The 9-5 NG is a statement of mobile individuality. But can reason also endorse the purchase of the big Saab sedan? Part 2 of our purchase advice deals, among other things, with the important topic of spare parts supply.
A highlight in the 9-5 is the head-up display. In plain language: Saab driving will fly like a jet at night. You switch on the night panel, the cockpit lighting goes out and you fly through the night with the head-up display, relaxed and confident. It couldn't be better!
By far not all vehicles have a HUD, but initial retrofits with original parts have already been successful and possible.
Drive Sense. Necessary or not?
A topic that is often discussed in Saab circles and forums. The first 9-5 copies without Drive Sense were so inharmoniously tuned that they receive no recommendation. Only after the factory holidays 2010 changed the vote and was continuously improved until the end of production. 2011er model years are worth a recommendation even without the electronic suspension. The following applies: the later the production date, the better the setup.
Fundamentally, according to our experts, the Drive Sense is really only noticeable in conjunction with the HiperStrut suspension in the V6. For the 4 cylinders without HiperStrut, only the accelerator pedal and steering response will change, but otherwise the changes made by Drive Sense will not be significant.
Spare parts supply
The situation did not look very good in 2012, the future seemed bleak. But miracles happen where they are not expected, and the situation has noticeably eased since then. A few days ago we checked the inventory in Nyköping, and Orio AB, formerly Saab Automobile Parts AB, has successfully filled the existing gaps in one way or another.
Also the topic with the long not available windscreens is clarified. The supplier, who also supplies the new Saab models from NEVS with discs, is producing again. What I never expected, the situation is better than expected and argues for the purchase of a 9-5 NG.
Saab 9-5 accessories
Hirsch Performance offers various performance kits to optimize the engines. They are all recommended, because the Saab makes with deer as always an extra helping more fun. A good dose of more sound and a sporty driving feel conveyed by the exhaust system from Hirsch. It is made of stainless steel and can still be obtained in small quantities.
The noble part comes from the specialist Sebring and keeps what the great name promises. Unfortunately, it is only available for the 4 cylinder, but can be adapted to the V6.
The carbon leather set for the cockpit of Hirsch, however, gets no recommendation. Sorry deer performance! He looks like it's pasted on and is. But it's not just the look that bothers you. Since you have to work exactly to the millimeter during installation, but usually missed this goal, the operation of the air conditioners after installation is often limited and hakelig. An annoyance that can be ruled out in advance, and the 800,00 € can be saved with a good feeling or invest in other things.
Neutral, however, we evaluate the rear spoiler for the sedan, which is offered cheap in touring package. He looks good, as an alternative, there is still a rear spoiler from Saab, but has limitations. The water does not run off, in winter ice forms on the boot lid when the vehicle is not moved. It simply lacks a drainage option for the water, because the designer has forgotten a small hole.
Get Saab 9-5 NG from abroad
The offer in Germany is manageable, because Saab has sold less than 200 vehicles here. Some used cars are already very long, because the equipment is not very attractive. The biggest offer is in the Netherlands, a Saab stronghold, and in Sweden. There offers blocket.se A large selection. Importing from both countries is relatively easy, but may present some difficulties in Saab's home country. In Sweden, for example, the COC is confiscated and destroyed on leased vehicles; the transport authority issues a Swedish replacement document, which could cause irritation for the German authorities.
Saab partners experienced in importing from Sweden, such as our Saab base in Kiel, should therefore be involved and accompany the import, which has some advantages. Because they can see through the VIN the exact scope of equipment, which can vary from country to country, and thus protect against unpleasant surprises. On arrival in Germany, they help with the preparation of the required documents, so that nothing stands in the way of a problem-free approval with the local authority.
Upgrading - anything is possible.
We have a special situation, as there are still many new cars slaughtered in Sweden from pre-production and testing. It actually brings tears to our eyes, but we can benefit from it.
The administrators have sold a three-digit number of 9-5 sedans and sports suits to recyclers for cannibalization. That is why there is an offer of almost new leather upholstery, navigation and multimedia systems and almost everything that was in the surcharge lists. This makes it possible to configure your dream Saab even three years after the end of production. A limit to the possibilities is only determined by the available budget.
Saab Service Lafrentz In Kiel, the first address for the rebuilding and upgrading of the 9-5 NG model series has made a name for itself in the Saab community and provided (almost all) desired parts from Sweden at reasonable prices.
Model year 2012
You do not have to be a clairvoyant! Models 2012 are already collector's items today, and the 2010 and 11er models will become so in the very distant future due to low unit counts.
However, some parts of the hardware and the software version of the 2012 vehicles differ significantly from the previous years. Routine maintenance via the server is therefore not possible, access by Saab service partners ends there with model year 2011. 2012 9-5 models are - quite clearly - collector's items! Desirable, worth collecting, very rare, but only recommended to a limited extent for daily use.
Price development for the Saab 9-5 NG
Times change. At the beginning of 2012, some Saab partners were still worried about the leasing returns and now they would like to have more. The prices start in a very narrow market around the 20.000,00 €, the average for three year olds at 25.000,00 to 30.000,00 €. Desired models with complete equipment, the right color and low mileage may like to cost a lot more. The 9-5 NG is thus more stable in value than the environment and will remain so.
Maintenance at Saab Partner is mandatory
Like all modern vehicles, the last 9-5 generation also depends on online access, which is only available from Saab partners. The necessary software updates for various components are only available there. If you want to be happy with your Saab in the long term, there is no way around an authorized workshop. There are good partners with 9-5 experience in StuttgartBonn, Vienenburg, Bamberg, Kiel and Frankfurt.
The 9-5 NG is one of the few options in the upper middle class to travel individually. The design will be modern for a long time to come, also because it is not widely used. Prices will keep a certain stability. Simply because it is the last big Saab for a certain period of time and there will always be people who want to be on the road with a Saab.