Good News Keeping the 900 Classic Running

My Classic 900 has suffered two age related problems in the last while. The first was the Air Conditioner compressor leaking, and the second was clutch cylinder failure.

IMG_0139m

I live north of Brisbane Australia, and was concerned I would never find service or parts as required. The Saab dealer I had bought my 900 from was not interested in fixing the clutch, claiming they didn’t have the right tools anymore.

Well, I was lucky that a local A/C service (Nambour A/C on Price street) went out of his way to find a new off the rack A/C unit that could be modified to fit, so now I have a brand new A/C that anyone can service. He also machined a brass fitting to replace the plastic junction that linked the heater to the radiator, because it shattered when moved. Good work.

I also found a local European mechanic (Sunshine Coast Roadworthy Inspection Centre at Kunda Park) who took on the clutch repair with no difficulty. He had to parts come from Victoria overnight, and replaced the master, slave and throw-out bearing. Wonderful to have the clutch right up again.

This has been a relief to me as I was beginning to wonder what would happen to my 900 if I couldn’t get it serviced. Looks like it will be around a few more years now. So, don’t be too quick to dispose of your Saab until you look for a solution that may be closer than you think.

Arnold

IMG_0234

SAAB Of The Week

This weeks car for Saab Of The Week is a 2004 9-3 Aero Convertible coming from Harry in Brisbane Australia. With the cold that a lot of people are experiencing right now, this photo makes me crave the summer and warmer weather. Thanks for sharing Harry.

2004 93 Aero

We are many, We are SAAB: Australia

Here’s the reports on the We are many, We are Saab Australian events.

Sydney

We met at Saab Salvage and chatted about all things Saab. Steve from Saab Salvage also organised a morning tea for us. Here are the Saabs at Saab Salvage.

After about an hour those of us who could go on the drive headed off to Pie in the Sky in Cowan. Where we met up with some people along the way. Here we are waiting for the Ferry at Berowra Waters.

All in all about 16 Saabs showed up to support Saab, and we all had a great time too.

More photos at Phil’s Flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/unknownlatitude/sets/72157628860583273/

Adelaide

Here’s Mark’s report on the Adelaide event.

We only had a small rally here in South Australia.

It began at Ikea at 8.45 am for breakfast. Proceeded to Adelaide Saab (South Australia’s only Saab dealer) at 11.30 am. Coincidently Adelaide Saab has a Mahindra dealership next door and there was an almost new 9-3X on the lot. Very strange.
Anyway we proceeded to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood, arriving at around 12.15 pm. By then it was getting close to 30 degrees Celsius. We had a tour of the Motor Museum before taking a few photographs.

BTW there is a white 1986 5 door Saab 900i in the Birdwood Motor Museum.

Melbourne

Here’s Alex’s report on the Melbourne event.

This morning (15th) the Melbourne event was held at Albert park lake , where the Melbourne F1 race is held. This was a meeting point for 24 Saab owners and families , who drove their cars to the lake side car park , Saabs included a brand new Saab 9.5 Aero and a 9.3X, and a range of Saabs owned by a group of dedicated supporters added our voices in support of Saab

Photos can be seen here http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157628874179011/

Australian Convoys – UPDATED

As apart of the worldwide “We are many, We are Saab” events, there will also be a convoys in Australia, and the Australian convoys will likely be the first of these convoys (because of timezones).

Sydney – Updated
The Sydney, Australia convoy will be on January 14th starting at 10:00 AM, meeting at Saab Salvage in Riverstone, for details on the route see this map http://g.co/maps/hzgy8.

After meeting at Saab Salvage, having a chat, and taking some photos, we will drive to Pie in the Sky at Cowan on the Old Pacific Highway for Lunch.

Adelaide

The Adelaide event will be on January 15th. And is being organised by Mark.

Read more

Saab Car Club of Australia National Event

Over the Easter Long weekend (which was 5 days long this year) the Saab Car Club of Australia held its national event. The event was held in Coffs Harbour in New South Wales and its surrounding areas.

The weekend began with dinner and drinks on Friday night, as most had driven to Coffs Harbour that day.

Saturday was a river cruise on the Nambucca River from Nambucca Heads to Macksville. It was a chance to catch up with Saab club members from other parts of Australia we don’t normally see very often. Along the cruise our guide informed us of many facts about the river and the towns on the river. One that we’ll remember for a while is that oysters take 4 years to reach the stage at which they can be eaten! Saturday afternoon was left free to clean and prepare cars for the Concours D’elegance.

Sunday morning was the Concours D’elegance, in total there were 12 cars on show, there were 4 trophies for the Concours and many had been busy cleaning their cars the day before and that morning. Here’s a photo of the cars on display and the trophies.

On the Sunday night we had a dinner and the winners of the trophies were announced, here they are

Read more

Saab Typos

In my searches around the interwebz for Saab news relevant to Australia (Saab Australia are running Saab 9-5 press days yesterday and today) I came across an amusing (well amusing to me) typo.

The Sydney Morning Herald have posted up a gallery for the 2011 Saab 5-9.

Have a look at the Sydney Morning Herald website or there’s a screenshot after the jump

Has anybody else seen any other amusing Saab typos/mistakes out and about?

Read more

Australian Saab Sales 2010 and 2011

I’m just wanting to let you guys know what is happening Down Under in terms of sales. I’ve just got my hands on the new car registration data.

In March the following was reported

  • Saab 9-3: 12
  • Saab 9-5: 5
  • Saab 9-3 Convertible: 7
  • Total: 24

That’s 24 cars for March, and the current year to date is 24 (so no sales in January and February). Last year after March the year to date sales was just 1.

Independence Day – Australia

No photos – it was a meeting and a dinner. But it was a good one.

Today I had the pleasure of meeting up with Saab’s Australian team, as well as the dealer principals from the dealerships that will make up the beginning of the Australian Saab network.

It’s small beginnings at Saab Australia, for sure, but it’s an incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic team. I was really, really impressed with their industry experience and knowledge, but moreso by their excitement at the prospect of doing a ground-up rebuild of the Saab brand here in Australia.

And yes, they really are starting from the ground up. Right now, the offices are so new that they don’t even have a fridge!

But this is one keen team and the dealers seem pretty excited as well. Some of the original planned dealers have not been able to come on board straight away due to logistic concerns expressed by other brands they hold. Basically, at GM’s request, a Saab dealer has to have a separated building and keep their Saab stuff away from GM stuff (all are carry-over dealers from pre-sale days). Not all dealers have that facility, but those that do are on board and all have taken a share of Saab’s first stock shipment.

The other good news for Aussies is that the 9-5 launch will be held in April. Press events will be held in the first third of the month, so cars should hopefully be available for distribution in the near term, following that program.

I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to make a presentation to the dealer group, talking about Saabs United and the role the website was fortunate enough to play covering the sale. Of course, a huge part of that was the Saab Support Convoys and I got to share just how big an impact you, the community, had on keeping Saab’s fate in the public eye.

We had a great time here. I hope you’re having a great time wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close