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Saab has been running nicely - with new turbo and exhaust etc. 

 

So of course driving down to see my mum in London town was a step too far.  After my swim at bedfont lakes, the car started making funny noises... Followed by smoke. 

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Quick check discovered the front drivers side suspension had collapsed.  Autoaid summoned and wasn't long before being loaded up.

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Trusted shifters were consulted along with car adverts.  I was desperate to get a new car but missus Moog was less keen pointing out we are currently buying a house so need to be sensible. 

Plan F was called for.  Parts for Saab suspension kit was.overnighted to my mum's house.  My uncle provided a bucket of tools (literally, most were imperial) and some spring compressors. 

I splashed out on an impact wrench from Amazon to be delivered next day and rummage through my mum's shed uncovered odds and sods. 

 

Everything was delivered this morning. Including a slightly disappointing impact wrench 

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It is more of an impact driver with 1/2 inch anvil.   It is pretty good at doing stuff up but can't shift mega tough bolts. 

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looks like original suspension.  Will swap the others over when I get back home. 

Booked a couple of tyres to be fitted on Friday morning as the drivers one is toast.  

 

Total cost is £500 including tyres and.tracking

 

 

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  • 2 months later...

Been a while since updated this.

Saab has got full suspension all round which means it is a beauty on the motorway. That is useful as in the last month I have relocated north to Kinross for the foreseeable future.

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The Saab has been pushed into commuting duties between Accrington and here - as we empty the house out.

Motorhome did a sterling job moving a load of house stuff and now sitting quietly in corner.

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Mx5 is languishing in Accy - waiting to be brought up here and then sent to a garage to get it all back and running. 0adc8eaffbaf57eaa88c8628d11c6cdd.jpg

Smart - disgraced itself and broke down after open water swimming at Loch Ore. Luckily the engine worked so could defrost after a 5 degree swim. It wouldn't go into gear. Replacement clutch actuator has helped but one of the bolts sheared off so needs removing and then replacing. Also needs brakes bleeding, before its future is decided.
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One of the benefits of moving north is that car insurance plummeted. I also start a job 50miles away in two weeks so only sensible thing to do is buy a cheap commuting car. Mr Northern Monkey had one he was selling do deal agreed.
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I utterly love it - perky and spritely, it handles ok. Motorway didn't phase it at all returned 47mpg when doing 70+ on way up here.

Added Bluetooth radio connection
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It doesn't have a temp gauge which annoyed me so £25 on Amazon and now I am all space age
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Picanto needs a rear boot central locking actuator which is on its way. It also had a set of new tyres as the old ones were comical in wet, using the full 64bhp to light the wheels up on the slightest pull away.

Future plan

Saab -going to be used for trips to Accy and back. Missus Moog will have to spend a week down there once a month so that wil do for now

Picanto - my daily driver - it has made me enjoy b roads again.

Smart - needs some work. It's currently a toss up whether to keep it or not. Roads round.here aren't great so feels a bit out of its depth. Flip side is that is pretty much cheapest motoring you can get.

Mx5 - needs recomminsing and MOT. Plenty of Motorsport places round here so going to chuck it at them and get it set up properly including rolling road tune.

Motorhome - it's fate hangs in the balance. We aren't sure whether to keep it or move it on. No rush either way at the moment.

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That Kia looks amazing man. 
Have you got a link for your cigarette lighter temp gauge?
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It's this bad boy.

You can have temp, volts, speed. Also got compass direction and revs if you want it.

It has obd or gps mode.

Found the speed bit quite useful on the motorway at night.
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  • The Moog changed the title to Moogs Motahs - Eye eye

As you might have sent elsewhere the SMART has departed Moog towers.

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This was mainly due to the purchase of this 

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BMW I3 with rex. 

Absolutely love this car.  The acceleration is brisk to say the least. 

I am commuting one or two days a week with 100 mile road trip which this will do easily. 

Lobbed in some fitted mats and also 3d printed key holder. The mirror indicators are pretty easy to upgrade so did that next 

Pre version - clear with orange bulb 

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Pop off the mirror glass

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Screws undone and pop off the front cover 

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Slotted in

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I think they look better than the standard ones. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, gadgetgricey said:

would be very interested on your i3 thoughts.
I love the look of them but wife is not too keen. Also no rear opening windows for passengers puts her off,

Certainly distinctive - takes a while to learn to drive it.  Literally one pedal only, you can use the brakes but the motor regen is enough.  

I have fallen in love with it already. 

The thing to remember is that it is a city car really. Yes it can do 75 no problem and motorways are a doodle but really designed for city living.  The interior is mega light and airy - would have loved to get one with the sunroof. 

The back is two only but again due the amount of light doesn't feel claustrophobic.  True about the non opening windows but most of the time it is on climate control. 

Other brilliant bits are the app 

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You can set up the climate control remotely so you go out to a warm car.also remote lock and unlock it. 

We are paying £360 a month but that is still cheaper than fuel for the Saab estate.  In Scotland most of the public fast chargers are free. 

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Been off diving for the last couple of weeks - but day before I picked up the Roffle AX.

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It has been sitting outside the house for the last couple of weeks - jumped in it to go to the shops and has started straight on the key. The non starting issue seems to have solved itself.

As Bucketeer suggested, the 1.5D powerhouse of an engine means you become A Man of Momentum

Still has 3/4 of a tank of fuel after doing 160 miles - which is nice.

Jobs to do on it
Source and fit replacement gear knob
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Passenger door mirror replacement
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The alternator is whining a lot - it needs replacing.

Ideally find some diesel front springs and unlower it - the ride at front is quite crashy on bumpy roads.
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The Saab is coming off the road for the following things

Swap out front driveshafts to deal with abs issue
Fit all new rear handbrake shoes and mechanism
Fit new rear brake calipers
Fit new rear brake flexis
Fit new rear wheel bearing to passenger side
Fit front discs and pads
Think a out swapping out the alternator (although looks a shit job)
Try to get it diagnosed with Tech2 for the rad fans - they aren't coming on
Bit of a service

BMW has developed a slow rear puncture which is annoying when tyres are date coded 21.

Motorhome needs a service and then a run out. Not been used much this year.

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Didn't fit unfortunately, I gave it away with a new replacement passenger mirror I hadn't got about to fitting and boot full of spare lights along with the new bottom arms
Forgot about boot full of spares! Will have a look
Knobs - can't you get them from the Peugeot museum?
That's a good lead - had a gander and comes in at £60 delivered which is a bit steep for me
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Every Citroen needs one.
That is lovely :-)
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COWS??? 
What do you keep your cows in?

Wing mirror in the boot didn't work, the bottom plastic thread was slightly cracked so wouldn't tighten. Only worked it out after the billionth time digging the screw out behind my bottle storage
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All the fun of working in car doors
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£6 delivered from eBay got another passenger mirror
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Plus side is that it is smooth as silk for adjustment.

Lobbed a cheap Bluetooth mechless player I had in the garage in.
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Not the sexiest thing, but will do.

This led to the discovery of mono sound
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Drivers side is missing a speaker. New pair of cheapies ordered from Amazon so that stereo should be restored.

It's a great wee car - took a trip to the big lights of Kirkcaldy which on the b roads meant was a hoot to drive.
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