Project Saab. The sufferings of the young P.

The good news first: Paul, our projectaab, is back on the road. For some days we have him again. The history of the past months was not without difficulties. But there have also been positive things. Of course, getting a car like Paul back to life is not easy.

Paul, our projectaab in Frankfurt.

We knew that from the beginning and months ago we hoped to have cured all sorts of suffering. The list of things that have been renewed is impressive; in fact, almost everything is new, which is relevant. That's how Paul drives too! The Saab rolls off like a new car, it is an extremely comfortable, quiet travel car.

In October of last year, it should go to Trollhättan and thus the 9-5 back to his birthplace. The first highway trip led to Frankfurt, where it was noticed that Paul is not running well. The draft was dull, and even if the 150 PS in principle not race car suspects are - something was not right.

Small, unpleasant surprises

The cause was quickly found. A vacuum hose, the classic par excellence, had come off. Also solved, and that was a lot more annoying, had on the highway ride the rear bumper. Part of it had lost its hold, but with luck and the attention of a Syrian guest in our country, nothing worse happened.

The fault was two screws, which shone with absence. Who could have solved them when is hard to determine. The bumper was original and was not touched in Kiel, and later in the Saab Hangar. The fact is: 2 screws were missing, which nobody sees, if he does not exactly look for it. That does not matter, as long as you drive in the city or on the road - but is fatal, if you're on the highway.

With the bumper loosened, the trip to Sweden had been canceled, and I thought about putting Paul on the side of the road. But only very briefly, until the first annoyance was gone.

To keep the costs of the damage affordable, Saab Service Frankfurt donated us a used bumper. It was repainted and mounted, and at the end with other trifles were another 840,00 € on the bill. These very annoying things are not on the screen. They are the small and mean surprises when you bring an old, long-abandoned vehicle with unexplained history from the intensive care unit.

Engine overhaul according to factory specification

The winter was used to improve the 9-5 sportswear even further. In order to get our charity project on the safe side, Saab Service Frankfurt overhauled the engine in December according to factory specifications. Without charge for material and working hours. As a commitment to the brand and for a good cause. For so much Saab Spirit we say again: Thank you!

Paul is, as you say so nice, durchreppariert. Everything is new, from brakes, suspension, turbocharger and clutch to the remanufactured engine. There are still minor details such as the SID, which still has pixel errors and the stick of the gearshift, which is just not nice. But these are really luxury issues.

Visually, the Saab is passable. He is now 18 years old. An age that does not experience many everyday comforts. He carries the scars of his life with dignity and would be a good basis to make it a really fancy car. A chance for the owner who comes to the blog.

What's next? In the coming days, Mark will take over our 9-5 sports suit and be responsible for him. He will go to Saab meeting with him, and in the summer we will visit Paul's godparents together. Our thanks to the companies that have made a special contribution, and have shown a great heart for Saab and our project!

Our tour will take us from North to South for several days. We will write about it and, if possible, also meet fans and readers. More on the subject, and much more about Paul, coming soon on the blog.

18 thoughts too "Project Saab. The sufferings of the young P."

  • I think there is another Paul in Kiel who is waiting for "rescue" 😉

  • Sometimes it's the little things that can annoy on older vehicles unbelievable ... and despite good relations make very high bills. I am currently similar and my mature headliner must wait until the technical, annoying little things are in the clear ... let's see what the next days bring ...

    Do you know what equivalent the support of Saab Service Frankfurt has? Engine overhaul according to factory specifications sounds expensive, very expensive ... nice that there are still such enthusiasts! Best advertisement here in the blog. It seems to me that here in Switzerland, especially in older vehicles an incredible disposable mentality prevails. "It's not worth it anymore ... keep in mind what else can come ...", so the vehicle is first bad talked about and if you want to do a repair but is working completely joyless.

    • The original parts themselves can be found at Orio pleasingly cheap. Expensive is the considerable amount of work. I would once quote a significant 4-digit amount in the lower range.

  • Whether this is really the case in Switzerland with the discarding of older cars and in particular older Saabs, I do not know. However, there is a Saab-specialized workshop where nothing is going away so quickly. In the backyard there are about 0 Saab, from 25 to 99-9 everything is waiting for their recovery or restoration. Incidentally, the prices are Christian and the performance extremely competent and reliable. This is the Neuenhof garage in Kirchberg near Bern.

    • I can only agree with that! This garage is really recommended.

  • These are just the birth difficulties. The main thing is to keep a SAAB more! Operation would be successful, I would say.

  • Great project. I know such problems. If you do not have a long financial breath or a good partner, it's over quickly. Good ride Paul. Hope I get to see him live.

  • How good that a nice fellow human took care ... a "lost" bumper on the BAB is one of the nightmares in driver life!
    Importantly: now PAUL is presentable!

  • As always, an impressive report and understandable emotion. Paul is now in the blood thanks to the dedication of many enthusiasts with Saab Spirit for another car - life on our streets. I'm glad to see him at the meeting.

  • So we will be able to admire Paul at the Saab meeting in THT. Great !!!!!

  • Will we see Paul at the intsaab in Dinslaken?

    • We are not sure yet. It always depends on work and family what works and what does not.

  • A freshly inspected and overhauled engine?

    That sounds like Paul is now eager for an antler.

    Especially since the 2.0t is probably the engine of all, the Swiss as a percentage of the
    help increase power and torque. From 150 to 210 PS and from
    240 on 320 Nm, if I have numbers right in my head ...

    I know the engine with factory and deer software. After the upgrade, you have a completely different car.
    Very, highly recommended not only for those in a hurry. The enormous increase in draft also comes a relaxed
    Driving without speed orgies very good.

    • Wow, cool idea! That would be a prestige project and would show what you can conjure up from almost forgotten Gammel Saabs.
      Blog, how about an add-on? New sponsors etc, a lot of work, but worth the thing?
      Allez, courage!

    • The idea is very tempting, but pure luxury. Our budget does not give that.

      • Ever asked Hirsch?

        Maybe they can spend it? For Paul's model year, the software is, to my knowledge, significantly reduced in price anyway. The Swiss donor pants would not be oversized ...

  • Just stickers are an important topic. Is there any reason to have Paul's hood sticker finished in a small batch? I would be very interested in my 9-3 SC.

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