The days are dark, cold and uncomfortable. Good if you can get in a preheated Saab. Even better if you do something good for the environment in addition to the comfort gain and at the same time spare the technology.
The Calix engine pre-heating is a very Swedish story. No sooner has the first snow fallen than the vehicles are hanging on the stream all over the country. They are discovered in garages, carports and even with improvised extension cords in parking bays. The Stromerei makes sense. By preheating the morning cold start the horror is taken. Engine and fluids are already at ground temperature before starting, the emissions of pollutants are dramatically reduced, and wear and tear is reduced. A contribution to more environmental sustainability.
Calix engine preheater: more comfort, less pollution
We have and have had Calix engine heaters in almost all of our Saabs for years. Starting with the 9000, the Anna Project, which currently accompanies me in the winter. The 2006er 9-5 I BioPower had them in production, the 9-5 II as well. And we have retrofitted them for the 9-3 II.
The experience gained over many years as a long-term test is only positive. The engine starts noticeably easier, even in the coldest of temperatures, and the interior reaches temperature more quickly. The automatic air conditioning often hums to itself at the start and blows a first warm breeze on the window. In addition to the safety gain through free windows, the time until the interior is pleasantly warm and the engine has reached its operating temperature is reduced.
Swedish accessories for Swedish cars
I'm a fan of the Calix engine preheating - because I like simple and effective things. Typical Swedish, or typical Saab. In principle, a small heating element is hidden behind the engine preheater, which can be installed in many places in a location provided in the engine block. The basic module can optionally be upgraded with a timer or a charging function for the battery.
Orio, our supplier of original Saab spare parts, has the Calix engine heater in their range and it is a Swedish recommendation for the cold season. A plus in safety, additional comfort, and protection of the environment and technology. All of this speaks for it.
The kit for the Saab 9-3 MY 1998 to 2003 and Saab 9-5 MY 1998 to 2010 is available for 130,90 € (135,00 CHF) from your Saab authorized partner. The order number is the 32026240. With the exception of the 3.0 TID, it is only available for 4 cylinders.
For all 4 cylinders of the Saab 9-3 II generation from MY 2003, the engine heater is also available for €130,90 (CHF 135,00). Order number is 32026242. The assembly time in the Saab workshop is given as 1.5 to 2 hours.
The purchase is through the authorized partners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland possible.