On Thursday I wrote a short article about our Saab 9-5 BioPower. Due to the high fuel prices, the ethanol Saab gains in attractiveness every day. Our friends at Saabsunited had the same idea and followed up with a post on E85. Since then, many questions have come up and few answers. Which Saab can stand E85 and which not? The question is easy to answer from the factory.
A Saab BioPower has different fuel lines and a different tank than a “normal” Saab. The engine control software is designed for multi-fuel operation. E85 is considered aggressive in comparison with fossil energy. Saab Tuner Maptun offers a conversion kit for some Saab 9-5 and 9-3 with Trionic 7. For Trionic 5 Saab, also for the Saab 9000, and for Trionic 7 models, SKR Performance has a conversion offer. However, a Trionic 5 vehicle then becomes a pure ethanol vehicle.
What exactly is behind the conversion kits, whether lines are exchanged, one should ask. Because ethanol absorbs moisture over a long service life, so that lines in the BioPower Saab are made of stainless steel to prevent corrosion. Some Saab drivers have already had long experience in converting to flexi-fuel operation. Alexander from Blog SAABISM has, inspired by the articles here and on Saabsunited, one Interview made with a friend who drove easily 40.000 kilometers with a converted Saab. Maybe a little decision aid.
Incidentally, E85 is tax-privileged until the end of 2015. Only the 15% share of conventional fuel is heavily taxed, for ethanol itself only the usual value added tax applies. As fossil fuel prices will continue to rise in the medium term, upgrading to biofuel will be a tempting option.
If you are looking for a used BioPower Saab, it has only a small selection. In Bamberg there are two of them. Some new Saab 9 3 Griffin BioPower are in Kiel landed and maybe the last chance for a Griffin model.
In the German press Saab rarely shows up in the last few days. The Autobild takes note of the fight for Saab, but does not write what we do not already know. A chant on our manufacturer is in the current vintage car market.
The obituary "Stations of a crash landing" is over 5 pages and is surprisingly tendentiously written. The editorial team has a Saab 96 in its fleet and the editor-in-chief was a guest at the last Saab Festival in Trollhättan. As a table neighbor in the Innovatum, he enjoyed his Köttbullar and the Saab atmosphere. Actually, one expects more Saab spirit or objectivity, please
The basic tenor of the article is that all Saab since GM entry are just overpriced Opels and the reader suspects that the author has already finished with the brand with the introduction of the two-stroke engine based on DKW technology. I had to read the article several times in order not to perceive the negative basic tenor as an error. But even after reading it several times - it doesn't get any better. So the contribution ends up being a crash landing for the author. As a Saab fan, you can leave the € 3.20 for the magazine that I usually like in your pocket.
For GM there was far too little Opel in every Saab, which drove the Americans to the final abandonment of the brand. It was too much Rüsselsheim for the motor press, which has resulted in the brand having been “broken” for years. Too bad. The consequences are known.