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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:44 am    Post subject: The new motor.  Reply with quote

The time has come: Postbox has served me incredibly well over the last three years, easily the best car I have owned in terms of value and outright ability. I was approached by a friend of my boss, who wants something to smoke around in and act as a tow car. He offered me £275 and I accepted - I've had my money's worth over and over.

So, here's the replacement:



2008 SAAB 93 Linear SE TiD 150. 126k, FSH, half leather, cruise, climate, parking beeper doofers (For the wife, I use mirrors like a sane person) and a very odd shade of silver. Silver is not normally my thing, but this is a purpley blue pearlescent silver that really suits the car. My first job is to fit a towbar for my trailer and also some roof rails if I can find them.

It drives spectacularly. It genuinely feels like a new car - no knocks, squeaks, no marks on the interior (No smokers, pets or kids with the previous 2 owners). Pulls well, drives arrow straight and has 4 brand new tyres fitted. Ideally, I'd have liked a Vector or an Aero for the larger wheels and kit, but I'm happy overall.

The garage is currently doing a DPF regen before I pick it up after work. More pictures to follow once I get it home.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh. Posh.

Nice.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Parking sensors?  Your journey to the dark side is complete!

Sounds like a great example.  Enjoy.
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Blarno
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The parking sensors weren't the deciding factor in the purchase....they're just there.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely; always had a soft spot for SAAB, never owned one though and unlikely to in the future, unless it is a mint first gen 900 cabrio turbo with 3 spoke alloys.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks brilliant. All you need now is a black polo neck and a set of steel-rimmed glasses to complete the hip urban architect look!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always liked SAABs, but never really thought of owning one.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, is that a Bentley in the Garage to the right, you have done well for yourself at Mono, Blarno!    
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good choice. I hope it's as reliable and cheap to run as the Mondeo was.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nice, is that a Bentley in the Garage to the right, you have done well for yourself at Mono, Blarno!    


I wish it was mine! The dealer I bought it from has mainly prestige stuff in there - the Arnage, an SLS, original Gullwing SL, C63 DR520, M3s, etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Looks brilliant. All you need now is a black polo neck and a set of steel-rimmed glasses to complete the hip urban architect look!


You mean I can finally get that polo neck out of the wardrobe?
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Blarno wrote:
The parking sensors weren't the deciding factor in the purchase....they're just there.



Hold off buying that double light sabre thingy until we see whether they've become an 'essential' next time, eh?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Good choice. I hope it's as reliable and cheap to run as the Mondeo was.

I hope it turns out to be more reliable than the Mondy !

Is the "semi-electric" number plate KROBE KV
staying or will it be Blarno'd ?

Looking forward to the photos as one of our engineers at work has a similar car of similar age and similar colour
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My plate is going on as soon as the transfer paperwork is dealt with by the typically useless DVLA.

The Mondeo has pretty much been the most reliable car I have ever owned, probably less than 5 days off the road in the 3 years I've owned it.
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My plate is going on as soon as the transfer paperwork is dealt with by the typically useless DVLA.


You can do a transfer online in minutes, I've done them here at work with the customer sitting at my desk picking up their car, as long as you have both V5's in your name you're laughing.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't do it online as the Mondeo has been untaxed at some point in the last 5 years, which seems really silly to me. Means I have to do it via snail mail,
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Looks bloody excellent. Well done man.
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I can't do it online as the Mondeo has been untaxed at some point in the last 5 years, which seems really silly to me. Means I have to do it via snail mail,


That's tedious, because the online system is a revelation.

Very Svedish. You need to take it on a trip to IKEA whilst listening to Abba and wearing blonde wigs and luminous sweat bands.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really like the 9-3, underrated new and a bargain used - as you say a Vector or Vector Sport would be the icing but Linear is a good spec overall.

Nice colour too 😉
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Well done, looks good. The colour suits it very well.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:40 pm    Post subject: Re: The new motor. Reply with quote

Blarno wrote:

My first job is to fit a towbar for my trailer and also some roof rails if I can find them.


Saab wagons have to have a roof rack.

Nice car and as I said previously I'm going to be really interested to hear how you get on with it.
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I've not been in decent enough Saabs to be impressed yet. I once had a leggy and very baggy 95 courtesy car and have been in a couple of 93 minicabs. Yours looks in better condition than any I've been in so I hope it does you well like the postbox did. It's all GM parts so should be reasonably cheap to maintain.
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A friend of mine had a very well sorted and subtly modified 9-5 Aero. It had suspension, engine and brake tweaks and I could not drop him at all, even when it got twisty. I wish I had bought it off him when he sold it.
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I sat behind an black 03-plate 9-5 Aero estate the other day and it caught my attention because it was one of those rare occasions when you see an older car that looks so clean and sharp that it could have just left the showroom. And as a result it looked decidedly smart.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, a big step up in kerb appeal over the postbox! SAABs always had an appeal, shame they're gone. Will look forward to hearing how you get on with it, and seeing it slowly get 'Blarno'd- have you bought a new roll of carbon wrap in anticipation?
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Looks great
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Very tidy.  Any chance of you keeping it clean?
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I'll try, depends how easily it shows dirt.
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You've got the best colour for not showing dirt.  A small amount of effort with a decent wax will make it really easy to keep clean, even semi self-cleaning
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That really has worn its miles extremely well.
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Martin wrote:
You've got the best colour for not showing dirt.  A small amount of effort with a decent wax will make it really easy to keep clean, even semi self-cleaning


Indeed, a good base to move onto proper detailing.
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I wasn't suggesting that at all.  Just thought he could use the time normally dedicated to wrapping bits in carbon effect tape and hand painting various parts to keep it looking nice....
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Low blow, low blow.....
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It's all GM parts so should be reasonably cheap to maintain.


Isn't the engine the Fiat one?

I had a 'courtesy' 156 JTD that was on 148k on Monday and it was impressive responsive for what's effectively an old tech diesel.
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It needs a proper shaped rear plate, not a basic rectangular one.  I hope you troll round the on-line plate supplers and get a custom one for that shape of SAAB; my C-Max wears a rear plate shape designed for Jag XJ's IIRC
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It's all GM parts so should be reasonably cheap to maintain.


Isn't the engine the Fiat one?

I had a 'courtesy' 156 JTD that was on 148k on Monday and it was impressive responsive for what's effectively an old tech diesel.


From when Fiat were part of GM. That engine was in the Vectra too I thought.
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I like my plates with as little yellow or white as possible. I've just bought some short plates with my git plate reg on for when the transfer is complete. It think shaped plates look daft, all that yellow.
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Depends on whether or not you want the plate to be a "feature"... IMHO I think such a huge, odd-shaped recess for a rectangular plate looks daft hence my preference for an oversized, specially shaped plate
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You are both horribly wrong. It is a number plate. It should be the shape and size of a number plate.
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gooner wrote:
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gooner wrote:
It's all GM parts so should be reasonably cheap to maintain.


Isn't the engine the Fiat one?

I had a 'courtesy' 156 JTD that was on 148k on Monday and it was impressive responsive for what's effectively an old tech diesel.


From when Fiat were part of GM. That engine was in the Vectra too I thought.


It is the Fiat engine that GM also used in various vehicles, 120bhp 8v and 150 bhp 16v then various 180bhp+ twin turbo models. Vauxhall also had a 16v 120bhp version in the Astra for some reason.
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Same as my engine I think?
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Depends on whether or not you want the plate to be a "feature"... IMHO I think such a huge, odd-shaped recess for a rectangular plate looks daft hence my preference for an oversized, specially shaped plate


I tend to agree, although I do like the shortened plates for reg numbers with less figures.  The ZT260 just looked better with a big rear plate.  I do have a bit of a like for rectangular import plates on cars, though, too.  Weird, perhaps but I think it just gives a car a very different look.

Anyway, back to the Saab.  Looks fantastic.  I have always liked Saabs since a ride in a 9000 Turbo years back.  At the time it was one of the quickest cars I had ever been in and it felt very, very solid.  I certainly wouldn't rule one out for me in the future.  I have a big liking for the last 95, which has "future classic" written all over it.
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PhilD wrote:
Same as my engine I think?


Pretty much, it seems:

Applications:

   Alfa Romeo 145
   Alfa Romeo 146
   Alfa Romeo 147
   Alfa Romeo 156
   Alfa Romeo 159
   Alfa Romeo GT
   Cadillac BLS
   DR5
   Fiat Bravo
   Fiat Brava
   Fiat Croma II
   Fiat Doblò
  >>>>>>>>>> Fiat Grande Punto
   Fiat Marea
   Fiat Multipla
   Fiat Punto
   Fiat Sedici
   Fiat Stilo
   Fiat Strada
   Lancia Delta
   Lancia Lybra
   Lancia Musa
   Opel Astra H — Z19DT (automatic) and Z19DTH (manual)
   Opel Signum
   Opel Vectra C
   Opel Zafira B
   Saab 9-3
   Saab 9-5
   Suzuki SX4
   Alenia Aeronautica Sky-Y

The last one on that list is a UAV or Unmanned Aeronautical Vehicle - a drone!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great,my best pal had one a while back .I seem to recall the seats were exceptionally comfortable .
Anyway...enjoy !!
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JohnC
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That lot would certainly lower the per unit development cost over time. Not really sure a diesel is the best thing for a stealthy drone though!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnC wrote:
That lot would certainly lower the per unit development cost over time. Not really sure a diesel is the best thing for a stealthy drone though!


It might be stop-start?
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Frank Bullitt
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That list isn't entirely accurate as it basically takes account of all engines using the same 1910cc block but a lot of those are the old JTD units which are really quite different.

The engine in Phil's Punto is the 120bhp 8v Multijet unit.

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