Dreamtrip hits some problems

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the two Swedes trekking around a fair chunk of the world in their Toppola-equipped Saab 900.

They’re currently in Russia, and things haven’t gone smoothly….

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It’s not just mud, either. They’ve had snow as well. And unfortunately, they’ve had a few mechanical issues along the way, too.

They started encountering some vibration issues and weak performance from the 900 and were limited to around 80km/h before things got too shaky. After losing a muffler and getting a few Russian mechanics to look the car over they’ve had to replace one axle joint before finding that the other needed to be done as well. They also need some new engine mounts, which they’re going to get once they hit Moscow.

It really is a fascinating journey. I wish they had an RSS feed so I could follow it closer. A visitor here, Nick J, alerted me to their problems back on April 16 but I was so busy during April with a work trip and the new 9-3 photos that the email got lost in the system.

It sounds like the Saab 900 club in Moscow are going to come to their aid, however, so all’s well that ends well.

I shall try to keep a closer eye on them, though, and encourage you to do so, too.

Here’s the link.

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5 Comments

  1. As you can see by the ground clearance of the Russian cars, they invented the SUV long before the auto industry in the west… 🙂

  2. That has been a fascinating story to follow. I wonder how they are handling the trip. It seems that it would get old after a while. Perhaps they have stopped at some hotels along the way?

  3. ctm:

    Actually, we Americans invented the SUV when the Jeep was born in WWII.

    It appears that the Russians adapted it to daily use before we did, but, heck, we actually did something crazy like pave the roads rather than raise the cars!

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