The Saab 9-5 2.3t Arc Saloon rolls off the grounds of Saab Service Frankfurt. Previously, he gave a small, unplanned workshop visit. An actuator of the automatic air conditioning had adopted. Nothing great ... quickly and competently resolved. And no drama on a car that already has 15 years on the body.
However, our test vehicle is not a normal Saab from previous ownership, because he got a new heart, meaning engine. But the story from the beginning. The 9-5 sedan has little mileage with just over 100.000 kilometers and is a typical retiree car. Well-kept, with minor traces of wear, a nice car with a comprehensible story. In the Arc equipment, which is quite rare.
Of the Vector sedans, the Arc version differs by light wood finishes, genuine leather in the door panels and special 16 "rims. Bought the dignified version of set gentlemen who could have chosen a Jaguar ... would not have been so noticeable. Young Dynamics, on the other hand, preferred the Vector or Aero level. Personally I like the Arc package, the light wood makes the interior likeable Scandinavian.
At 104.000 mileage, the 9-5 had an engine failure, but that should not be the end of its history. Orio, the original Saab replacement parts supplier, offers one to keep our vehicles on the roads motor action on. Saab engines with a discount of up to over 50% and 3 years warranty make it worth considering to revive vehicles with good bodywork through "heart transplantation". Something similar will be in Keel have thought of where the 9-5 got a new engine, an overhauled chassis and enhanced rust protection.
A good friend fell in love with the sedan, and 3's warranty on the machine was an unbeatable argument. The price was just as consistent, and so the Saab came from the north to Hesse. The interesting question: how does a 15 year-old 9-5 drive with a new machine?
The answer: Totally relaxed.
The 2.3t engine with its 185 PS and 280 Nm is a pleasant power source. When he starts, he growls, as the thick 4 cylinders like to do. That makes him likeable. Already on 1.800 tours, the sedan has really steam. The 5 stages automatic is well tuned, shifts smoothly and harmonizes with the comfort engine. On the highway 180 are miles faster on the speedometer than you think - the Saab is really fast on the road.
This fits the chassis. It is designed to gently dampen; the Arc is not an athlete, the sedan becomes a classy and comfortable glider. 600 kilometers in one go - pure pleasure. Have we tried, long haul is a domain of the Saab 9 5 2.3t Arc. Wonderful are the classic fittings with the turbo display, the appearance in the interior is solid, the workmanship without defects. It rattles nothing, the audio system has a good sound, but the slot for playing cassettes reminds that 2001 is already damn long ago.
Also, the consumption is okay. The Swedes spent an average of 10,00 liters. This is true with tested 10,2 liters and not yet retracted machine. Of course it is more economical if you like. Highway driving at top speed, relaxed gliding on the highway rewarded the great Saab with values that are significantly lower. The manufacturer noted 7,2 liters as consumption value for overland trips, which is likely to be close to reality.
Unfortunately, the 9-5 is not a hatchback, but it was a big hit of the Swedes. Especially the facelift version of 2001 looks still modern, while the previous vehicles with the traditional grill are already drifting towards classic cars. Nevertheless, 15 years are just 15 years and the Saab an old car. You can tell from the good all-round view and the large windows. You can tell by the built-in materials that are honest and dignified but not premium. He drives relaxed relaxed, very analog, if necessary, you can be traveling quickly. Then the turbo makes steam, it is about 200 on the clock, the Trollhättan sedan remains acoustically restrained.
And? Does it make sense to transplant a new engine into an old car? As a Saab fan, of course I am for it with my heart. And it is one of the rare cases where the heart and mind go hand in hand. Yes, it makes sense to keep old vehicles alive. You spare resources, do something for the environment, behave responsibly.
That mind and the pursuit of individuality are compatible makes the operation even more appealing. More solid, economical, with more sense of understatement and style than in an 2001 Saab 9 5 2.3t Arc sedan, you can barely be on the move.