Tuesday Snippets

I love visiting Melbourne, but after 3 consecutive 40+ degree days (that’s Celcius, folks) it’s good to be home again. Good luck and safe travelling to the firefighters over there, 1 of which is my nephew and 2 others friends of mine.

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After a rather big build-up last week, the campaign to win the Bosal Cars In Action Tarmac Challenge by Michele Lupini in his beasty Saab 9-3 ended in a fizzer on the weekend. Lupini’s car busted a CV joint in the first stage of the event. The tarmac rally was won by Etienne Lourens in a Toyota.

I guess the next big event for me will be Targa Tasmania and Dan’s campaign in the 99turbo.

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Seems like the 900 turbo is the consensus pick as “The Saabiest Saab” with the 99 Turbo coming in a respectable second place.

I’m pretty comfortable with that.

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Whatcar? have news of a minor recall for Saab. The first for 2006 (and hopefully the last):

Saab’s recall covers 456 of its 9-3 models with the vehicle identification numbers 00000006*102*4205 to 00000006*102*7871. It says the manufacturing process of the rear wheel bearing assembly may not have been correct.

Owners may notice a rumbling noise which, if left unchecked, could in some cases result in the complete detachment of the hub from the axle and a lost wheel.

The owners of affected vehicles are being contacted by both manufacturers with the offer of free checks and remedial work at their nearest dealership.

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A couple of lucky Trollhattan regulars have won a trip to go stay in an ice hotel in Sweden and learn how to drive Saabs on the ice. I can’t quite find the competition details now, but it looks like it’ll be a heck of a trip. Robin’s very kindly agreed to send some pictures and words about the trip – should be fantastic!

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Still haven’t heard any more news on the possibility of a Biopowered Talladega 2006. But you GM folks, if it happens then I’d love to come over and have a drive (please, pretty please, with a cherry on top!).

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Security in Trollhattan must have been stepped up a bit as there’s hasn’t been one single spyshot of the several new models that might be shown in Geneva in March.

The email’s always open, people.

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2 Comments

  1. Dan’s car may not be the only Saab Targa Tasmania. One of the Saab dealerships here in Sydney has been contemplating putting a 9-3 Aero in Targa Tasmania. I don’t know if its a go ahead yet but hopefully it is. 🙂

  2. Something is not right with their serial number notation. My last 8 digits are 61027061, but the referenced web page says… “00000006*102*4205 to 00000006*102*7871”

    To me this infers the “*” could be ANY character, but there does not seem to be any characters in the vacinity of the “*” on the VIN. I guess I have to go look at my actual number plate to see if their is a “*” there (?!?! casue it looks like I’m on the tail end of )this lot.

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