Obituary. Saab gearbox Gothenburg.

It was actually long forgotten. On the way to Trollhättan, coming from Malmö, it is on the left by the city highway through Gothenburg. In 2010 there was still Saab advertising on the roof ... in the city of Volvo a cheeky provocation by the small manufacturer from the province. A year later, the advertising was still there, only Saab no longer built cars.

History: Saab gearbox 2010
History: Saab gearbox 2010

At some point later, the advertising, including the Saab lettering, disappeared, and from then on a real estate agent's boring sales sign was emblazoned on the roof. It was still the same on the last Sunday - I was traveling south from Trollhättan. Now the sign can be gone, the traditional building has been sold. A part is torn down and added to the neighboring amusement park. Some parts of the building remain, presumably a hotel will move in.

While the future lurks around the corner in Trollhättan, the past says goodbye in Gothenburg. A proud past ... you have to say. The gearboxes from this factory were among the world's best in the past. Robust, very durable and at the time it was considered easy to switch. When the Americans joined Saab in Sweden in the 90s, the gears from Gothenburg were eyed with suspicion. They showed what they can do in the successor to the Saab 900. When installed in competition vehicles such as the 900R, they showed their class and performance far beyond the specifications approved by Saab.

GM therefore ordered transmission from Gothenburg and pulled it before the Opel transmissions. But time is inexorable. A small plant that produces good quality in small quantities, high costs, is not provided for in the world of Detroit. There was no investment, the location Gothenburg disguised and ended up with a morbid charm. In the 9-3 II GM gearboxes were installed, easier to switch and with 6 gears, but not integrated with the ingenious Saab theft protection in the transmission. The Saab circuit was now only installed in the 9-5 I, which was aging as was the Gothenburg plant.

The end of the first Saab 9-5 series was also the end of gearbox production. The halls in Gothenburg are empty, orphaned, a piece of Saab history at the end. Saab was in the end only tenants in the former own property, the ideology of the American owners had struck. A few weeks ago, the transmission plant haunted Trollhättan again. NEVS could produce components there. An idea without substance, more a wish or a dream. Because the substance is bad, the buildings outdated, a rational production impossible.

Nevertheless, this work is not forgotten. If you drive a classic Saab, you have to reverse gear to remove the key. A unique story and typical Saab. Actually, it's time for a second of commemoration. To a great factory, great engineers and staff and a great past!

Text: tom@saabblog.net

Image: saabblog.net

17 thoughts on "Obituary. Saab gearbox Gothenburg."

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    Hello in Hösbach,

    even if nothing from NEVS leaked out again, at least one “sign of life” from Hösbach would calm the fan community (including me, of course) of this blog enormously.

    greetings from Hamburg

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    hello SAAB Forum,
    where are the news? No info is worse than a bad info.
    Or should I be happy after Karl Valentin:
    "I am happy when it rains, because if I am not happy, it also rains"
    LG

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    Sometimes it feels good to enjoy your (Sweden) travels as well. Was not SAAB Festival in Trollhaettan?
    Patience. A turbo also needs hot and cold running phases.

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    Hello Tom

    You can not do that to me, since days no new reports from you and SAAB !!! Do I have to worry? You know that the coffee in the morning without SAABBLOG does not taste !!! So if you are sick get well soon you can write again soon!

    LG Thomas

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    What a meaningful headline! Obituary .... The blog has been sleeping for a long time! Help, I am getting withdrawal symptoms and my AERO has a new alternator! What's happening? I hope you Tom and your team are fine! Or is the “blog silence” due to the flood ??? LG

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    Never had a problem with the handbrake on one of my 9-5… .. The only solution that really makes sense…. the drums integrated into the brake discs are still one of the cleanest and best solutions for a parking brake….
    I do not want to miss out on the steadfastness of the 5 gearbox of the last 900 I. Nevertheless, I really love my 1993 900 IS CC and my 1994 900 I Convertible 🙂

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    And I thought, I'm alone with the rolling and the flaccid handbrake.
    Here is an 9-5 Bj. 02.

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    Gearbox ... and still I was able to park my first SAAB 1998 9-3Iam Berg (slope) without applying the handbrake. Better not do that with my 2008 9-3II! GM (transmission) can't take it !!! ALL a sunny weekend and no flood damage !!!!
    LG

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      @ Mountain goat: Not to mention the lousy handbrake ... I am also reluctant to stand on the slope, even preferably not even a hang ^^

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    Even as an absolute SAAB fan, I can't talk about everything nicely, just because it says SAAB. In 1994 I was on a tour of the transmission plant in Gothenburg - yes, there was super modern measuring technology and parts production there, but what on the transmissions did not make the final inspection was not without and the shift quality, I would say Nordic bitter. And as far as the “ingenious Saab anti-theft protection integrated in the transmission” is concerned, ingeniously secure, but certainly not integrated in the transmission, because the “transmission lock” only blocks the gear lever and not the transmission itself, or only indirectly, if I am not completely wrong lie ...

    Anyway, I am and will be crazy about SAAB.

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    The factory in Gothenburg may age, but there are SAAB 9-5 that just don't get old. Like my SAAB 9 - 5 Bj. 2008 Bio with a fantastic equipment, does not get old, looks like new and has only 31 thousand. km down ..
    Regards

    Ulrich

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    Googling for a long time:
    http://bit.ly/13HLmxC

    Must have been around Q3 / 2011, at least this banner was on it and the construction sites in Trollhättan are from back then ...

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      Google says "date of inclusion July 2011".

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    I can only agree with this comment ...

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    Thank you - once again a nice article that just made my lunch break pleasant!

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    Hello
    Went to Boras on Sunday and had thought what probably with the Saabschild on the roof
    done. Nice report.
    Greetings Harald.

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