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Others might have seen this way before me, but I thought I'd still mention that Abbott has reduced the price for its c900 and GM900 springs to £190 - which brings them more or less in line with other specialist offerings. Given AR's reputation on the chassis development front, I reckon at this price the springs are worth a closer look.
What with their recent re-pricing of pre-T7 engine managemnt upgrades, it seems like Abbott are adapting to a more competitive market situation, which must be good news for us consumers.
 

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I agree that Ed has been taking his prices way South. I happen to know for instance that those poly bushing he sells for the 9-3 for an arm and a leg, costs merely a fraction of the price they go for. The actual manufacturer has had to sign a contract with AR that they would not sell those parts to anyone else except AR.
ANd to top it all, ckpaden on SAAB NET has just managed to get a copy of the steering wheel clamp from the VRK at a mere fraction of the AR prices.

I sometimes feel that a few tuners have been milking us SAAB drivers.
 

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Keep in mind that until like three, maybe four years ago (when that main dealer of which the name has slipped from my mind, started to act as adsitributor for Hirsch), there effectively was no competition as regards the newer cars, snd even Trent Saab (the other source for 99/900/early tuning) did not enter the scene earlier than 1997-ish...
Now we have Elkparts/Elksport(?) and far more knowledge/experience of what the Swedish tuners have on offer and at the glossy car mag end of the action, Abbott have had to share the limelight (read: column inches, or rather millimetres -we're still talking Saab, of course) with Hirsch for several years now, so I reckon there's never been as much competition in the field as now.

On the other side of things, every Saab tuner and custom part fabricator is complaining about how impossible it is to extract money from Saab owners - we're generally regarded as a bunch of tight gits, I'm afraid. And then I look at the amounts spent by many of us here (myself included)on our cars, and think - is it really that much better with Scooby, Porsche, Evo, Ford Cossie, Skyline owners? I myself have been on an average salary with not much in the way of fixed costs for several years now, I've been broke all the way and I have still some way to go with my car. Is the modified car scene elsewhere populated by business owners and drug dealers - or is it that our expenditures on our cars gets fragmentated between rather too many suppliers/tuners?
 

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originally posted by Eric:
 I myself have been on an average salary with not much in the way of fixed costs for several years now, I've been broke all the way and I have still some way to go with my car.  [/b]
The story of many a SAAB owners' life . Welcome to the real world !
 
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