12 months on the road with the Saab 9-5 BioPower. Opportunity for a first conclusion about the great Sweden. But beware ! Driving a Saab 9-5 carries risks and side effects. Likewise reading this report ...
The Saab has seen a lot in the last few months. Was criss-crossing the republic, had a film crew on board and switched at short notice even the indicator. His car life was not boring.
A Saab is a Saab, is a Saab ...
No one warned me in 1992 when I bought a Saab for the first time. With a Saab 900 Turbo you unwittingly got to know strangers. At the gas station, in parking lots ... Saab conversations everywhere. Over the years and the Saab models that followed, the conversations became fewer. To…
... which 9-5 moved into everyday life. A truck stop just before Hamburg. The Saab stashes fuel on the way north. A man with a camera heads straight for me. Would he be allowed to take a photo? Is that the new Saab? Yes, the Saab is not allowed and is not new ... which does not interest him in any way. Photo taken, Saab Fan shines, is happy. And so it continues. With extreme excesses. Two crazy stories:
Parking in the head ...
The A3, just before Nuremberg. It's a summer morning, just after 06:00 a.m. I have an appointment very early, the Saab hums peacefully at 130 km / h towards the metropolitan region. A quiet morning until an Insignia docks. The autobahn is empty, only Saab and Opel.
The box with the flash sticks to the bumper. Civil strife? Speed limit? Missed TÜV appointment? Very slowly, after a small eternity, the Insignia passes by. The young Opel-driving couple almost drop their eyes. Before the Saab is reeved and stepped on the brakes. So that you can once again look at Saab, which must now pass.
Saab spotting on Opel Art. Reversing in the head. Would be good.
Sweden among themselves ...
A red traffic light, a turn lane. The Saab 9-5 is waiting for the green phase. Suddenly a infernal squeal on the parallel track, accompanied by angry honking. A Volvo XC90 has discovered the Saab and made a fierce spontaneous stop.
That drivers behind him cuss, honk, brake, are not interested. Saab is more important. Both thumbs up, Volvo drivers can find Saab good. Incredible.
So it goes on. Especially the drivers of the other Swedish brand, especially when they are sitting in an XC90 or V70, reflect on the Saab. If you are looking for an inconspicuous car, you shouldn't buy a Saab 9-5, there are better vehicles.
One of my favorite Italians has a restaurant on a golf course. There the guaranteed only Saab is parked among a horde of Porsches, Maseratis and the premium herd from Munich, Ingolstadt, Stuttgart. The only car in the parking lot that has finger and nose prints on the side windows after a short time is ... not difficult to guess. Or?
Saab 9-5 and manageability
You warned me. Countless people who are of the opinion that a car longer than 5 meters in the city center is not drivable. Parking garages are hell, Germany is peppered with small, narrow streets where there is no getting through. They saw me already stranded with my thick ship, wedged in between the walls of houses beyond recovery.
None of this happened. Park assist rear and front, reversing camera, and a handiness that you would not expect behind the vehicle. Parking garages are free, as are motorway construction sites. The package is right. And, honestly, I would have bought the box if it had been even longer.
In addition, 9-5 driving is relaxing. On the autobahn you can rediscover the courtesy and consideration of pilots of other brands. Out in the fast lane? Usually not a problem. Even the flying garland daytime driving light group from Ingolstadt grants the Saab a big gap, wants to see what's going on. Go then !
Saab 9-5 & consumption
You can burn more than one tank of fuel on the Kiel - Frankfurt route. With pleasure. Turbo runs, Turbo drinks. Because the turbo with its deer performance increase can run faster than 250 things. If you want! But the Saab can also be economical.
It is exactly 620 kilometers from my carport to the Saab center in Kiel. The Saab has automatic, 19 ″ tires and is a heavy box. Can you get to Kiel with one tank of fuel? You come when you let the speed oscillate somewhere between 130 and 150. The consumption is an 8 in the first place, the remaining range is more than 100 kilometers. So you could go to the Swedish ferry in Kiel and continue with the rest of the tank up to the Stallbacka in front of the Saab plant. You could.
Saab 9-5 & addictive
The Saab 9-5 NG spoils for other cars. Sustainable. Why is it? It is the sum of all things and can only be understood once you have “experienced” the car. The 2 liter turbo developed mainly in Trollhättan is a fascinating, powerful engine. With the relatively light front-wheel drive version, it deals more spontaneously than the V6 can. That's one side.
The other side are the chassis with a long wheelbase, wide track and great handling. And the Saab feeling in the interior. The instruments are a reminiscence of the 9000, everything is clearly defined and arranged soothing. Did you sit down in the excellent sports seats, press the start button, you do not want to get off. You want to drive, drive, drive.
Saab in the snow
It's snowing, and snow is something of the natural environment for every Saab. How does the 9-5 work in snow and ice?
Surprisingly good. The front-wheel drive always has grip, the road is fantastic. Not every car from Trollhättan could convince me that way. The package of seat heating and air conditioning provides comfort in the interior, the chassis provides a clear feedback on the road conditions. Typical Saab.
What does not fit are the fast-polluting side windows. The ice that can form between the rear window and the boot lid and then causes rattling noises. But there must be something to complain about.
Saab 9-5 & quality
There are materials in the interior that are owed to the red pencil. Some things could have been made better, more valuable. These are little things, because there is a lot of love in 9-5. It is - after more than 20 years - the first Saab that does not, but not at all, tend to rattle. With one exception. See Saab in the snow.
In principle, the Saab 9-5 is a traveling safety cage. The extremely strong structure is noticed in every situation; felt quality that lasts a long time. No defects in 12 months?
Yes, the Lightbar gave up. No isolated case, penetrating moisture and vibrations kill the LED part. It is beautiful - not durable and robust. The values of the rest of the vehicle are correct.
There are vehicles that you love. Not every Saab in recent years was a real love, but more owed to brand loyalty. The 9-5 is an automotive love affair, like many Saabs were before it. Buy again? What a question!