What is actually happening with the Saab 9000? For years it was considered to be inconspicuous and in the best case it was valued as an inexpensive consumption car. If you drove to a meeting with a 9000, then it was at most another daily driver standing in line. Very suddenly things change. Wherever the 9000 - known as the Anna Project - pulls up, thumbs up. Also from people who can actually do little with Saab.
The mass of the 9000 series has now been on the sheet for more than 20 years. As cheap utility vehicles, they are too old and disappear from the streets. The 9000 is rare, good examples are noticed. Our Anna project has a long history. The rescue started in 2015 and the most important things were done. The history of the car, which I should never have bought, can be read by entering “Anna” in the search function.
Little things remained to be done. A new air conditioning compressor was needed because the previous one had exceeded its service life. Since a 9000 without air conditioning is not really pleasant to drive in summer even with a sunroof, Saab Service Frankfurt installed an overhauled compressor at a good price. And since the Saab was already in the workshop, there was more to be done.
Samco Sport Turbo Tubing
There was the matter with the turbo hoses. We had that 245 PS Kit Tried it by Maptun, the boost pressure rose to more than 1 bar, which can hardly be healthy for hoses that are almost 20 years old. Also ... how good are the Saab 9000 CSE's turbo hoses after two decades? To minimize the risk of failure, the old parts have been replaced with new ones from Samco Sport. Delivery and ordering were handled by Schlüter Motorsport and were problem-free. The quality of the Samco hoses, deliberately chosen in subtle black, is high. More substance and strength than in the series, it should be possible to achieve a boost pressure of up to 3 bar.
Theoretically, you can make the change yourself, but it's not much fun without a lifting platform. Gérard Ratzmann's team took care of the replacement, packing the old hoses into the 9000 in an exemplary manner. Their condition confirms the decision. Time has not passed without a trace, compared to the Samcos they seem under attack. The swap was a good idea. It's a shame that Orio doesn't offer any improved hoses. I would have liked a product with Saab lettering. It would be great if Orio could provide high quality products for the aftermarket in the future.
Calix engine preheater
In Sweden, the Calix engine preheaters are very common. The advantages are apparent. Easy installation, less emission, less wear, cheaper price. The preheaters are available from the Saab partners. Of the heater for the Saab 9000 CSE was also assembled in Frankfurt because - you might guess - our Anna project will not be sold after all. After a lot of work, Anna is close to my heart. The 9000 gets year-round approval and will somewhat ease the withdrawal from the 2001 Aero in the cold season. Note: It just doesn't work without an old Saab.
Saab little things
If you look after an old, neglected car, there are a thousand things to do. First the technique, so that the base is right. As the Saab slowly approaches 2, you become more demanding. It follows cosmetics, like the Door trim, which was exchanged recently. Available at Orio, unlike some other trifles. The holders of the floor mats on the driver's side had it behind, as with so many 9000. You can ignore that and fix the mats in some way. But it annoys you.
Because the two small plastic parts are no longer available. You can also ask a Saab workshop that lives the brand every day ... whose employees then, and it's no joke, has one of these sought-after holders in their pockets and gets the second one out of the warehouse. Saab Service Frankfurt took good care of Anna. Inexpensive, fast, competent. With a lot of spirit. Thanks for that!