A Saab Birthday Gift x 2
It has been a little over one year since I picked up my Turbo X. A pretty decent set of timing that Saab have all but announced the purchase of their company by Swedish super-car designer and producer Koenigsegg (say that one 5 times fast! I’m going with K-Saab). As a Saab fan this is pretty much the best case for what could happen to Saab. Getting picked up by a design focused Sewdish firm – wow. Imagine the cars that could be made. All the Saab fans out there must really be happy. I know I am.
As I said this is 1 full year with my car. With 20,000 miles on her I’m a very happy owner. No mechanical issues, smooth riding, and decent mileage for a car of this type. Now if only PENN-DOT and the birds could be a bit nicer 🙂 To celebrate the occasion I decided to give my car the “Meguiar’s Treatment”, that is a full clay bar treatment. Washing with NXT (I’ve used NXT wash and wax throughout the first year), Meguiar’s clay bar kit with their quick detail as a lubricant, and then a full tap and max job with Meguiar’s Cleaner Wax. I’ll re-wax in a couple of weeks with NXT. Judge for yourself, here’s a few pics of the car. If you zoom in on the hood you can see this is a working car – no toy. The DOT in PA is really brutal – they do not use sand in the winter. They use crushed blue stone and this really is a much more aggressive abrasive than the normal sand. The wide plastic faring on the front of the car is particularly beat up.
I plan to use a paint kit from Saab to re-paint the nicks in the hood, we’ll see how that goes.
I’m pretty impressed with the Meguiar’s clay kit. The car is glass smooth…maybe even smoother than that. It is hard to describe how smooth. More like a polished gem or piece of crystal. End to end the job was about 5 hours. Taping took the longest. There must be a better way, but the results are pretty good I think.