Summer time is vacation time, is equal to travel time. Perhaps a little less pronounced this year. I can already see the posts in forums and Facebook groups. A Saab stranded on the highway because a radiator hose forced the car to incontinence. Then the tow truck comes, the rental car and the family mutinies in the background. One can guess the end of the story and hardly needs any imagination.
The old Saab is unreliable. He has to go. Maybe because of a rusty hose clamp that is worth a few cents. Or an old, rotten water hose that would cost a few euros. This is tragic and would have been very easy to avoid.
Stop because of the radiator hose. The classic.
The Anna project would also be a potential candidate to stay put. The 9000 is 22 years old. Before he came to me, he was only serviced rudimentarily. A typical consumption car that was replaced by its previous owner with a new VW EOS.
The turbo hoses were replaced in the meantime because I wanted to play with a 245 PS kit from Maptun. That was too delicate for me with the old hoses. The Maptun kit is also history now, an original Saab control unit the far more harmonious solution. The new hoses have remained, but the rest have been 22 years behind.
To clarify the situation, the hoses for coolers, idle controllers, heat exchangers and so on have to be replaced. In addition, everything that is available in vacuum hoses in the engine compartment and of course all hose clips. Since a major operation is waiting for the 9000 in Frankfurt anyway, the matter can be dealt with immediately.
It makes sense to use silicone hoses, then there is long-term reliability. I choose do88 as the supplier. A Swedish company that makes complete sets for the Saab 9000 cooler, Heat-exchanger and Idle controller offers. The hoses are available in various colors, I stick to the subtle original black. In the end, the invoice includes € 251,66 including freight. A breakdown assistant with a rental car costs more.
Silicon hoses from do88
A word about shipping costs. Swedish companies like to call up fantasy prices and it is suspected that the Reichspost delivers personally by horse. But this is not the case. Do88 makes the difference. The freight costs are reasonable at € 16,15. Do88 ships with UPS, the duration of the shipment is less than a week. The goods make a good impression, the hose kits are welded in plastic bags. As a bonus, there are various stickers from the provider. Do88 gets an official recommendation from my side.
So I have all the necessary parts together. The Anna project now has an appointment in Frankfurt, a bigger thing that needs to be done urgently. It was just as urgent to order and install the new hoses. How much, I don't know yet.