Reader's contribution by Thomas
I've been driving Saab for 15 years: I started with an 900er, I got an 9-3 I and 2004 made me feel like 9-5, a station wagon with the notorious (I did not know then) 3.0 TiD- Engine in the Crossmax equipment. An annual car with 30 tkm, so just retracted. He accompanied me faithfully for three more 100 tkm, then I thought, an 9-3 II station wagon would be the right vehicle for me. After three months, I realized: The 9-5 can not be replaced! The 9-3 is the sporty sneaker, the 9-5 the comfortable leather shoe!
So I bought my "old" 9-5 again, and it remained in my possession as a time car until last year. Yes, he also needed new solenoid control valves, but otherwise there was no unscheduled repairs to the mileage of 252 tkm (which other car can claim that?).
As a company car I am currently driving a 9-5 TiD Griffin with Hirsch, 175 PS, I ordered it 2009 one day after the first bankruptcy of Saab in February. After banger wait he came in May 2009. Since then he has run 180 tkm, is still really as new and the only defect was so far: the rear wiper motor. Average consumption over the total mileage: 6,2 l / 100 km.
As a private car is next to a 9-5 2,3t, built in 2006. He was a used-car bargain at a Mercedes dealer with 75 tkm on the clock and an adequate successor to the old 3-l diesel. With 100 tkm he got "the stag" with 220 PS, which really made him a new car. So I am satisfied with my laps with consumption of 9,0 l / 100 km +/- 0,5.
Why am I writing these lines for a blog that is probably only read by Saab enthusiasts? Because I want to encourage all 9-5 drivers to keep their vehicle and not switch to a third-party product due to lack of replenishment. The long-term quality of the Saab vehicles is fantastic. And the design: timeless and unmistakable.
The Saab 9-5 as a station wagon always offers enough space - for passengers as well as for luggage or pets - and the comfort that I value as a driver: the seats are right at the top. For me as a 1,92 m man they fit like a glove, driving 300 km in a row doesn't leave any marks, my back is stress-free despite all the driving.
When it comes to the chassis, I swear by 16 “wheels, as they dampen significantly more than larger rim dimensions. Amenities such as seat heating, auxiliary heating and xenon light round off the matter. I don't need any more car - by that I mean the innovations that have been made by other manufacturers since the end of the 9-5 production: "Assistance systems" (I can still drive and park myself), or variable chassis - please, who needs one “Driving experience switch” needs ... And which station wagon of this size can beat me in terms of diesel consumption? Hardly anyone…
There are some young (a car with under 60 tkm is virtually new to me) used 9-5 in the offer, which are already at rates well below 15.000 Euro. These cars can be confidently bought instead of a foreign brand and drive long. You do not get more car for the money! So a good reason to continue driving Saab.
The 9-5 I is a mature car, a real progress of current vehicles of other brands I can not recognize. So we stay true to him !!!