Crashtesting the TurboX

The wheel refused to budge
A few hours ago we received word from Sapan that although he is ok, his car unfortunately isn’t.

Good Example of Swedish Safety

On our way home from Swedish Car Day My Girlfriend and I were driving back on the NJ Turnpike.

We were in the 2nd to most Left lane while a driver next to us was in the left most lane, she was on her cell phone with her head down and started veering to the left shoulder. She panicked, and then snapped her steering wheel to the right and did the PIT maneuver that police often use to knock a vehicle out of balance into a 360 to my vehicle. This started the process of me doing a 360 turn at around 65 to 70mph, during this time I managed to counter steer and start correcting the vehicle but by the time I did we were already on a crash course with the jersey wall. I remember clearly counter steering as to not go into a spin and holding onto the steering wheel until the end getting airbag burns. The Vehicle that did the damage was the corolla.

By the time it was done I as already on the shoulder fully stopped with emergency hazards, airbags deployed, and OnStar contacting me saying they are sending EMS to my location(yes I did pay for the subscription and its worth every penny for that fraction of a second for your life). We were both majorly uninjured and walked away living and breathing mind you not the most comfortable of experiences.

So Based on the Pictures the Drivers and Passengers side can with stand this sever of a impact. I will be trying my best to buy another Saab very soon no matter what the service or parts scenario looks like. As Jeremy Clarkson said, no one could understand why a Saab Cost so much until they crashed them…

IIHS only recently started testing small overlap frontal collisions. I have a strong feeling most Saabs would excel at those tests. Didn’t SAAB discuss this scenario back in the late 80s?

In any case, we are glad to see that Sapan is OK and we hope he will find a (reasonably) new SAAB soon. It is my understanding that the parts situation is improving every day, so hopefully that should not be a factor to be concerned with anymore (9-4X owners OTOH are still cautioned to not break anything just yet).

I would also like to remind everyone that there is an open thread in our forums dedicated to news stories about crashes involving Saabs.

APB: Turbo-X gone missing in Sweden

Registration number: FBG-122
VIN: YS3FM47R481133062

This Turbo-X got stolen from Kungsbacka Bilcentrum AB last weekend.

Please keep your eyes and ears open. That V6 can’t be too difficult to hear.

Leave a comment here or contact Kungsbacka Bilcentrum directly if you see/hear anything. I understand Saab appeals to a lot of people, but this is not the way to acquire one!

Saab O The Week – Turbo X

I don’t do Saab O The Week entries much anymore, but when I saw this image on Flickr today, I just had to share it.

Eggs n Grits likes to post the occasional ‘Saab moment of Zen’ on his Twitter account. I’d like to take a leaf from Eggs’ book and offer this as your Saab moment of Zen for today.

The Turbo X really is getting better and better with age. I know there was some fuss back in 2008, with feelings that it wasn’t extreme enough on the road. But having a look back at it now, it really does look the goods and anyone I know who’s owned one has been over the moon with the driving experience.

I think I just put a Turbo X on my bucket list.

Would you buy a car with this license plate?

In Germany the license plate have this structure XX-X 000. The first 1 till three Letters behind the hyphen belong to the town where you live. So if you know which letters belong to your city, you also know which letter after the hyphen you should avoid, as the combination of those letters may create a word or a pseudo-word which might look weird on your car. And yes you can choose the letters and numbers(as long as that combination is unused) after the hyphen.

In this case the car is a Saab 9-3 TurboX sedan, and the car is registered in Düren, which has the letter-code DN.

Which 3rd letter is on the license plate?

Solution after the jump.

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Saab Turbo X Euromeeting 2011

Do you have a Saab Turbo X?

Are you one of the unfortunate Sith Lords who bought the wrong car, something other than a Turbo X?

Do you not have a Saab Turbo X but lust after Saab’s modern Black Turbo?

Do you just enjoy the thought of a bunch of Saab Turbo X’s gathering in the same place?

Some Turbo X owners in France are hosting the first ever Saab Turbo X Euromeeting in May. You don’t have to own a Turbo X to go along, though obviously that’s the focus of the gathering.

They have a website (in French) and a Facebook page alrady set up for the event and invite anyone interested in the Turbo X to check out the event and come along.

The following information was sent along by Leigh M, one of the organisers.



SATURDAY 21st of May 2011 from 11am to 6pm :

-> Meeting nearby to the Lac du Der, which is one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe, offering numerous activities for children, adults, individuals & families. A private meeting area will be reserved close to the lake (50m) and close to the local lake harbour.

-> Picnic nearby to the lake (each one is invited to bring all his picnic necessary and some specialties to share with other participants)

-> Optional afternoon activities :

  • A huge choice of individual and/or family activities are possible (6 sand beaches, tree climbing resort, miniature golf, ride on the lake, etc …)
  • A 2 hours roadbook will also be available for all who whish to discover the Champagne country side and numerous points of interest.
  • Full details on the exceptional site of the Lac du Der and the many activities available here:

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Nate gets his Saab Turbo-X dream

The headline says it all.

I think it might be high time for some Turbo X appreciation, too. It’s a model that copped a small amount of criticism from some quarters at first, but it’s position in Saab’s history as the first XWD vehicle and quite a special car is pretty well assured now. Hindsight’s a beautiful thing. Best we keep that in mind.

This is Nate’s story, complete with obligatory Saab hug. There’s some good stuff about dealer relationships in here, too. Kudos to Iowa City for doing what they do.


I took possession of my Turbo X SportCombi on Tuesday, October 19th, and I could not be happier. I have longed for this car ever since we saw the spy pics of the prototypes that were bashed as looking like Pontiac Sunfires! I am blessed to own my dream car.

My original plan was to purchase one with a manual gearbox. I ended up purchasing the automatic gearbox. My wife and I plan to own this car for some time, so I thought the automatic would be the safer bet. A lifetime of high impact athletics has left me with bad knees and I would hate to have to trade my Turbo X because of my gimpiness! Trust me; it was a battle royal between Macho Nate and Responsible Nate. I even had a manual lined up for purchase at an out-of-state-dealer.

I purchased the Turbo X from my local dealer at Iowa City SAAB. It was purchased sight unseen. I have a lot of trust with my local dealer. If they say the car is clean, then that is good enough for me. They backed that up with a CPO warranty, too. I think that there is a great lesson for any SAAB dealer. Develop trust with your customers and they will buy cars from you. My wife and I have now purchased three cars from this great dealership and I am sure that there will be more in the future.

A side note: This car was traded in for a NG 9-5. I am happy to take one for the team!

The car is GREAT! I have never driven an AWD car before. I have never known what the expression “drives like it is on rails” was meant to describe. I do now! This car is just stuck to the ground. My friends that have driven it have all commented on the firmness of the car and how much control the driver has over it. And this is with the automatic gearbox. They would be even more impressed if they only knew of all the compromises that SAAB to deal with and engineer around.

The exhaust note is great. I actually think that the car is very quiet and the exhaust is subdued in the cabin. I know that this is something that others have complained about. I am very familiar with the interior since it is a lot like my wife’s car. If I have one criticism it is the door handles. I have read other commenters complain about the Cadillac door handles in the past. I often wondered what the big deal was. Now I know. They are clucky when compared to traditional SAAB door handles.

Our financial plan dictates that my wife and I hold onto our cars for some time. Given that, it is quite fitting that we both have black sportcombis. We call them “his” and “hers”! She has a black 2007 9-3 SportCombi 2.0 Anniversary Edition. They make quite a pair in the driveway. Although I will own this for some time I plan to spruce it up once a year with some type of Hirsch goodie. Initially it will likely be the interior. But once Hirsch gets the 300 HP engine tune here in the US I will be all over it. Genuine SAAB also has a 2-point sub frame brace that I am aiming for and of course, a SAAB roof rack for my kayak ☺

Turbo X’s at Saab Fall Festival

The Saab Fall Festival at New Salem Saab went well today. Around 120 cars and 200 people came through on the day.

I’ve got a few photos through already but am waiting for a few more from Darryl at NSS before writing a full entry.

In the meantime, what’s the collective noun for a group of Turbo X’s?

A darth of Turbo X’s?

An empire of Turbo X’s?

Here are 5 of them from the Saab Fall Festival today; a rare sight to see this many together.


Saab Turbo X

Thanks to Ryan F for the photo!

Saab Turbo X tyres

Here’s a query for the rare few who managed to pick up a Turbo X.

It comes from Colin C, a Turbo X owner from Townsville, in northern Queensland, right here in Australia.

I need to get some replacements and would like to know what other X owners may have done, what tires they bought, if in fact they have needed to replace them already.

The local prices are nuts so I will possibly buy from overseas and bring them in. Even just doing this could save me around $800.00.

I love the X but I do need to check myself sometimes, especially when highway driving and passing multiple ‘Mexicans’ with caravans and RVs who seem to love doing 80kph in the 100 zone.

The car has done around 42,000 kms now and the tires should be good for maybe 2k more at the most. I have the 19″ rims with the PZero Nero Tires.

If there’s anyone with a suitable recommendation, please feel free to enlighten us all in comments.

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