Welcome to Trollhattan

G’day everyone and welcome to Trollhattan.

My name is Swade and I’m the owner of a few Saabs. I’ve decided to expand my Red Interior weblog stable to include one about my favourite automobile manufacturer.

I’m currently driving a 1979 99 Turbo.  I shouldn’t say currently – it sounds like I’ll be changing soon.  I imagine I’ll still be driving this car in 20 or 30 years time.  I’ve already sold it once and then bought it back as I missed it too much.  It’s quite old-looking, has 300,000+ kilometers on the clock and leaks like a sieve when it rains, but it’s my favourite vehicle on the planet.

We also have a 1994 9000 in the family.  Previous cars have included another 99T, an 86 model 900 and a 1972 99E.

I’m hoping to do a resto job on my favourite old 99 Turbo at some stage in the next few years when the money comes together.  Until then I trust it’ll hold together like the reliable old bucket of bolts it’s always been.  When the restoration finally takes shape, I’ll document it here.

In the meantime, I’ll use this site to track all the Saab related news I can get my mittens on as well as bringing the spotlight on some other Saab related people and stuff.  I’m a member of the Tasmanian branch of the Saab Car Club of Australia, so there’ll be some writeups of club stuff too.

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  1. I have a 2000 saab 9-3 conv about 56000 miles on engine blew changed oil about 1 month ago any imformation on this problem

    Keith – I think you’d be better off going to one of the technical forums at either The Saab Network or Saab Central. I think they’d generally need more information than that too. Good luck with it.


    You’ll find links to forums on either of those pages. All the people there are friendly and willing to help out.

  2. I own a 2001 Saab 9-5 SE and have heard grumblings about a redesigned sedan in the spirit of the 9-3.

    Does anyone have any specifics on this? I’ve heard a new model is on the way (2007) but is it simply a facelift or an entirely new machine? I’m tempted to purchase a new Aero but am curious about what might be on the way from the folks at Trollhattan. Will it be a Saab or a GM Opel in Scandinavian sheetmetal?

    Any info would be most appreciated!

  3. David, there’s a facelift coming up for the 9-5 to extend it’s model life, I think to 2008. Then there’ll be a new 9-5, though I haven’t much but rumour and conjecture about what for the new model will take. Quite possibly AWD and with the 2.8 V6 coming out in the 9-3 look for more engine variants as well.

    In the comment above there’s a link to Saab Central. Quite ofter there’ll be a news snippet about new models. I don’t pout all of it on here as some is just rumour and I’d get too confused keeping up with them all!!

    There are some spyshots there of the facelifted 9-5 if you’re interested (also see http://www.saabscene.co.uk)

  4. We just purchased a 9-7x Arc last week and find it to be an absolutely wonderful vehicle. It definitely has a euro touch to the interior and is a great vehicle to drive. There was only one 2005 available in Winnipeg and we got it. We were away for the Canada Day weekend and had so many people stop to look at it, wondering what type of vehicle it is. Towed our trailer without any problem. It is definitely a better driver than any other GM Suv I have been in.

  5. Hi Len, thanks for dropping by. Winnipeg? Home of Remy Shand and Todd McCulloch (how’s that for an educated Aussie??)

    Email me some pics of the 9-7x and we’ll post em on site. Picturesque locations and owner’s critique of the car invited.



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