If you are returning your car to Gothenburg, find out how to get to Beko Bil in Askim beforehand. This information was NOT provided when I picked up the car.
Mats Alpius handles returns. He comes to work early in the morning and leave by mid-afternoon. Bring your registration documents as well as the blue "home shipment voucher" that you get when you pick up the car.
It helps if you know local geography as the road signs do not indicate a direction (north, south, etc.) but rather which town is in that direction.
Directions (from Arendal-north of the river or Majorna-between the bridge and Gothenburg city center): 1. cross the Alvsborgsbron bridge, signs indicate towards "Molndal, Frolunda Torg" 2. Pass the highway exits of Rodastenmotet, Kungstensmotet, Grinstangsmotet, Hagenmotet, Fiskebacksmotet, Tyaneredsmotet, Frolundamotet, Jarnbrottsmotet. 3. Exit to the right/south at Sisjomotet. If you go further on the highway instead of exiting, you will meet the E6 highway. If you are coming from the E6 highway you will be coming from the reverse direction of the exits listed above. 4. Upon exiting the highway, you will be on Sisjovagen. 5. Turn right at the next intersection (Stora Avagen). 6. Drive one block, on the right is the Juja store, on the left is the Shell/Beko Bil.
After bringing your car to Beko Bil, you don't need to take a taxi back to Gothenburg. Take the 751 bus to Frolunda Torg and take a tram to Gothenburg or take the 88 bus to Marklandsgaten (last stop, takes about 10 minutes, you will clearly see the tram station)and take the tram. The bus stop for both buses is across the street from Beko Bil.
WARNING: As of July, 2006, Beko Bil has moved to a location close to the old location. It's at
Otto Erlanders gata 4
Phone: +46 31-68 68 00
According to the map that I have, use the above instructions except at #3, take the same exit (junction in British English) and go left/north, not right/south. Turn left at Otto Erlanders gata, which is the first major street after you take the Sisjonmotet exit.
Current US spec SAAB's all use gasoline (petrol). Swedish is similar enough to English that you will probably not be confused and accidently fill the car with diesel fuel (which would damage the car). For the 2005 model year, 90 AON octane is recommended.
In Sweden, gasoline is sold as Blyfri 95, 96, or 98. This is unleaded gasoline. Saab says to use at least 90 AON octane gas in the US edition of the owner's manual. The US system of octane (AON) is different from the European (RON) system. Subtract 6 from the European system to get the approximately US figure. So for Saabs, use at least Blyfri 96, 98 will result in better performance/higher compression ratio.
Do not use Diesel or biogas in your car. Also do not use E85. E85 is NOT 85 octane, it is 85% ethanol.
On more than one occasion*, I have heard of European delivery cars being misplaced in Belgium. Eventually, the car is found but it might be lost for 2 months. Check the progress of your car's shipping on http://www.2wglobal.com and inquire if it is not shown. They can then look for your car sooner, rather than later.
*sources: personal communication by M., a 2005 9-3 Arc convertible, postings by Volvo European delivery customers on http://www.swedespeed.com
The red Swedish export number plates may invite burglary. According to the few peoples' reports elsewhere on the internet, this is not a problem in Sweden but may be a problem in countries with a higher crime rate.
If one has a wagon (estate car), I would suggest not keeping any luggage in the car and retracting the cover in the storage area to prove to thieves that there is no luggage in the car.