Nov 03 2014

Update: Saab OEM parts 10% off plus free shipping in Canada

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

OMG it rolled away!?

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.



Oct 05 2014

Fall Colours Tour Report

The Tour went very well. Although this weekend’s cool weather served as a reminder that autumn is definitely upon us, this did not interfere with us having a great day out driving our Saabs in the hills of north Peel and Halton. Finishing at the Halton County Radial Railway was a nice way to end the outing. Thanks to everyone who joined us (we had 11 cars and 28 adults and children) and a special thanks to Ed Trejis for organizing the day.

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Sep 08 2014

THIS WEEKEND: Fall Colours Tour, Sunday October 5th

Update 3:

To clarify, we’ll be meeting at the Tim Horton’s in the plaza on the SE corner of Hurontario and Mayfield at 10:00 AM Sunday. Departure on the tour is 10:30 AM. With luck we will be ahead of traffic, and have plenty of time at the streetcar museum without the day getting too long for everyone, particularly kids (hope to see some families come!).

If you are coming from the Mayfield Road exit of the 410, turn left at Colonel Bertram (lights just before you get to Hurontario, turn right into the plaza, and make your way to the Tim Horton’s.

Update 2:

  1. The Fall Colour Tour is open to everyone. You don’t have to be a member of the Club, but we do hope you bring a Saab!
  2. The Club will be covering the cost of admission to the Streetcar Museum. If you participate in the Tour, your admission is covered. This is a great chance to visit the museum and see and ride streetcars from Toronto and from other parts of the province and Canada.
    p.s. Kids love the museum, and the museum is kid-friendly! So bring the family!

Update 1:

The route will be about 65 km. Most of it will be on nice (and hopefully less-travelled) rural roads at 80 km/h. We will pass through Glen Williams, Limehouse, probably Cheltenham, and maybe Campbell’s Cross–I haven’t decided on a couple of route variations yet. We’ll have at least a couple of photo stops in parks on the way.

The streetcar musuem has some food available:

East End CafĂ© for Ice Cream – we try to keep that going until the middle weekend of Oct but with weather – no guarantees. The West end usually has Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, and some microwavable meals as well as pop, chocolate bars, chips.

Also, if people are interested in a “real” meal afterwards, does anyone have a suggestion? We will be a relatively close to Guelph, Rockwood, and Acton, and Milton will be on the way for those heading for the 401. I saw a couple of restaurants at Mohawk Racetrack right by the 401.

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Sep 06 2014

Saabs at the drag races

Come to the Club meeting on September 17th to learn more. Saab content guaranteed.


Aug 26 2014

August meeting report

The Saab Club of Canada’s August meeting was hosted by Paul at GB Auto. Paul started his career working on Saabs and is determined to renew and increase that tradition. GB Auto also has a 10% discount for Club members.

We sat around talking Saabs and enjoying pizza and refreshements provided by Paul–thanks! Afterwards, we had a tour of GB’s facilities.

As a bonus, long-time Club member Rob brought a large box full of specialty tools and parts that he offered to club members who could use them. Thanks Rob!

Aug 13 2014

Winery Tour Pics!

The weather was perfect for this year’s Winery Tour, half of the cars attending were convertibles and it was top down cruising the whole time!

Thirty Bench Wine Makers in Beamsville was a beautiful location for our Meet & Greet. The Winery is well known for some award-winning Rieslings and has some great gift ideas for the the wine lover.

A short drive to Vineland and we arrived at Kacaba Vineyards. Here we were warmly greeted by Production Assistant & Sales Representative Vadim Chelekhov.

Vadim treated us to a great presentation and tasting for our group. His passion and enthusiasim for not only the wine but the way in which Kacaba produces it’s mulitple-award winning wines literally spills out of him!

Kacaba also provided some very delicious cheese plates to go with our Picnic Lunch!

Our next stop was Vieni Wine & Spirits

Steven DiMora guided us on a tour of their very impressive facilities and tasting room.

Our last stop Mike Weir Winery

This winery has a great viewing area and my wife and I often come outside with a glass of White Merlot and just sit back and enjoy the view!

Alyson and I would like to thank everyone that attended this year’s tour. We really hope that you enjoyed the tour, it was great to see some familiar faces and to meet some new ones too!

Here is a link to some more pictures!

I already have some ideas for the next one, if you want to know what they are then I’ll see you at the 2015 Niagara Winery Tour!

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