What did our readers experience with their Saabs over the weekend? Our Saab 9000, the Anna project, made a pit stop at Saab Service Frankfurt on Saturday. Since the 9000 does not work quite as it should, an appointment was made with Gerard Ratzmann ...
At full acceleration, the 9000 Anniversary has tended to jerk for a few days. No need to worry! As is the case with new projects, it always takes a certain amount of time until everything is 100% in order. The reason is due to a trifle - and a result of operational blindness. The vacuum hoses have not yet been replaced ... they are 17 years old. One thing that should always be done immediately with the 9000. The hoses are cheap by the meter and at the same time a popular source of error when they are old and porous.
New vacuum hoses solve the problem, and the old turbo hoses are next on the list. Another problem was also eliminated at the same time. The central locking does what it wants, although the corresponding module has been re-soldered. It works for a few days without any problems, then it pretends to be dead. Saab Service Frankfurt always has new ZV components overhauled by a specialist company. The 9000 is a topic that is also becoming increasingly popular in Hesse, because more and more Saab 9000s are coming to service in Frankfurt. The module is swapped and that ends the annoying story.
Now the antique central locking has a surprisingly long range ...
Saab Service Frankfurt is worth a visit, if only because of the cars that are in the yard. And because the company philosophy is “pure Saab”. From the Saab 96 V4 to a Saab 99 barn find, Saab 900 and 9000 everything is there. Modern Saab 9-5 NG and a Saab 9-3 NEVS complete the picture above. Pure Saab - and Saab as a passion and business model.
For our Anna project there is still some good and useful advice on how to optimize Gerard Ratzmann. The next visit to Frankfurt is programmed, the Saab 9000 story and the Anna project will remain an issue. Before I reveal too much - part 2 of our restoration story goes online this week.
Pit stop II
In principle, the Swedish Touring Car Championship is a pure Volvo show. The Polestar pilots dominate the series. At least almost ... Polestar has now become Cyan Racing, the two top performers Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom are facing an uncertain future.
Instead of three Polestar Volvos, there will only be two cars in the team in 2016, and Sweden Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte will take one of the two places.
Maybe it was a lack of motivation, possibly the big lead in the ranking. The penultimate date of the STCC in Solvalla became the Saab event. In the first race 2 Saab 9-3 STCC came under the first 5. In the second race the places 2, 3 and 4 went to our brand.
Great, we would have liked to see more of them during 2015 season. The race is available at SVT.
Run 1 Solvalla - Top 5
1 Daniel Haglof Saab 9-3 26 laps
2 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 + 2.241
3 Thed Bjork Volvo S60 + 12.191
4 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR + 13.097
5 Emma Kimiläinen Saab 9-3 + 30.816
Run 2 Solvalla - Top 5
1 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 26 laps
2 Daniel Haglof Saab 9-3 + 11.885
3 Richard Göransson Saab 9-3 + 14.155
4 Emma Kimiläinen Saab 9-3 + 14.674
5 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 + 44.951
STCC 2015 - Top 5 - rating
1 Thed Bjork Volvo S60 311 points
2 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 288 (-23)
3 Fredrik Larsson BMW SR 255 (-56)
4 Richard Göransson Saab 9 3 209 (-102)
5 Mattias Andersson Dacia SE 184 (-127)