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Old 09-11-2017, 11:09 AM   #1
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9000 #4

Greetings all!

It has to be said that my recent motoring karma has not been good. This could be traced back to the fateful decision I made to sell this,

2012-06-24144452 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

I loved this car so much - I have never kept a car for as long as I kept this (very nearly 5 Years........)

I sold it because the gearbox was failing and the dreaded rust had started to kick in........Now I realise that I should have got all of these things sorted because from this I got the OG 9-3 Aero which was a nice car but this came to a sticky end when the front wheel came off. Next came the Big red bus ('00 9-5 Aero estate) - which although it looked great, I never, ever bonded with. When the 9-5 started to become a little naughty, Mrs B called time on 'bangernomics' and demanded that we get a sensible and suitable 'modern' car to comfortably seat our now very-much growing 3 children. This led to us buying our XC90 - which to be fair does the job beautifully. This then led me in to selling the 9-5 and then using Mrs B's 9-3 vert. Mrs B as soon as she got her much-wanted XC90, she knew that I wouldn't keep the vert and that she knew I would go 9000 shopping! Of course, as I am not the type to let people down, I started my search.........

What I wanted was a either an Aero or a decent Anniversary. This turned into a long search, mainly because since I got my last 9000 the number of 9000s has all but disappeared!
Eventually, a friend mentioned how he had been to P&P car sales and that they had a real beauty. He had intended to buy this example but then decided I should get it instead. But when I rang P&P they were sorry to report that it had sold. But they suggested I get in contact with DCA Saab as they thought that they might have a 'few' Anniversaries.... So I did - they said that they did indeed have 3 awaiting attention. Daniel at DCA promised he would go up to their yard and see what they were like and pull out the best one. This turned out to be a '97 2.3 FPT auto in Scarab green. Here are the initial pictures he sent me of the said car;

2.3FPT Anni by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

2.3FPT Anni by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

2.3FPT Anni by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

2.3FPT Anni by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Suitably interested, I asked for more information. They told me that it had full S/H (mainly Main agents and the rest Independent specialists - 19 stamps in all!) and that it had done 123k.

So with that I organised to go view during this past week - however as is often the case with family life plans didn't go to plan. I was then faced with the prospect of cadging lifts and using public transport for another half term. With this I took the brave (maybe stupid?) decision to buy the car 'blind' and get it delivered.........scary stuff!

So the 9000 was listed on Uship and eventually I agreed to have it delivered on Saturday. So when it arrived looking like this;

20171028_145210 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20171028_145242 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20171028_145526 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20171028_145710 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20171029_114848 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20171029_114853 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

The spoiler was particuarly manky........

20171028_145535 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

But generally the car is sound and pretty much rust free - but boy is it ever grimy and dirty!

So fast forward to today I was set about giving her possibly the most thorough detail she had have in many a year - this was the regime;

Washed using G3 bodyshop prep shampoo
Clay mitt (G3)
Washed again with Megs Gold class shampoo
Megs Ultimate compound
Scratches treated with G3 scratch paste (loads have now gone!)
3 coats of Autoglym Super resin polish
2 coats of Autoglym HD wax
Interior - thorough hoovering
Leather cleaned and conditoned (Meguiars mirror bright leather treatment)
Door shuts cleaned - more needed
Tyres dressed using Megs Endurance

After around 4 hours this is how she looked;

20171029_162550 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20171029_162413 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

So what are the priorities?

1. Tyres - they are not good. Looking at quite what to do in terms wheel options. I have always dreamt of set of Exposed nut Superaeros. If not a better set of Anni alloys - in any case a set of Uniroyal Rainsports are the dream

2. Replace number plates - these are ordered

3. Replace front and rear badges

4. Get the code for the head unit - this is being addressed this week too. Now done and working, sort of.......

5. Get the central locking working - module is needed. Sourced!

6. Get better rear spoiler in Scarab

There will be more.............

But - the main feeling is that I am so delighted to be back in a 9000!

As I have said many times before - 'you gotta love a 9000'!
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:17 AM   #2
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I'm sure the carpets will clean up a treat, only quality materials went into these. Fantastic cars, i loved the LPT CSE my father had in 91, and the 2.3 FPT he always got as the courtesy car when in for service !

Look forward to the updates
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Old 18-12-2017, 10:31 PM   #3
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I'm sure the carpets will clean up a treat, only quality materials went into these. Fantastic cars, i loved the LPT CSE my father had in 91, and the 2.3 FPT he always got as the courtesy car when in for service !

Look forward to the updates
They are just great cars! So happy to be back in one.

There has been a few issues since last I updated this thread........

1. Oil leak - this 'seemed' like potentially a major problem - but it turned out to be a leak coming from the oil feed on the turbo which in turn was dropping on to the exhaust......you can only imagine the smell and then one night the clouds of blue smoke. Pretty scary stuff!

2. Thermostat needs replacing - at the same time the coolant will be fully flushed, silicone hoses fitted and maybe a new header tank (now genuine Saab ones are available).

I have a couple of questions that really need images to illustrate my points;

1. Wrinkled orginal mats - what can be done?

2. Small dent in the bonnet - can this be sorted with a 'smart' repair?

3. Engine bay - as the car was stored for nearly 2 years before I got it the engine bay is a bit of mess........what can be done?

I will add images to show what I mean in due course!
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Thanks for a very welcome trip down memory lane!

I had a black 9000SE about 20 years ago. I loved that car and took it to Norway and Sweden and back on two long summer holidays.

Still the best seats I've ever sat in in a car. You could drive all day long and still be fresh.

But the turbo lag!!

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I will be following this one with interest. Always loved the 9000, particularly the Aero.

Seems like you've got a good'un.
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I had a P reg 9000 Griffin Auto 2.3 for several years. Absolutely wonderful car.
I went from an 'X' reg 9-5 Aero that was its antithesis; night and day. I really never know such a poor car as a 9-5. It makes me angry even now.

I sold the Griffin to a friend who kept it and now has over 300k on the clock, if I recall correctly. For me, it offered depreciation and repair-free motoring. We still have a P reg Volvo 850 Tdi CD Auto estate because it is the cheapest car we could cover 20k miles a year in.

What I noticed is that you can actually witness how that period marked a point when 'old' turned into 'new' in very much a Concorde way. The old Saab and Volvo didn't need traction control because they had well designed mechanicals. I have the bill of sale for our Volvo - it was £33k in 1996 ie more than an XJ6 at the time, or £59k if adjusted for inflation. A new V90 is about £36k.
(http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/b...nged-1900.html)

The 2001 E39 530i Auto I went to after the Griffin wouldn't move on icy carparks that the Griffin didn't even - notice because of its LSD.

It is also notable that these two were the last 'proper' Saabs and Volvos before their respective takeovers. It is comforting to know that these cars didn't offer them a profit sufficient to keep them in business, arguably because they were made too well. It is also notable that the same companies made commercial vehicles that last.
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I will be following this one with interest. Always loved the 9000, particularly the Aero.

Seems like you've got a good'un.
Many thanks for your kind comments!

I would have loved anther Aero, but they are so rare now and good 'uns are quite beyond my means - sadly!
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I had a P reg 9000 Griffin Auto 2.3 for several years. Absolutely wonderful car.
I went from an 'X' reg 9-5 Aero that was its antithesis; night and day. I really never know such a poor car as a 9-5. It makes me angry even now.

I sold the Griffin to a friend who kept it and now has over 300k on the clock, if I recall correctly. For me, it offered depreciation and repair-free motoring. We still have a P reg Volvo 850 Tdi CD Auto estate because it is the cheapest car we could cover 20k miles a year in.

What I noticed is that you can actually witness how that period marked a point when 'old' turned into 'new' in very much a Concorde way. The old Saab and Volvo didn't need traction control because they had well designed mechanicals. I have the bill of sale for our Volvo - it was £33k in 1996 ie more than an XJ6 at the time, or £59k if adjusted for inflation. A new V90 is about £36k.
(http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/b...nged-1900.html)

The 2001 E39 530i Auto I went to after the Griffin wouldn't move on icy carparks that the Griffin didn't even - notice because of its LSD.

It is also notable that these two were the last 'proper' Saabs and Volvos before their respective takeovers. It is comforting to know that these cars didn't offer them a profit sufficient to keep them in business, arguably because they were made too well. It is also notable that the same companies made commercial vehicles that last.
I completely hear you!

I have had 2 9-5 Aero estates, neither held a flame to any of my 4 9000s. Bloody brilliant cars!
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So I have given the old girl a bath and fitted the new number plates;


before;

9000 Anniversary by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20171029_162550 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

and after;

20171219_144526 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20171219_151050 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20171219_144510 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

It is true what they say about the little things, they really do make a big difference!

Next (cosmetically) is to deal with the badges front and rear (I am led to believe these might be coming to me via a man with a long white beard)......

Worried about the rear badge on the decor panel - anyone have any experience of replacing these without causing damage to the decor panel?

Moving onto the engine bay. As you can see from the photos below she was sat for around two years before being recommissioned by DCA Saab before being sold to me. Anyone got any ideas how to get rid of the 'mottled' effect on the metals?

20171219_133334 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20171219_133338 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20171219_133341 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Early in the new year the thermostat to be changed, coolant flushed and changed. Alongside replacing the coolant hoses with silicone ones;

https://www.neobrothers.co.uk/maptun...rol-5365-p.asp

and also one of these;

http://www.saabits.com/index.php?mai...roducts_id=676

I have now done around 1500 miles and apart from the oil leak (now temp fixed) and the frozen door mechanism, she has performed brilliantly. Loving be back in a 9000!
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I do like a nice swede, looking good and now subscribed.
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