Does Saab have some friends in the Swedish Motor Branch?
And what is that car we saw, really?
The 9-3 shown in those Aftonbladet photos in the last few days was registered BYW 331. Fortunately the Swedish motor registry allows people to look up a vehicles details according to the registration number.
There’s been numerous details outlined in comments to the photos, and I’ll summarise a few of the important details here (thanks to all who took the trouble to look them up):
Senaste EU-regbevis: 20070119
Namn: SAAB AUTOMOBILE AKTIEBOLAG
Postnr: 461 80
I trafik första gång: 2007-01-12
So according to the registry it’s a Saab 9-3 SportCombi with a 1.9 TiD. I’d never have questioned the record, though the dual exhaust was a point of interest for me.
I’ve had some advice from Djup Strupe (my many-faced Saab insider) that according to the Chassis Number supplied, the details are quite possibly something else.
The Chassis number is YS3FH51P589000006
According to Djup Strupe we have the following information clashes:
1) The ‘P’ in the number is a bit of a mystery. There are a number of engine codes and P isn’t a current one. It was last used to denote the B204S engine.
2) The ‘8’ indicates that it’s a MY08 chassis rather than the 2007 model noted.
3) The number indicates that it’s fitted with a 6-speed auto, but the B204S has only ever had a 5speed mated to it in manual form, so this is quite likely some sort of new engine and gearbox combination.
Djup Strupe’s full breakdown on the VIN:
YS3- Saab Sweden
H- Aero Spec
1- 6 speed Auto
P- Unknown- last used to denote B204 Engine
9000006- Serial Number
So, has anyone else got an idea as to what the P might be used for in a more modern context?
The current 9-3 engine codes are as follows:
V is 1.9 120
W is 1.9 150
B is 1.8i
F is 1.8t
S is 2.0t
Y is 2.0T
U is the 2.8 V6
P is an unknown ‘Diesel’ Engine?
Could it possibly be……… dare I even suggest it might be…… you know, well, the car is black, after all…
Any info is welcome in comments.