Aero Update: Touch-up

While waiting for the title and registration paperwork to be completed, things have been a bit slow with the 1997 SAAB 9000 Aero. My younger son, Trenton, and I have cleaned the interior with wipes and started it up periodically to keep the battery fresh. (More about that later.)


Today was a beautiful 70 degree day with clear skies–a perfect time to do some touch-up painting on the variety of rust spots. There were a half dozen quarter size rust spots on the roof as well as some larger rust spots on the rear passenger door. So, I used a wire wheel and Trent treated then painted them.

Back to the battery.

The battery that came with the car tested bad at the local Autozone store. So, after unsuccessfully trying a reconditioned battery, I purchased a new Bosch battery from Pep Boys in Cranberry PA on the way home from work. That battery worked well for a while until something in the car drained it. After talking with my dad and a railroad engineer with electrical experience, it seems that the driver front power seat may be the culprit.

The previous owner told me the car had been sitting for about a year. The SAAB forums indicate that the electronics don’t like to sit for any length of time. That seems to be the case with this car. With the battery attached, the front driver seat will creep forward by itself on occasion. Could this be what is draining the battery? To determine this, I had Trenton remove the fuse for the seat with instructions to start the car tomorrow. The battery has been fully charged as of today, so if it holds a charge we have found the problem.

Redneck or Resourceful?


I noticed this little car’s altered appearance as I exited the Wal-Mart in Fremont, Ohio today. Honestly, I am a sucker for popup headlights or those similar to the bug-eyed Sprite. So, these caught my eye and made me want to look closer.

As you can see in the picture, this may not have been a voluntary accessorizing of the car. Perhaps an accident removed the bumper cover and headlights? Whatever the case, is this a redneck or resourceful adaptation of the original look?


Offroading in a Buick Terraza


Have you ever wanted to drive the access road next to the railroad tracks? My job allows me to do that on occasion. But who would choose to use a Buick Terraza minivan for offroad driving? The dirt/gravel roads have plenty of craters available to navigate. Thankfully, the AWD Buick handled things well and there were no problems.