My apologies to all who had trouble accessing the website yesterday.
My hosting company, Media Temple, did some major server maintenance to upgrade power supplies, or something like that. I knew there might be some interruptions to service, but it seems the site was offline for around 8 hours or so.
On the positive side, it allowed me an early night, and after a day trying to rid our garden of some of the most stubborn plants i’ve ever met, I needed it.
It’s a beautiful day here today. It’s the ideal day to grab your new digital SLR camera (bought last week), take the car for a wash, head on over to Drew’s and shoot some photos…..except my 900 still has fuel problems.
I had a new fuel pump installed last Tuesday and on Friday night it started exhibiting the same issues again (I don’t drive it every day, hence the delay).
It’s like the car is starved of fuel. It’s idling really low but when you get going, it just seems like there’s not enough juice there. I hate being non-mechanical. Any ideas?
Fuel filter? Injectors?
And another Swade-vehicle update, the Mrs and I chatted the other night about the Viggen.
My argument with the insurance company is now in the hands of the Insurance Industry Ombudsman and I think there’s definitely an argument there to be had. It all hinges on whether Australia’s motorsport governing body, CAMS, actually had jurisdiction over the event. My policy says I’m not covered if they did. I’m saying that they didn’t because they have no guidelines in place to govern the conduct of such an event.
Anyway….should that argument be unsuccessful, I was hoping to raid our mortgage to fund a quick repair. My wife has agreed that this plan would be absolutely out of the question. It didn’t matter that I didn’t agree. She did, and as it’s the only position she’s willing to accept then eventually I’ll come around. Married men know what I mean .
She figures that having bought and sold two 99T’s, bought our 9000, the Viggen and my current 900 in the last five years or so, we’ve spent enough on cars. My opinion that one can never have too many cars, or spend enough on buying them didn’t seem to wash.
So it looks like I’m scrimping, saving, calling in favours and owing people new favours for the next 6-8 months. A new blog may even be started to cover the fixing up issues and any advice on sourcing good, cheap parts will be welcome. That car is part of the lifeblood of this site, so the fix is going to be covered in detail. Might even learn a few things along the way.
There’s a new Turbo X button in the left sidebar, which will take you to the everything you need to know about the Turbo X article I posted earlier this week.
And speaking of the Turbo X – I emailed Autoblog about the fact that they hadn’t covered its US debut this week, and I sent them a link to the abovementioned post, and they still haven’t covered the US launch. I’d have thought it was newsworthy given that pricing for the car and US availability dates were finally made known.
And speaking some more about the Turbo X, I’ve published a bucketload of articles since the US launch last Tuesday, the most notable being the press release with pricing included and Johnny Del’s excellent photos and review of the event. But the one thing I haven’t had to show is video.
Saab History recorded the unveiling on video, so if you’d like to see that, click here.
And in a final bit of Turbo X-ery, Mike B has swapped in some 19-inch Hirsch rims for the standard Turbo X six-spokes. I’m still partial to the original wheels because they are just that, the original rims, and they’re so unique.
But these are definitely alright….
And by the way, several commenters ho have investigated the matter have mentioned that Hirsch will be doing a tune for the 280hp engine in the Turbo X, and presumably the XWD Aero as well. I’ll publish details as soon as they’re forthcoming.