From November to the beginning of April it winters in a dry hall. During this time, the withdrawal symptoms increase, and the closer April approaches, the more often I visit him. There wasn't much to do last winter; since we upgraded our 2001 Saab 9-3 Aero with a steering rack clamp and subframe, it drives as we can expect from a Saab Turbo.
So there was time for cosmetic little things that are not absolutely necessary, but which are fun and make the handling of the 9-3 more pleasant.
The Saab door handle problem ...
Did you notice that the door handle thing runs through the Saab model history? The handle in the interior was often a problem and did not match the price range and quality of the vehicles. It all started with the Saab 900, which was originally a Saab 99. The door handle was designed in the 60s and then survived 25 years in high-priced, high-performance automobiles until the 90s - although in the end it would have fitted better in a Lada. Saab took this as a model in the 900 II and 9-3 I. Bad fit, insufficiently deburred, does not match the rest of the vehicle, which in the Aero versions has real leather as the door panel - but a cheap door handle.
The Saab 9-3 II did not get better. It remained cheap and careless. It was different. In the Saab 9000, in the 9-5, with the exception of the chrome frame. Once again, Saab reactivated a supplier in the former CIS states and was able to call on proven Soviet quality.
Why was that? Not understandable, because normally you had a knack for good design. The handles are a constant annoyance that can be solved. In winter, the upper covers of the door handles of the Saab 9-3 Aero were reupholstered by the saddler. The result is perfect, the handles are now comfortable in the hand. Apart from the tolerances that still exist, the 9-3 finally has the handles it deserves. It only took 15 years ...
And because the result is so convincing, we consider whether it would not be possible to have a small number of leather door handles produced for the 900 II and 9-3 I. In cooperation with a partner who would take over the sales because the blog is just a blog Not a parts dealer. Updates on this topic will follow.
Saab door sills for the 9-3 I
Orio AB has parts in stock that we don't know about; the sill protection for the Saab 900 II and 9-3 I is one of them. The sill of our Eros had an unsightly flaw on the driver's side, which was professionally removed in winter. In order to protect the sheet metal in the future, we have used protective strips from the range of accessories.
The plastic strips are still available, and although they are in stock for many years in Nyköping, they are still adhesive. Amazing ! The result pleases, the bars look good, the sill has its protection for years to come.
With the article number 400 105 532 always comes a set that consists of 4 parts. It is suitable for coupe, sedan and convertible, an adhesive instruction is enclosed. The pricing in the market is very different, the Saab partner called the current price.