In Sweden there is absolute silence on Saab, and one can only hope that it is not the calm before the final storm. Nothing, not even the smallest hint, penetrates to the outside. It's summer break, and it will change over the next month. So let's talk about other topics. The international rims action The Saab Parts AB runs so well that some rims are sold out now.
The Alu 88 rim of the 2012 vintage has developed into a hit, as the number of pictures sent in proves.
The rim cuts a fine figure not only on a Saab 9-3 I but also on a 9-3 II, as we can see on the Saab 9-3 sports suit from Kay (thanks for the photo!). Somewhat in the shadow of the Alu 88, something of an insider tip, is the "Double Bridge". A Saab partner pointed this out to me and I wanted to classify the rim as boring until I saw the original.
The rim is more contoured than you can see in the brochure, and although it is 7.5 x 17 ", it is driven with 225 tires. The “double bridge” closes, that is the great advantage, flush with the body and is similar to the expensive wheel sets from Hirsch Performance.
If I remember correctly, Saab used the “Double Bridge” for the first time in the 2007 anniversary convertible. Really an insider tip that should be on the shopping list.
No replenishment from the USA ... (for now)
Let us remember the Saabs that are in the ports in the USA and around which it has become quite quiet. Some Saab replenishment would do us Europeans good. After the US dealers had secured convertibles and the Saab 9-4x, there is something more than 600 Saab 9-5 and Saab 9-3 for sale. Whether we will see any of them in Germany is now uncertain, although some parties are working on it. Because from several sources you hear, independently of each other, that the negotiations are difficult.
GM subsidiary Ally Financial, which utilizes the car, has price expectations that do not fit reality. Adding up the freight, the costs of retrofitting, the customs duties due and everything else, we come up with unrealistic prices. In addition, the final problem is the unfortunate low rate of our currency.
One party involved said 50% of what Ally demands is a realistic price. Since we know the price list, we see it as well. So you just have to wait and see what happens.
The Americans seem to see that pretty cool though. Maybe you have learned from the past, because Ally Financial pretends to have no pressure for recovery. Apparently you have understood what you have there. The last Saab of an era, if not the last ever. That one gets the sold, is sure. Sooner or later, in an emergency, piece by piece. It's only a matter of time. The poker game in the US continues.