eSID (aka extended Saab Information Display)

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Remember this gorgeous Hirsch 9-3 from Norway I posted a few moths ago? Well, it’s back again, and has just been fitted with one of the coolest Saab gadgets I’ve seen, the eSID.

The eSID; aka extended Saab Information Display, has been lovingly created by a former Saab Development Engineer and cleverly collects hidden performance data from your 9-3 and displays it via the standard dash SID.  Its highlights for me would have to be:

Maximum measured torque/power
Acceleration tests
Momentary fuel consumption

Its owner, Erik has kindly sent me a few pictures of his trip to Trollhättan to pick up this uber cool Saab gadget, he also managed to drop in at the Saab factory and museum for a few great photo opportunities.

I can only imagine the fun he had on his trip back home to Norway with the eSID fitted, thanks for sharing this Erik.

Here’s the eSID pdf if you need to find out more.

eSID UPDATE

Not surprisingly, the fantastic eSID seems to have grabbed a lot of people’s interest, so I thought I better add everything I know (thanks again Erik):

It costs 1000 SEK which in UK terms is approximately £90.00. I don’t know much about shipping costs however.
You can contact the eSID design directly via this email saab.esid@gmail.com
And there’s even a demonstration film here

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A Special Car. A Special Feeling

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It’s been an unnerving yet exciting past few years for Saab fans worldwide, we’ve seen the Saab factory close, we’ve seen NEVS take ownership and pride in the Saab brand, we’ve seen the factory re-open, and this week we’ve seen the first few refreshed Saabs come off the production line, how fantastic is that?

I felt extremely proud to see a beautifully photographed, brand new 9-3 Aero on the Saab Cars website (the new leather seats look stunning) and even prouder to hear that they sold at least 15 of them on the first day. We all know it’s getting older, but I have to admit, it looks bloody sexy to me, and I’d still buy it over most other marques even today.

It gives me great hope for the future of Saab, and after experiencing the BMW i3 for a day, I really can’t wait to see what a silent Saab will be like, even in the i3, the acceleration was faster than an M3 0-30, just imagine what a Saab will be like.

Congratulations to NEVS for believing in Saab and for getting this far, I’m right here waiting to put my order in for one next year (if they come to the UK of course).

Made in Trollhattan. A book about Saab

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I only heard about this book a few years ago, it was produced as a special promotion around the launch of the new Saab 9-3 back in 2001 – after months of searching I found a copy.

It’s nicely designed and very Saab, so much so, I went out and exchanged a BMW 5 series for a stunning 9-3 HOT Aero after leafing through its beautifully produced pages. It feels unashamedly Saab, selling the exclusivity and innovation we all associate with owning a Saab.

“How come a car from a small factory, in a small city, in a small country far away can attract people all over the world? Perhaps it is the comfort and the driving characteristics that do it? Or the turbo engine and the performance. Perhaps it is because it is so safe. Maybe it is the design that is the attraction. Perhaps all of it. We believe that people who choose a Saab do so because of its personality. We have 0.3% of the world market and it will probably remain in that neighbourhood. Our goal is not to build lots of good cars, but to build fewer great cars. To own a Saab is to belong to a small group of people, all with their own reasons for choosing a Saab. The common denominator is that you have chosen a car that stands out from the crowd. Welcome to a small but exclusive club. We hope you will remain a member for life”.

Part of my love for Saab has always been its Swedish heritage, and this book captures a little part of that. If you get a chance to buy a copy sometime, grab it, it’s a great thing to have.

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