Saab Club, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for 2016, we are looking forward to 2017 with you all.

As you may have noticed, SaabsUnited has not been much active lately. This is in part due to lack of Saab news, but mainly due to lack of resources (contributors and editors).

After Saabklubben took over SaabsUnited, I have had to do a lot of maintenance on this site. As an example, more than 4 000 spam users have been (manually) checked and removed. All in order to keep SaabsUnited working in the future.

Saabklubben wants SaabsUnited to continue being a relevant and accurate news/enthusiast site for Saab owners in 2017 (and onwards). But this will require your help. Every user at SaabsUnited is a contributor (as noted here: Contribute to SaabsUnited). So please do contribute to SaabsUnited!

Now, personally, I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with my mother-in-law in Gothenburg, since it means that we get to visit the Saab car museum in Trollhättan on our way back home. 😉

SaabsUnited, a slight facelift

As you probably can tell by now, we’ve changed the theme of SaabsUnited. The old theme had been abandoned (by its developer) since more than two years back. This caused the old theme to lack certain functions and potentially contain security holes.

We’ve carefully selected a new theme that is similar to the old one. The new theme is actively updated and works well with all screen sizes (from smart phones to computers and even 4K resolution screens). We’ve also tried to keep all things “as they were” in regards to menus, login form, ads etc.

Again, SaabsUnited will still be SaabsUnited.

We’re not done with the new theme. Among other things we’re gonna add the right logotype (an original of it doesn’t exist, to my knowledge, so it has to be recreated). We also want to make it easier to browse the archive and find (older) interesting posts.

As always, feel free to let us know if there’s something you like/dislike in the comments.

Contribute to SaabsUnited!

SaabsUnited is now managed by Svenska Saabklubben, the Swedish Saab Club, a non-profit organization since 1976 with more than 3 000 members (of which 10 % are international members). We intend to maintain the archive and history of SaabsUnited, as well as improve and expand SaabsUnited with new posts and Saab relevant content.

In the past, SaabsUnited has primarily consisted of posts by certain authors. They have done an excellent job with the site and they are all more than welcome to continue contributing here. Separate information has been sent out to them as well.

But now we need your help. All of you Saab enthusiasts, clubs and alike. We want to read about your Saab cars, projects, meet ups, thoughts and adventures. We want to see your pictures and view your videos. The Saab community is still strong, let’s show it here at SaabsUnited!

– How to contribute to SaabsUnited

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Welcome to SaabsUnited.com at Saabklubben

If you are reading this, then you are visiting SaabsUnited.com in the server environment of Svenska Saabklubben. The whole website, with 5 728 posts, 10 702 users and 66 600 comments have now been moved. If you aren’t logged in already, you should be able to login as usual with the login form in the sidebar.

SaabsUnited.com should be working just as it has done before.

Note the word “should”. This was an extremely large operation and even though we’ve tested the website thoroughly, you may still find some errors. Please report them in the comment field below or by email to [email protected]. We are closely watching the performance (speed) of the website as well, in order to upgrade our server resources if necessary.

The actual transfer (and processing) of all data took almost 36 hours to complete. A small number of comments, that was posted on the website during the transfer period, haven’t been moved. If you know that you’ve posted a comment here recently, feel free to check and re-post if necessary.

A meeting with the local section Hallandia of Saabklubben.
A meeting with the local section Hallandia of Saabklubben. Saabklubben has local sections all over Sweden.

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