: Regular Poster's Cars
12-27-2001, 09:34 AM
Just thought it might be fun to collate a list of the cars our regular posters have, then when anyone is asking any questions they can check out the list to see if someone has the same car as theirs.
Also, if you want to send my pictures and a description of your car, I'll post it on my web site in the gallery.
Pictures in .jpg format please. Mail to :
(p.s. I will disguise the registration plate on all cars... can't be too carefull)
So, to start the record...
SAAB 93 TiD S 2.2 2001. Silver. 125HP. Extras :
Abbott Diesel upgrade to circa 160HP with 250lb/ft Torque.
Abbott Steering clamp.
Aero 3 spoke 16''wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres.
Front mist lamps.
Eibach springs and Koni Dampers.
Saab AS2 Audio with connection to
Ericsson integrated handsfree telephone kit.
And the usual S extras (Aircon, Cruise etc)
Previously owned :
SAAB 900S 2.3 Petrol. 150HP. 1995. Full leather, Philips CD, airco etc..
12-27-2001, 02:35 PM
How sad can you get!!
12-27-2001, 04:20 PM
whats wrong with someone being enthusiastic about their saab?
12-27-2001, 04:31 PM
Nothing, just a bit anarakey. Also its a diesel..But I suppose its economical unlike most saabs....My 900 gets about the same as my ancient 2.8 Granada V6!
12-27-2001, 05:12 PM
Sad it might be...
but this "Anorak" at least takes his car places like Spa, Zandvoort and The Nurburgring.
Diesel it might be, but slouch it is not.
Now what so bad that a members car register can not be built.
P.S. When I had my 911 it wasn't so "anorak" to keep such a list -- what's so bad about Saabs, quarryeff ?
12-27-2001, 06:01 PM
“RANT MODE ON”
I’ll tell you what else is sad,
Each one of you read and replied to this post….
Yes you three, were so sad (to use quarryeff’s word) that on a Thursday evening, you had nothing better to do, but read this post and reply. A post about a car: A means of transport that gets one from “A” to “B”.
Ahh, but you see, to some a car is a little more than a means of transport. I like cars, and I like driving. I’ve been fortunate to have driven some of Europe’s finest roads and tracks in some of the world finest cars. I’ve even had the privilege of owning a few of those cars.
And so, I thought, that just maybe, since this was an internet site dedicated to Saabs, there were some like-minded persons who got more out of their Saabs, than informing us all that yet another thing stopped working or that servicing costs too much.
I thought that just maybe their were other driving and car enthusiasts out there who did interesting things with their cars, other than go to work or the odd vacation in it.
After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?
Not that long ago, Saabs were mentioned in the same breath as BMW and Porsches.. now? Hardly ever seen or heard of. Out of all the track days I’ve been to, hardly anyone out there enjoying their Saab.
We’re almost apologetic about our cars… and we now condemn people who do want to talk about them as.. Anoraks..
Well… if that’s the case then guilty as charged…
“RANT MODE OFF”
p.s. don’t get me started on service charges….
12-27-2001, 10:02 PM
aaagh, I feel better now, in not being the only one to enjoy a rant.
That said, I would see your idea as having to aspects.
1. Sad - the compiling of all the info
2. useful - the availability of info as you suggest. Sorry to be blunt but if I had something wrong with my car (rather when), I cant yet see your idea adding more function than this board or Simons. Why? Because the regular posters to this site read most (if not all) of the posts anyway (or is it just me), so an answer is usually forthcoming whether the contributor has the same car now as I do or if they had one in the past.
Maybe Ive missed something??
12-28-2001, 07:18 AM
I'm way OTT enthusiastic about my cars (Viggen & Range Rover Classic). The Viggen is the new addition, and I'm still in the "get home and then open the front door again for one last admiring look" mode. As for the Rangie, I just love going camping with the kids and taking them on a trak and just admiring the unbeliveable ease of the off road performance of the car.
Sad, maybe - but the happiest sort of sad I can imagine!
Happy Saabing New Year to All.
12-28-2001, 08:43 AM
I've had 8 Saabs, loved and hated 'em. Currently love 'em.
But an 85 900 T16 nearly killed me in 1996 when a wishbone broke. I had driven from Bath to Llanddudno but luckily the failure happened in Tesco's carpark when I arrived.
Just 2 weeks ago I owned 3 Saabs, but sense prevailed and I sold my 900S Aero and 9000 Carlsson. Missing them already.
01-03-2002, 04:01 AM
Well, I've never tuned up a Saab (although I made a Spartan once). Bit frightened about the cost/relative loss on sale etc, as I sell every 2/3years, it being a company car bla bla. I'm therefore stuck in the "sell to a Saab dealer for the best exchange" trap.
So I currently have a 9-3 Aero 205 - with Pirelli 7000's on the front :-)
'Er indoors has a 9-3 convertible LPT - "a nice dark blue one"
Extras? I have two Saab 50th anniversary coffee mugs. Which will be the only Saabs I'll ever have which will appreciate.
01-04-2002, 01:28 AM
Personally I don't think Mark's idea is sad at all. I like finding out about other people's cars, much as I like getting to know the people who drive them. And as a result I've made a few friends through the on-line Saab scene - which may also make me sad.
Those with long enough memories will remember the Gallery on previous incarnations of the Saab Pages. Sadly this (along with the rest of the site) is currently dormant owing to (as I understand it) lack of both time and server space.
Anyway, here's my contribution:
2000 9-5 Aero Wagon (174D214D), South African spec. Cosmic Blue with Sand leather. 34,000 km. Most of the extras, including AS3, ventilated / heated seats, etc etc. Contemplating the Abbott ECU upgrade, but I'll probably replace the car in September.
1993 900S Aero Convertible (174D222D), UK spec. Le Mans Blue with Dover Grey leather. 48,000 miles. Abbott Racing charge-cooler, s/s free-flow exhaust, JR air filter - gives around 185bhp.
1992 Audi 500SE, so's I can keep the 900 in the garage when it rains
1971 Alfa Romeo GT Junior 1600, project car
1973 99LE Auto, Polar White, first Saab. Bought to use as our wedding car, now restored and residing in Australia.
1991 900i 16v Lux, Cherry Red (faded!)
1996 9000CSE Eco, Scarabe Green / Sand leather. Fantastic car.
Forgive me father etc. etc.
1. Austin Maxi. Corporation green. Tardis like dimensions. Stopped like a rhino on roller skates and thanks to the interesting handling I'm now automatically qualified to skipper oil tankers. Sold for two CD's.
2. Austin Allegro. So I didn't learn to well! Black, and thanks to the previous 'Shazzer' lady owner, covered in a nice glitter effect. Classy motor with an amazing ability to leak even in a drought!
3. V*lv* 343DL. Just what every 20 year old boy racer wants - not. Reppelled all females at 200yds but on a positive note, did get me through that tricky period where trees, ditches and fences are magnetically attracted to cars. Died when I picked a fight with Satan himself (disguised as a 240DL). The bigger they are the harder they fall does not apply to V*lv*o.
4. VW Polo. 38cc if i remember correctly and brakes that would be weak on a butchers bike. Overtaken by butchers dog more than once. Donated to sister when the pile of windsufing kit on the roof got so high corners became a serious issue.
5. Renault 21 Savanna. Most of windsurfing kit now inside... the smell of wet sails and wetsuit boots will haunt the car for ever! Not much to say, I was 23 and driving a sensible family estate.. at least my mum was happy!
6. Citreon Xantia - pointy, but at least it wasn't a seven seater. Reshaped to be less pointy by a white-van-man and ANOTHER V*lv*.]
7. Datsun Sunny. it was an emergency!
8. Saab 900SE Conv 2.3 - proper job at last so better start spending! 36k miles in 10 months and it didn't bat an eyelid. PX'd for..
9. Saab 93SE Conv 2.0T (00) - lovely.
10. Saab 93SE 5dr 2.0T (01) - Your pregnant??!! Ah well, couldn't fit and windsurfing kit in the soft top anyway!
.. started off ugly, the least said about the middle the better, but in true Beckham style, finishing nicely!
01-04-2002, 06:20 AM
This one is for jb: One of the best bit of prose I've read in long time-well done.
01-04-2002, 06:54 AM
look at www.20v.org (http://www.20v.org) to see how they do it.
Fantastic site in general. (yes I also drive Audi 20v - the 5 cylinder not horrible 4)
01-05-2002, 01:41 PM
jb, I know they say confession is good for the soul, but admitting to owning some of those vehicles???
Look on the bright side, you still have much time to attone for your previous indescretions, and for some of those you need a LOT of time!!
Brilliant posting, nice one!
01-05-2002, 04:44 PM
Alright, I give in:
Standard Flying 9
Riley Kestrel (1100 derivative)
Vauxhall Viva Hc
Triumph 2.5PI Mark II
Triumph 2000 Mark II
Saab 900 5door Turbo 8V
NSU Ro80 (had 4 of these over next 6 years)
(Company Cars - Montego 2litre petrol, Montego Turbo Diesel)
Alfa Romeo Guilletta
Audi 90 Quattro Mark II
Audi 90 Quattro Mark I
Saab 99 Turbo 3 door (thx Julian,great car)
Saab 900 16V Torbo 2 door
Isuzu Piazza Turbo
Subaru XT Turbo
Saab 9000 Carlsson
Saab 9-3 LPT
01-06-2002, 06:31 AM
ooh dear.. the path to enlightenment is indeed a troubled one..
my first car to present car :
87 - Volvo 340DL 1.4 - 5 door
(car had a predisposition to crashing, crashed into things with this car 3 times and still they rebuilt the damn thing - my mother wouldn't let me buy anything else)
93 - VW Golf Mk 3 1.4 - 3 door
85 - VW Golf Mk2 1.8 GTI 8v
(what a laugh that was... didn't stop though)
96 - VW Golf Mk 3 1.8 SE 5 door
92 - VW Golf Mk2 1.8 GTI 16v 'big bumper'
(what a car, recario leather seats - BBS alloys, everything... realy nice car - until I saw the next car)
96 - VW Corrado VR6 storm.
(Dragon green. enough said. my first introduction to how a high performance car should really drive)
98 - VW Golf Mk4 1.6 5 door.
(don't ask... let's just say it involves a wife )
71 - VW Beetle. 1.6 super.
(ooh dear... rain & snow tailout pendulum fun)
And then a break from tradition :
95 SAAB 900 2.3 S
(put me off SAABs for life)
87 Porsche 911 3.2 carrera
(put me on Porsches for life... it was eleven years old when I bought it.. and I used it for daily commuting 60 miles a day, track days, holidays - not one thing went wrong. It went as it should, stopped as it should, just kept servicing it and keeping it in brake components - great car)
96 Subaru Impreza 2000 turbo
(how do you follow your dream car? - you can't - this was a souless car that went very fast)
98 MGF VVC.
(I can't begin to tell you how [expletive deleted] this car was - leaked, overheated - everything.)
2001 SAAB 93 s TiD coupe.
(Decided to get all sensible and family orianted - plus doing huge mileage. - mind you not too sensible.. i've modified the car a little.. )
01-06-2002, 09:32 AM
Hmmm, this one's set to run and run....
1974-77 - 1964 Morris 1000 2 door. Ace car to learn on - new front wing fitted in 20 mins!
1976 - 1949? Austin 10 - sat in the garage 2 years, never got it running.
1977-79 - home-made Spartan 1600 vitesse - what a car!!?? Every student should have one - no student should be allowed one. Very quick till it rained, but I made a profit on it!
1977/8 - Morris 1000 4 door
1978/9 - Morris 1000 convertible - ended up welding the doors in place as it sagged when you opened the door - entry was then by climbing over the boot. What you'd call a fair-weather car. Bought for £100, sold for £550. Probably now worth £15k.
1979/80 - Peugeot 304 convertible. Great till I fell asleep on the M5 (not recommended).
1981-3 Morris 1000 pickup - nicknamed the SAAB Turbo, indicating early desire.
1983-5 No car (lived in London). Borrowed a landrover for a bit - ultimate London car - no taxi driver ever cuts you up.
1985/6 Volvo 240 estate (setting up business)
1986/7 VW polo (business struggling)
1988/9 Peugeot 205 1.6 Gti (business improving). Road-legal dodgem car. top fun.
1989/90 Peugeot 1.9 Gti (thought it would be an improvement on th 1.6 - wasn't)
1990/2 Volvo 740 estate (I was banned for drink/drive for 2 years and so I was driven around in this mobile 'drawing room)
1992/3 88 VW Golf Gti 8v
1993/5 91 VW Golf Gti 8v - BIG bumper, ride like a skateboard.
1994/6 91 Saab 9000 CSE Eco - top piece of kit
1995/6 New Saab 900 2.3 coupé - pedestrian
1996/7 1973 Saab 96 v4 - gorgeous but dying
1996/7 New Saab 900 2.5 V6 5 dr - no fun at all
1997/2000 New Saab 900 Talladega turbo coupé - why oh why did I sell it?
1997/2000 94 Saab 900 2.3 5dr - shopping car.
2000/2 New Saab 9-3 Aero 5 dr - hated it at first, but now improving by the mile (10k so far)
2000/2 New Saab 9-3 150 Convertible - top tourer
01-07-2002, 03:27 AM
So, Fawlty, 2000 was quite a good year then..........?
01-07-2002, 03:56 AM
jb's account of his cars is one of the funniest posts I have read in a long time.
Well done, jb! ;-)