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Just a minor niggle - the wooden dash kit on my Aero is slightly dull to look at and it looks totally different to the nice walnut job on my CSE. Did the Aero have a different wood option - the wood looks slightly dull as if it has been in direct sunlight for a long time, I have used non-silicone dash clean on it and it still looks dull

Any suggestions or is it just the Aero spec wood, the car also has a wooden gear knob and the steering wheel is plain rubber - weird spec or what!!
 

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It sounds like your car has been modded by a previous owner.
Aero's never had wood dash kits as standard, it was only a dealer fit option and would be identical to the one in your CSE. By your description of dullness, it sounds like your car may be fitted with one of the aftermarket 'wood kits' that are available, these being of an inferior wood quality to the California Burr Walnut of the genuine Saab wood pieces.
MY96 Aero's had leather steering wheels standard, so it would seem the wheel on your car has been replaced at some stage with one from a 'base' model.
Wooden gear knob, if it's same colour as wood dash, probably aftermarket a well, if same colour as your CSE, probably geniune Saab part.
 

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Is it possible to remove ugly wood dash kit?

I assume that i will have to use some thinners to remove the glue but i recall a Aluminum dash kit available a couple of years ago - does anyone know if it is still available

I have spoken to Saab about my car and they said that the owner specified a non-leather wheel and gearknob.

The interior is also cloth - though it is fitted with Aero style "Wingbacks".
 

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In that case the wood might well be geniune but of a different kind as specified by the original owner.

Cloth seats......ooh err!! Is it one of the two MY93/94 cars made with wool fabric facings or is it a re-trim?

It all sound very pecuililar, can you post some pictures, or what about bringing it to the SSc Southern meet at Tring in Nov, that's not far from you....???
http://www.saabscene.co.uk/ubb/ultimatebb....ic;f=9;t=000290
 

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As far as I can tell it is original - it is a 1st May 1996 Car and even the armrest/door cards are trimmed in the cloth. It is a dark blue/charcol saw-tooth design. As I say all the headrests, double back seat pockets are all there in cloth - I wont imagine a trimmer would have gone to all that trouble!!

I must admit that my local dealer said that he has never seen that trim on a Saab - very weird!!
 

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Have you recently bought it from a Saab specialist, as I recall seeing some pictures of one for sale like this a few months ago....Gilberts is the name that springs to mind...???

Well it definately didn't leave the factory in Sweden with the seats looking like that, it has to be a re-trim. The Saab factory supplied me with the production data of all the RHD Aeros, and only a few early MY93/94 cars had cloth trim from the factory.

It could well be a dealer special from new, although this would have been hugely expensive. Do you know which dealer supplied it new, if so, you could check with them?
Other wise it's a case of trawling through the list of previous owners and contacting them to find out. Would be interesting to know the story behind it.
 

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My 96 Aero has a genuine SAAB wooden dash. I didn't own the car from new so it could have been dealer fitted. However, the laquer over the wood is starting to go a bit cloudy but only along the top where the sun has obviously got at it. I've also a 97 car and same is happening but to a lesser extent . Maybe the protective finish over the veneer on older cars was of a different type.
 

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I did buy that car from that guy in London and bargained hard on the price and he gave me a good deal on my old knackered Golf GTI 16v - whch was absolutely knackered with 198,000 on the clock. The car was a 1 owner prior to me buying it and I believe the car came from a dealer in London (i think it was Saab Bond Street?)

I must admit at the time the cloth put me off but when I drove it the deal was done, it was handey already owning a 9000 CSE of the same vintage so I could spot the potential problems and i knew how they drove. Although the previous owner was a perfectionist on the last service it said investigate wind noise on motorway and they replaced the rear hatch seal, all the bushes, front window seals and even re-damped a section of the dashboard since it was vibrating at speed that cost him £1500 in total!!!

The car is even quiter than my CSE on the road I think that the above changes make it virtualy silent. The car has no damage whatsoever and all the paint os original.

I drove 2 cars being sold privately and they both needing money spending on them and i gave them a wide berth when they both had oil leaks around the head gasket with anti-freeze staining.

The cloth seats heat up a lot quicker than the leather chairs and the stiching and detail is correct to every detail - it must have cost the owner a fortune to retrim everything including the front and rear pull down centre arm-rests, headrests, back of the seats pockets (2 on the Aero 1 on the CSE).

How do you suggest that i find out whether it was a factory special or a re-trim, i could try and get hold of the owner - i have his name and address.

I know when i investigated having a seat re-trimmed in my mini cooper it was £150.00 for cloth and the minis seat is a very basic design!

I have noticed that the trim cose is K35 which i understand means it should have Buffalo Leather - is that correct?

Apologies for all the questions but everyone who sees the car always comments on the interior an dit is nice to have something different!!!
 

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My ´93 Aero has wooden dash (it says Californian walnut on the record) option ordered from dealer when new. It looks very good. Maybe a bit reddish on a bright light.


Also, leather and wood on all the doors





So Aeros do have good looking wood dashes too!
 

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Marko........looks terrific, can't see in the photos, do you have the complete set with the wood panel around the passenger side air vent, on the lid of the centre consle storage box, and window switches as well...??

Aero nutter.....K35 is indeed the code for Black leather, so that confirms the retrim. The original owner obviously had lots of money to burn.......
 

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Thanks John and Aeropilot,yes, I´m new here!
I´m really glad I found this forum

Aeropilot, there´s no wood around pass. vents or window switches, but on the center console there is, also on the center storage console.

Dash facia had minor rattling when I bought the car, but I fixed it with glue. I injected it on the right hand side of the dash, behind wood trim. Now it´s very quiet. And looks good!
Center storage box is funny thing, if you open the box completely, you´ll open rear ashtray slightly too due the thick wood piece on the storage cover.

I´ve never seen woode window switc frames as Saab original. I know they were available as a pare but not from Saab. And you cannot find them on EPC, even though there´s a wooden dash.
 
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