HUD for the Saab 9-5 NG

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 ...

Saab 9-5 with HUD
Saab 9-5 with HUD

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 one electronic elements are grouped around an impressive stiffener. A strut brace 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.

20 thoughts on "HUD for the Saab 9-5 NG"

  • Sorry
    with me the comments came only after I had given my cheese, I will ask in Kiel.

  • Hi Tom,
    what does this fun cost?

  • Impressive inner workings, never seen like this before. The desire in me to swap the 9-3 for a 9-5 NG grows more and more. Has something of construction for the ages ...

    • But only if there is the 9-5 as a convertible

  • HUD is just great and once drove with it always drive with it.
    I can not live without it.

  • Compliment ... That's what I call a strut 🙂 and insulation.

    My first HUD experience was in a car of another (French) manufacturer a few weeks ago, and I was pleasantly surprised. So far, I have always thought it was a gimmick, but it was really pleasant, the presentation contrasted and well legible even in the light.

    Although it is the simpler version of technology, then the aircraft feeling was in the case also given. Instead of projecting onto the windshield, the data was mirrored onto a kind of (electrically) deployable reflex sight. Almost had something of hunter 😉

    • Have in my car also such a HUD, better than none and that really has something of a fighter plane.

      • But it can also have an advantage: Such a device has its projection surface and is therefore more “integral” than a windshield projector, so it is also cheaper to retrofit. In addition, the projection onto a flat surface is easier than onto the windshield, which is usually curved in different directions, which also simplifies the optics.

        And despite top-Gun-Feeling (fits somehow to SAAB;)), the windshield projector is of course already the elegant version.

  • I also have it in my 9-5 NG. Since I drive a US 9-5 he shows me in the Hud the right speed and on the clock only a wrong value. I enjoy the Hud every day and have it always on.

    Since I do not see so well at night anyway, the windscreen bothers me some things and I'm confused. You can see cars partly double .. But ok! I can live with and find it in conjunction with night panel just succeeded and great

    • I did / did not have the phenomenon of “doubling”, and was able to test the before-and-after effect of the different types of discs. I have the impression that the HUD screens tend to reflect a little more than the non-HUD screens. However, only minimally and so that you no longer notice it after a few days.

  • What is the cost of installation?

      • He did not respond to e-mails

          • Hello, Markus!

            This is your email address? Or am I wrong

  • ... and how much €?

    • Torgeir call Markus, who can say the current prices. See you at the Saab Festival?

      • Unfortunately, we are not coming to the SAAB Festival

  • Certainly not bad the original solution, but with your description and the pictures inevitably the cost factor pushes itself into the brain - a whole day of work + parts - for that a decent bundle was necessary, right?
    I know you don't talk about money ...

    • No, you do not talk about it. At least not where everyone can read. Prices are individual and depend mainly on the current availability. That's why I dare not call a sum.

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