Saab 9-3 Flex fuel E85 conversion

Saab 9-3 Flex fuel Biopower St1 RE85Last week I had the Stage1 E85 BioPower/Flex fuel conversion made on the 2001 9-3t. With the T7 engine you can drive with regular gas or E85 (85% ethanol) or any mixture between them. The E85 network is pretty sufficient in Finland for my needs, so I’m happy to drive with a slightly more green fuel.

saab-9-3-filthy-fresh-air-filter-replacementThe 9-3 has not been maintained very diligently, so I have been checking all the various things that might need maintenance. Here’s one. I don’t think that fresh air filter has been changed ever… I put in a new one.

Saab 9-3 Powerflex bushes MapTun FinlandAnd just so I don’t run out of things to do I got a full set of Powerflex poly bushes from MapTun Finland.

The 9-3 is a pretty nice car to drive (especially with the Stage1 E85 conversion), but the stock suspension leaves a lot to desire. The bushes are the first remedy, but come the spring I will need to look into throwing in a lowering kit and decent shock absorbers. Probably the MapTun kit with Bilstein shocks.

Saab 9-3 turbo 2001 – Some basic maintenance

During the past two weeks and last weekend I have done some basic maintenance stuff on the 9-3t I bought a while back. As I plan to keep the car for a few years I decided to fix a few issues – namely the brakes (squeaking), timing chain (rattling), and a little rust on the floor pan. It was also convenient to put in a new water pump and drive belt since most of the engine was going to come a part anyway.

The next order of business will be a stage 1 Biopower software. I’m also going to put in some new poly bushes at front. Should be fun to drive after that.

Oh. And say goodbye to the 900. I parted it out and many of the somewhat rare accessories and parts now live on in other Saabs.

A ”new” daily driver: Saab 9-3 Turbo 2001

My old warhorse the 900i 1988 finaly gave up at 430 000 kilometers. Well, actually the engine is still good but the gearbox started to whine. So I decided to sell it off for spares and buy a new daily driver.

So after juggling a bit between an Audi A6 and a Saab 9-3 I went and bought a 2001 Saab 9-3t. Let’s hope it turns out to be as problem free as the 900 was!