Saturday Snippets

Ryan from Saabvideos.com has posted a catalog of his Saab books, which may prove useful to those of you that like collecting such things. My own collection has grown considerably over the last 12 months but there’s a number of titles there that I haven’t seen or heard much about.

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Andy’s emailed me a link to a story about a guy changing the fuel filter on his Saab. Pretty funny and well done.

He goes over the instructions you’ll need that aren’t mentioned in the Haynes manual. Things like:

Brush your right arm against any rusty parts and place flecks under lower eyelid. Blinking rapidly may increase the discomfort.

and..

Tell your wife to start supper without you.

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There’s been some more fantastic insights into the German market given in comments to yesterday’s posting on the site.

This discussion is developing quite nicely and I’m beginning to form the opinon that Germany could be the litmus test for Saab’s next round of models. It’s the benchmark, like it or not.

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A new UK-based website called Green Car Guide is now open for surfing. For those of you that are into such things it might be worth a look.

Interestingly, one of their main motivators seems to be more about saving money and the high price of gasoline. The motif on the front page say “For people who like cars…but don’t like the price of petrol”. I thought they were supposed to be more noble than that.

They also have a link on the site so you can follow the progress of the world’s only hybrid rally car.

Pfffft.

Anyway, they’ve listed the 9-5 Biopower as No. 8 on their top-10 list of green cars. Can’t be all bad, then.

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5 Comments

  1. I’ve also posted this question on the Ryan’s website. Thanks for pointing it out. I’m looking for a book that I once owned or once read. The book (or magazine?) talked about Saab’s early years in the USA, and particularly about some warranty-related problems unique to the USA. For example, it talked about how the 2-cycle engine would oftentimes seize up when driven at a constant speed on the long superhighways in this country. There was an amusing quote from one man who, after having his seized engine replaced under warranty, was apologetically told: Sorry, but that just happens sometimes (or words to that effect). His reply was something like: Maybe you could tell the Saab executives that, when one of the engines seizes while they’re flying in one of their fancy airplanes.

    Another warranty problem was related to an unexpected problem with the 3-cylinder engine. The older 2-cylinder engine, when shut off, always came to rest with the ports closed off. This just happened naturally as that balanced forces when the pistons were both mid-stroke. Unfortunately, that was impossible with 3 cylinders, and one set of ports was always left uncovered, allowing caustic fumes to seep into the crankcase and corrode sensitive bearings. This was not an easy problem to solve.

    Anyway, I’ve lost track of the book. I’ve searched my entire collection of magazines and books. I’ve checked every book that Cleveland Public Library has (where I may have read it). But, I’m confounded! I can’t find the book!

    Is someone familiar with this book and, if so, could you be kind enough to tell me the title so I can reacquire it? I would appreciate it soooo much. Thanks.

  2. Lol! Loved the story about changing the fuel filter. Reminds me of the instructions in the official Saab shop manual on removing the opening rear quarter window on my old 96. It essentially says “Remove the window.” I spent a day trying to figure out how, and finally found on Saabnet that you can make a special tool for a slotted nut inside the post. I spent another day making the tool and unsuccessfully trying to get the rusted nut loose. Then, in frustration, I gave the window a little yank and, guess what. All I had to do was pull it out–the book was right all along! The slotted nut only served to expand a rubber tube which secured the window. The nut was smaller than the hole in the post.

  3. The fuel filter thing is so true-to-life! My Saab is 18-years-old as well — he and I are kindred spirits! I had the same experience while trying to fix my front engine mount!

    I’m also laughing about the list of ‘green’ cars. The hybrids have green ‘appeal’ because they are different, but an SUV of any stripe will consume a LOT of fuel no matter what hybrid is under the hood! Physics is physics! I’ve also gone on record as saying that the Biopower isn’t the answer, either.

    The true green cars are the electrics and the ultra-small guys.

    Take the train!!

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