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JKlaveness
29th March 2012, 05:21 PM
Here's my pair, ready to go out for a run together. "Winnie" the Winter Saab has had her Panhard Rod fitting welded, and "Vertie" the Summer Saab has had her top dyed black and waterproofed.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/306009_10150622469306105_635206104_9421068_1537753 693_n.jpg

baileybishop23
31st March 2012, 01:04 PM
28543I bought this in the fall. My daily driver. I put 100 miles/day on the car. Now showing about 131,000 miles. Excellent condition. I prefer it over most cars on the road today.

spg1
31st March 2012, 02:19 PM
28543I bought this in the fall. My daily driver. I put 100 miles/day on the car. Now showing about 131,000 miles. Excellent condition. I prefer it over most cars on the road today.
Ya, best cars on the road! What year is it and did you get it for a good price? I have over 300Km on mine and still an amazing car. Thought of selling it to help support another car project, (68 cougar XR7) but I would really miss this car.

ScottyK
1st April 2012, 11:56 PM
Heres mine... 1984 Saab 900 Turbo Sedan 8V, 92,000 miles

http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv56/Shaquadocious/okay039.jpg

http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv56/Shaquadocious/okay040.jpg

http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv56/Shaquadocious/okay014.jpg

http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv56/Shaquadocious/okay091.jpg

http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv56/Shaquadocious/delete1480.jpg

http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv56/Shaquadocious/delete1478.jpg

http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv56/Shaquadocious/delete1525.jpg

paulinbna
2nd April 2012, 01:02 AM
Let's try this again.

Here is mine:

http://paulrobbins.net/SAAB900.jpg

SwimDude0614
3rd April 2012, 10:30 PM
Oh I love that color! Beautiful!

li Arc
4th April 2012, 12:26 PM
http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv56/Shaquadocious/okay039.jpg


Heh, the c900 is so at home in the snow, it really outshines anything else on the road! Never really thought that the incas would work on a c900 sedan, but it's so retro somehow it kind of works! Love the steering wheel, I don't believe that's very common!

li Arc

B202NUT
4th April 2012, 01:53 PM
Let's try this again.

Here is mine:

http://paulrobbins.net/SAAB900.jpg

Nice Car!

The later model 900's are the real timeless models!

Pre 87 models just up there age too much fomr my liking...

I know there are die hards in this forum that are loyal to the pre 87 cars but form my taste buds the car has to be 91 or later for me to be satisfied. With a car company that constantly made things better each year, it just seems blasphemous not to own as close to a 94 as possible. (just my opinion)

They are still considered Classic, yet parked next to any other late model car (even the millenuim models) it cannot be discredited as old looking.

Your picture shows up the quirkyness of the vehicle, yet it appears very relevant and road worthy to spar with today's best mid level cars!

I can't wait to be able to post my girls in this thread;ol;...

Nice Car! did you put the tints on?

My NA will get the lightest version of tint available. I just want UV Blockage, but I want my Luxurious tan interior to still be seen from the outside:cool:..

nuclear944
4th April 2012, 03:55 PM
Nice Car!

The later model 900's are the real timeless models!

Pre 87 models just up there age too much fomr my liking...

I know there are die hards in this forum that are loyal to the pre 87 cars but form my taste buds the car has to be 91 or later for me to be satisfied. With a car company that constantly made things better each year, it just seems blasphemous not to own as close to a 94 as possible. (just my opinion)

They are still considered Classic, yet parked next to any other late model car (even the millenuim models) it cannot be discredited as old looking.

Your picture shows up the quirkyness of the vehicle, yet it appears very relevant and road worthy to spar with today's best mid level cars!

I can't wait to be able to post my girls in this thread;ol;...

Nice Car! did you put the tints on?

My NA will get the lightest version of tint available. I just want UV Blockage, but I want my Luxurious tan interior to still be seen from the outside:cool:..

If anything the last models are worse, since GM introduced many "additions" which disrupted the sportiness of the car. ABS, smaller turbo, biased towards understeer etc.

Once again missing the point of the car. Tinting, interior gadgets...

And it is not on par at all with today's mid level cars. It's a completely different design philosophy not having anything to do with everyday commuting and practicality.

want a 9000
4th April 2012, 09:29 PM
I want your steering wheel ;)
Been looking for that style for so long !!

paulinbna
5th April 2012, 01:57 AM
If anything the last models are worse, since GM introduced many "additions" which disrupted the sportiness of the car. ABS, smaller turbo, biased towards understeer etc.

Once again missing the point of the car. Tinting, interior gadgets...

And it is not on par at all with today's mid level cars. It's a completely different design philosophy not having anything to do with everyday commuting and practicality.

It had a wrecked/salvage title in Texas. When it was transferred to Tennessee it now has a clean title. The question that I have is the color stock. I have been told that it is slightly darker then the stock color.

S900t8v
5th April 2012, 02:45 AM
If anything the last models are worse, since GM introduced many "additions" which disrupted the sportiness of the car. ABS, smaller turbo, biased towards understeer etc.

Once again missing the point of the car. Tinting, interior gadgets...

And it is not on par at all with today's mid level cars. It's a completely different design philosophy not having anything to do with everyday commuting and practicality.

You're wrong about the Turbo nuclear, the Te05 spools quicker and delivers the same amount of boost as a stock turbo. It is only weak at high RPM above stock boost.

sway bars make a car feel more sporty, they may increase understeer but from an amateur drivers point of view it increases safety. you can control understeer by backing off, you can't readily control oversteer in a FWD car. (lets not start the debate).

I cant comment on ABS but I know a lot of people hate it. Again if you are a skilled driver you don't need ABS because you know the notch up point of your car. IF you are not that way inclined ABS saves lives.

I don't really think GM killed anything with the 900. I even like their influence on convertibles with door handles, interior trim etc. Made the cars look significantly more sophisticated IMO (but that is MY opinion)

fehd
5th April 2012, 10:28 AM
Strange. My 90 SPG has all those "undesirable" things that GM brought along....before GM even got into the picture. TE05 turbo, larger sway bars and ABS. So my SPG is less of a car? I think not.

peva
5th April 2012, 10:38 AM
My 90 SPG has all those "undesirable" things that GM brought along... TE05 turbo,
What's wrong with that, many people, including me, like 'em better. Nothing wrong with the Mitsu. ;ol;

fehd
5th April 2012, 10:45 AM
I was being sarcastic, but you probally knew that :cheesy: Mine runs great with the Mitsu and a few other goodies. Wouldnt change a thing now.

IronJoe
5th April 2012, 10:47 AM
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk64/ironjoet16s/Mobile%20Uploads/ddc26a4d.jpg


:D

B202NUT
5th April 2012, 11:23 AM
You're wrong about the Turbo nuclear, the Te05 spools quicker and delivers the same amount of boost as a stock turbo. It is only weak at high RPM above stock boost.

sway bars make a car feel more sporty, they may increase understeer but from an amateur drivers point of view it increases safety. you can control understeer by backing off, you can't readily control oversteer in a FWD car. (lets not start the debate).

I cant comment on ABS but I know a lot of people hate it. Again if you are a skilled driver you don't need ABS because you know the notch up point of your car. IF you are not that way inclined ABS saves lives.

I don't really think GM killed anything with the 900. I even like their influence on convertibles with door handles, interior trim etc. Made the cars look significantly more sophisticated IMO (but that is MY opinion)

S9, dont bother babbling with Blokes that don't even own a SAAB; your wasting good breath;ol;.. When someone wasnts to argue another man's OPINION, you know they have nithuing better to do or anything significant to add; they just wanna be heard for no apparent reason.

dmgb5
5th April 2012, 12:46 PM
Lets keep things civil and on topic. This thread is for posting photos of our c900's.


S9, dont bother babbling with Blokes that don't even own a SAAB; your wasting good breath;ol;.. When someone wasnts to argue another man's OPINION, you know they have nithuing better to do or anything significant to add; they just wanna be heard for no apparent reason.

Current ownership of a saab is not a prerequisite for posting on this site and in these forums. Nor does any member currently being saab-less automatically negate what they have to say. Why would you even waste your breath or key strokes on such drivel^.

FYI: The TE05 predates GM influence altogether. They were introduced in some markets as early as MY87/88.

nuclear944
5th April 2012, 01:07 PM
Lets keep things civil and on topic. This thread is posting photos of our c900's.




Current ownership of a saab is not a prerequisite for posting on this site and in these forums. Nor does any member currently being saab-less automatically negate what they have to say. Why would you even waste your breath or key strokes on such drivel^.

FYI: The TE05 predates GM influence altogether. They were introduced in some markets as early as MY87/88.

What I was hinting at, is all these additions made the car more commuter like. More conformist. More easy to drive in everyday situations.
By the way, GM bought Saab in 1990 IIRC.

I was just checking to see if the nut (b202) had become easier to crack. Guess not.

sway bars make a car feel more sporty, they may increase understeer but from an amateur drivers point of view it increases safety. you can control understeer by backing off, you can't readily control oversteer in a FWD car. (lets not start the debate).

OK I am not going start. However, I'd just like to add that this car is not centered towards amateurs.

How about a few old memories:

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff85/nuclear944/dsc026_resize-1.jpg

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff85/nuclear944/dsc001_resize-3.jpg

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff85/nuclear944/dsc015_resize-1.jpg

fehd
5th April 2012, 02:11 PM
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk64/ironjoet16s/Mobile%20Uploads/ddc26a4d.jpg


:D
Now thats a good lookin ride. Love them wheels

900t
5th April 2012, 08:15 PM
What I was hinting at, is all these additions made the car more commuter like. More conformist. More easy to drive in everyday situations.
By the way, GM bought Saab in 1990 IIRC.


Cars are supposed to be easy to drive. Saab is supposed to be cutting edge technology, ergo, ABS and airbag :p

FWIW the GM deal began on 1 January 1990 - but the airbag / ABS came out for M90 i.e. late 1989 production... you can find them with the "SAAB-SCANIA" ID plates and such.

I think the airbag is a Siemens and the ABS is made by Teves (ATE) so there isn't really any GM thing there :lol:

I've had a bunch of the cars and I think the later cars are pretty much objectively superior, marginally, but they are all great in their own way. I've mellowed some - even automatics :p At least Turbo 16 automatics. Whoosh! Has anyone really cranked up the turbo on an automatic? It would seem to be a really likable car and considering the 5-speed durability, might even manage to be more reliable (well maybe not)

JKlaveness
6th April 2012, 05:26 AM
I think there are two distinctive classes of reasons for loving these cars. One has to do with the power of the Turbo engines, combined with the excellent handling, adding up to a lot of fun. The other has to do with the extreme ruggednes, combined with the excellent handling, adding up to a lot of sensible economy and safety.

I belong to the second camp. I've driven Saabs for over 40 years, and have seen cars and family members surivive things that would have resulted in expensive bills from undertakers, workshops and car dealerships if I'd been driving other cars. I've always been content with my N/A engines. I own two Turbos today, and I acknowledge that they add something valuable to the experience, but at a cost (in the form of higher insurance and more technical complications) that actually makes me want to avoid them.

I appreciate the airbag, think the ABS is a nuisance for myself, but I'm glad it's there when my kids borrow one of the cars. And I definitely wouldn't prefer the 70s or 80s cars: One of the brilliant things with the newer c900s is how Saab managed to eliminate every one of the "teething troubles" and original design flaws (except one as far as I know).

mossypossy
6th April 2012, 05:36 AM
It would have cost GM much more to tinker with the classic 900 model to reduce costs, so they let Saab run it as it was mostly until the new crappy, (relatively) model came out.
100 man hours to produce the classic....30 or so to make the GM900....go figure.

and clearly the last of the 90s would have been superior products, only possible differences after GM may have been in the actual quality of the steel

Tweek's Turbos
6th April 2012, 12:04 PM
http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv56/Shaquadocious/okay091.jpg

This steering wheel, I need an single button for!

mattsaab
10th April 2012, 12:03 PM
Here's my 900 S, still going strong

http://i.imgur.com/BLr2M.jpg (http://imgur.com/BLr2M)

Paul Campagna
14th April 2012, 08:26 PM
just about to put the new whaletail on!!! Tomorrow!!!
http://paulcampagna.com/no-wing.jpg

SAABinvertible
18th April 2012, 10:52 AM
the valkyrie..

ludichris001
21st April 2012, 11:02 AM
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk63/ludichris001/471604_10150703263107815_787662814_9447044_6078306 32_o.jpg

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http://dwpicture.com.au/photos/29031b.jpg

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http://www.clker.com/cliparts/3/6/5/d/12154416302105498124qubodup_flat_grin_smiley_emoti on_icon_emoticon.svg.med.png

spg1
21st April 2012, 11:19 AM
the valkyrie..
Looks real nice, what size tires are you using and do you have rubbing?
As well did you change out the springs?

Zelandeth
21st April 2012, 12:48 PM
Here's my current one - and my current wallpaper.

http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/10/sdc16543d.jpg

CycM17
21st April 2012, 01:43 PM
Cleaned up for Spring:

http://i616.photobucket.com/albums/tt242/CycM17/DSC08367.jpg

http://i616.photobucket.com/albums/tt242/CycM17/DSC08369.jpg

Not much else to report otherwise.

henrikg
22nd April 2012, 12:45 PM
Here is my 900 SPG '88.

Swedish specifications but built with US-engine with catalytic converter to be used a test car at Saab-Scania, Trollhättan, Sweden.

It was used for a 50.000 miles emission test in a lab facility. After that the car has only been used on summer season (no rust) and only for 25000 miles. The car is excellent condition and i only dare using it for saab meetings and other gatherings ;)

Click for bigger picture!

http://forumbilder.se/thumbs/332201264404P64d1.jpg (http://forumbilder.se/show.aspx?iid=332201264404P64d1)
http://forumbilder.se/thumbs/d32201264437P5fb1.jpg (http://forumbilder.se/show.aspx?iid=d32201264437P5fb1)
http://forumbilder.se/thumbs/c12201264523Pc7de.jpg (http://forumbilder.se/show.aspx?iid=c12201264523Pc7de)

BR,
Henrik

Cark
22nd April 2012, 02:41 PM
Just picked this up last week, $500, needed a head gasket. Now it just needs a good cleaning and going through. Already fixed some cracked intake pipe bits and lots of vac lines. Runs very nice, just not making any boost at the mo!

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-HL6OdNEv4oM/T4mxQi2m-uI/AAAAAAAAAHs/NfzCAqH5BKQ/s800/DSCN0769.JPG

mossypossy
22nd April 2012, 07:14 PM
a tantalising glimps of minehttp://http://s1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/

mossypossy
22nd April 2012, 07:16 PM
http://s1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/

Krizzie
2nd May 2012, 12:37 AM
Overal quality of my second set of Deepdish Aero's when I bought them..
http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/Deepdish%20Alloys%20from%20bad%20to%20good/Bad/image013.jpg


When I got them back from the shop..
http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/Deepdish%20Alloys%20from%20bad%20to%20good/Good/image007.jpg

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/Deepdish%20Alloys%20from%20bad%20to%20good/Good/image003.jpg

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/Deepdish%20Alloys%20from%20bad%20to%20good/Good/image002.jpg

spg1
2nd May 2012, 08:47 AM
Looks good, I love my Aero's they do make a difference. I have never seen that honey comb grid before that you have in your drive way, great Idea for keeping the stones in place.

Krizzie
2nd May 2012, 03:02 PM
The Grid works great indeed, you can also plant gras or moss in it and park the car on it without destroying it.

The only problem is, if you want to work on/under the car it hurts your knees and back like hell! :lol:

RM '92 SPG
2nd May 2012, 06:25 PM
Here is my 900 SPG '88.

Swedish specifications but built with US-engine with catalytic converter to be used a test car at Saab-Scania, Trollhättan, Sweden.

It was used for a 50.000 miles emission test in a lab facility. After that the car has only been used on summer season (no rust) and only for 25000 miles. The car is excellent condition and i only dare using it for saab meetings and other gatherings ;)

Click for bigger picture!

http://forumbilder.se/thumbs/332201264404P64d1.jpg (http://forumbilder.se/show.aspx?iid=332201264404P64d1)
http://forumbilder.se/thumbs/d32201264437P5fb1.jpg (http://forumbilder.se/show.aspx?iid=d32201264437P5fb1)
http://forumbilder.se/thumbs/c12201264523Pc7de.jpg (http://forumbilder.se/show.aspx?iid=c12201264523Pc7de)

BR,
Henrik

Wow, that thing is totally amazing, I love the all-red interior with the red dash. Super rare!

N.E. Swede
2nd May 2012, 06:44 PM
^^^Yeah....that one's a keeper. So awesome

kuponut
2nd May 2012, 09:53 PM
The Grid works great indeed, you can also plant gras or moss in it and park the car on it without destroying it.

The only problem is, if you want to work on/under the car it hurts your knees and back like hell! :lol:

I like the dark gray on the white, makes it look like an orca whale and such, my favorite animal when I was a kid.

Orca whales are dolphins, by the way.

And tomatoes are fruits! Though there is no such thing as vegetables...

LennyD
5th May 2012, 02:08 AM
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/270152_10150238187076105_635206104_7622416_3631371 _n.jpg (our new US car - presently garaged in FL)

I've been trying for years to make sense of why the C900 went out of production in 1993.

The explanation that I've come up with, has to do with a change in the value system of the upper middle class, which was Saab's customer base. * In the 1960s and 70s, money was in short supply, and so ruggedness and durability were valued even by buyers of new cars.

* In the 90s and 00s up to 2008, money supply almost exploded. As a result, excellent engineering was no longer enough for Saab's customer group. They wanted luxury. They wanted bells and whistles. They wanted a car exterior that was modern enough and flashy enough, to show off their new purchasing power.

For me, that's how the market for the C900 disappeared.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/270616_10150238187041105_635206104_7622415_5432743 _n.jpg

(Our new US car: I've never seen a cleaner interior or better original exterior in an 18 year old vehicle)


Saab started out in the 1940s and 50s with a focus on innovative techniques and designs in the bilding of car bodies and drivetrains. When they launched the 99, it was so far ahead of its time that it went on to stay on the production line for the next 27 years with only one major facelift (the lengthening of the front to make the 900 in the 1970s).

During that 27-year period, Saab learned almost everything that could be learned about engine-building, and installed it in their cars. 27 years was long enough to find and remedy every single weakness that the C900 had ever had. It would have been perfect - if only the customers' value system had stayed the same.

Mine has - and that's why I still love my C900. She and I have become anachronisms together.

:-J
Jørgen

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/270743_10150238187146105_635206104_7622418_8276669 _n.jpg

(Front view of the US car)

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/261325_10150238187181105_635206104_7622419_5528213 _n.jpg

(Original Saab CD player and wood finish ashtray)


PS: When people ask me today what I (as a known Saab-freak) think about the current problems in Trollhättan, I tend to say that the company that I loved, died in 1993. Under Saab's new GM ownership, focus changed from engineering excellence (delivering longer-lasting value for the car's owner), to business economics (getting more money out of him). Cars became more expensive to design, cheaper to build, and more expensive to repair. They became more packed with luxuries, but at the same time also flimsier. Mechanics went from being repairmen to being component swappers. Gradually, the life expectancy of a new Saab dropped by over a quarter: From 15-20 years to 10-15.

Is there anything to love about the new Saabs? Sure. They're fantastic - as long as you value money the way people started doing in the 1980s and 90s. The number of people who can afford to do that, however, is dropping like a stone, and I've never counted myself among them.

First have to say I agree that is one very nice Saab for its age.

Sadly I have to agree with your take on just how things have changed, and though I am new to this brand and am learning it's history etc (recently purchased a 96 900S vert in nice condition for a great price) I want to add that the last twenty years or so has produced some of the most unwanted changes in the auto industry (and many others as well) that were completely profit and cash driven, and the big loser as you likely already know if the consumer.

No matter if it is GM taking the whole basis of what Saab meant to so many owners etc and turning it 180 around and removing just what made the brand what it was, or how Ford fundamentally ruined the very essence of what once was the British symbol of luxury and elegance and turned Jaguar into a reworked Taurus (aka a boring POS) and so many more examples it is all about (you pretty much nailed this BTW) sucking the most amount of dollars from the consumer, and everything else takes a back seat.

I still have a bit to learn about Saab, but I have to be honest that I would fully accept a pre Ford Jag with the horrible Lucas electronics and cam timing nightmares of their v12 over the boring v6 and v8 offerings of today. Well maybe the completely out of my price range convertible could get my attention, but well :)

Back on track and something I am thinking that has most others I know thinking I may be a bit nuts, but from what I have seen on this site so far I am really considering just finishing the minor repairs my current Saab needs and then selling it so I can start looking for a low mileage 80's convertible.

Funny to think I am not adjusted to this one yet, but somehow the excellent condition "older" Saabs some of you keep posting etc just look that much more interesting, and somehow the lines of most of the 2 door and convertible models are just that more pleasing.

Than again maybe I am just losing my mind lol, and then I remember that I was actually looking for a BMW or Volvo convertible when I ran across this 900s :D

JKlaveness
5th May 2012, 04:58 AM
First have to say I agree that is one very nice Saab for its age. Sadly I have to agree with your take on just how things have changed, ...........

I'd love to hear Jim Mesthene's views here. How are the newer cars better? How are they worse?

One thing I admire about the classic 900 was that Björn Envall didn't only try to build a more upscale / expensive version of other cars. He made sensible compromises in order to make his own vision of excellence affordable. Durability and excellent handling, not senseless luxury.

(I'm more aware now of one more reason why it had to go in 1993: It took 100 hours to build, while the NG900 took around 30. Swedish and Finnish wages were going through the roof, and the price of capital was falling. It was time for change - but not necessarily the kind of change that I like).

:-J

spg1
5th May 2012, 07:40 AM
Here is my 900 SPG '88.

Swedish specifications but built with US-engine with catalytic converter to be used a test car at Saab-Scania, Trollhättan, Sweden.

It was used for a 50.000 miles emission test in a lab facility. After that the car has only been used on summer season (no rust) and only for 25000 miles. The car is excellent condition and i only dare using it for saab meetings and other gatherings ;)

Click for bigger picture!

http://forumbilder.se/thumbs/332201264404P64d1.jpg (http://forumbilder.se/show.aspx?iid=332201264404P64d1)
http://forumbilder.se/thumbs/d32201264437P5fb1.jpg (http://forumbilder.se/show.aspx?iid=d32201264437P5fb1)
http://forumbilder.se/thumbs/c12201264523Pc7de.jpg (http://forumbilder.se/show.aspx?iid=c12201264523Pc7de)

BR,
Henrik
My, that is so nice! Your helping me make up my mind to keep my 89 SPG:)

BionicBanana
5th May 2012, 11:54 AM
she's rough around the edges, but I'm loving it so far.
http://media.newschoolers.com/uploads/images/17/00/45/76/02/457602.jpeg

spg1
5th May 2012, 01:52 PM
[QUOTE=BionicBanana;2190248]she's rough around the edges, but I'm loving it so far.
Well the picture looks pretty good I think, nice looking car. some paint-less dent removal should take care of the dents in the door and lower the front end a bit, would make a big difference.

aeronautics
5th May 2012, 05:15 PM
have finally managed to get some pics of my new 900 Carlsson - it only stopped raining here today!!

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC01181.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC01179.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC01196.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC01212.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC01186.jpg

900t
5th May 2012, 07:59 PM
I'd love to hear Jim Mesthene's views here. How are the newer cars better? How are they worse?

One thing I admire about the classic 900 was that Björn Envall didn't only try to build a more upscale / expensive version of other cars. He made sensible compromises in order to make his own vision of excellence affordable. Durability and excellent handling, not senseless luxury.

(I'm more aware now of one more reason why it had to go in 1993: It took 100 hours to build, while the NG900 took around 30. Swedish and Finnish wages were going through the roof, and the price of capital was falling. It was time for change - but not necessarily the kind of change that I like).

:-J

There are other issues too... e.g. it was an old design and sales were not as high as earlier. Plus... the new generation meant a stronger transmission and easy capability to handle much more power :D

BionicBanana
6th May 2012, 11:02 AM
[QUOTE=BionicBanana;2190248]she's rough around the edges, but I'm loving it so far.
Well the picture looks pretty good I think, nice looking car. some paint-less dent removal should take care of the dents in the door and lower the front end a bit, would make a big difference.

Those dents were non-existent when I bought the car, damn parking lots :evil:

spg1
6th May 2012, 12:28 PM
[quote=spg1;2190291]

Those dents were non-existent when I bought the car, damn parking lots :evil:
I know what you are talking about, I have them in the same area. Even the first day I had the car on the road, I was parked in the middle of the parking lot of Walmart and someone keyed the side of my car. I don't get it.:confused:

mossypossy
6th May 2012, 03:19 PM
I want to know what the Americans think of the Carlsson, and if any actually made it over there. Would their jaws drop to the ground if they saw one or would they poo poo it as not being as good as their SPG lol

mossypossy
6th May 2012, 03:20 PM
oh yeah, nice car BTW

spg1
6th May 2012, 03:45 PM
I want to know what the Americans think of the Carlsson, and if any actually made it over there. Would their jaws drop to the ground if they saw one or would they poo poo it as not being as good as their SPG lol

I think it's a mater of one's personal taste. For me, it all depends on the rest of the package. If it had Supper Aeros on it, then ya, it looks good. With the standard SPG wheels, they get lost in all that extra stuff. Without the larger wheels to fill in the opening of the wheel wells, it looks out of balance and a little too boxy. Im not poo pooing the Carlsson body kit, it's just not my cup of tea. I think on the other hand if there were to be something between the Carlsson and the SPG, that would be the best of both worlds.

B202NUT
6th May 2012, 08:27 PM
I want to know what the Americans think of the Carlsson, and if any actually made it over there. Would their jaws drop to the ground if they saw one or would they poo poo it as not being as good as their SPG lol

For me personally the Aero style of the SPG is timeless. The square bumper extensions on the Carlsson is a sign of the times. A bit to bold for my appreciation.

aeronautics
7th May 2012, 07:25 AM
I have to say that i really like both the T16S and Carlsson but would agree that the addition of 16" super aeros really does complete the picture as far as the Carlsson is concerned.I think this picture demonstrates it well.;ol;

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/Carlsson_900.jpg

Have had my eye on some super aeros but i'm going to get to know the car a bit more before shelling out!

peva
7th May 2012, 07:45 AM
Have had my eye on some super aeros but i'm going to get to know the car a bit more before shelling out!
I agree, they do look good. I have them on my vert. But don't go silly with tyre sizes, otherwise you will be rubbing the rear arches.

spg1
7th May 2012, 09:53 AM
Ya, that is much better, balances out the car. I think even the deeper Super Aeros would be better yet.
Using a 195/50/16 or a 205/45/16 will work well. They are both very close in size. I have a set of 195/50/16 and I would have to have it loaded down well before rubbing happens.

900t
7th May 2012, 09:19 PM
I want to know what the Americans think of the Carlsson, and if any actually made it over there. Would their jaws drop to the ground if they saw one or would they poo poo it as not being as good as their SPG lol

The body kit exists, often it was installed by dealer on 900 S cars to be cheaper than SPG but usually painted white or some other colour than black or grey and consequently ungainly (especially with the 15 spoke rims :p)

philjohnhb
8th May 2012, 10:52 AM
The kit is called the 'Airflow' kit wherever you are in the world. The kit was used by UK dealers to create the Carlsson specials. All that was added were Carlsson decals to the body and the aero/airflow panels, and a special cersion of the Momo wheel.

socal1200r
8th May 2012, 01:12 PM
"...I would fully accept a pre Ford Jag with the horrible Lucas electronics and cam timing nightmares of their v12 over the boring v6 and v8 offerings of today..."

I would rather have a '95-'97 Ford Jag than any of the Series I-II-III models, or any of the S-types or X-types that followed. These years returned to the classic body style, with the 4 round headlights and sculpted hood, yet still retained the tried and true Jag 4.0 straight 6, now with a DOHC head, and the ZF 4-speed auto. With Ford's infusion of several billion dollars, the Jags now had the reliability and quality workmanship they were so sorely lacking during the Series I-II-III days.

I've got my eye on a '95 XJ6, in British Racing Green with tan leather interior, 85K original miles, that I could probably get for $5000. Stunning car, one that will definitely stand out in a crowd of BMW 7-series and MBZ S-classes. From what I've read online, the '95-'97 XJ6's are more reliable and cheaper to maintain than a 7-series or S-class. Sounds like a win-win to me!

http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy319/socal1200r/1995JaguarXJ6BRG1.jpg

Not that I don't like driving my '91 'vert, now that I have the proper silicone couplings on the FMIC upgrade, so I can drive it like I stole it and not have to worry about popping couplers or hoses. But this Jag is a whole different beast entirely (pun intended!). Gotta love that leaping kitty!

KC900
8th May 2012, 04:20 PM
[QUOTE=socal1200r;2191744]I would rather have a '95-'97 Ford Jag

http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy319/socal1200r/1995JaguarXJ6BRG1.jpg

This is the best, most reliable Jag ever built. Electrics are in order.
Don't buy the v8, it the most unreliable , problematic care.

anjum
8th May 2012, 09:23 PM
Personally I would like the XJC. Preferably modified into a convertible.

wbrook_ford
9th May 2012, 02:42 AM
I have to say that i really like both the T16S and Carlsson but would agree that the addition of 16" super aeros really does complete the picture as far as the Carlsson is concerned.I think this picture demonstrates it well.;ol;

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/Carlsson_900.jpg



:o:o:o

Id sell one of my kidneys, and/or a chunk of my liver for that car, its absolutely perfect.

JSE
11th May 2012, 01:15 PM
Hey everyone, SC forum newbie here.

Here's my 1993 Commemorative No 86.

Originally owned by a Saab technician, then an old lady, then the guy I bought it from. It's been garaged through most/all the winters of its existence - as a result, only 70,000 miles on the clock and no rust ;ol;

Just put on the Super Aeros with Kumho 195/50s. Considering installing SPG panels, what do you think? (Apologies for the sideways shots, how do you straighten them? Were taken w/ iphone 4S..)

spg1
11th May 2012, 01:57 PM
Hey everyone, SC forum newbie here.

Here's my 1993 Commemorative No 86.

Originally owned by a Saab technician, then an old lady, then the guy I bought it from. It's been garaged through most/all the winters of its existence - as a result, only 70,000 miles on the clock and no rust ;ol;

Just put on the Super Aeros with Kumho 195/50s. Considering installing SPG panels, what do you think? (Apologies for the sideways shots, how do you straighten them? Were taken w/ iphone 4S..)
Welcome to saab central JSE, I like it, looks just like mine, wheels and all. Nice find by the way. ;ol;

mattsaab
11th May 2012, 11:09 PM
she's rough around the edges, but I'm loving it so far.
http://media.newschoolers.com/uploads/images/17/00/45/76/02/457602.jpeg

Love those wheels.

JKlaveness
14th May 2012, 01:23 PM
Not mine ... but since it's such a special Saab, and for sale in Göteborg, I'm posting a picture of it here:

http://213.132.112.100/images_full/57/5703263564.jpg

Complete ad here: http://www.blocket.se/goteborg/Saab_cx_40084412.htm?ca=15&w=3

spg1
14th May 2012, 02:26 PM
Are you sure this is an actual car? it looks photo shopped.

spg1
14th May 2012, 02:37 PM
I found this link, it is a concept.
http://www.saabhistory.com/2007/01/13/saab-concept-cars-from-oslo-norway/

mossypossy
14th May 2012, 03:55 PM
why does this car look so modern?...less than a stones throw away from our classic 900 yet it probably would sell today!!

mossypossy
16th May 2012, 11:25 AM
Aha....discovered how to post pictures

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/IMAG0150.jpg

spg1
16th May 2012, 12:21 PM
Looks good mossy, do you have more pictures, your teezing us.:D

mossypossy
16th May 2012, 12:27 PM
you can make a collage :cheesy:

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/IMAG0134.jpg

spg1
16th May 2012, 12:35 PM
[QUOTE=mossypossy;2195968]you can make a collage :cheesy:

Your doing it again, we neeeeeed more! I can't take the suspense.:lol:

mossypossy
16th May 2012, 12:43 PM
hope it isn't a disappontment, what with the cheesy rear louvre



http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/P1040371.jpg


http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/glovely.jpg

Banman
16th May 2012, 01:30 PM
beautiful car Mossy!
What do you call the paint color/paint code?

I'm starting to dream about cleaning my saab up...

mossypossy
16th May 2012, 02:49 PM
Imola Red

spg1
16th May 2012, 10:36 PM
Mossy, that is a very very fine car, nothing cheesy about that. ;ol;

gustavm
17th May 2012, 01:48 AM
Mossypossy that thing is delicious . Now down at the bargain end of the dealership we have. Weighing in at 1180 kg with half a tank of gas.

kristofour
17th May 2012, 10:27 PM
This is my 900!

Only a week and I am in love.....

spg1
17th May 2012, 11:27 PM
This is my 900!

Only a week and I am in love.....
Congrats! You know......it is a sickness they say.:lol:

S900t8v
17th May 2012, 11:30 PM
I found this link, it is a concept.
http://www. /2007/01/13/saab-concept-cars-from-oslo-norway/ (http://www.%20/2007/01/13/saab-concept-cars-from-oslo-norway/)

chopped, looks ****

aeronautics
9th June 2012, 01:12 PM
now with super aeros;ol;

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC02295.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC02296.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC01231.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC01226.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC01220.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC01217.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/fivepot/DSC01214.jpg

Krizzie
9th June 2012, 03:24 PM
Looking very badass! 8)

turbotom27
20th June 2012, 12:46 AM
http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/ff420/turbotom27/file.jpg
This is my daily ride and work vehicle. The 5-door is a rare bird here in the states. This is my second one and my brother had one years ago too. Love it! Below is my second 900 convertible. First was an '87 second was an '86, both silver. Wish I still had that car, it was special.
http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/ff420/turbotom27/file-2.jpg

S900t8v
20th June 2012, 12:54 AM
Interesting, is it an early model or late? can't tell as it has new front bumper old rear bumper and older incas

KC900
20th June 2012, 01:19 AM
Interesting, is it an early model or late? can't tell as it has new front bumper old rear bumper and older incas

I think it's an early model with the 87+ front.

turbotom27
20th June 2012, 01:27 AM
I just prefer the look of the later style lights and grill. Haven't gotten around to updating the back and I'm not sure I will. The car is far from original so I'm not as concerned about making everything look just right. Incas are fairly new and I absolutely love them. Here's another shot with the former aftermarket wheels. Very easy to clean but not SAAB so they had to go. This is also what it looked like before my conversion.
http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/ff420/turbotom27/saab005.jpg

DanComden
20th June 2012, 02:18 AM
http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/ff420/turbotom27/file.jpg
This is my daily ride and work vehicle. The 5-door is a rare bird here in the states. This is my second one and my brother had one years ago too. Love it! Below is my second 900 convertible. First was an '87 second was an '86, both silver. Wish I still had that car, it was special.

Oh yes, the rare five-door! I have only spotted three or four around here in the last six years.

One of the things I love about these cars when you get into the details is how different they can look. Especially considering that few people would ever call these cars beautiful, much less handsome. "Striking" is a word that works for me.

In my opinion, those Inca wheels are super sharp and with the older style front end are the best match. The sloped front end lacks the aggressive feel of the flat front. As we say in my house, "Don't Yuk My Yum" meaning everyone has their own taste. We are fortunate to still have the options. What is impressive is the cared-for paint and detail work in those photos. Did you replace the black door bump trim with white striping? Whatever it is, it looks good.

Edit: and is the antenna really on the right side on the five doors?

mossypossy
20th June 2012, 11:12 AM
new walnutty bits and bobs

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/walnutty.jpg

peva
20th June 2012, 12:19 PM
new walnutty bits and bobs

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/walnutty.jpg
Too much wood IMHO. Trying to look to look like a Merc inside? Is that Saab emblem in front of the gear-stick to remind you it's a Saab :cheesy:

mossypossy
20th June 2012, 12:57 PM
Too much wood IMHO. Trying to look to look like a Merc inside? Is that Saab emblem in front of the gear-stick to remind you it's a Saab :cheesy:

Agreed the SAAB badge is a step too far....but it is only resting there. But you either love the wood or you don't.

I expect you hate my lovely louvres too!!

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/P1040682.jpg

peva
20th June 2012, 01:57 PM
I expect you hate my lovely louvres too!!
Too right! But then I should think I've a few years on you. Nice car though.

socal1200r
20th June 2012, 01:59 PM
Going overboard on the wood would be to have wood panels on the doors, and a Momo wood steering wheel...wait a minute, now that I think about it...lol...

mossypossy
20th June 2012, 02:26 PM
Too right! But then I should think I've a few years on you.

I'm retired too you know!

mossypossy
20th June 2012, 02:27 PM
Going overboard on the wood would be to have wood panels on the doors, and a Momo wood steering wheel...wait a minute, now that I think about it...lol...

I demand a picture

Keith509
20th June 2012, 02:47 PM
Here's my 'new' 1988 900S N/A I picked up from a member of SaabCentral.



I made my own door inserts from some walmart material. The old original ones were repulsive.


The grill has been temporarily removed for some front end painting I was planning today. Too bad it's about 95F outside!


http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/161/img0207bl.jpg
http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/3927/img0209j.jpg
http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/1713/img0206k.jpg

mossypossy
20th June 2012, 02:55 PM
Here's my 'new' 1988 900S N/A I picked up from a member of SaabCentral.



I made my own door inserts from some walmart material. The old original ones were repulsive.


The grill has been temporarily removed for some front end painting I was planning today. Too bad it's about 95F outside!


http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/161/img0207bl.jpg



Damn, why couldn't I have thought of using that material.;oops:

By the way I almost choked on my drink when I saw it!!!

That is the funniest thing I have ever seen.

I really really hope that is the original material:lol:

Keith509
20th June 2012, 03:24 PM
Damn, why couldn't I have thought of using that material.;oops:

By the way I almost choked on my drink when I saw it!!!

That is the funniest thing I have ever seen.

I really really hope that is the original material:lol:



The original inserts were molding away. I went with the picnic table theme. Easily changeable. However, to each their own.

spg1
20th June 2012, 03:34 PM
Looks like your going to a picnic, but also, this could represent some European flair, since some of the European cars came out with some odd interior patterns.

socal1200r
20th June 2012, 05:31 PM
Hey Yogi and Booboo, let's pile in the car, we're going to a pic-a-nic, lol...that's hideous, lol...

mossypossy
20th June 2012, 05:34 PM
bet Peva likes it

Keith509
20th June 2012, 05:43 PM
I didn't ask for any snobby remarks, or opinions from any of you. In fact, I could care less. I can say I'm not a fan of wrapping my interior in fake wood.

mossypossy
20th June 2012, 05:52 PM
I didn't ask for any snobby remarks, or opinions from any of you. In fact, I could care less. I can say I'm not a fan of wrapping my interior in fake wood.:nono;

I'm sorry, we were a little harsh, but if you put pics out there expect everything. Not everyone likes my look either, but it is all real burr walnut.

socal1200r
20th June 2012, 07:50 PM
I didn't ask for any snobby remarks, or opinions from any of you. In fact, I could care less. I can say I'm not a fan of wrapping my interior in fake wood.

Seriously dude, you don't see anything wrong with the picnic-table looking cloth on those door panels? Why not just cover those panels with newspaper, or some old t-shirts?

Wait, I got it...the ultimate combo would be those door panels with the wood interior, with Jag Vanden Plas fold-down rear trays, then it'll be a real pic-a-nic!

Sorry man, but if you put pics like that out there, ya gotta be prepared for "snobby remarks"!


Ok, I'll post up...I went for the "velvet Elvis" look in mine:

http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy319/socal1200r/1991%20Saab/91Saab_2h.jpg

http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy319/socal1200r/1991%20Saab/SeatCovers1e.jpg

http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy319/socal1200r/1991%20Saab/SeatCovers1b.jpg


Call me crazy, but I think it looks slightly better than the picnic table motif...

S900t8v
20th June 2012, 07:55 PM
You can get microsuede off ebay in a variety of colours for very cheap - if you ever change your mind - food for thought. But hey it's DIY and if you dig it that's all that matters, a car is a reflection of someones personality and things they like so why not customise it. Just don't expect to get money selling it with those inserts :lol:

Keith509
20th June 2012, 09:00 PM
I didn't mention that my 'pic-a-nic' inserts were better than everyone else's inserts. But I don't need people "spitting out their drinks" and calling it "hideous". Just keep rude comments to yourself.



And to the above pictures, the black and grey looks fantastic. As well as the seats. If I had seats that weren't all tore up, I'd try to do something like that.

skucera
20th June 2012, 10:19 PM
I like the plaid inserts. Then again, there is an old German tradition of plaid upholstery in race cars and Porsches in particular. I owned a little Scirocco decades ago with blue, gray, black, and red plaid seats.

http://forums.pelicanparts.com/uploads13/plaid11946428411213881507.jpg

However, seeing your picture did give me a huge grin. It takes man-sized balls to stand up to bullies here, and you're doing it manfully. Stand your ground.

Scott

DurocShark
20th June 2012, 10:24 PM
Being an old Bus guy, I love the plaids!!! ;ol;

http://www.gowesty.com/ec_view_details.php?id=3777&category_id=&category_parent_id=

gustavm
21st June 2012, 01:45 AM
Keith509 those door inserts are charming. Isnt that another thing that is so cool about the c900 all this funny mix and match stuff . I covered the horrible mid 80s pink velour with plain black and Im thinking of changing to something my 7 yearold daughter suggests . Just not "my little pony" or "littlelest pet shop"!
Maybe its time to start a what did you do to your door inserts today thread .

jamengual
21st June 2012, 02:31 AM
I didn't ask for any snobby remarks, or opinions from any of you. In fact, I could care less. I can say I'm not a fan of wrapping my interior in fake wood.

Sorry man but that you can't think that after picnic-ing the car like that no one will make fan of you.

it is just way to funny!!!!! :cheesy:

Keith509
21st June 2012, 04:05 AM
Sorry man but that you can't think that after picnic-ing the car like that no one will make fan of you.

it is just way to funny!!!!! :cheesy:

I'm perfectly fine with people being indifferent with my personal opinion. ;ol;


I just hate the insulting comments. :lol: It's just a silly door insert. It's not like I did a plaid headliner.


I still want to get my hands on an original Saab aluminum louver for the rear hatch. I can't find one anywhere!

gustavm
21st June 2012, 04:08 AM
Really . They made an aluminium one ? is that on the inside of the window or out?

AUSSIE900
21st June 2012, 04:10 AM
I like the thread concept *what did u do to your door cards today *

Its funny how we give them so much attention , I know its personally one of the 1st things I do ... re make the warped masonite backing and then reupholster ...

what you reupholster with is obviously a personal choice , the bottom line is that you improved the car to your appreciation .. and that surely is the aim ..

Is it my taste ? WHO cares ... I am sure Keith does not .

Good work Keith

ON a different subject .... coming down the motorway tonight ... there was an overturned MATTER YOGI in the middle lane ... CHAOS

Whats that I HEAR YOU say ? Whats a MATTERYOGI ...

Keith509
21st June 2012, 04:11 AM
Really . They made an aluminium one ? is that on the inside of the window or out?

Yes. This one:

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/3423/541/33555270007_large.jpg

It's on the rear of the hatch glass. To me, it's the best looking one, and the only one I'd consider for a C900. I know there are some aftermarket ones out there.

AUSSIE900
21st June 2012, 04:14 AM
I think it's an early model with the 87+ front.

Agreed , the telltale for me is the absence of the turn indicator in the guard / fender ... or whatever you call it wherever you read this !

gustavm
21st June 2012, 04:27 AM
That is a real piece of kit .suits the full whale tail so well. So what is a Matteryogi?

AUSSIE900
21st June 2012, 04:32 AM
[QUOTE=gustavm;2213450] So what is a Matteryogi?


NOT MUCH ................... BOO BOO ;ol;

S900t8v
21st June 2012, 04:41 AM
I would kill many many people to have that Louvre it is ridiculously good looking


RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING!

EDIT: ****ING RIDICULOUSLY GOOD LOOKING

KC900
21st June 2012, 06:15 AM
I got this new in the box. I wanted the ones that Keith509 posted but my mechanic had new louver in a box. Saab made a couple different styles. They really help with the heat.

spg1
21st June 2012, 07:51 AM
Yes. This one:



It's on the rear of the hatch glass. To me, it's the best looking one, and the only one I'd consider for a C900. I know there are some aftermarket ones out there.

That really does look good with the whale tail, I imagine that it wouldn't look as good with a duck tail spoiler.

AUSSIE900
22nd June 2012, 08:42 AM
Looks like your going to a picnic
http://i49.tinypic.com/2a9np54.png

KC900
22nd June 2012, 08:48 AM
AUSSIE900,

Apparently you have too much time on your hands.;)

mossypossy
22nd June 2012, 09:35 AM
http://i49.tinypic.com/2a9np54.png

I think we have a new monthly competion in the making here

Who can play the part of Ranger Smith I wonder?

88saab900s
22nd June 2012, 10:44 AM
lay off the guy, it's his car he will do what he wants. Plus yogi bear is the sh!t ;ol;

mossypossy
22nd June 2012, 10:55 AM
methinks Pandoras Box may have been opened

Keith509
22nd June 2012, 02:18 PM
I laughed at the picture. :cheesy: Good work. However, they don't cast reflections. Perhaps they're vampires? :confused:

mossypossy
22nd June 2012, 03:15 PM
or should it have been Pandoras pic-a-nic basket?

SwimDude0614
22nd June 2012, 06:28 PM
For aluminum louvre: check out genuinesaab.com. That's where I got mine a couple years ago

socal1200r
22nd June 2012, 10:48 PM
http://i49.tinypic.com/2a9np54.png

As Larry the Cable Guy would say, "I don't care who ya are, that's funny right there!" I was cryin' from laughing so hard when I first saw this pic, nicely done Aussie!

phin
25th June 2012, 06:59 AM
First post and first Saab - picked this up last week. Going in for roadworthy this week.
cheers

http://i50.tinypic.com/30k9c48.jpg

DurocShark
25th June 2012, 08:32 AM
Love that color!

spg1
25th June 2012, 10:39 AM
Cool! with the lighting and lens this shot makes the car look like a model.

mortalmerlin
25th June 2012, 04:19 PM
New the forum but not to Saabs. This is my 3rd and favorite.

30178

30179

phin
25th June 2012, 11:30 PM
Thanks - the car has been in the one family all its life and has 150 000 km, so should be fun!

AUSSIE900
26th June 2012, 04:24 AM
Welcome to our 2 newest members ... Lovely looking cars both ...

Phin ... welcome fellow Victorian .. if you need any *local* help , give us a yell .

150 k in one family reads like a car that has been much loved , am sure you will develop a deep passion for the model :)

Good luck with the RWC ..remember some of the basics that can catch u out ...

eg ... Spare tyre bolted down .. battery bolted down ..

phin
27th June 2012, 06:39 AM
Thanks AUSSIE900 - my father had a 900 turbo when I was a kid which used to amaze me with all the lights across the dash, so I've always liked the model. After that the family had a succession of Volvo 240s too. I've always had 1970s Renaults (12 and 16) so having a car this modern and complex is a new thing - but exciting.

Unfortunately the roadworthy went badly. The place I took it to had changed hands since I was last there and they have given me a long and not very reasonable list. The big ticket item is head gasket replacement because they say it's leaking. There's a bit of gunk around the block from cumulative slow leaks on some of the gaskets - but nothing major - certainly not flowing out or dropping on the road, so meets VicRoads requirements. Also pinged me for the windscreen even though it's virtually perfect. On top of that brakes, tyres, steering rack etc. It's strange, I've never had a car in such good condition, and yet it's the longest roadworthy list I've had by a mile. Going to try another place that did some honest work on my Renault 16.

one more
27th June 2012, 07:42 AM
Rwc will check everything from seat belts to cracked tyres and bushes. The new rwc law is a lot stricter now and pictures must be taken of everything. they can now be acountable, so have to actually do there job, also means more labour, so also cost has gone up so much as well
No oil leaks or water leaks too and nothing loose in your boot etc spare wheel not tied down.

AUSSIE900
27th June 2012, 08:16 AM
Rwc will check everything from seat belts to cracked tyres and bushes. The new rwc law is a lot stricter now and pictures must be taken of everything. they can now be acountable, so have to actually do there job, also means more labour, so also cost has gone up so much as well
No oil leaks or water leaks too and nothing loose in your boot etc spare wheel not tied down.

Very true ... The days of dodgy RWC's are long gone , its simply not worth there testing license if things go pear shaped and from my perspective that's a good thing. There was once a time when buying a car with a current RWC meant absolutely JACK .

I would however suggest its more likely a valve cover gasket than a head gasket ... Its a pretty severe head gasket failure that leaks external fluid ,, It would be fairly obvious to the driver he had issues ... so either there is a mis communication here or ... someone drumming up business . I like to believe its most likely the former .

phin
27th June 2012, 08:36 AM
Very true ... The days of dodgy RWC's are long gone , its simply not worth there testing license if things go pear shaped and from my perspective that's a good thing. There was once a time when buying a car with a current RWC meant absolutely JACK .

I would however suggest its more likely a valve cover gasket than a head gasket ... Its a pretty severe head gasket failure that leaks external fluid ,, It would be fairly obvious to the driver he had issues ... so either there is a mis communication here or ... someone drumming up business . I like to believe its most likely the former .

I might almost be too young for the really old RWCs - got my first car about 8 years ago. Completely agree that proper checks for safety are a good thing, don't want people on the road with unsafe vehicles. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the head though, certainly none of the telltale signs that it's blown.

ludichris001
27th June 2012, 11:29 AM
Wash as much of the oil stains/leaks from the engine bay and under the car as possible, and take it somewhere else to be inspected?

Most cars that i've been looking at online don't come with a RWC and they are quite a bit cheaper too, which isn't a problem at all for me, SA doesn't have annual inspections or RWC :D
Drove to melbourne a few months back and picked up an immaculate '93 900i 5D that had done 120k for $850! (with no RWC) Took it for it's I.D check so i could register it here, and away i went :)

li Arc
29th June 2012, 06:33 PM
I might almost be too young for the really old RWCs - got my first car about 8 years ago. Completely agree that proper checks for safety are a good thing, don't want people on the road with unsafe vehicles. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the head though, certainly none of the telltale signs that it's blown.

pffft, kinda wish we had something like that up here. People drive all kinds of crap all over the road, and there's so much of it up here that I'm sure 20% of the cars on the road develop 80% of the pollutants. That said, inspections probably cost the owner a lot more maintaining their car, but that's an expense I'm willing to pay to keeps our roads safe (safer, anyways: I'm sure more than half the time accidents are caused by the loose nut behind the wheel). Ever see a smoke trail you can still follow after the car that looked like it was on fire is 5km away? Oh yeah, and when we asked an officer about it 3 minutes later, they don't have the authority to pull them over for anything except for road visibility concerns. Better than nothing, I suppose. :roll:

li Arc

mossypossy
2nd July 2012, 04:14 AM
Well mine is officially roadworthy. Here in the UK we are all so well behaved;oops:

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/P1040691.jpg

JKlaveness
2nd July 2012, 07:15 AM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/417473_10150882480681105_2005511067_n.jpg

Real Lyte
2nd July 2012, 06:59 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/417473_10150882480681105_2005511067_n.jpg

Jealous*

JKlaveness
3rd July 2012, 01:25 AM
It's almost impossible to keep them looking that way here in Norway. In the summer, there's so much pollen in the air that I have to keep them under dust covers. :-) And in the winter, there's salty slush that builds up everywhere and sets up conditions for electrolytic corrosion. The vert is only driven in dry, warm weather, but it's still in danger of rusting because my garages aren't heated.

And then there's the wage level, which makes next to impossible to use hired help on work intensive projects like repainting old cars. I still did it on the 4-door a couple of years ago, and now she's attracting long glances.

I use saw chain oil for rust protection in all areas that aren't exposed to the elements or human touch.

Real Lyte
3rd July 2012, 08:48 AM
Im fighting the corrosion battle here in NY too :/

mossypossy
3rd July 2012, 09:06 AM
wonder how many 900's are killed per year due to rust

someone please do the stats and make a nice graph

http://howmanyleft.co.uk/combined/Saab_900

this is combined UK stats for registered vehicles since 1994 left on the road (includes yucky NG900 sorry)

DurocShark
3rd July 2012, 10:32 AM
wonder how many 900's are killed per year due to rust

someone please do the stats and make a nice graph

http://howmanyleft.co.uk/combined/Saab_900

this is combined UK stats for registered vehicles since 1994 left on the road (includes yucky NG900 sorry)

Hey, they're not THAT yucky! :evil:

:p

mossypossy
3rd July 2012, 11:30 AM
How about relatively yucky?

DurocShark
3rd July 2012, 11:37 AM
I will say having owned both, the 9-3 is a comfortable car, but I enjoyed my C900's more.

SwimDude0614
3rd July 2012, 12:34 PM
Hey, they're not THAT yucky! :evil:

:p

No, they're *THAT* yucky :)

DurocShark
3rd July 2012, 12:56 PM
No, they're *THAT* yucky :)


:evil::evil::evil:

mossypossy
3rd July 2012, 01:26 PM
Think we are agreed on the yucky part, HOW yucky is just down to the individual;ol;

DurocShark
3rd July 2012, 01:33 PM
Well, I like the convertible styling of the 9-3. I like some of the technology (DIC, Auto Trans modes, hydraulic power top, power seats, etc.)

The funkiness of the C900 is "cooler" too me. I like the chain drive, but I hate the front motor mount. (http://turbofreesaab.blogspot.com/2011/05/followup-to-unfortunate-events.html) I like its "feel" on the road a bit more. I'm not a huge fan of the C900 convertible though. 3 and 5 doors are much more interesting to me.

To me they're each equal, but different. And to be fair, they're both from drastically different eras, with different philosophies, and different resources.

If the 9-3 is yucky, so is the C900. :P Personally, I like them both.

dmgb5
3rd July 2012, 01:49 PM
Your fighting an uphill battle trying to convince anybody in the c900 forums that the gm900 or 9-3 is in anyway comparabile to a c900 and not an UCK car. So just let it rest and post a photo of one of your old c900's. Thats what this thread is here for. ;)

DurocShark
3rd July 2012, 01:50 PM
I know. :lol::lol::lol:

JKlaveness
3rd July 2012, 02:05 PM
wonder how many 900's are killed per year due to rust

someone please do the stats and make a nice graph

http://howmanyleft.co.uk/combined/Saab_900


Here are the numbers of cars in the British registry, model years 1979-1993, with and currently withou a license, based on this graph: http://howmanyleft.co.uk/combined/Saab_900#!manufacture (http://howmanyleft.co.uk/combined/Saab_900#%21manufacture).

I also included the model year 1994, to show how there are fewer 94 models left, than either 90, 91, 92 or 93. Clearly, the last of the c900 are more popular than the first of the NG900.

:-J


Year
Licensed Not licensed Total % Licensed
1979 2 10 12 17 %
1980 6 7 13 46 %
1981 4 8 12 33 %
1982 12 19 31 39 %
1983 32 52 84 38 %
1984 59 80 139 42 %
1985 90 108 198 45 %
1986 96 104 200 48 %
1987 168 161 329 51 %
1988 242 192 434 56 %
1989 358 214 572 63 %
1990 646 324 970 67 %
1991 579 267 846 68 %
1992 800 317 1117 72 %
1993 821 279 1100 75 %
1994 615 209 824 75 %

JKlaveness
3rd July 2012, 04:03 PM
The gist is that

* Britain is currently losing around 130-150 of these cars each year.

and that

* People seem to be hanging on to the four last model years especially.

:-J


Year
Licensed Not licensed Total % Licensed
1979 2 10 12 17 %
1980 6 7 13 46 %
1981 4 8 12 33 %
1982 12 19 31 39 %
1983 32 52 84 38 %
1984 59 80 139 42 %
1985 90 108 198 45 %
1986 96 104 200 48 %
1987 168 161 329 51 %
1988 242 192 434 56 %
1989 358 214 572 63 %
1990 646 324 970 67 %
1991 579 267 846 68 %
1992 800 317 1117 72 %
1993 821 279 1100 75 %
1994 615 209 824 75 %[/QUOTE]

dmgb5
3rd July 2012, 04:33 PM
The gist is that

* Britain is currently losing around 130-150 of these cars each year.

and that

* People seem to be hanging on to the four last model years especially.

:-J


Year
Licensed Not licensed Total % Licensed
1979 2 10 12 17 %
1980 6 7 13 46 %
1981 4 8 12 33 %
1982 12 19 31 39 %
1983 32 52 84 38 %
1984 59 80 139 42 %
1985 90 108 198 45 %
1986 96 104 200 48 %
1987 168 161 329 51 %
1988 242 192 434 56 %
1989 358 214 572 63 %
1990 646 324 970 67 %
1991 579 267 846 68 %
1992 800 317 1117 72 %
1993 821 279 1100 75 %
1994 615 209 824 75 %

In theory, later reg date equals less time on the road and exposed to the elements, which equals less rust. Rust is the #1 cause of death for the c900.

mossypossy
3rd July 2012, 05:15 PM
RUST....we are back to the MOT again

But as the number of actual cars diminishes the number of well cared for, garaged and cossetted cars will increase as a percentage and we should reach some kind of stable level.

Although as donor cars disappear the problems of spares will increase. A depressing scenario.

We should all buy 3 extra cars to keep for spare parts

88saab900s
8th July 2012, 11:12 AM
Well the other day it was time to save a saab. started to fix my rusted fender/wheel well to keep her alive..

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/1363/56621401.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/641/56621401.jpg/)

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/1046/84142430.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/59/84142430.jpg/)

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/3898/52483197.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/225/52483197.jpg/)

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/1580/65381268.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/12/65381268.jpg/)

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/3244/21821546.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/341/21821546.jpg/)

All the metal work is done, just need a little filler to make it spot on ;ol; (I can smell fresh paint coming soon)

Keith509
8th July 2012, 05:10 PM
Well the other day it was time to save a saab. started to fix my rusted fender/wheel well to keep her alive..

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/1363/56621401.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/641/56621401.jpg/)

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/1046/84142430.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/59/84142430.jpg/)

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/3898/52483197.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/225/52483197.jpg/)

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/1580/65381268.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/12/65381268.jpg/)

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/3244/21821546.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/341/21821546.jpg/)

All the metal work is done, just need a little filler to make it spot on ;ol; (I can smell fresh paint coming soon)



That came out really nice. It's good to see you decided to get rid of that rusty fender. After some paint, it'll be good as new. How many miles do you have on that SPG?

88saab900s
8th July 2012, 05:17 PM
Yea I needed to get that done for a while, did it on 4th of July haha had the day off. Just clocked her over to 216,xxx today actually, runs like new.. Would never know it had that many miles ;ol;

Krizzie
9th July 2012, 05:52 PM
Been a while since I posted, so time some interior pics. ^^

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/9000%20Aero%20Interior%20mod/image005-1.jpg

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/9000%20Aero%20Interior%20mod/image0022.jpg

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/9000%20Aero%20Interior%20mod/image005.jpg

And the exterior

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/Deepdish%20Alloys%20from%20bad%20to%20good/Good/image006.jpg

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/Deepdish%20Alloys%20from%20bad%20to%20good/Good/image007.jpg

Really need to fix the whaletail and put the louvres on! :D

mossypossy
9th July 2012, 06:17 PM
You certainly do!

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/P1040668.jpg

J-Rod
9th July 2012, 06:27 PM
Been a while since I posted, so time some interior pics. ^^

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/9000%20Aero%20Interior%20mod/image005-1.jpg

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/9000%20Aero%20Interior%20mod/image0022.jpg

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/9000%20Aero%20Interior%20mod/image005.jpg

And the exterior

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/Deepdish%20Alloys%20from%20bad%20to%20good/Good/image006.jpg

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae116/Krizzie88/Saab%20900%20Turbo/Deepdish%20Alloys%20from%20bad%20to%20good/Good/image007.jpg

Really need to fix the whaletail and put the louvres on! :D
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/19009314/images/1336393833358.jpg

spg1
9th July 2012, 07:20 PM
Been a while since I posted, so time some interior pics. ^^



And the exterior

Really need to fix the whaletail and put the louvres on! :D

OK Krizzie, Fess up, about the seats. Im about to get a set of aero seats for mine, How did you get the seat to fold that far forward?
That car looks great!
If there is any info or pictures on what you did to make them work or fold forward that well, please post.
Dennis

fehd
9th July 2012, 07:47 PM
Well the other day it was time to save a saab. started to fix my rusted fender/wheel well to keep her alive..

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/1363/56621401.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/641/56621401.jpg/)

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/1046/84142430.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/59/84142430.jpg/)

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/3898/52483197.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/225/52483197.jpg/)

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/1580/65381268.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/12/65381268.jpg/)

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/3244/21821546.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/341/21821546.jpg/)

All the metal work is done, just need a little filler to make it spot on ;ol; (I can smell fresh paint coming soon)

That came out nice, I have to do the same to my 90 SPG, although my entire lip under the plastic is gone. The hood is getting kinda bad right at the front too. Luckily my structure is good, and like yours it runs awesome, has 175,000 on the clock.

dmgb5
9th July 2012, 09:04 PM
OK Krizzie, Fess up, about the seats. Im about to get a set of aero seats for mine, How did you get the seat to fold that far forward?
That car looks great!
If there is any info or pictures on what you did to make them work or fold forward that well, please post.
Dennis

Krizzie documented his project in the performance/mods section a while back... http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=206978&highlight=aero+seats

spg1
9th July 2012, 09:41 PM
Krizzie documented his project in the performance/mods section a while back... http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=206978&highlight=aero+seats
Thanks, that's what I need!

Krizzie
10th July 2012, 02:48 AM
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/19009314/images/1336393833358.jpg

Haha thanks! ;ol;:lol:



My Project thread as mentioned explains everything I did to make it fit.

Someday I want to redo the backseat, make it a bit better and tighter. But it sits great and it can fold so I'm happy for now! :cheesy:

88saab900s
10th July 2012, 09:55 PM
After cutting the rusted fender out along with some of the wheel well, got some filler work done and painted the half black/red fender red to match. Cars coming along :lol:

http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/1489/netsmall.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/819/netsmall.jpg/)

Keith509
10th July 2012, 10:21 PM
After cutting the rusted fender out along with some of the wheel well, got some filler work done and painted the half black/red fender red to match. Cars coming along :lol:

http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/1489/netsmall.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/819/netsmall.jpg/)

Once again, that came out really well, especially with the paint. We need to have another Saab meet in NJ.

fehd
10th July 2012, 11:34 PM
I'm really liking the black grill, was planning on the same for my SPG. And I know it may be taboo, but I think the body skirtiing looks better black then the dark grey it is now. Nice looking ride.

zach_cdr
11th July 2012, 02:09 AM
A couple pics from my wife's and my wedding reception over the weekend

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk50/zachcdr/339409_10151888878265291_1287400220_o.jpg

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk50/zachcdr/266147_10151888885065291_1042909418_o.jpg

dmgb5
11th July 2012, 03:05 AM
Congratulations Zach.

Krizzie
11th July 2012, 05:32 AM
Looks like a happy trio! :D

DurocShark
11th July 2012, 08:22 AM
;ol;;ol;

Nicely done!

cghag1
11th July 2012, 09:41 AM
Congratulations. Looks like a keeper! Same goes for the wife. :cool:

yeahedid
11th July 2012, 10:18 PM
I just love the intensity in this pic! :p Gotta say, I hate CT but it's scenic. Took this right after work yesterday

900power
14th July 2012, 10:16 PM
http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd380/peterfranklin1/Saab/_SPP0265.jpg


http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd380/peterfranklin1/Saab/_SPP0282.jpg


http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd380/peterfranklin1/Saab/_SPP0278.jpg


http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd380/peterfranklin1/Saab/_SPP0281.jpg



http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd380/peterfranklin1/Saab/_SPP0291.jpg

This is my 1986 900 Turbo, taken just a few minutes ago. It needs some minor body work, new paint, and maybe also some classic inca wheels.

skucera
15th July 2012, 01:41 AM
Those are really nice pictures! How did you get your camera to meter down to have those inky shadows? That's really hard to do on a modern digital camera. Well done.

Scott

900power
15th July 2012, 09:22 AM
Thank you. I set the exposure manually on the camera to keep the background dark. The camera was a Nikon d700 with a 180mm lens. I think all of these were taken at f/2.8

88saab900s
17th July 2012, 06:30 PM
Decided to plasti-dip my SPG rims, I think I like it haha, if anything I can always peel it off ;ol;

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/115/photo2nuw.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/27/photo2nuw.jpg/)

nuclear944
18th July 2012, 12:14 PM
Decided to plasti-dip my SPG rims, I think I like it haha, if anything I can always peel it off ;ol;


Super! Just add some plastic trim on the front bumper and you have a perfect car.

This is where you started:
http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg641/scaled.php?server=641&filename=46646798.jpg&res=landing

;ol;

mossypossy
18th July 2012, 12:23 PM
Super! Just add some plastic trim on the front bumper and you have a perfect car.
;ol;

..............like mine:confused:


http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/P1040693.jpg

88saab900s
18th July 2012, 12:41 PM
Thanks nuclear944! and wow that's going back a while with that picture haha, I'm not a whole fan on the chrome strip around the car... It was off the bumper when I got it and I had to repaint the bumper. I have to spray the SPG kit (it's fading in spots, rear bumper is chalky) and after that may replace all the bumper trimming. It's still a work in progress ;ol;

nuclear944
18th July 2012, 03:07 PM
..............like mine:confused:


http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/P1040693.jpg

Hell, I'd drive any c900 right now, I've been without one since February. I miss both my 900's even when they were dismantled and sitting in a parking lot.

phin
22nd July 2012, 06:54 AM
out on the weekend...

http://i46.tinypic.com/21esqd0.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/140j2c5.jpg

SaabCrazee
22nd July 2012, 09:25 PM
Beautiful country!!! I've got to get down there before I get too old to drink mass quantities of beer and enjoy a hangover down under!

phin
23rd July 2012, 01:04 AM
It was absolutely perfect winter weather too – sunny, no wind, not too cold. Excellent for taking the Saab out.

16ValveTurbo
23rd July 2012, 01:08 PM
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/9191/img0838e.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/img0838e.jpg/)

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/4892/saab900t.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/189/saab900t.jpg/)

li Arc
23rd July 2012, 01:39 PM
It was absolutely perfect winter weather too – sunny, no wind, not too cold. Excellent for taking the Saab out.

Oi, that's winter?? In my winter, you can't even see the car, let alone the country! And I don't have a photo to prove it because you'd probably freeze to death trying to get that photo in the couple minutes you're outside! Gotta get outta here...:roll:

li Arc

dmgb5
23rd July 2012, 01:51 PM
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/9191/img0838e.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/img0838e.jpg/)

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/4892/saab900t.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/189/saab900t.jpg/)

Looks good. Just needs and aero/spg body kit now. Are you using aftermarket projector headlamps?

SPGreg
23rd July 2012, 04:33 PM
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/9191/img0838e.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/img0838e.jpg/)



Very nice. Cool headlights with the clears especially. I'd also like to know about the headlights.

16ValveTurbo
24th July 2012, 10:57 AM
Looks good. Just needs and aero/spg body kit now. Are you using aftermarket projector headlamps?

Yes, I do need to mount the SPG kit(I have all the panels!) and yes, they are black, projector enclosures with 35W, 8000k bi-xenons(they use H4 bulbs) Then I painted my headlight bezels and grille all black to match. You could probably find a full kit on ebay, they make them in chrome too. I highly recommend them, they look good, and provide really good lighting without scattering.
headlights on:
http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/8310/img0913jp.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/196/img0913jp.jpg/)

You guys think LED daytime running lights would be too much?

zach_cdr
24th July 2012, 01:29 PM
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk50/zachcdr/833d8411.jpg

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk50/zachcdr/7ff3e4ba.jpg

SaabCrazee
25th July 2012, 02:44 AM
Those Super Aero wheels look so bbbbb-bad *****! There's a freshly rebuilt set on the bay for $500US... So tempting!:cool:

KurBads
25th July 2012, 06:05 AM
Zach,

You need some SPG skirtset.

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk50/zachcdr/833d8411.jpg

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk50/zachcdr/7ff3e4ba.jpg

peva
25th July 2012, 08:23 AM
Zach,

You need some SPG skirtset.
That is a matter of opinion.

zach_cdr
25th July 2012, 12:44 PM
That is a matter of opinion.

Haha, I'd actually rather enjoy spg side skirts, and a whale tail ;)

mossypossy
25th July 2012, 02:01 PM
That is a matter of opinion.

Think we could have a voting situation on our hands here;ol;

My opinion goes very much the way of skirts

DurocShark
25th July 2012, 02:08 PM
I second the voting.

Should the vote be broken into pre/post facelift? I like the skirts on post cars, don't like them on pre cars.

zach_cdr
25th July 2012, 07:29 PM
speaking of the side skirts... what are your opinions on a price for the 6 piece set as well as all the mounting rails?

I found a guy on craigslist wanting 240 for it all... I fell like that's probably a bit steep, but what do I know =P

dmgb5
25th July 2012, 07:44 PM
I know someone who has a complete aero/spg kit;).

snowmaker
27th July 2012, 08:39 AM
My '89 900 8v. AZ car found in So. Maine. My 4th 900c and only one that is rust free.
http://i.imgur.com/Cl8bU.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/5WQki.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/KCjxu.jpg

One picture I found (previous car), parked next to a little snowdrift:

http://i.imgur.com/3vfgK.jpg

Keith509
7th August 2012, 07:49 PM
Here is my 900, after doing some work. It could use a good waxing/polish to bring back that red.


The lights are Hella500FF.



http://i49.tinypic.com/jtpfmq.jpg

S900t8v
7th August 2012, 08:17 PM
speaking of the side skirts... what are your opinions on a price for the 6 piece set as well as all the mounting rails?

I found a guy on craigslist wanting 240 for it all... I fell like that's probably a bit steep, but what do I know =P

thats cheap as if its in decent nick ,

88saab900s
7th August 2012, 10:01 PM
well... good thing the plasti-dip peels right off, I out grew the look of it... I have steelies for the winter that I did black with a red lip so lets keep the fall spring and summer SPG rims stock ;ol;




http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/3616/99375136.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/801/99375136.jpg/)

Malko
7th August 2012, 11:06 PM
not done yet but..........


http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa316/mattymalk/WP_000779.jpg

mcfly
8th August 2012, 01:18 AM
finally finished my prefacelift-conversion ;ol;
got some new wheels lined up and then I'll be statisfied (for a while ;) )

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8431/7674315184_fff703b5d1_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennorz/7674315184/)
Saab 900 Turbo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennorz/7674315184/) by bennorz (http://www.flickr.com/people/bennorz/), on Flickr

SaabCrazee
8th August 2012, 10:18 PM
well... good thing the plasti-dip peels right off

Amen! I wanted to say something, but uncharacteristically enough, I kept my trap shut... NOW, that's a nice looking Saab!!!

spg1
8th August 2012, 11:01 PM
Amen! I wanted to say something, but uncharacteristically enough, I kept my trap shut... NOW, that's a nice looking Saab!!!
I agree, Im not much for blacking out the rims, it's just a little too much black. I don't want those who have painted there rims to think bad of my comment, it's just my preference, give me bling, all black looks too much like a winter tire wheel.
Sorry if I hurt some feelings.:D

88saab900s
8th August 2012, 11:38 PM
Yea it was more of a trial to see if I liked it... If I did I was planing on getting them done for real but nah... That's what my winter steelies are for haha. Thanks, I'm trying to keep it clean as possible, it's come a long way from when I got it... Still have some tlc on the body to do but what do you expect for a 22 year old car

SaabCrazee
9th August 2012, 12:11 AM
give me bling

Yeah man... Those Saab three spokers look so cool on c900s, they gotta be silver, or better yet, polished/chromed.

Fine print: the above was the poster's personal preference and he is not responsible for any hurt feelings...:cool:

SaabCrazee
9th August 2012, 12:19 AM
I can't wait to see that car done Malko! It's gonna be stunning!

Dark 3 spokes... Weren't we just talking about that??? JK...

mossypossy
9th August 2012, 01:18 AM
give me bling.:D

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/mossypotty/IMAG0196.jpg

like these? will fit on the 900 too
Just picked this 9000 Aero up. Original Super Aeros will be back on soon, rather than the slightly naff 17 inch Oz things

SaabCrazee
9th August 2012, 02:02 AM
What MY is that 9000 Mossy? I like the Super Aero wheels much better than what's on it now. They aren't bad, but nothing compares to the three spokers.

mossypossy
9th August 2012, 02:14 AM
1997
also has stage 3 upgrades;ol;

those wheels would have been very expensive I guess, with Bridgestone Potenzas on

jameschong
9th August 2012, 06:19 AM
http://saab.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=2672

peva
9th August 2012, 06:26 AM
http://saab.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=2672
Really great shades. Nice to see the driver on the right side of the car. I too think those wheels and tyres look great on a vert. I have them too. They are 16" aren't they?

S900t8v
9th August 2012, 06:32 AM
http://saab.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=2672

playahhhhhhhhhh


Someone had to be immature and say it.

jameschong
9th August 2012, 06:51 AM
Really great shades. Nice to see the driver on the right side of the car. I too think those wheels and tyres look great on a vert. I have them too. They are 16" aren't they?

Hahahahahaha..... Shades are from Tom Ford. They have a more retro look than Aviators. Not the ones Daniel Craig had on in Quantum, but a re-released one.

Yes, rims are 16" from the 9000. I put 195/55s on them. I find they don't stick out as much as 205/50s.

jameschong
9th August 2012, 06:56 AM
playahhhhhhhhhh


Someone had to be immature and say it.

Heh heh... Don't let my wife see it...

Someone's writing an article on people who keep classic cars in Singapore, which has one of the highest ownership costs for cars in the world. The photo was taken by his photographer a few weeks back.

Here's another...

http://saab.freeforums.org/download/file.php?id=2674

peva
9th August 2012, 07:16 AM
Someone had to be immature and say it.
The older you get, the more immature you become. Speaking personally of course. Great innit. Don't give a damn what people think.;ol;

PS Who is that poseur in the photograph? :cheesy:

AUSSIE900
9th August 2012, 07:37 AM
I am in Awe James :D

I have never met a man yet who can name a pair of sunglasses outside *polaroid* or *bolle*

Let alone name the brand worn by an actor in a movie !!!!

Are you considered a person who pays a lot of attention to detail ?:lol::lol:

I guess your car makes that question superfluous

spg1
9th August 2012, 07:41 AM
Hmmmm....Maybe bling was the wrong word and to malko Your car looks great and can't wait to see it finished. My comment was a general one and not pointed at you or anyone else directly. My bad!

snowmaker
9th August 2012, 07:55 AM
Found this in So. Maine w/ 160k miles. It was very nasty looking - tree stained chalky paint. I bought for $1000, washed and hit it with a 1 step cleaner / wax. Was told car was from AZ high desert. It has no rust at all.

http://i.imgur.com/Cl8bU.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/5WQki.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/KCjxu.jpg

mcfly
9th August 2012, 08:16 AM
I spy reddit! ;ol;

got some new wheels lined up
wheels are finally done, can't wait to get them mounted :cheesy:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8306/7741256926_9aa795264e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennorz/7741256926/)
Ja ist denn heut scho' Weihnachten?! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennorz/7741256926/) by bennorz (http://www.flickr.com/people/bennorz/), on Flickr

gustavm
9th August 2012, 08:40 AM
Just noticed the vert in singapore has 9000 wingmirrors.

peva
9th August 2012, 08:55 AM
Just noticed the vert in singapore has 9000 wingmirrors.
Aren't they standard on the vert. Mine has them as indeed are all the others I see in the UK. The doors have a different leading edge slope on them to the tintop. They probably were designed for the vert and happened to fit the 9000 door leading edge when it was on the drawing board.

jameschong
9th August 2012, 10:11 AM
I am in Awe James :D

I have never met a man yet who can name a pair of sunglasses outside *polaroid* or *bolle*

Let alone name the brand worn by an actor in a movie !!!!

Are you considered a person who pays a lot of attention to detail ?:lol::lol:

I guess your car makes that question superfluous

It's the other way round. Saw the sunnies in Quantum, liked them & searched for them.

SaabCrazee
10th August 2012, 11:52 PM
Great looking vert James!! So... I guess it's going to be published? Pretty cool man! The shades aren't bad either...

That spoiler looks brand new... Must be the climate!

jameschong
11th August 2012, 01:42 AM
Great looking vert James!! So... I guess it's going to be published? Pretty cool man! The shades aren't bad either...

That spoiler looks brand new... Must be the climate!

The writer hasn't decided on the format. It might be a column, a feature or even a book. Who knows.

Re the spoilers, it's been pampered, as has been the car, by being always garaged at home or at basement carparks at the office. Or covered, under the garage, when I'm away or unused for a length of time.

You probably saw the underside of the spoilers, which still has the sheen of the protective layer. The top surfaces are rough and in some areas, pitted, which is why I started a thread around restoring bumpers and spoilers.

After having said that, the clear coat of the paintwork had been redone after I took over the car. The dealer I got it from had done a cheap paint job which resulted in watermarks on the bonnet. I had the clear coat redone some years back and the result is stunning, as you can see from the photos. I don't use anything more than Autoglym car shampoo weekly.

Another thing is the windshield. I don't use any rain repellant or special soap except the same Autoglym car shampoo. But it's squeaky clean throughtout the week, doesn't streak & devoid of oil. All my previous & current other car will get dirty from road grime by the end of the week.

Has anyone experienced the same?

jameschong
11th August 2012, 01:59 AM
Just noticed the vert in singapore has 9000 wingmirrors.

Yes, as Paul/peva said, these are standard on verts. The don't fit non-vert 900s.

gustavm
11th August 2012, 03:02 AM
Pity Ive got a spare set just itching to be used .

buzzook
11th August 2012, 04:17 AM
My recent purchase, sight unseen from Fleabay Oz. The PO said 'blown turbo' which turned out to be 'blown inlet manifold grommet'....:cheesy:

...after a few days of solid cleaning, polishing and refinishing the exterior trim (all bar the Anthracite bumpers and extensions) she's looking a bit better.

Needs loads of work: no electric windows; no cruise; no antenna etc etc...

..but it drives well, so it's all good!! :cheesy:

http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/picture.php?pictureid=6048&albumid=1079&dl=1344672395&thumb=1http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/picture.php?pictureid=6047&albumid=1079&dl=1344672395&thumb=1http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/picture.php?pictureid=6046&albumid=1079&dl=1344672172&thumb=1http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/picture.php?pictureid=6045&albumid=1079&dl=1344672172&thumb=1http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/picture.php?pictureid=6044&albumid=1079&dl=1344672172&thumb=1
http://www.mediafire.com/view/?gkucpvpvq8gzjwc

SOAB
13th August 2012, 04:34 PM
I spy reddit! ;ol;


wheels are finally done, can't wait to get them mounted :cheesy:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8306/7741256926_9aa795264e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennorz/7741256926/)
Ja ist denn heut scho' Weihnachten?! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennorz/7741256926/) by bennorz (http://www.flickr.com/people/bennorz/), on Flickr

Oh my.... PLEASE MOUNT THESE!

How wide are they?

milos
13th August 2012, 05:11 PM
I spy reddit! ;ol;


wheels are finally done, can't wait to get them mounted :cheesy:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8306/7741256926_9aa795264e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennorz/7741256926/)
Ja ist denn heut scho' Weihnachten?! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennorz/7741256926/) by bennorz (http://www.flickr.com/people/bennorz/), on Flickr

I have these in garage with winter tires, all rusted and ugly....

This is inspiring!

I wish I could find center cups like that....

milos
13th August 2012, 05:14 PM
Oh my.... PLEASE MOUNT THESE!
+1

[/QUOTE]How wide are they?[/QUOTE]


5,5

mcfly
14th August 2012, 03:05 AM
Oh my.... PLEASE MOUNT THESE!

How wide are they?

I'm about to leave for a 3 week vacation. Can't wait to be back home and get some rubber on those :p

They used to be 5" and are now 6.5" :evil:

milos
14th August 2012, 03:17 AM
They used to be 5" and are now 6.5" :evil:
It looked like wider than stock at the first sight, but than I thought ''who would make rims wider?''

IronJoe
29th August 2012, 03:56 PM
Now on Trionic 5:

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk64/ironjoet16s/Mobile%20Uploads/D2FE9193-3D54-4D4F-A4C0-16682B275732-1193-00000129E5ABA921.jpg?

Krizzie
29th August 2012, 04:04 PM
What an awesome ride you have Joe, but aren't you missing something? :lol:

How much power are you aiming for?

one more
29th August 2012, 07:52 PM
What an awesome ride you have Joe, but aren't you missing something? :lol:


No the turbulence created by lack of bonnet actually decreases wind resistance, just like the indentations on a golf ball!

peva
30th August 2012, 03:51 AM
No the turbulence created by lack of bonnet actually decreases wind resistance, just like the indentations on a golf ball!
Hmm, quite sure it's not the same thing. You'll be giving people the wrong idea and stripping all the stuff off their cars designed to reduce drag.

AUSSIE900
30th August 2012, 05:12 AM
but aren't you missing something? :lol:



HE sure did Miss something .. .. A close up shot of the blonde in sweatgear as she jumped into the 4 door pick up outside the fitness centre ~

spg1
30th August 2012, 09:04 AM
HE sure did Miss something .. .. A close up shot of the blonde in sweatgear as she jumped into the 4 door pick up outside the fitness centre ~
OK, now you have done it, you will have everyone going back to that picture and zooming in.....I predict many hits. :)

16saabs
30th August 2012, 10:03 AM
drove a 140 miles col;d damp morning lol, with a plastic sheet over engine incase it rained, and hatch removed to go and pick up a perfect bonnet and hatch bolted both on in ten mins then 140 back home, had some funny looks but who cares;ol; had to have the heat on though lol