Posted by: saabnuts | October 3, 2014

Woody rides again!

Woody and Red matching 02 9-3's

Pictured above are our nearly identical twin 2002 Saab 9-3’s

I think the car in the foreground is the one we nicknamed “Woody” for several reasons, including allowing us to differentiate between our Saabs, which red, 2002 9-3 we are referring to, when talking.

The name is not interesting but that doesn’t stop me from including such boring details ;)

This post is just a little celebration of a few facts.

1) The fact that we are happy our Saab dealer, Valenti Saab in Watertown, CT has retained their excellent Saab techs and is still servicing our old cars.  Thanks also for providing us a wonderful Audi loaner while our car was rebuilt and repaired. Thank you to everyone at Valenti Motors!

2) Woody, like 2 of our other Saabs which we kept for 16 and 17 years, and which were driven daily, on salty (during winter) New England roads, had a little rust issue that resulted in some serious suspension concerns.

Thanks to our talented and willing Saab Tech’s, Woody has a new lease on life and is riding smoothly down the bumpy, windy roads in our area as he did before, and as a Saab should ride…

For now, we remain a 2 driver, 4 car household, proudly and happily enjoying our little Saab fleet.

I wish there were brighter news in the world on the future of NEVS / Saab automobiles.

Like many Saab owners we continue to consider what we will drive if Saabs are someday not a “daily driver” option, but based upon the wonderful treatment we receive at our dealer, we think we will drive whatever they sell and service.

Excellent service is not easy to find and we do appreciate it!

Posted by: saabnuts | September 30, 2014

Mitchell Swedish Beauty Contest 2014 Event

Mitchel Sweidsh Beauty Contest 2014 poster

It’s that time of year again in Simsbury, Connecticut, when Mitchell Saab & Mitchell Volvo are hosting their 33rd Annual Swedish Beauty Contest!

When:  Saturday, October, 18, 2013 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Contact info for Mitchell Volvo and Mitchell Saab

(click address below for directions)
384 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070

  • Sales: (877) 404-7031
  • Service: (877) 418-6464
  • Parts: (877) 425-0258

Thanks to Mitchell Volvo / Mitchell Saab for hosting this nice and friendly event

Posted by: saabnuts | October 22, 2013

Restoration of a Saab 99 website

Saab 99 5 door cardinal red

Quick note and recommended reading for folks interested in restoration of Saabs.

While doing a Google image search I found a site I’ll spend a lot of time reading and enjoying.

Title:  The restoration of a 1977 SAAB 99 GL 5DR WagonBack – link

I’ve always been an admirer of the Saab 99 models and Wagonback in particular.

The site features an impressive amount of documentation of the time and work it takes to bring a car to the stunning condition you will see on the website.

Hats off to the people or person responsible for saving this car and thanks for sharing it with Saab fans like us.

Working on a slew of ideas for some posts here after ages of hibernation, but I can’t promise I will have the time or commitment needed to do more posts “right”.

Posted by: saabnuts | October 19, 2013

Mitchell Volvo & Saab Swedish Beauty Contest 2013 Photos

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Been there, done that, sort of…

Mrs. Saabnuts and me made it to this year’s Swedish Beauty Contest hosted by and at Mitchell Volvo & Mitchell Saab in beautiful Simsbury, Connecticut.

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One of the Volvo 122 Amazon models my wife liked, Sadly I missed a very cool, much older Volvo also on display.

We arrived late and left early due to work schedules and one of us having some back trouble that makes standing or sitting for too long uncomfortable to say the least.

Not as many Saabs and Saabers as in previous years but still some very nice folks as always.

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Sorry I have already forgotten the name of the nice fellow with the 1978 Saab 95 wagon pictured a few notches below.  Really gorgeous car he brought from Massachusetts today, but from Europe before that.  Loved the Euro headlight wipers which you will see below.

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Also met Jordan and Adam from E-Euro Parts.

SUPER nice guys too with Jordan’s VERY cool 99 EMS present at the show.

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Our Viggen stayed home but our 99 Turbo was in attendance.

Nice event, with music from Swedish bands playing over loudspeakers, plenty of extremely friendly Mitchell staff mingling with the crowd, barbecue going and all of the usual generous treats & gifts Mitchell offers to customers and strangers alike.

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I know it is a promotional event for Mitchell Volvo & Mitchell Saab, but I still want to thank Mark Mitchell and everyone there for crippling their dealer for a day to entertain us all.

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We are thankful to have Mitchell and other dealers here who have not abandoned the Saab faithful.

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The Mitchell staff includes folks old enough to have worked on cars like our 99 Turbo when it was new and had friendly and helpful advice even for owners of cars no longer typically supported or serviced by dealers.  We truly appreciate that!

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We were disappointed that Dad couldn’t make this year’s show as he is a LONG time Volvo owner and fan.  We think he would have enjoyed the visit to Mitchell.

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There were many more Volvos at the show than I managed to photograph and I apologize to anyone who went to the trouble of attending and whose car isn’t among these photos, but again we were not able to stay and enjoy the entire event.

We are both fans of the Volvo 1800, 1800S and 1800ES models, and almost purchased an 1800 before we bought the 99 Turbo.

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The wife and I both think the 900 vert above would be a nice addition to our collection of too many Saabs for 2 people.

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The folks at Mitchell know how to torture a couple like us… above are a 9-5 wagon (Estate) and a 2002 9-3 SE, both of which are on are wish list.

Mind you we already own 2, 2002 9-3’s in red, but wouldn’t a third be even better than just 2?  Spare parts anyone?  We like the idea of having our own Saab loaner fleet if one is in for service  ;)

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Another shot of that 9-5 wagon I lusted after… (above)

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To die for (above)… a 1986? 900S.  Original owner, for sale, local to us, garaged, never seen salty winter roads and something like 8,000 or 30,000 on the odometer.  Really low mileage (like our 2000 Viggen with 15,000 on the odometer).

I didn’t take a photo of or write down the phone number because this was beyond tempting although also frankly not in our budget to bring our fleet back up above 4 Saabs.  But someone ought to snatch that car up and love it.

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One last shot of the 2002 9-3 SE that we don’t need but which I really want to add to our Saab fleet, if only to annoy the neighbors with 3 identical cars  ;)

Again my apologies to the many Volvo and Saab owners who brought outstanding cars to the show that are not among my photos.

As much as we thought we would stay longer, I don’t want to abuse having a wife who also enjoys cars and can endure conversations about B and H engine types, CIS, turbos, hot start kits and the rest.  Thank you to my wife too for making it to this show with me!

How many of us can say we are fortunate enough to have a wife at their side saying “don’t sell the 99, I love this car!”?

Posted by: saabnuts | October 2, 2013

2013 Mitchell Saab & Volvo Swedish Beauty Contest Car Show


It’s that time of year again in Simsbury, Connecticut, when Mitchell Saab & Mitchell Volvo are hosting their 32nd Annual Swedish Beauty Contest!

Saturday, October, 19, 2013 from 10 AM to 2 PM


Our 99 Turbo is in that photo above – neat!

We are planning on bringing our Viggen and the 99 Turbo this year and hope to see you there!

Contact info for Mitchell Volvo and Mitchell Saab

(click address below for directions)
384 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070

  • Sales: (877) 404-7031
  • Service: (877) 418-6464
  • Parts: (877) 425-0258

Thanks to Mitchell Volvo / Mitchell Saab for hosting this nice and friendly event.

Posted by: saabnuts | August 27, 2012

Saab Dreams

1976 Saab 99 in yellow

1976 Saab 99 in yellow

Apologies as usual from me for not remembering where I found these photos on line for this post.  That is the result of a late night google image search while being too tired to remember to make notes and cite the sources of the images.  :(

The Saab 99 pictured above is similar though not identical to one of 2 Saabs I looked at as used cars for my first car purchase back in the 1980’s.

If I recall correctly I looked at 1972 and 1974 Saab 99’s, one yellow, and one orange.

Saab 99 combi in orange

Saab 99 combi in orange

Both of those 1st Saabs I looked at buying were the 4 door variants rather than the combi shown above.

One of the other Saabs I looked into buying and test drove, though too new and expensive for my first car budget was a newer Saab 900 GLE or Turbo, though I recall it being a 5 door and cardinal red, I can’t recall with certainty whether it was a turbo or non-turbo, and which Saab wheels it sported.

Whatever the case, these images are representative of the cars I looked at for my first purchase.

I recall not wanting to bring the later model Saab I test drove back to the used car dealer that was crazy and kind enough to trust a teenager like me with it.  It was a car I fell in love with and wanted to own and drive quite badly.  Alas, these were not to be my first car.

Finally I come to my dream and the post title.  Last week I awoke from a dream that the “present day me” was somehow contacted by a (fictional) person, not someone I actually am acquainted with in real life.

This person, I think his name was Dave, as if the name of an imagined person in a dream matters, reminded me that I’d purchased one of those first Saabs I looked at, the yellow one, to be specific, and that I’d paid in advance for a total restoration of the car, and now, nearly 30 years later, the car was ready for pickup!

I am not posting on this blog as often as in the past, but I am still a die hard Saab fan, and wistfully think that we may never have cars I adore as much as the 7 Saabs we’ve owned, 4 of which are still here.

But this dream had me believing that there were 8 Saabs we’ve owned, one of them a classic 99 in a classic 1970’s color.  I could not believe how excited I was in this dream and when I woke up, thinking that we had another classic Saab to love.

A little bit of reality mixed into the dream was of my idiot brother, a mechanic, meeting with me and the person who restored this dreamy Saab of mine, telling me and the Saab mechanic that Saabs are notoriously unreliable.  My well intentioned brother hammered into my head that every car I bought was bad, save for those I purchased later in life that were more in line with his liking, such as American made cars and trucks, which by the way, in reality, were far less reliable than the Saabs we’ve owned and quite dreadful vehicles.

The Saab mechanic and restorer in my dream laughed at my brother with me, not unlike the real life mechanic friend of mine back in the 1980’s who asked “who the hell worked on this car?”, later adding  “Don’t ever let him work on your car again!” (after my brother tuned up and royally screwed up one of my Volvo’s).

My brother’s tune up had my Volvo which WAS running fine before the “tune”, barely running, gasping and sputtering.  From that experience (my first tune up with my brother) I learned both how to and how NOT to tune a car, adjust valves, etc.

But my dream was just a dream, and seemed odd to me to be dreaming of old Saabs, though if you know me in real life, not so strange nor my first dream about Saabs.

I want for nothing more these days, practically speaking, to hear that the people of Trollhattan have jobs again and are designing building something.  Heck if it isn’t turbo charged cars, or electric cars, let it be something, anything.  I agree with Tim from that whatever they build it would be world class.

So this is what a Saab fan like me dreams of; discovering that we own yet another Saab that allows us to keep on driving these amazing machines for years to come.

As much as I admire the new features of more modern cars and still to this minute dream of buying one of the remaining new Saab 9-5’s in our area, with the high tech features and most modern safety, I still lust after a simple older car like the Saab 99.

I’m thinking I will always be a Saab guy.

Best wishes as always to the people of Trollhattan for their decades of work for the brand being rewarded with new and stable jobs… and SOON!!!!

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