Sad in Trollhättan (Part 2 / 2)

The recent Saab past is full of unique pieces and unanswered questions. There they are Hatchback prototype of the Saab 9-5 NG, which were unfortunately scrapped. The 9 5 with the V6 power diesel; the 9-5 pre-series sports combinations that landed at the recycler; the many variants of the 9-5 NG sedan.

V6 FWD - no XWD
V6 FWD - no XWD

Saab 9-5 Turbo6 XWD, according to price list only with automatic to have, there was also manual circuit. Why? Not clear. Another, mysterious Saab is standing on a junkyard near Trollhättan waiting for his dismantling. I was attentive to the 9-5, when going through the terrain, by its unusual paint ...

The only 9-5 NG in green metallic?

The color, a rich dark green metallic, never existed in series. It is this classic Saab color that many Saab 9000 and early Saab 9-5 wore in the first series. Maybe it's not quite trendy, but it's a timeless color that makes cars look respectable and noble. The sedan is doing really well, and in conjunction with the bright interior like the Saab. Why is there only this one car in the paint shop, but no other vehicles in this color? An option for later model years? That too is a mystery.

V6 - front-wheel drive. A single piece.

What at first glance looks like a normal Saab 9-5 NG sedan on a junkyard is, if we look closely, in reality an 3 single item. The Saab 9-5 Turbo6 is ... yes what? A V6 without XWD. 300 turbo PS we know only with four-wheel drive, this has front-wheel drive. There was no official, would only make sense, if the Turbo6 XWD would be considered too heavy and thirsty. He is also, if we are honest. A few kilograms less would have done him good. What was Saab planning with the V6 FWD? An addition to the offer? We do not know it.

The first Saab 9-5 NG?

The Turbo6 sedan in linear equipment - with rear spoiler ex factory and front-wheel drive - is really unique, but only by the fact that here is the first Saab 9-5 Linear of the second series, which has been produced in Trollhättan. The VIN 00001 tells the truth, does not allow for interpretation. Actually !

Because, and that makes the story more confusing, there is the Saab 9-5 NG number 1 at least a second time. The double but official Lottchen with the VIN 00001 is in the Bil Museum. An 9 5 NG Aero V6 Aero with XWD, Gray, US Specification. The explanation for this: The VIN number 1 plays in this case with the equipment code. There is a Linear, possibly a Vector, an Aero with the number 00001.

The fact is, the museum does not have to worry about the exclusivity of its exhibit. Our number 1 from the junkyard, the V6 with front wheel drive, is still relatively complete, the condition good. But his destiny seems inevitable, he is being cut down. Unless a collector has courage, money and luck and can buy the Saab. But it does not look like that afterwards.

Strangers, without very good local relations, have little chance of doing such stories in Sweden anyway. Maybe there is a Swedish Saab fan who reads the blog and knows the junkyard near Trollhättan. The Turbo6 is a collector's item, nothing for everyday use, nothing for approval. And also not serviceable, since the software at Orio does not know this configuration and its components.

If there was a rescue operation, I would be happy! Unique pieces that are part of the Saab story should not end up in the junkyard!

Addendum: There was 4 Saab 9-5 NG in this livery, the featured Saab is the last survivor. The 9-5 V6 FWD was not mounted on the regular tape but "by hand" in Trollhättan.

26 thoughts too "Sad in Trollhättan (Part 2 / 2)"

  • If you read all this, you would think so that there are many mint replacement parts for the relatively rare 9-5 NG right?

    • The supply of spare parts is relatively relaxed. Gaps that can exist as with any manufacturer, are closed by the commitment of Saab partners.

  • Where are the prices for such a vehicle?

    • Unknown. For the 9-5 in Amber-Orange expectations were at 9 - 11.000 €.

  • Why do you offer them to fans at a fair price?

    • They don`t wont those cars back on the road!

  • Top color combination! Green in combination with beige leather is for me still the epitome of timeless elegance. The color will definitely come back - every bet! I once had an 9-5 I AERO in Scarab green metal with light leather and (partial) wooden steering wheel, wooden dashboard and automatic wood lever, so I have never seen again. Also such a car, which I should never have sold ... :-(. Today (hopefully) in Norway.

    • That's exactly how mine was!
      Hingehuched exactly 3 years ago.
      Without equals.

  • I can imagine that the 300-PS-FWD was sorted out because of the driving behavior - 300 PS, which act only on the front axle, that sounds difficult after slippage and understeer when cornering.

  • Actually, such a piece of Saab history should end up in the museum and not on the junkyard ... pity about this unique 9-5

  • Is this a manual or an automatic? What is the name / address of the junkyard? Thanks.

    • Automatic. Scrapyard: Redox Bilfarm, Knuts Väg 4, Skepplanda (near Trollhättan).

  • Is there actually more information about V6 diesel from VM Motori? Why was not he built in series and was he also planned with XWD?

    • There were rumors - GM-like - problems with the EU5 and even more logically with the EU6 standard. Maybe the whole project was too expensive. What an engine can cost in purchasing for a manufacturer is not very much.

    • The 9-3 was also available with 300ps and fwd

      • When 9-5 Og there was also a deer tuning on 300 Ps ... .wobei the front-wheel drive there should have been slightly overwhelmed.

        Does the engine of the green 9-5 really 300 Ps or has one throttled with respect to Fwd?

        • or computer-controlled. The problem occurs mainly in certain driving situations, such as keyword Kavalierstart, on, and you can probably easily abrase today.

      • When I had my viggen I once drove the 306 PS HP Viggen! The car could hardly drive straight out of sheer force! Since the limit was clearly reached at the FWD resp. exceeded. But of course, the passage in the 306 PS Viggen was just amazing!

        • Of course you can not compare 9-3 / Viggen with 9-5 NG. With 9-3 I, the chassis is in principle near 230 PS near the limit. The 9-5 NG 260 horsepower from the Turbo4 / BioPower drive very pleasurable, only at full power recall you notice the Turboelche. I think Saab would have done the 300 PS somehow quite well, the V6 brings even a few extra kilos on the front axle.

          • Yes Tom, of course you are absolutely right! Greetings from the CH. Hans

    • Just compared images on the internet. The RA 629 DOHC is very similar to the currently available L 630 DOHC. This is used according to Wikipedia by:

      L630 applications (US):
      2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee power 243 horsepower (179 kW, 240 hp) @ 3600 rpm, torque 420 lb · ft (570 N · m) @ 2000 rpm

      2014 Ram 1500 power 243 PS (179 kW, 240 hp) @ 3600 rpm, torque 420 lb · ft (570 N · m) @ 2000 rpm

  • "What was Saab planning with the V6 FWD?"

    Could imagine that this and other unique pieces only served to strain components during test drives properly. For example, the clutch and the manual transmission or just the FWD.

    If these combinations hold out the V6, then especially the 2.0. It was not untypical for SAAB, first of all, to over-dimension quality and safety and, secondly, to put it to the acid test.

  • Wow, what a great color! I've written before, why are there no more cars with these dark, rich greens? My 95 NG shimmers a bit in green from time to time ... as a glacier silver metallic. But it is more silver than green, but in 2012 I had no choice to the color, because it was called take it or leave it! And I took it and am very happy with it!

  • A lightweight would intersieren me

  • Luminous, of course

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