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  1. ” Makes for some great toilet reading”. Toilet reading is kind of a funny phenomenon isn’t it? I wonder how the cave ment handled that.

  2. Hi Steve,
    I know you haven’t posted anything in a long time, but I’m glad the site is back up.
    I’m sure Koonisegg has you very busy!

  3. Steven wade, I just finished reading your report of 14/8/13 regarding buying a saab 9000 aero. I found it a very interesting read plus the added comments from other saab owners. Im well past retirement age and have been thinking of purchasing a 9000 cs ,intending to detail and upgrade . thus giving me an interest. Many people have told me im wasting my time and money on a vehicle 18-30 years old but your article has made me more enthusiastic. There are a few cs advertised locally one with only 115000klms(with service records) .which is worth a look. However finding upgraded parts at reasonably prices will be difficult. I hope the areo is still putting a smile on your face regards allen

  4. Hi Steven ,
    my name is Nick and I’m a SAAB enthusiast like you

    I live in Greece , and my father (Fighter Pilot) had an 96, 2 stroke long nose SAAB, 40 years before,

    It was the first car I droved (shitting in my father knees and steering the wheel when I was 9 years old) , the 96 had to many mechanics failures and he could it afford and finally my father sold it in 1979.

    The years past away… we changed o lot of cars since then, but I always remember the sound of “2 stroke” and the smell of oil!

    After the loss of my father (2007) , I’m trying to restore my good memories from the past.

    After an 9000CD turbo and lately an 9-5 XDW Aero, I never succeed to feel like when I was 9 years old inside the SAAB 96….

  5. Hello Steve, I bought your 9-3 Monte Carlo. Love it! It is still brilliant. I’ve done a few things:
    Short-shift plus close ratio
    Fixed the steering brace and welded fire wall
    Bigger inter cooler
    Adjustable Bilsteins

    It runs wonderfully and mid range is rocket ship.
    Instagram as ‘saabmontecarlo’

    Regards,

    Richard Catchlove

    1. Hi Richard,

      Good to hear from you and I’m glad the car is still on the road and going well. That’s fantastic news.

  6. Hi Steve,

    I’ve been a reader of yours for quite a while now and just wanted to touch base on possibly collaborating with you regarding your work, in terms of Social Media for Koenigsegg.

    I work for Car Throttle, the internet’s largest car community, and wanted to have a chat about possibly setting up a profile for you.

    Shoot me an email anytime and I’ll give you the details.

    P.S.: Your recent piece about the 968 has swayed my opinions on the car for the better. I always saw them as a car that you bought because you didn’t want people to know you drove a Porsche, but your look into the ridiculous prices of 911s have really brought me around to them.

    Best,
    Edwin

  7. G’day Steve
    finally discovered your photos of our Alpine A110 taken in Launceston (Targa Tas) in 2013. Nice shots. Just wanted to let you know that we will be back this year with 2 additional A110 and teh R5 Turbo 2. Drop into the Silverdome or to Simmons Planes on Saturday around 3.30pm (scrutineering).
    cheers
    Ernst

  8. I am desperately waiting for a comment to “no more Saab’s” or NEVS from you from the Center of the force in Sweden.
    Greets
    Martin

  9. Hi Steve !
    I’m a fan of Viggen and I got one myself .
    I found our site some years ago and I find it very interesting to look at the numbers of Viggen and were they were sold . But now I can’t find any tables . For example under Sweden it says ( table id=8 ) . Can you help me to find them ?
    Best regards Ulf Stensson

  10. What is wrong with all the so called Saab forums on the net?
    I have just bought a 93 cabrio, and have tried umpteen times to join something called Saab central, and at least one other whose name I have mercifully forgotten. I fill in all the fields, make up an absurdly long password, and then come across this silly little window that has 2 words in it, and asks me for “my answer”. The 2 words aren’t a question, so how can I give an answer? It strikes me, that if you have a Saab you are on your own, and the smug pr*cks who run these sites don’t want new members. I might be wrong, but having had about 10 goes at it, I am getting nowhere.

  11. Nice site Steve. You’d may recall my 9000CD from Perth?! Back in Oz after a fair time abroad, we’re using a Mercedes as a daily after I tried to preserve a 9-5 Aero Estate….there’s no point in not using it however! Like many of us I regret selling many cars particularly those old 900s I ‘converted’ into bangers while a f/t student! I can add a CX2200 & a Pug 604 to my list. Returning to Oz is a shock from politics to house pricing. Some day that may mean leaving these shores yet again sadly. Anyway the gist of this is congrats ‘re an interesting site & to mention I’m a ‘dreamer’ – someone, somewhere to revive Saab in the spirit of those old C900s! Nice work on depressive illness too, we’ve all been or seen there.

  12. howdy fr arizona USA Yes, I read the article you referred to it is quite good! I suppose I’m not so much a fan of Bob Lutz as just someone who admires a guy who at least tries to tell the truth, yes he got some things wrong (where were his publisher’s fact checkers ? ) and as a Saab fan, fanatic I don’t agree w/ some, many of his statements, conclusions about Saab .(or is it that I, we don’t want to accept some of the truth ? and just don’t like it ! ) it’s very rare for an executive to dish and “tell all ” he does give us insight into WHY the USA car co’s failed and some of those solutions he proposed have worked and are working . there is plenty of justified blame to go around w/ the closure of Saab. I like to say that the Swedish Govt should have bailed Saab out.Hell, we bailed out GM once and Chrysler Twice! And we got our $ back not to mention the thousands of jobs saved. Sweden surely could have afforded it ! they did do something for us – they funded and own ORIO the parts co. for Saab cars and are trying at least to help us, the Million+ owners of Saab cars still on the road. PS I imagine everyone’s seen the brilliant Jeremy Clarkson’s 2 episode BBC Top Gear tv show about Saab? He corroborated some of Lutz’s comments like how Saab was a very naughty carmaker guilty of changing, specifying lots of innovations, improvements GM didn’t want or approve! Aren’t we glad?

  13. Hello Steve, Nice site. I own an American 1991 900 MCY. It was imported in the Netherlands in 2014. Do you have a list of VIN numbers of the ‘real’ MC’s delivered in the USA? I am very anxious to know whether mine is ‘the real thing’.

  14. Hi Wade, I have just bought Monte Carlo No 15. I live in Perth WA. It’s in great condition & only done 129000 km.

  15. Hi Wade, I think I posted a message to you, I’m unsure if it sent or not. Here’s the gist. I bought the Monte Carlo Saab no 15. I’m in Perth WA. I have always admired saabs from a young age. I’ve had a few BMW’s ,Audi’s, Mercedes- finally got my SAAB. I had no idea until I did a little research before purchasing it that the car was part of a limited number. Good Score . It’s only done 129000 KM’s. It drives really well- smoooth. The interior impressed me and the bonus is everything works.
    Anyway I enjoyed you post and thought I’d let you know about No 15.
    Regards Lars

  16. Hello Mr Swade

    I used to like Saab’s when I was younger (GM ones since those were the only ones in Mexico), but then I found your Saabs United a couple of years before they were sold to Spyer. After that I became a fan. And have been ever since. Sadly I have never had the chance to own one.

    After a US relocation (Colorado) I finally bought a 1986 900 SPG. My first Saab, from the same year I was born.

    It is not in the best of shapes, but i intend to get it to daily driver shape first and to former Scandinavian glory later.

    I’m naming it Swade.

    Have a good day!

    Thank you for sharing your passion helping me found my fandom.

  17. Good evening

    I just saw your post on the sale of the Saab Museum Cars…
    Was it in 2012?
    Who bought it and What happened with the cars?

    Thanks for answering
    I am really concerned with Saab

    Frank FRANÇOIS
    0495233455

  18. Hi Swade, I found your lancia fulvia blog very interesting as I am looking to buy one and live in Australia. It’s very hard to find one! Apart from the usual suspects (carsales.com), any tips on tracking one down? It barely seems there are any lancia car clubs – either dont exist or perhaps part of other Italian car clubs. Also I am interested in whether you bought a s1 or S2. I know the purists love the S1 but the 5 soeed transmission, better brakes and styling if the S2 do it for me more. Unfortunately I have not yet driven one. So also keen to get your thoughts on how it compares with a 105 series Alfa.

  19. Hi Swade,

    A bit late but a great thanks for the way you portrayed my Dad Olaf in the Porsche Cayman story.
    Dad just so loved his cars so obvious and a Nissan 350Z in bright red was traded for this so lovely Porsche Cayman Dad so loved.
    I was allowed to drive that 350Z too and loved it too!!
    Dad gave me photos of that 350Z at Victor Harbor with the specs on the gear change rev ranges and speeds too!
    Just so loved his great cars and Dad and Mum visited many racetracks in the UK very early in their relationship too.
    Mum dropped her partner then Jimmy Blumer a race car driver to go back to her previous relationship with Dad at Darlington in the UK where they both lived in the same street and met that way.
    Jimmy Blumer a great track driver too racing at Le Mans too in Sunbeam Tigers I believe.
    Dad finally won our Mum and eventually got to follow his sports cars love having raced his Dad’s Jag down the A1 from Darlington many years prior. Fast too!! Like a fighter pilot Dad always wanted to be. The Need for Speed! Never left him but only ever 1 speed fine in his life too. South Eastern Freeway Leawood Gardens Dad showed me one doing about 81kph in a 60 kph zone he misjudged sadly. SAPOL will have respect I am sure given a single speed fine in SA in over 50 years!
    Thanks so very much for your write up -so appreciated by the Varley family!

    Regards,

    Neil

  20. My first car was a ’76 Saab 99 GL. My father bought it in Germany (but with RHD) while he was serving with the British Army. I bought it from him in ’85 after I passed my UK driving test. Just now, I searched the internet for a photo with my mustard yellow paintwork, found it on your site (even has the headlight washer/wiper option). The reason I searched is that a former colleague and his wife (she’s a Saab 9-5 owner and fan) are coming to visit me in Germany, before travelling to the Trollhatten factory museam. I last saw them in the UK in the 1980’s. He remembers and likes my Saab. I remember it turned heads when it was brand new. I still love it as the most comfortable car (the very springy seats were made by a Swedish furniture company, if I remember), but it was very heavy for its 101 horsepower (a motor block ‘borrowed’ from Triumph?), so overtaking was mostly not an option, unless travelling on a long and straight A road. Nevertheless, it did make one feel extremely safe. In 1984 I traded it in for a brand new red Escort XR3i, my first and last Ford, which was a nightmare – it went back to the dealers nearly every fortnight for 9 months until they finally reprogrammed the fuel injection: the engine stuttered badly when accelerating/overtaking, so I always had to drop back in line – unbelievably embarrassing. I would have kept my very reliable Saab, but sadly it had a serious rust problem after 12 years. I very nearly traded my Saab in for a black 99 Turbo (love those turbine wheels), but it was the dealer’s girlfriend’s daily driver, so it was never there when I went to have a test drive. That design still looks terrific today, and the 900 Turbo is even better.

    1. Great memories, Jim. And if only you’d got hold of that black 99 Turbo! My favourite Saab of all time (and quite rare now in good condition)

  21. Greetings from Australia, just found your website – very good indeed. I found the site after putting ‘Saab 9000’ into my search engine and it brought me here in regard to the member buying an auto Aero in Australia which didn’t have the correct engine – that was in 2013, 10 years ago! I wonder how things have panned out since and do they still own it? My reason for putting in ‘Saab 9000’ is that after many many years of admiring Saabs I finally bought the model I always wanted, a 1997 9000 Aero 5-speed in silver 2 months ago here in Sydney. I’m only the third owner, the second owner owned it for 21 years. It’s service book is fully stamped to this year (by Saab specialists) and it still looks almost like a new car, not a mark on it and the interior is still as new. It has been garaged its whole life. Considering how fairly rare they are now I feel very fortunate.

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