Monday Morning Snippets

I’ve picked up the flu from somewhere. My nose feels more stuffed than Pavarotti’s underpants!

Add to that the fact that our hot water cylinder ruptured today and it’s been one I’d rather forget – except the movie I went to see this evening. United 93. Highly recommended.

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Mattias has come up with a speed camera warning system that he’s installed in his 9-3.

Here in Australia most of the speed cameras are in mobile units. Apparently in Sweden there’s a lot of fixed cameras, the positions of which are common knowledge. Mattias’ warning system has all the camera locations logged and it references these to a GPS system tracking where he’s driving.

When he’s approaching a speed camera zone it flashes a warning along with the speed limit for the area.

His site, with all the details of this useful hobby project, is located here.

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The August 16-22 edition of Auto Express has a green-car-comparo advertised on the front cover. The Saab Biopower 9-5 up against a gas-powered Volvo.

Anyone seen it?

I can’t find it online yet. Any input appreciated in comments. I can’t imagine it being too favourable given AE’s previous comments on the 9-5, even in Biopower form.

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Olav (in Norway) – I tried to email you back but it bounced. Will try again. Keep taking your 9-5 the long way home!

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I totally missed it, but SWEDE TEAM MOTOR were racing again last weekend.

The E85 car was rested again but eh 9-3 SS diesel took to the track and had a great weekend. I have minimal info, but can tell you that the diesel car took 1st in class in the 6 hour race (5th overall) and then went 2nd in class (7th overall) in the 3 hour race.

I love to see Saabs participating in motorsports. STM have a had a great season with the diesel car as well as introducing the E85 car, which I’m sure will be ready to go and dominate next year.

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3 Comments

  1. Yea I read it on Friday, I had a look about and I also could not find the story online, the write up on the 9-5 is must on the same lines as the piece the week before.

    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/motoringpreviews/202267/saab_95_vector_sport_20t_bio.html

    in this test we do beat the VoVo, from reading both reviews they seem to like the idea of the engine and hey more power is always welcome. But it’s the cars that let the overall package down. Here is how they sum the test up.

    Both cars suffer from the fact their alternative fuels are hard to find, it’s a classic chicken and the egg situation: there’s no demand for Bioethanol and CNG pumps as there are no alternative fuel models on our roads, but car companies wont sell them without the fuels being readily available. So which represents the future? It has to be the Saab. Although the 9-5 itself is far from convincing, its simple one-tank set-up is more user-friendly than the Volvo, it’s a renewable recourse and the performance benefits of Bioethanol help the Saab take an easy victory, but neither car will sell in big numbers unless the government introduces incentives to persuade buyers to invest in this environmental friendly technology.

    + points for Saab 9-5: performance on bioethonal, small premium overstandard car, envoirmental credentials.

    – points: Only 10 service stations sell E85, hard ride, dated interior, cramped driving position, ungainly looks.

  2. “Dated interior”!?!? Didn’t the test involve a 2007 SAAB 9-5? That’s the first year of the “refresh” (with its relocated SID and all!), isn’t it?

    “Ungainly looks”? Again, this is the first year of the “refresh”, which features the new “Mauer-style” front-end. This is supposed to be an IMPROVEMENT over the previous model, to make it look more current.

    That’s not a good sign. 🙁

  3. “Dated interior”!?!? Didn’t the test involve a 2007 SAAB 9-5? That’s the first year of the “refresh” (with its relocated SID and all!), isn’t it?

    I don’t know it the car was MYO7 or not but there is no difference between a 9-5 MY06 and MY07, The MY06 has the “NEW” dash.

    “Ungainly looks”? Again, this is the first year of the “refresh”, which features the new “Mauer-style” front-end. This is supposed to be an IMPROVEMENT over the previous model, to make it look more current.That’s not a good sign. 🙁

    I know what you mean not good at all.

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