Saab has always had a reputation for building durable cars. Sometimes press and fans doubted that, but in retrospect this was unfair. An example is the Saab 9000, the long-term car par excellence, which is indestructible with appropriate care. But what about the successor? The Saab 9-5 is said to carry suspiciously many GM genes in itself, how does that affect the durability?
An incorruptible indication beyond all marketing poetry is the biennial main inspection at the surveillance companies. Here facts alone count. Among the older vehicles with high mileage, the Saab 9-5, built since 1997 to 2010, performs above average. Auto-Motor-Sport magazine published the following data for the Saab 9-5: Mileage 100.000 to 150.000 km - 56,4% without defects; Mileage 150.000 to 200.000 km - 44,9% without defects.
As a comparison, one could use the Mercedes E-Class. It doesn't look as good there as it does with our Swedes. With a mileage of 100.000 to 150.000 km only 43,2% are without defects, with a mileage between 150.000 and 200.000 km - only 34,4% are without defects. And the great Japanese don't do that brilliantly either. Take the Honda Accord, for example. Here with a mileage of 100.000 to 150.000 km - 45,7% are without defects; Mileage 150.000 to 200.000 km - 36,6% without defects. The Audi A6 and BMW 5 series also do worse than the Swede.
Why is it? Of course, Saab has always placed a certain value on building robust, long-lasting vehicles. But which is frankly only one side. Many fans maintain their Saab 9-5, the first examples are now more than 15 years old, with a lot of dedication. They invest a lot of money each year in maintenance what drivers of a Honda, Mazda or old E-Class probably wouldn't do. A Saab is just "more than a car"As the campaign of the Saab Parts AB months ago correctly determined. For some, a Saab is a kind of family member to take care of, and Saab benefits from fans' brand loyalty. This is reflected in the statistics.
In the neighborhood of Trollhättan is Uddevalla, formerly also production site of the auto industry. Until a few weeks ago, Volvo had a small assembly plant there, which was now closed. Also in Uddevalla is speed Parts At home, a Saab specialist who has a lot of interesting accessories on offer. Including things that are only there.
All the more annoying that it is with the delivery to Germany not work properly wanted. Fans organized via detours and Swedish contacts the shipment to Germany, this was not optimal. But things change and sometimes everything gets better. Incredible, but true, for some months, orders and delivery at Speedparts run really well. Customer service, communication and delivery speed are right, and in the meantime, order number three from Sweden is on the way to the Bavarian city of Untermain.
Of course we test what we buy. We started with the strut bar for the Saab 9000.
Recommended? We wrote about it on our Saab-Youngtimer blog.
Pictures: Mac 9-5 for saabblog.net (1), saabblog.net