It overwinters in a dry hall from November to early April. During this time, the withdrawal symptoms increase, and the closer April gets, 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 like we've come to 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
Have you noticed that the door handle thing runs through the Saab model history? The pull handle in the interior was often a problem and did not match the price range and quality of the vehicles. It 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-end, high-performance automobiles into the 90s - although in the end it would have fit better in a Lada. Saab took this as a model in the 900 NG and 9-3 OG. Poor fit, under-deburred, mismatched with the rest of the vehicle which has real leather door panels on the aero versions - but a cheap door handle.
Things didn't get any better in the Saab 9-3 NG. It stayed cheap and unloving. But you could do it differently. In the Saab 9000, in the 9-5, with the exception of the chrome glasses. Since Saab reactivated a supplier in the former CIS countries and was able to fall back on proven Soviet quality.
Why was that? Incomprehensible, because normally one had a knack for good design. The handles are a constant nuisance that can come loose. In winter, the upper shells of the door handles of the Saab 9-3 Aero were made by my upholsterer (Link) reupholstered. 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're considering whether it wouldn't be possible to have a small edition of leather door handles produced for the 900 NG and 9-3 OG. In cooperation with a partner who would take over the distribution, because the blog is just a blog. No parts dealer.
Updates on this topic will follow.
Saab door sills for the 9-3 OG
Orio AB has parts in stock that we don't know about; the sill protection for the Saab 900 NG and 9-3 OG is one of them. The sill of our Eros had an unsightly quirk on the driver's side, which was professionally repaired in winter. In order to protect the sheet metal in the future, we have resorted to protective strips from the range of accessories.
The plastic strips are still available and although they have been in stock in Nyköping for many years, they are still adhesive. Astonishing! The result is pleasing, the strips look good, the rocker panel has its protection for years to come.
The Saab item number 400 105 532 always comes with a set consisting of 4 parts. It is suitable for coupe, sedan and cabriolet, adhesive instructions are included. The pricing on the market is very different, the Saab partner names the current price.
Update: The door sills for the Saab 9-3 OG and 900 NG are no longer available.