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 »

Sugga Wagon: 1957 Volvo TP21

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When we think of vintage military vehicles, Volvo isn’t the first name that comes to mind, but after seeing this 1957 Volvo TP21 our entire perception of Volvo has changed. Volvo has always been known for building durable vehicles, but this machine is beyond their typical sedan. To say that this was built like a truck would be an understatement, perhaps built like a tank would be more fitting. Sure it is way out of our price range, but if we had the money, we would already be out spinning cookies in an icy parking lot somewhere! We aren’t the only ones who would love to have it, Robert J. would like to own it too, but he is in the same boat we are. Thankfully, he tipped us off to it, in hopes that someone here could save it. Have a look at this 4×4 Military Volvo here on eBay. Thanks Robert for the tip! Read more »

Barn Bundle: Saab 95 Wagons

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What’s better than getting one barn find? How about getting three barn finds for one price? These Saab 95 Wagons might not be every barn finder’s cup of tea, but for any Saabophile or even just the collector that loves the unusual, this bundle deal could be a dream come true or their significant others’ worst nightmare. This bundle is being offered here on eBay with no reserve. Thanks go to Jim S. for this tip! Read more »

Mid-Engined Saab for $2,000

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Normally we try to stay away from modified cars, but this one is so absurd that it deserves a mention. You didn’t misread the title, the engine is mounted mid-ship in this Saab. The seller claims that it one of two known cars and that it was built by a mechanic in Denver for drag racing. It isn’t something we would aspire to, but it might be fun to take around the block. Take a look at the ad on craigslist in Colorado Springs. Thanks Robert for the tip! Read more »

Italian Swede: 1980 Volvo 262C Bertone Coupe

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The owner of this 1980 Volvo 262C Bertone Coupe has decided that it needs to go, so they have listed it here on craigslist in Phoenix, Arizona. It is going to need an interior and a motor, but this rare Swede is being offered for $600. At that price and with only 6k built, it might be worth buying even if it is just to part out so others can keep theirs on the road a little longer. Take a look at this article on Hemmings to learn what made these special. Special thanks go to Horse Radish for the tip!

Vintage Ice Racer: 1969 SAAB Sonett

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Tim W. had emailed us months ago about a former ice racer that he has had sitting in his barn for the past 15 years. We never got around to featuring it, so Tim pulled it out and cleaned it up a bit before listing here on eBay with no reserve. It gets really cold up in Duluth, so he hopes to get it sold before winter sets in. Read more »