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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 7:49 pm 
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Car Model: 9-5 Aero Estate
Been exiled in the former colony across the other side of the pond for a little over 20 years, now I'm baack and about to be happy Saabing once again.

While in the US I had a 92 9000 Turbo, followed by a 2000 Viggen (Monte Carlo Yellow), a 2001 9-5 Aero Wagon (correct terminology over there) and finally a 2003 9-5 Aero Sedan (ahem).

So after 2 months and one day back home (although I've kept an Audi A3 here for many years), on Tuesday night I was strangely bored and my attention was fatefully drawn to eBay - and you know what happened next.....

Suddenly coming across the car, and with only 29 minutes left in the auction, I saw a largely rust-free and non-running 2005 9-5 Aero Estate with manual, and looking a wee bit sad. 125,000 miles and some apparent throttle body issues it had sat since January. After a little hasty research on MOT etc, and noticing that the location was half an hour away from Abbott Racing's workshops, followed by a huge leap of faith - after 30 minutes the car was mine.

Abbott were accomodating and picked up the car today for analysis.

So standby folks, there's a 9-5 restomod project about to start as I return this car to daily driving service - along with as many Abbott upgrades as I can sneak under the radar of She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Good to be BAACK :park: :idea:

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 8:38 pm 
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Car Model: 95 Aero Auto Est Stg 1 Noobed
Welcome to UKS :wink:

And welcome back to reality. Good luck with the Wagon :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 8:59 pm 
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Car Model: NG 9-5 Aero TTid 2011
Welcome to UK Saabs and i'm sure you'll enjoy the resto and the car. all the best with it.

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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 7:53 am 
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 7:56 am 
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Car Model: 96 V4 & 9-3 Turbo-X
Welcome to UK Saabs.

Just for your information, there are many people on here who can do remapping on Saabs for a lot less than Abbott. Their hardware still has a good rep though.

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 2:17 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:30 am 
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Car Model: 9-5 Aero Estate
And here's the end result - thanks to the SAAB Gods at Abbott Racing....


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:02 pm 
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Car Model: 9³ Aero 250bhp Maptun, Eibach
Hello.
What did they do to the car?
Did you get it remapped?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:04 pm 
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looks good nice wheels

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:30 pm 
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Car Model: 9-5 Aero Estate
The car turned out to be a good candidate, 2005 with 125k miles, although had sat dead for six months having had a broken throttle body and DIC, so job #1 was to get it running. New battery. Sump was dropped and all good in there. Major service all fluids etc.

Turbo no issues, and engine all dry underneath. Abbott ECU remap.

Gearbox very slight whine first and second, new gear selector installed, gearbox oil changed and new clutch kit solved that. At some point I will go for a full rebuild after more miles, and a Quaife LSD, but it's fully sorted for now. Alarm disconnected.

Bodywork accident free and solid apart from lower rear passenger door, the wheel arch same side, scuffs to front bumper and various door dings. Paintwork was redone in those areas and blended in, dings removed. Chrome grille surrounds painted. Wet sanded all over and waxed. Glass all original and will be going for tints.

Brake lines were severely corroded, really bad, so out came the petrol tank and new lines run. All brake discs and pads replaced, calipers stripped and repainted black. All points of corrosion underneath treated and genuine Saab towbar recoated.

Interior was pretty good - carbon gear shift surround was cracked but NEO had a new replacement. Leather interior deep cleaned and reconditioned, along with the steering wheel. New mats, missing rear cargo shelf replaced. Abbott found me a set of Hirsch pedals.

Exterior - the original 17" wheels were nasty, horrid mismatched budget tyres (one the wrong size) so they got chopped in favor of new genuine 18" turbines, and Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres. Front headlights removed, renovated and sealed. Front foglights replaced.

Exhaust badly corroded so full 3" Abbott system installed, 100 CEL sport cat, ITG air filter. Sweet.....

Suspension wasn't bad but replaced with Bilstein/Abbott springs, and a front top strut bar. Bushings replaced. Full alignment obviously.

Oh and Parrott handsfree.

SO that's all folks......it's going to be driven hard and be extremely well maintained, with hopefully many years of saabing ahead. Watch out boring repmobiles and boy racers for that old guy in the old Saab Estate......time to get some miles on it.

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