As I keep writing about the Saab 9-5 NG, the older generation is falling behind a bit. The predecessors are not forgotten; for all fans of the chrome glasses, there is a Saab video today as Zuckerl.
Actually, the facelift that 2006 refreshed the 9-5 was an emergency operation. The successor should already have been on the market; he was scheduled on a joint platform with Alfa Romeo and Fiat. The new, never released 9-5 got too heavy, the cooperation with the Italians broke up.
The “old” was revised again, with GM deliberately keeping the budget small. The result made for discussion. The design was controversial, and only a few wanted to find the chrome glasses straight away. Even if it anticipated some of the design language of the new Saab generation.
For the values agree under the sheet. After all, the classic 9-5 is the last Saab with the old engines and with the Saab Trionic under the hood. The 5 gearboxes also have the legendary lock in reverse.
Unfortunately, Saab did not use the chrome frame on the V6 petrol engine and withdrew from this segment. A mistake, as it turned out later. The clientele for prestigious 6 cylinder engines continued, and the successor had a hard time gaining market share in this segment. And otherwise? Also we had a few years chrome glasses, it was reliable, unobtrusive, safe. But not the big, automotive love.
I am in Saab today in northern Germany, and what I do instead, you can with Instagram follow. On Saturday the promised Saab 99 Turbo driving report will come on the Youngtimer Blog. And next week it will continue! Changes are emerging regarding the blog and its future ...