Much is also about the cinema around the car. High-paid marketing people have invented terms like "premium" or "appearance" to get the cinema going. If we climb into the vehicle of a premium provider, then we have the desired expectation. Let's start a car that was at the scrapyard price months ago at the dealership, then ... yes, I think my readers and I, we understand each other.
The expectations for the first test drive with our project aab was correspondingly low. Zero, to be precise. All the more surprised me the head cinema. Saab starts, Saab drives. He steers, he brakes, as cars usually do. After a few kilometers, the cinema announces itself. Drives like a new car, it says. But if no one, return the eyes. But it is, says the head cinema. Hmm. If you would close your eyes, by the way, not a good idea, if you are behind the wheel, then you could really come up with the idea with the new car.
Brakes, steers, springs like new. Everything is new! New brakes, new suspension, new springs. Then 18 "tires in the dimension 225 / 40. Okay people! Who knows his Saab 9-5 the first series as a cozy, somewhat indifferent to driving senior transport, which should at least now revise the chassis and all its sockets. The 9-5 was well-defined from the factory, with the larger tires he rolls over the track like a modern car. 1999 were 16 "extravagant, today we talk about much, much more. The 18 "Inka are the maximum for the Saab and harmonize not only visually with the 9-5 station wagon. The station wagon drives through life without being too tight or in any way inharmonious.
And otherwise the 9-5 surprises on its first exit through the Spessart. The first few kilometers lacking in revving; with nasty, long climbs in the low mountain he is struggling. 150 Softturbo PS make the wagon no athlete. But with every kilometer driven the engine turns more freely; If you keep the speed above 2.000 rpm, then things are moving fast.
The 9-5 station wagon rolled 1999 off the line, the exact date we will determine in the Saab COC archive yet. He could be a very early station wagon and yet comes up with qualities. The bodywork is still solid, the workmanship is good, and not all products of the competition are still so trustworthy after a good 17 years.
The outside temperature is at 25 degrees, the interior is controlled by the automatic climate control to a pleasant 22 degrees. She does that unobtrusive, draft-free, without intervention by the driver. The radio is well received, even in the Spessart regions, where modern and expensive equipment has problems. With cassette and CD options, the unit is a modern anachronism, but goes well with a car that has been on the road for almost 2 decades. The SID has its pixel illness, someday a new one must come in. But otherwise?
Everything is relaxed, everything is relaxed. Driving Saab 9-5 is like going on a trip with a good old friend you have not seen in years. The 5 gearbox is sufficiently precise, sometimes a bit bony and sticky, but just a real Saab gearbox - like the engine with its Trionic, which belongs to the highly cultured machine as 2 liter.
The technology works, in Keel you have done the homework. The interior needs care, the leather color, the carpet cleaning. The seals need attention, on the driver's door and tailgate only helps a barter. Little things that I will gradually work off. Has the investment paid off so far? About costs and what has been done, we talk in the next few days. They are a special chapter that requires a close look.
The Saab has already won in another discipline. He is noticed on the Spessart Tour. Passers-by turn heads, convertible drivers see what that drives. Yes, the 9-5 first series wagon has become scarce. And if one is on the road, then often as a consumption car. Unkempt, matt paint. In glossy black and with 18 "Inka rims you can not see him otherwise. 100 points for our veterans at the kilo price! The story goes on. Since Paul is with us, visit ... from Saab friends, who find Paul good. And from people who have absolutely nothing to do with Saab and are by chance our guests. At the latest then when they ask if they are allowed to sit in the black Saab, at the latest then we know that we have won with the Projektaab.