Archive for May, 2001

My 1986 900 still going strong.

Posted on 21. May, 2001 by .

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My 1986 900 still going strong

I recently applied for membership and on your application you ask for interesting Saab stories. I thought you might like to read the story of my 1986 900, purchased for a mere $100.00 3 years ago and still going strong.

My husband is a Wildlife Rehabilitator. The Wildlife Center property where he works includes several “dirt lots” used for storage, and cages, etc. The Staff Veterinarian has also found a unique use for this property–as a home for his collection of “dead cars”. These being cars previously driven that have “given up the ghost” for various reasons such as transmission failure, blown engine, etc. The cars consist of various Toyotas and Subarus. My husband came home one day to tell me his boss had added to the dead cars–one 1986 Saab 900. His boss was purchasing a new Toyota (why I don’t know considering the make of most of the dead cars)and had left the Saab for dead which my husband thought strange because it still ran fine.

We were looking for a second car at the time, just for local driving for my husband and I figured, what the heck, call the boss, find out the scoop, and see what he wants for it. Well, he said it needed some work, was making funny noises, but I could have it for $100.00 if I was interested. You bet I was. Having heard how long lived Saabs could be and having had an uncle with an old 99 that kicked butt in the snow I went to check it out.

The car was full to the top with green trash bags, old food wrappers, papers, and in the hatchback there was a little bird’s nest. Instead of a 5 speed shift lever there was a metal rod and instead of an ignition, there was a screwdriver you had to spin a particular way to start the car. Well, probably anyone else would have run screaming, but I started the poor thing up and actually was able to drive it around (with difficulty) the Wildlife Center grounds. The transmission, clutch, brakes, steering, all felt fine. The “funny noise” was a loose bracket under the hood. The wrong sparkplugs were installed and there hadn’t been an oil change in about 4 years but I figured if the thing could run despite all that and it had only 111,000 miles on it, I had to have it. To make a very long story short, three years later and about $2500.00 in repairs, it has become our most reliable car. My 1993 Dodge Shadow is dying(with only 80,000); I have commandeered the Saab and will ! save it for my 4 year old for his first car(I’m sure it will still be running)!

Elaine J. Laing, Braintree, MA

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Saab invention gives pollen-free zones for allergy sufferers

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2001-05-21

Saab invention gives pollen-free zones for allergy sufferers

Spring brings in its wake large quantities of pollen that cause problems to many allergy sufferers in all corners of the world. But the pollen filter – a 20-year-old Saab invention in the field – makes the car a sanctuary and a pollen-free zone.

The world’s first pollen filter was launched back in 1978 as a standard item of equipment in the Saab 900. Since then, it has been fitted as standard to all Saab cars. The idea originated from Saab, and the introduction of the filter was preceded by collaboration with doctors and Swedish filter manufacturers.

The Saab invention solved the problems experienced by allergy sufferers. Articles in newspapers around the world reported on how people who suffered from allergies chose to sleep in their Saab cars when the pollen count was at its peak. That was the only place where they were assured of relief from their discomfort.

First electrostatic filter
“Although the first filter was effective, we took a major step forward in 1990 by introducing the electrostatic filter,” says Anders Johansson, an engineer at Saab Automobile who has been working on development matters associated with the interior climate in cars.

“The ability of a filter to arrest the very small particles was improved by applying an electrical charge to the filter. Development then advanced in stages, and today’s filter greatly reduces the number of particles admitted into the car, even those as small as 0.25 thousandth of a millimetre.”

In this context, pollen particles are relatively quite big. Birch pollen, for example, can be seen with the naked eye. Pollen filters are now fairly common in well-equipped cars in Europe. In Saab cars, these filters are still part of the standard equipment and contribute towards creating a very clean climate inside the car.

Combined filter cleans and deodorizes the air
“The filters we use today are combined filters,” says Anders Johansson. “They obviously arrest pollen, but they also collect other small particles, including air pollutants such as dust and soot. The combined filter also includes activated carbon that reduces unpleasant and offensive odours, such as those of diesel exhaust gases.”

On certain types of particles, the collecting efficiency of the filter is as good as 99 percent.

“It would be difficult to achieve much better efficiencies than 99 percent without the systems having to be made very complex and tight. Filters are consumables that gradually become saturated with the particles they arrest. So Saab normally recommends filter changes at 30 000 km intervals.”

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Saab 9-5 tops mid-luxury segment in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

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2001-05-21

Saab 9-5 tops mid-luxury segment in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

The Saab 9-5 Sedan and Wagon have been ranked as the Best Mid-Luxury Car in the 2001 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS). The Saab 9-5 moved up to this segment from the Entry Luxury group last year. IQS measures owner-reported problems during the first three months of ownership.

?It is very satisfying that the Saab 9-5 has been upgraded to a segment where it is compared with the BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-class,? said Peter Augustsson, CEO of Saab Automobile AB. ?We believe that finishing at the top of this category shows that the dedicated work that has been done to provide our customers with world-class quality is paying off. In fact, the entire Saab line-up demonstrated significant improvements in the study.?

The Saab 9-5 was introduced to the market as a Sedan in 1997 and as a Wagon in 1999. In different independent studies the car has shown it has world class quality and safety. Apart from J.D. Power and Associates initial quality studies, the 9-5 has been among the safest cars ever tested in the Euro NCAP crash tests.

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Crash safety scholarship for Saab engineer

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2001-05-21

Crash safety scholarship for Saab engineer

Kristina Wiklund, safety engineer at Saab Automobile, has been awarded this year?s scholarship by the Prince Bertil KAK (Royal Automobile Club) fund. She received the award for her work on the development of the Saab Active Head Restraint (SAHR).

Kristina Wiklund has in-depth experience of work on and follow-up of accident investigations within the framework of what is now known as Saab Real Life Safety. In the early 1990s, she was involved in starting the intensified work on preventing neck injuries to the occupants of cars involved in accidents. This led to the introduction of the SAHR in the summer of 1997. The inter-disciplinary work was pursued in cooperation with researchers from universities, hospitals and insurance companies in Sweden and abroad.

?This was a new way of working that opened up new opportunities. We worked hard and intensively on endeavouring to get the car occupants to retain their normal body posture when the car they were travelling in was involved in a rear-end collision. We wanted to prevent the occupants from suffering what is known as relative movements. This was the fundamental problem that needed solving and was part of the objective of the work,? says Kristina Wiklund.

The jury justified its decision as follows: ?The award is an acknowledgement by KAK of your exceptional work in the field of road safety, particularly as regards crash safety.?

The Saab Active Head Restraint (SAHR) was launched in 1997 on the Saab 9-5 and is now a standard item of equipment on all Saab models. The SAHR system has been developed in order to reduce the risks of whiplash injuries by restricting the movements of the occupant?s head when the car is involved in a rear-end collision. The head restraint is connected by a linkage to a pressure plate in the backrest.

On an impact from the rear, the car is thrown forward and the occupant is pressed into the seat backrest, thus forcing the pressure plate in the backrest towards the rear. The linkage causes the head restraint to move upwards and forward towards the occupant?s head to arrest its backward movement before the harmful whiplash motion has had time to begin.

To achieve uniform loading on the whole of the occupant?s back, the seat is designed to spread and distribute the collision forces over the largest possible area of the backrest.

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