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 to fossil energy. Saab Tuner Maptun offers a conversion kit for some Saab 9-5 and 9-3 with Trionic 7. For Trionic 5 Saab, including the Saab 9000, and for Trionic 7 models, SKR Performance has a conversion offer. From a Trionic 5 vehicle, however, 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" goes over 5 pages and is written surprisingly tendentious. Because the editorial staff has a Saab 96 in the fleet and the editor-in-chief visited Trollhättan at the last Saab Festival. As a table neighbor in Innovatum he enjoyed his Köttbullar and the Saab atmosphere. Actually, one expects more Saab Spirit or please objectivity
The basic tenor of the article is that all Saab since the GM entry but only overpriced Opel and it creeps the reader the suspicion that the author has already concluded with the introduction of the based on DKW technology Zweitakters with the brand. I had to read the article several times so as not to mistake the negative basic tenor. But even after repeated reading - it does not get better. So the contribution is ultimately a crash landing, for the author. The 3.20 € for the magazine, which I usually like, you can leave as a Saab fan in your pocket.
For GM, there was not enough Opel in every Saab, which drove the Americans to the final task of the brand. For the motor press, it was too much Rüsselsheim, which for years a "broken writing" of the brand pulled. Too bad. The consequences are known.