Jun 07 2015
Apr 29 2015
Apr 14 2015
As in the past, this is your club … to make it better, we need your participation. Please plan to attend and feel free to “stir things up”.
All positions are up for grabs, even if the current member is willing to continue in the role.
Time: 7:30pm start (people start gathering for dinner around 6:30pm)
Feb 18 2015
Jan 23 2015
Here we are in the snow. The thing about Ontario, it’s pretty flat. You don’t have to scale a mountain to be on the “Roof of Ontario”!Update: weather looks promisingly wintry for the next week, so we are confirmed to go Sunday February 1st.
We will meet at 10:30 AM at Tim Horton’s in Shelburne. It’s 800 Main St. West, at the corner of Highway 9/10 and County Road 124 (neé Highwaty 24) at the west end of Shelburne. Depart on the drive at 11 AM sharp. See you there. Bring your snow tires!
See the event listing for map.
By popular demand, the Saab Club will be reprising the Winter Drive. It will take place on either the first or second Sunday in February–the 1st or 8th. Please stay tuned–we need to watch the forecast, which currently goes out to Thursday (and do you trust it anyway?). I’d love to wait until we know what Wiarton Willie predicts, but that’s a little too late. Masybe I’ll take my Saab out to a field this weekend and see if it sees its own shadow.
We’re surely going to have less wintry weather than last year. Hopefully there will still be plenty of snow on the roads in early February.
Nov 03 2014
Update March 2014: free shipping can be had for orders under $100. Best to talk to Budd’s or other Saab dealers for the latest situation. The dropping Canadian dollar is not helping prices, but that’s going to be true of ordering online from any US vendor. I found Saab OEM prices to be still competitive with my most recent orders this month.
Update January 2014: the free shipping is now for orders over $100. You can talk to the parts folks at Budd’s for any questions. Orders less than $100 will still receive reasonable shipping costs–probably much less than many of the on-line places.
Update: ordered Monday, package sitting on the front porch Thursday evening. It was a box plenty big enough to package the Toronto white pages telephone directory (for those of you who remember such things). Inside it, along with some air bladders, was a bulb that’s half the size of the eraser at the end of a pencil (hey, you remember pencils with erasers?).
I just visited Budd’s Saab, which has relocated to South Service Road just west of Dorval Drive. There is no longer a Saab sign, but there are plenty of Saabs in the lot.
Budd’s offers a 10% discount on parts to Saab Club of Canada members. Their prices are MSRP and pretty reasonable.
What is more interesting to Club members who are beyond the GTHA is that, for the very same price that you can order in a part and pick it up, Saab Parts NA offers free drop shipping. What this means is you can phone in your order, and it will show up anywhere in Canada in 3-5 business days via FedEx. No shipping charges, no duty charges. Same as if you ordered the part and picked it up at Budd’s or another Saab dealer. Doesn’t matter if it’s a small part or something big like a windshield or bumper: shipping is free.
Also, if you totally need a part quicker, there is reasonably-priced express shipping available. You probably won’t be able to get a windshield shipped that way anyway, but for say an engine part, it’s a good way to get the part you need in a day or two.
I’m testing out the shipping. I anticipate one of the one-off bulbs in my car will arrive at my house by the end of the week.
Oct 31 2014
The first time I saw this I thought my parking brake had failed and my car had rolled down the driveway and along the facing street.
No, my parking brake is okay. It’s just rare to see a couple of similar Saabs in close proximity! This other car seems to park there a couple of times a month. Never seen the owner, though.