I lived near Arnhem in the Netherlands. The son of our neighbor always arrived in a different and remarkable car. Little did I know it was a SAAB 96. The last one he owned was a white one. At home it was Volvo which we drove.
I did not know that, but I knew that. I started studying in Rotterdam and in the weekend. I glazed at the local SAAB dealer. One thing I knew for sure. Once I would buy a SAAB. Years passed by and my first car was a VW Beetle 1968. A car with a divine noise. Not a SAAB. I was a student and a SAAB what a car I could not afford. I myself would buy one. In 1995 I found one.
Not the usual suspect classic 900 but the even stranger SAAB 90. I sold my Beatle to a friend. Something I did regret so I had bought it back from him a year later. And I've kept the beetle ever since. I even restored it myself. I drive in for fun now.
The 90 was and a wonderful different car. Even today I consider to buy one again. After the 90 came a SAAB 900 classic 1991 with the 2.1 liter engine. The non turbo engine with turbo power. In the meantime I have been working on a modern classic. So I bought a 9-3 with a diesel engine. Yes, it's that Easter and Christmas fur on the same day. 9-3 OG. I could not get to 9-3 OG. Although the XNUMX-XNUMX was "not my car".
After the introduction of the 9-5 Estate I had that same child of mindset at the local dealership of SAAB. Once I want to buy this car. The first 9-5 was a MKI of 1999. It was 4 years old when I bought it. In 2007 I changed to SAAB 9-5 Linear 2.0t 2002, color 170. Nothing special just a base SAAB 9-5.
But then something happened. I was involved in a heavy car accident with a Mercedes and Minis on the highway. The two minis ran into the right rear and my SAAB after the truck had pushed me around while departing its lane. Guess what. The two Minis were a total loss. My SAAB suffered serious damage but could be repaired. It saved my life and I could not separate it from this car. Off course people thought that I was crazy and had blown my head during the accident. But you are a SAAB enthusiast or not.
After the turbulent times in Trollhattan I hope to buy a three-year old SAAB 9-5NG Estate in a couple of years. Well I all know how this ends up. I decided to keep my SAAB 9-5. Due to the bankruptcy parts in 2013. SAV 9-5 Linear into a SAAB 9-5 Aero.
It has been a three-year project which started off with a brand new B235 Biopower engine and a new transmission. This week I want to finish the transformation with the Aero suspension. I have searched the internet for all these parts in Europe and the US. May be this inspires other people. You do not need to have a classic SAAB to do this. A project Paul is worthwhile. If you are nuts you can take a SAAB 9-5 OG or 9-3OG.
Underneath you will find all the things that have been replaced by brand new parts:
Car body external:
US style side markers
rear fenders with fender edges behind
Spoiler kit Aero around
Wiper Arms from 2008 (= flat blades)
New hub caps
New emblems front and rear
Rear wiper head
Windscreen washers and the three-way valves
New Biopower 9-5 logo and emblem (the 9-5NG)
New shark fin antenna
New license plates
ALU 39 wheels
New Goodyear tires (20116)
Beige Aero seats with seat and rear seat heating
Leather door panels
SAAB original floormats
Car dimming rearview mirror
New speedometer with turbo meter
New retractable loading platform in the boat
New leather gearshift knob
Engine and gearbox:
New complete biopower engine B235 incl. Throttle body, turbo etc.
New gearbox + slave cylinder + clutch + clutch plate
All engine mounts
Silicone vacuum hoses
EVAP valves and hoses
APC valve + silicone hoses
Stainless steel hose clamps
Boost control valve
Oil cooler - pipes and turbo, and the mounting brackets
Replace all fluids
New original exhaust from the catalyst
New radiator and hoes
DI cassette (a second one in my boot)
New rubbers subframe
New wishbones incl. Rubbers
New knuckle balls
Rear subframe new rubbers
New reararm rubbers
new trailing arm rubbers (poly version)
New sport chassis SACHS shock absorbers + springs around (ie all the fasteners of the shock absorbers)
New support bearings
New brake discs and pads all around
Sport chassis stabilizer bars front and rear incl. New rubbers
- Front spoiler
- Rear boot
- Door handles
- Rust removed and spray rear fender (known places)
Thanks to Robert for his Saab story! Do you also have something to tell about Saab?
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