A rockfall is a nasty and annoying story - on the one hand! On the other hand, there is the possibility of retrofitting a head-up display in the Saab 9-5 NG.
What my Saab 9-5 is missing is the HUD. You don't really have to have it - you think. And until a rock chip killed my windshield, it wasn't an issue either. However, if it's a new disc, why not one that's fit for a head-up display? In Kiel you do a little persuasion, the initial skepticism disappears, the way is clear!
Head-up display retrofit for the Saab 9-5 NG
The original parts for the HUD retrofit are almost all available. Only a small cable is missing at the time of the rebuild, and that is from another source. The whole action takes some effort. The dashboard has to come out; an opening is cut at the intended location using a template. The original cover frame is fitted. There is no discernible difference between factory installation and retrofitting.
This sounds easy, but takes a lot of time. And requires experience.
It is exciting to see the Saab 9-5 NG naked. The difference between the first and second 9-5 generation is significant. Saab has done more than just a generational change. Where there is quite a bit of air in the old 9-5, the new one has electronic elements grouped around an impressive stiffener. A strut bar in XXL format crouches behind the dashboard panel and makes it clear why the 9-5 NG is a moving safety cage from Sweden.
How does the Saab drive with HUD?
After installing the projection device, the 9-5 is completed, the HUD is activated via software and via the helpdesk. A day's work, done by the Saab Center in Kiel (Link), so goes into the project.
I like the HUD, just because of the Saab plane, which projects it into the disk every time I greet it. The thing is just nicely done and good for the automotive soul.
What counts more are the values when driving at night. Head-up display and night panel form a perfect symbiosis. It seems like the panel has been waiting for the 1993 HUD since its inception in 2010.
If the night panel is activated, the Saab dashboard mutates into a cockpit. It's almost completely dark - the HUD is used to fly through the night. There is no better and more relaxed way to travel; the green lighting is easy on the eyes and much more soothing than the reds of some competitors.
Retrofit the head-up display - or not?
Where there are strengths, there are also weaknesses. Two things stand out. The matt black cover frame reflects slightly in the pane when you are out and about during the day. It's not intrusive and after a few days you don't notice it anymore. When driving through tunnels, the projection unit occasionally reflects the tunnel lighting, which is a bit irritating with small flashes at the beginning.
However, other brands also have these or other oddities.
You could say the head-up display is a luxury. You could refuse it because you can get anywhere without it. Could you! But things change, and it's tragic enough that in 2011 the clocks stopped in Trollhättan.
After a few months on the road with the HUD, the conclusion is positive. In the dark season, you love the head-up display in the Saab. It relaxes the eyes, contributes to a relaxed driving style and is a piece of active safety. In addition, there is a portion of cockpit feeling in the Saab. That alone can make you happy.