From Saab itself there is no update for navigation in the 9-5 NG. Which is likely to be due to licensing agreements that existed between Saab Automobile AB and GM. That there is still an update to buy, is due to the GM construction kit.
The Opel Ampera, GM's flagship electric car, uses the same system as the Saab. Mind you the Ampera, not the Insignia. Due to the existence of the Ampera - and for the first time I am glad that this vehicle exists - you can contact the map service "here“Order the 2013 update.
In our case, simply select the Ampera as the model, specify the year of construction 2011. Then enter the Saab VIN - the software is now linked to the vehicle - and pay. € 249,00 is not that cheap, but there is already a mobile Nobelnavi. But the software package covers all of Western Europe, saves on cable work, and the software is legal. We already had the topic on the blog.
After two days, the navigation software is on two DVDs in front of me. The installation is simple and well described in the enclosed brochure. But the whole thing needs an extra dose of patience.
After inserting the DVD and entering the VIN, 95 minutes pass before the process, interrupted by a DVD change, is completed. "Here" gives instructions to start the vehicle and of course to let the engine run. That hurts the environmental awareness, but it makes sense. Because the battery could lose its power, the consumer could switch off, and the installation would then be interrupted and incomplete.
After 95 minutes everything is done, the system works as usual. No, there is no Opel flash in the display, no Ampera lettering. Only the map software was updated, the firmware with the Saab-specific software remained untouched. Is the update worth it?
As is usual in the industry, an 2013er version works with late 2012er material. In the Rhine-Main metropolitan area, the fresher material is a relief in the navigation through the cities and the price justified. Updated every two years to stay up-to-date, that's fine. Unfortunately, the Ampera 2015 is taken off the market. Too few buyers! Opel and high tech, maybe (and unfortunately) does not fit all together as expected. Updates, however, there will be a few more years. Nice way!
Finally, the question remains as to whether the update will also run in the 2010er 9-5. Because this year is not selectable at the Ampera. For lack of vehicle we could not test that Orio AB as spare parts supplier does not ask. If the navigation is running at least on the firmware version E40B, this was the current version at the time of installation at our Saab, then the update should not be a problem.
In the meantime, the Orio AB Helpdesk has released the E40D version, which fixes a number of bugs, including issues that could lead to device failure. Saab 9-5 NG drivers should urgently have the Saab partner update them to the current firmware version.
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