A rock fall is a nasty and annoying story ... on the one hand! On the other hand, this opens up the possibility of retrofitting a head-up display ...
What is missing from my Saab 9-5 is the HUD. You don't really have to have it - you think. And until a rockfall killed my windshield, it wasn't an issue either. However, if a new screen is required, why not one that is suitable for a head-up display? In Kiel you do a bit of persuasion, the initial skepticism disappears, the way is free!
The original parts for the HUD retrofitting are almost all at the Orio available. It is missing at the time of the conversion only a small cable, and it is available from another source. The whole action has some effort. The dashboard needs to be out; with a template, an opening is cut to the intended location. The original cover frame is fitted. A difference between factory installation and retrofitting can not be determined. Reads easy, but costs time.
It is exciting to see the 9-5 “naked”. The difference between the first and second 9-5 generation is significant. Saab has made more than just a generation change. Where there is a lot of air in the old 9-5, in the new electronic elements are grouped around an impressive stiffener. A strut bar in XXXL format crouches behind the paneling of the dashboard and makes it clear why the 9-5 NG is a mobile safety cage.
After installation of the projection device, the 9-5 is completed, the HUD is released via software and helpdesk. A day's work, done by Kiel Saab center, so goes into the project.
How is it going with HUD?
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 matters more are the values when driving at night. Head-up display and night panel form a perfect symbiosis. It seems like the panel has just been waiting for the 1993 HUD since its launch in 2010. Night panel activated, the Saab dashboard becomes the cockpit, has flown through the night almost completely dark with the HUD. There is no better and more relaxed way to travel; the green lighting is easy on the eyes and much more beneficial than the reds of some of our competitors.
Where strengths are, you will also find weaknesses. Two things are noticeable. The matt black cover frame reflects easily in the window when you're out and about during the day. Not intrusive, and after a few days you do not notice it anymore. When passing through tunnels, the projection unit occasionally reflects the tunnel lighting, which is a bit irritating with small flashes at the beginning. However: For other brands, there are these oddities too.
Retrofitting or not?
You could say it is a luxury. You could reject it because you can go anywhere without it. You could! But things change, and it is tragic enough that the clocks stopped in Trollhättan in 2011.
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 the relaxed driving style, is a piece of active safety. In addition, a portion of cockpit feeling comes into the Saab. That alone can make you happy.