Monday Snippets – IntSaab edition

A few photos have popped up on Flickr from IntSaab, in Switzerland. Check these babies out!

There’s no caption with the photo, but my (not difficult) guess is this 16V has been converted over to ethanol use.

And the guys from doesn’t just sell classic old Saabs (in 1:43 scale), they also own some classic old Saabs (in 1:1 scale). It looks like they took out the award for best Saab 99 at the show.


We have already covered the issue of Saab owners losing their keys and having to get them replaced. If you lose both keys, it can be a very expensive proposition (SU article).

One of our Australian motoring publications, Drive, did a little digging and found that Saab were not the only ones to have expensive key replacement. Having said that, though, the process seems to be much cheaper here than in other countries.

From comments to that article:

My drive is a 2004 Saab, I recently wanted new keys, both electronic fobs had disintergrated over time revealing the electronic guts of the fobs. Cost in Aust $250 per key + $90 programming each. I purchased two new key fobs on ebay from a Saab overseas cost A$35 each including postage + $90 to program both here.

The SU article linked above quotes a cost of around $1,000 or more for what I assume is the same service quoted at around $680 in the comment above. It’s not necessarilty the same service, as this guy already had existing keys with the CIM included, just in very shabby condition, hence the lower cost.


Gasgoo is reporting that there could be some Saab bargains coming in China….

The price of the 9-3, which only came in gasoline 2.0T and 2.8 V6 form, ranged from the 340,000rmb to 529,000rmb in its hey day but recent news articles indicate that in a bid to get rid of the 9-3′s before the introduction of BAIC made 9-3′s (although the 9-5 is set to come first) Shanghai Saab dealerships have dropped the 9-3′s pricing by 80,000rmb. So a Saab 9-3 Vector 2.0TS that once cost 429,000rmb is now only 340,900rmb.

That doesn’t seem to bode well for Saab’s reintroduction to China, does it? Not for the 9-3, at least.

Thanks to AH!


It’s nice to know that the “last car guy in Congress” is a Saab guy. Or a partial Saab guy, at least.


The Saab 9-5 in good company at Monterey over the weekend…..

Thanks to Dick L!


And finally, a bit at GM Inside News covering a new turbocharged application for the 3-litre 6-cylinder, which is reportedly going to be used in the Saab 9-4x’s sister vehicle, the Caddy SRX in 2013.

Saab do have options to continue to use GM engines and architectures for some time, but it’s unknown if that covers just existing engines, or new engines as well. It’s also unknown whether Saab would be bothered with this. The figures for it are unknown, there’s no indication as to the source and I don’t know the people at GMI well enough to know if this is reliable or not.

May is the month of Saab engine detailing love!

We haven’t had a month of Saab loving for a while. In fact, those who have only come to this blog in the last few years wouldn’t know what I’m talking about. It’s been that long.
The month of Saab loving is where I pick a specific model car and owners of that model get to send in pictures of their car and tell us why it’s so good.
It’s easy to live with these cars day-to-day and let their quality, versatility and inbuilt fun-factor slip under the radar. It’s a great way of flying the flag and telling the real stories of Saab ownership – straight from real Saab owners – without all the usual journalistic jibber jabber you get in car reviews.
This month, rather then kick off with a specific model, I’d like to show off a few people’s efforts to really set their pride and joy apart from the rest.

There is a prize! See details at the tail end of this entry to see how you can send in your photos and the groovy, out-of-print Saab book you can win for doing so.

Engine dressing is really popular amongst the show car crowd and it’s probably one of the things that regular car owners don’t get around to. It’s one of those things that only some people try and it tends to be something that’s done after everything else is sorted.
The results can be really entertaining, however. From the highly customised and detailed engine bays to the understated efforts that might otherwise fly under the radar, I’d like to give people’s efforts the chance to be appreciated by a wider audience by showing them off here at SU.
To get you in the mood, here are a few I saw when I was in Trollhattan back in 2007 (Tim, Johanna, Rickard and Robin, I’ve left yours out deliberately so you can send in some better shots as entries)
Click to enlarge.
Here’s a 9-3 Viggen engine that’s received some Lightning Blue color coding:

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