Our Wild Goose Chase for a Mythical Amazon

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As I have mentioned, Josh and I are ready for a new challenge. We weren’t really sure what car we wanted to acquire next, but I had secretly been wanting an old Volvo for a while, so I placed a “wanted” ad unbeknownst to Josh. A week passed and no bites, but then all of sudden the phone started ringing. The first call was from an older gentleman who shares my affinity for Swedish iron. He invited us over to take a look at a wagon project and he mentioned that he may have a few other cars we might be interested in. Naturally, we obliged. Read more »

Say So Long To Our SAAB Project

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The journey with my 1987 SAAB 900S has been an interesting one. At times I hated it, but there were times when I loved it too. Many of my updates were filled with negative rants about problems that had to be fixed, but they left out all the utility this Swedish workhorse provided. I truly came to understand the appeal of these tough little cars. SAAB did things a little different and unlike common belief, that is not always a bad thing. Too bad we will never see the likes of SAAB or their 900 again. This was my chance to see what they were all about and I hope that the next owner can have an enjoyable experience discovering it for themselves. So, with mixed emotions we say farewell. Read more »

SAAB Project Update: The Dreaded Starter Swap

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After my gripe session the other day, I decided it was time to get the SAAB back on the road yet once again. After a few quick tests with my trusty multimeter, I determined that the starter was indeed bad. That multimeter has been my best friend when working on this SAAB by the way. It is always a good idea to test components before replacing them because it saves you time and money. Anyway, after picking up a replacement starter from the local auto parts store, I went online to get some pointers before starting the job. Most of the forums were filled with complaints about the task. Some even saying that SAABs were good cars, all except for the location of the starter. Can you spot it hidden under there? I don’t think it was that bad of a job, but it was definitely a challenge that I’d rather not undertake again. Read more »

Rhode Island Amazon: 1966 Volvo 122S

1966 Volvo 122S

Submitted by John M – Just recently while driving around northern Rhode Island my eyes were drawn to a Volvo that I had been curious about for several years now. So I finally decided to stop and ask about the car and to see if it was a simple elegant classic example of Swedish engineering worth saving or just too far gone. So upon pulling into the secluded yard, in which it had resided for many years, thoughts of what could be began to flow like the Mississippi through my mind. Read more »

SAAB Project Update: Ready To Move On

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Can you even spot the SAAB tucked back there in the corner? Well, that is where it has sat for the past few weeks and it’s not just because I have been having more fun with the Mustang and the Miata. After fixing a bunch of small irritants and actually getting her running pretty well, a intermittent no-start has pushed the 900 to the back of the garage once again. I really want to love this much-maligned car, but man, it’s been hard work. Anyone want to take over the job? Read more »

SAAB Project Update: Digital Detective Work

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Now that the Starlet is sold, we need to turn our attention back to the SAAB. If you have been following our project updates then you know that we have been trying to track down a few gremlins. Fuel injection and emissions systems consist of a series of electronic sensors and valves, so we just assumed that the rough idle and stalling was attributed to an issue there. Well, after taking some advice from our readers, we pulled out my trusty multimeter and a shop manual and started doing some detective work. We think you will be surprised by what we found. Read more »

SAAB Project Update: Running Rough When Warm

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We may have celebrated prematurely. After taking the SAAB out on a long drive the other day, the surging idle and stalling issues reared their ugly heads again. So, I went ahead and replaced all the vacuum hoses and one of the cracked intake manifold fittings. It fixed the vacuum leaks, but it wasn’t the definitive solution. That’s okay though because it is better to replace that which is cheapest first rather than throwing money at parts that might not even be bad. New hoses didn’t solve the problem so we will have to continue our detective work. Read more »

Who Needs a Truck When You Have a SAAB?

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The honeymoon is officially over. If you follow the site, then you know I had a lapse in judgment the other day and bought a 1987 SAAB 900 for $1,600. People warned me, but I didn’t listen. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate many of the car’s virtues. Being enclosed in a layer of armored-truck-thick steel does make you feel safe and you really can carry a wagon sized load in the back. With 6 feet of flat depth, this wagonback design has proven its utility on multiple occasions. Now if only I could keep her running… Read more »

My Saab Story

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If you have followed the site for very long, then you know I have a peculiar interest in old Saabs. It hasn’t always been that way though. Saabs and the people that drove them had never really appealed to me. The marketing campaigns about the car’s connection to jet technology never really convinced me either and the yuppie image was not something I desired to project. That all changed though one dark night many years ago… Read more »