There’s a whole collection of Saab stories out on the web this weekend.
Maybe you’ve got one of your own?
Andy Rupert, former 900 owner and hatch-anthem composer, meets another Saab owner at a friend’s place.
After the meal, Gary P. introduced himself. We immediately found a common bond in that we had both owned Classic 900s in the past…..At the end of our conversation, I was struck with how quickly two complete strangers could be “united” by a similar experience. I’d never met the guy before, but we carried on a conversation for 15-20 minutes as if we’d known each other for years.
The York Daily Record, out of Pennsylvania, has a number of Convertible stories now that the weather’s possibly getting better in the northern hemisphere. Anyway, what’s a bunch of convertible stories without a Saab or two?
Allison Becker, 26, of West Manchester Township, drives a Saab 9-3 convertible. On a recent weekend, the weather was more than perfect for a drive with the top down, so she decided to take a shopping trip to Harrisburg.
“I quickly learned how to kill the coolness factor of a convertible,” she said.
Becker, her mother and her grandmother were cruising to the tunes of the Dave Matthews Band on Interstate 83 when all of a sudden, Becker said, the music was interrupted by a flapping sound, similar to the sound of a plastic bag waving in the wind.
Becker’s mom said, “What is that flapping sound?”
Becker looked in her rearview mirror expecting to see a loose paper in the backseat, but instead, she saw her grandmother sitting in her rain bonnet.
And for the C900 drivers…..
Scott Simonds, associate director of student affairs at Penn State York, drives a Saab 900 convertible.
“And I love it,” he said. “Especially in this weather.”….
…. “Convertible drivers are a unique bunch,” he said. “You have to be prepared to pull over at anytime and learn to watch the weather forecast faithfully.”
And an oil story from Canada that makes me think we should all check out and be satisfied with what’s being used in our cars. A little trust could be a dangerous thing.
Thanks Dave L…
I purchased my first Saab in December 06 (06 Saab 93 Aero 2.8L) and wish to update your readers on something interesting I came across. I am one of the few people that reads his manual page for page and when I went for my first oil change I noticed that they were using Mobil 1 5w-30, I immediately asked why they were not using Mobil 1 0w-40 or Saab Turbo Oil 0W-30 or any oil meeting this viscocity and the GM LL A 025 standard as per the manual.
They stated that they are approved to use this oil for Saabs by Saab Canada. I let them go ahead and that was that. About two weeks later I started researching this claim and found that the Mobil 1 5W-30 does not meet the stringent long life GM LL A 025 standard. Upon contacting a fantastic Customer Service Manager she researched it and found out that Saab Canada had changed the standard a few years back but had not gotten the news out to the Dealerships. I validated this by contacting every dealer in Alberta (about 6 dealers) and they all used the Mobil 1 5W-30 and all were unaware of the new standard.
Not that Mobil1 5W-30 is a bad oil, on the contrary it’s a very good oil, but not designed for long life use as per the GM LL A 025 standard. Use of this oil may cause you a sludge problem and premature wear down the road, as the additives they use in the 5W-30 are about 30% less than the 0W-40. (additives is the expensive side of motor oil)
My recommendation: The only oils in Canada that meet all the GM LL A 025 criteria are Mobil1 0W-40, Motul 8100 0W-30 and ELF 0W-30. I currently use the Motul 0W-30 oil, an ester based oil that has given me great fuel economy and a great product.
So know what your dealership uses and read your manual!
But it does bring to mind the question: What mileage do you change your oil at? And what mileage should you change your oil at?