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Old 08-05-2018, 09:44 AM   #41
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So yesterday I had a rummage about and found one of the dodgy chinese clamps had failed (around the base of the water pump) - so got it off and then (without removing the hose) replaced it with a good quality one. Pretty tricky trying to tighten & hold in place with only 2 hands! (Mate suggested I didn't remove hose)......but I have driven it around a fair bit and no more leaks (yet!)

Must remember - never use cheapo clamps in the future...........I was warned........
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Relatively cheap fix, although i suspect you'll need to change all the others too for peace of mind.
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Indeed - I have had similar thoughts..........
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Greetings!

Does anyone have any instructions/tips for fitting a CD changer to a 9000?

It will be running of an original Clarion head unit - the changer is a Clarion CDC628.

In all of my other 9000s they have been mounted on the underneath of the boot floor. I guess that is the only place it can go? (other than the side of the boot (under the aerial)?

If it has to go in the boot, has anyone got any experience of fitting them and how to do it?
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I can't help with the CD changer but excellent thread.
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Well - I haven't be able to get any information (anywhere) on how to fit the changer, so I went back to the singe draw CD player.

I managed to get the screws out of the top (which mucho help from the tech dept) which then revealed the following once open;

20180614_162738 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

How do I access the lens (as has been suggested) to clean? :corn:

Anyway, in other news - it is that time again! We (East Anglian Saab Owners club) will be attending the excellent Cars on the Green Show in Bury St Edmunds;

https://www.abbeygateevents.co.uk/carsonthegreen

In recent years there has been something like 30,000 visitors and over 2000 cars on display. So with that in mind I started last night sorting the old girl out - needless to say she was looking a little worse for wear!

20180614_201539 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20180614_201544 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20180614_201555 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

So after a thorough wash - using good old Megs gold class shampoo, Poorboys black hole and a coat (more to come) of Autoglym HD wax (tyres and trim dressed with Megs Endurance) she looked like this;

20180614_214535 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

20180614_214521 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Much to do still - but at least I have made a start. Saturday looks a little wet, so it maybe an early start on Sunday to get her ready to show.

Whilst at Cars on the Green I am reliably informed that I am going to get some help to finally fit the Aero rear seats! Woohoo!
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I can't help with the CD changer but excellent thread.
Very kind of you to say so!
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Old 18-06-2018, 01:18 PM   #48
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So fast forward to Saturday and weather wasn't looking too great - bright sunshine followed by heavy rain. So I started early by attacking the 'mottled' pain on the rear bumper. It is clear that when the car had sat for a couple of years it had been near some foliage and this had left it's mark. I read online (somewhere) that such 'staining' can be effectively corrected by using G3 pro scratch remover (which I had a bottle of - left over from my heavily scratched OG 9-3 Aero I had) - especially when applied using one of the excellent G3 pro applicators - the white one from the duo pack available in Halfords et al.

So I started with pain which looked like this;

20180616_113659 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

here is a half and half (maybe a little difficult to see with such a dark colour) - but clearly better

20180616_113701 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

And when finished with a coat of AG HD wax;

20180616_113706 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

A massive improvement! Very pleasing indeed.

So I was then due to go over to MIL - thinking I would be finished......but I wasn't. So I packed up my gear and continued on her drive. How nice to have the space (and crucially) the light (my parking space has a wall one side meaning without turning the car around, the side closest to the wall often has areas that I miss (especially with such a dark colour).

So a quick wash and then a second coat of AG HD wax all over - pastics/rubber trim dressed with AG bumper care gel, tyres dressed with Megs endurance and a final spritz over with Finish Kare #425 QD and she was done. Earlier in the week I had already gone over the car with Poorboys black hole topped with AG HD wax - she it was a pretty quick session to finish.

Here she is looking pretty good (at least to me......);

9k finished 4 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

9k finished 2 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

9k finished 9 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

9k finished 3 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Finished 9k 11 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

So on to the show - the EASOC group had a better spot than last year, but only issue was that we were parked under lime trees and these covered the cars in a thick layer of sap with then attracted a huge amount of dust and detritus - so she didn't stay looking lovely for long!

Here are some photos of our stand and the cars we had on it;

Cars on the green 3 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Cars on the green 1 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Cars on the green 2 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Cars on the green 4 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

And a second Sonnet!

Cars on the green 5 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Cars on the green 12 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Cars on the green 11 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Cars on the green 10 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Cars on the green 9 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Cars on the green 7 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Cars on the green 8 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

Cars on the green 6 by Mark Blewitt, on Flickr

A lovely day was had by all!

Sadly - I didn't get my back seats swapped. I will get there.........

Plans
1. Sort the sound system

either source another in dash 9000 CD player (as I am sure the one I have I cannot access the lens to clean it - as was the suggestion) or get the changer fitted (although now I need the lead as well as the bracket as the cable I got is not the correct C-bus type.

2. Sort out the ABS light ready for the MOT in late September

I am sure there is more...........
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Just wanted to say that even today those 9000's are some car! especially in Aero guise. Uber comfort, quiet and potent...... Great to see anything of this era looking nice and healthy
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Just wanted to say that even today those 9000's are some car! especially in Aero guise. Uber comfort, quiet and potent...... Great to see anything of this era looking nice and healthy
What kind words!

They are indeed all of those things. Mine is basically a sound car, but at 21yrs old it is going to need some attention. And close up is not as uber clean as the photos might suggest - but then I see in car parks all the time, cars that are way newer looking a lot rougher too!
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