The automatic climate control of the 9000 was one of the most innovative solutions on the market at the time of its release. The Italians, with Lancia Thema, Alfa 164 and Fiat Croma put in the development on partner Borletti. Saab, however, got together with Alps and also brought their own ideas. The magic word of the 80 years: The sun position sensor.
A Saab development, which later became a small company in Vänersborg - and the crucial difference to the automatic climate control system at Lancia, Fiat and Alfa. Who had no sun sensor, which is standard today with all providers. With its help, the air conditioning in the 9k is enormously effective. It turns the 9000 in midsummer into a freezer on wheels, or into a high performance sauna in winter. However, everything stands and falls with the air conditioning compressor, which we would have arrived at the core of the story.
Unfortunately, in recent years, Orio has not had a good grasp of the growing interest in old Saabs. While the company otherwise does a great deal for the brand and helps keep our cars on the road, the classics are having a hard time. Classic parts are scrapped or sold somewhere for little money. They are partly worth gold.
Like the air conditioning compressors for the Saab 9000, which are no longer available for many models. What is incomprehensible, if you read the article to the end. In my Anna project, the first compressor fell out in spring 2016. Not repairable, replacement not available. Point. Saab Service Frankfurt improvised, a used air conditioning compressor from a battle 9000 was installed. Unfortunately, the months showed a leak and the resulting creeping loss of refrigerant. The possible solution to refill regularly was not an option for environmental reasons.
As a permanent solution was only a new part in question, but should no longer be available. However, the non-deliverable Original Sanden air conditioning compressors for the 9k appear again and again at an Internet portal. In winter 2017 I miss a chance in Italy, but in the spring I strike in Latvia.
A few days later I have the package here. Sanding virgin, no complaint. The compressor is stored, because even the 9000 cools without complaint. And as life wants, the elderly Swedish lady suddenly stops chilling in the middle of summer heat. Instead of cold air, a stream of hot summer air heats the interior further, well 3 weeks after EDU drama.
But now I am prepared! The Saab does not travel to Frankfurt this time, I'm not in the mood for 60 kilometers in the uncooled greenhouse. The workshop in the vicinity of our hangar does the swap, not without first checking the old compressor and the system for possible further damage. Within a short time everything is done, the cool box on wheels rolls again. Hopefully the topic will be off the table for the next few years.
The old compressor, with its small leak, lives on anyway. A friend has him now. His 9k has not been cooling for some time, he is grateful for any help. Because in Latvia one was sold out again after a few days.
However, the subject itself does not let me go. Because the compressor, which in Nyköping is described as no longer available, was new and not an old stock item. A quick internet search confirms this, it is available from Sanden. Customers from the USA and Canada can even order online from the manufacturer. It is unclear why Orio Sweden does not use its good, old business relationship with Sanden to serve European customers.
And that leaves me with a strange feeling. Ordering a range of compressors, distributing them over the Orio network can not be that difficult. The margins are good, the product itself is unproblematic. The demand exists. Or have you lost the Saab classic by now out of focus?