Saab's 9-3 navigation system with touch screen is still one of the most recommended systems on the market. Well, there's the matter with the update of the map material we're all waiting for. And it has a certain left / right weakness, so that I now know two places in Germany where the wrong direction is announced although the graph has a different opinion. But those are little things I can live with. There are alternative offers for the Saab 9-3 and one of our readers has tested one of them.
Jörg from Hamburg drives a Saab 9-3 Cabriolet. The open Saab, it's his third, is from the year 2009. With each new Saab he got more fun with our cult brand. On the subject of alternative navigation solutions and the GPS antenna, he has gained experience that could be useful to us all. Jörg writes us:
With my antenna for the GPS at the trunk unfortunately the Gummiliegierung became brittle, which looked very unattractive. A new one should cost almost 300 €, too much, I think. That's why I let them paint, which cost the painter 70 € and I think the result is better than the original. In addition, no deterioration in the reception can be determined, the navigation system works properly.
The screen of my navigation system was defective, a replacement part is not provided, so a new navigation system, although only the screen was broken, would have cost me € 3000 and that for a 5-year-old device. There are also problems with the map updates. The last update came with the Griffin models and is already 2 years old. In addition, a DVD costs € 270 ...
The alternative was to install a new 2-din device. I chose one from Alpine. It is new, has better graphics, the navigation system is great with 3D graphics, you can watch DVDs and what is best, it has a DAB + tuner built in, with which radio can be heard in CD quality. In addition to another CAB bus, only a small digital antenna visible on the windshield (see photo) was required. The look of the device is very nice, with a small frame in black piano lacquer - also compared to the original - but in terms of technology, sound and connection options, it is a quantum leap. The device can still be operated via the steering wheel, the phone was called from my car dealership Etehad for 40 € to the original place on the left. A column installed.
Nice encore that these new devices also have Blutooth Streaming, which means I can listen to all the music on my smartphone wirelessly in the car. The price of such a device is 1000 €, with installation and parts it cost almost 1400 € ... The map update appears 1/4 a year and costs just under 90 € with an annual subscription.
As I said, I find it a good alternative to the original in the event of a defect or if you just want an alternative that is up to date. There are a number of devices that are possible, depending on what you want and what the wallet is like, since I have worked intensively on it, I can give you more information if necessary ...
The Alpine solution is certainly also interesting for retrofitting and for those who do not like a "suction cup navigation system". Thanks from Jörg for his report!