Paul. The increase in performance and the thrill

When you change from 9-3 II to 9-5, it's the ascent to another class of vehicle. It is September, the exit of the Saab friends Saxony has just come to an end. I had brought the 9-3 II to Saxony after being in Frankfurt LED daytime running lights had received.

VW training center. But who cares VW, if you can drive a Saab?

During the exit, I was, more or less enthusiastic, with the 9-3 II on the way, because he has a diesel under the hood. And diesel has never been my thing. But now, finally, the change. Walnut wood, dark leather, gorgeous! The 9-5 radiates seriousness. Even in a little older age. Welcome Home…

Paul has a thrill for me. As always…

The journey goes in the direction of Frankfurt / Main, first over small country roads. Then over the highway. Several 100 kilometers lie ahead of me, and after a diesel day I'm looking forward to each one of them. But Paul would not be Paul if he did not have some thrill.

Already on the way to the motorway, I realize: There is something wrong. The 9-5 does not run as smoothly and culturally as usual, more a bit out of round, inharmonious. On the highway Paul begins to stutter. Not dramatic, but noticeable. I look at the sat nav, see the kilometers that lie ahead of me ... the worry lines on my forehead deepen. In the spirit, I go through what has been renewed. Or, the shorter list, which was not replaced. There remains, as the only item, the ignition cartridge. She will not ...?

The miles pass, the Saab is actually a great travel car. Very serious and full he is on the road. The 19 tires increase the impression. The air conditioning is perfect, the seats super comfortable. When darkness falls, they do H4 H7 lamps a good light, the green cockpit lighting is very pleasant.

If there were not this slight, subliminal bucking, everything would be fine. Will we strand? Somewhere in the deepest Saxony or Thuringia. In the course of my life, I stayed in a car for the first time. That was many years ago - back then with my 1972er MGB. What was not the English Roadster, but my inexperience. And it's a different story from a time when there were no mobile phones.

But the miles pass, Paul jerks on towards Bavaria, and Bamberg is almost within reach. The optimist in me gains the upper hand, an emergency stop Ralf Muckelbauer is discarded, over Schweinfurt and Würzburg it goes on. In the end, Paul and I arrive home well. Meanwhile relaxed, but also a bit helpless.

The helplessness increases, because the good old Saab with the end of the ride also makes the judder. The rest of the season he runs without problems, also proves to be a loadmaster, in which you can stow two antique leather chairs. A high-utility wagon that has more load capacity than an 9-3 II. He drives as if nothing had happened. Jerk-free, rattle-free, comfortable. Great handling, like a modern car. But good, the suspension is almost completely new.

Hirsch performance upgrade for our Saab?

Only the temperament leaves much to be desired. The 9-5 station wagon is heavy, and in the direct comparison to a Saab 9000 with the same engine quite sluggish. But Saab wanted it that way then. Away from the lightweight, away from the avant-garde of a Saab 9000 that GM must have hated. For the 9-5 is just absolutely reputable, a little Mercedes in a positive sense. This is reflected in consumption. The 10 liters are on average, but not much less.

A friend recently gave his 9-5 a deer performance boost. The sedan is almost unrecognizable, it has become agile and so typical of turbo-saab stupidity. Paul would be fine too.

Only: For Paul's model year supplies Deer no more. Maybe, if we get a budget together again for 2018, would you be persuaded in Ruckstuhl and give the good station wagon a power cure? At least I will try.

Even though Mark and I were only able to realize 2017 with the Projektaab a fraction of what we planned to do, it is clear that the old station wagon has become an attractive car thanks to many helpers. With some small defects. Like the SID, which shows no pixel errors only at cool temperatures. Or the shift knob, which is not really nice anymore.

The Saab spends the next few months in the hangar. For the first time in many years he is allowed to spend the winter in the dry. He deserves it. I have time to do a few more things. And we are looking for a new owner for 2018 and donate the proceeds to a good cause.

11 thoughts too "Paul. The increase in performance and the thrill"

  • 7. November 2017 at 12: 35 PM
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    Once you're left lying around, you can always and very sensitively listen into your 9-5.
    Each start the climate, in the state at the red light, one thinks of the first failure of the ignition cassette.

    And then he purrs on the country roads and everything is as it should be.

    Performance increase would be quite nice here, Schaltknauf decays slowly since the summer.

    Greetings Andreas

  • 7. November 2017 at 1: 44 PM
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    Ignition cassette? is not it broken all of a sudden and without advance notice? Just a sudden failure, so it was with me. And the car has of course been left lying. The Swiss yellow angels, TCS, helped me very fast and top notch. When I told him about the failure knew the right thing and brought a detonator with!

    • 7. November 2017 at 4: 55 PM
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      Ignition cartridges can also die "creeping". The described bucking may be a symptom, for example.

      What was the driving profile or the driven speed? 10,2L / 100km according to BC seems to me a bit high. In my stalked (220PS) 9-5 with 4-speed machine was actually always a 8 before the comma, in CH also like an 7. However, I usually drove "French" (130km / h) to 140km / h.

      • 7. November 2017 at 5: 04 PM
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        I think there was a lot of short-haul consumption, and on the highway then like 180. Since the weight plus low power noticeable. A "deer" drives sovereign and not as often at the power limit we the 150 PS engine. In the next few days, with a highway, consumption went down.

        @ Hans S. = The diagnosis is of course the pure exclusion method. Engine was overhauled, turbo is new. With all hoses we should now be through. I hope

    • 7. November 2017 at 7: 00 PM
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      Although I have ignition coils but with me kams suddenly a jerk at the gas on the highway, shut down, nothing more, drove about 150km without something home, two days later in the state extremely geruckelt and 10km drove to the next workshop ... then have the same candles and Rinse replaced ... ..

      For the shift knob and the pixel error, I would look at proxyparts if they have something ... ..

  • 7. November 2017 at 11: 23 PM
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    Hello Tom.
    Again a very exciting and great contribution. Especially the caption at the beginning!

    Tip because of the Pixel Devil, remove the Sid and take out the board. Are only screws and connectors.
    Then heat each solder joint with a small soldering iron. It's just cold solder joints that make the pixels disappear. The solder only has to be heated to the point where it is molecularly reformed and electricity is flowing again.
    Have even read that an iron should be enough.
    In any case, this is cheaper than buying a new one. Just do a half hour job.

    Did that with my successful.
    And yesterday, thanks to the lighting off the radio.

    Old cars. Yippi ya ya, yippi yippi yeh!

    VG Eric

  • 8. November 2017 at 9: 40 AM
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    Hi Tom,

    a really nice and great report - we also have a 9-5 with the same engine from 2000. And yes, our 9000 from 1997 is clearly agile - what do you mean by "Saab wanted it that way"?

    Our 9-5 has H7 headlights - the 9000 H1 the old 900 H4 and our 9-3 convertible 2009 Xenon?

    Is there also a H9 headlight for the 5-4?

    Thanks for a feedback

    GLG Michael

    • 8. November 2017 at 8: 25 PM
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      Of course he has H7. Please excuse the oversight. While Saab relied on innovative lightweight construction in the 9000, the 9-5 got heavier and more conventional. He was, one must not forget, the first rebuilt vehicle during the GM era. The priorities were (given by GM) simply others.

  • 9. November 2017 at 9: 57 AM
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    The 9-5 as well as the 9-3 were, besides the weight, also less agile because the vote of the Trionic7 in contrast to the Trionic5 was another. The T7 vehicles were a bit more "mass-compatible" from the (perceived) power development. On paper, the 9-5 Aero was faster at 100km / h than the 9k Aero, but felt it was much faster with the 9k. Already because the 9k the max. Torque applied earlier.

  • 9. November 2017 at 10: 43 PM
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    I know this kind of thrill. In November 2014 was repaired on my 9-5 (incidentally in Bamberg) the walking stick. After that, the Trionic was a bit confused. Although calibrated by itself, but for the first time the idle speed dropped again and again so far that the engine changed into emergency mode. He did not leave, but between Frankfurter Kreuz and Rüsselsheim my nerves were also thoroughly teased ...

    Two reboots later the run was then cultivated again as always.

  • 10. November 2017 at 1: 56 PM
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    But driving with a SAAB to the VW training has something. The questioning looks of the other training stones were great !!

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