Is it really 6 years ago? With the last major facelift, the Saab 9-5 has again received an update, which still makes it look current today. For the most part, what we have to admit is also due to the exotic status that the “chrome glasses” have. In this case, it's nice to be an individualist. Competitors look old and tired after four years. Not the Saab.
But the facelift not only brought more reliability for the tried-and-tested technology, and BioPower technology was introduced. The accountants in Detroit celebrated their last big Saab happening in red pencil. Although the basic values were not touched, the 9-5 is still a safe, long-distance Swede. But in some particularly nasty places you could save a few cents ...
While the door panels with wood or aluminum imitation inserts look better from 2006, created with the door handles an impossibility. Made of cheap plastic, badly deburred and permanently creaking, they are a daily nuisance. Although each Saab workshop has its own recipe to master the acoustic cacophony, it is not really satisfying.
The first contact with a car goes through the door handles. If they feel good in the hand, the haptic event is successful, then the car has the first pluses. Poor Saab 9-5. Don't give up - Sweden comes to the rescue in the form of leather-covered door handles!
The original upper shell is covered with leather, the operation is carried out at Eissman Individual in Germany. The new door handles are available in beige, gray and black. The assembly is very easy. Unclip old door handles, new upper shells on it. Finished.
The result is impressive! Although only the upper shells have been replaced, everything looks better and feels like - how the door handle of a € 40 or € 50.000 car should feel. Nothing creaks, nothing wobbles! Bad deburring is a thing of the past. Everything in butter. The pictures only tell part of the truth.
Why not immediately. What would have cost better door handles in the series? A handful of € per vehicle, if that. If you want to retrofit now, you have to pay more.
The set of door handles with black leather currently costs to the 200,00 €, we had paid less. The other colors cost around the 160,00 €. If you are a member of the Swedish Saab Club, you will receive a discount of 10%. The bad news at the end:
The door handles are only available at speed Parts, The provider does not ship to Germany. You do not react to written orders, orders in the shop or emails. So our friend Lars, who lives near Stockholm, organized the thing.
There are only two options. Ask Swedish friends or visit Uddevalla on vacation in Sweden. The place with the Volvo assembly plant is only a few kilometers away from Trollhättan. The door handles, as great as they are, are just a test installation and will leave the 9-5 in the next few days. Because we have decided on another operation 🙂 and the Saab is getting another upgrade.
More from the life of the Saab 9-5 Anniversary comes after a successful upgrade.