Flashback to the year 2009, IAA in Frankfurt: There it stands, the new big Saab. I have nothing to look for but spend most of my time at the fair at the Saab booth. Put me in x times. Games with things like the head-up display, I'm back and forth from the formal language and think euphoric: "With the car drives Saab out of the crisis".
My then girlfriend secretly orders the brochure "The new Saab 9-5 sedan" and is thirsty about my enthusiasm, as I fish it from the mailbox. But it is also clear: An 9-5 NG is at that time nothing for my budget. He remains an object that I shudder from a distance. The short leaflet I leaf up and down again and again. In addition: From dissatisfaction over my bitchy 9-3 I had swung just before and had bought me a used Volvo V50, with which I drove highly satisfied through the country.
With sadness, I perceived the demise of my favorite brand. In response, I bought 2012 a classic 900 convertible, built 1992, the Volvo gave way to a faceless company car Golf Variant. However, it quickly became clear to me, living in the VW heartland, to want to stand out again from the monotony on the streets in the east of Lower Saxony. At some point I came across the Saab blog and began to search the relevant used car forums on the Internet for a 9-5 NG. Now that Saab was down, I wanted to seriously consider buying one of the last big Saabs.
A Saab 9 5 NG. Laserrot.
Because of my annual mileage, I thought of a diesel and found in Saab center Kiel, one of the features I liked very much, but came in bright red laser therefore. And with such a large sedan? I did not know ...
Then in the fall 2014 Tom brought on the Saab blog a test report for an exit with just that laser-red 9-5 TTiD of the Saab center Kiel, Despite Tom's rather cautious enthusiasm for motorization, my interest was fueled by the report. It was to be February 2015 when I landed on the night ferry from Oslo in the Kiel, coming from a winter holiday in the north on a Monday morning. I had previously told my former girlfriend that this would inevitably lead to a visit to the Kiel Saab center.
After a test round and detailed Schnack with Markus Lafrentz I reached the same evening, arrived back home, to the phone to make the deal clear. Seeing the car in Natura in his laser red cast any concerns over whether the eye-catching paint job was overboard. The color is very good for the 9-5.
He is a Vector, built in 2011, has the Hyper Strut landing gear, sat nav, color display, xenon headlights, the large glass roof. The Saab Zentrum Kiel has given him the fine leather interior with memory function for the driver's seat in beige. His first years were spent in his native Sweden. The only downer: the missing head-up display. So far, I could not bring myself to let it be retrofitted, which is certainly synonymous with the fact that I'm not completely convinced of the engine and the chassis. A reversing camera, however, I left with the Saab connoisseurs of Car dealership Stephan install later in Vienenburg.
Saab 9-5 NG. Light & shadow.
Unfortunately, I have to put a few shadows on a Saab for the gentle readership. The fact that the engine is noticeable as loud loud grumpy diesel, I think alright. I like the meaty sound. Disturbing, however, is a certain clumsiness, which I would not have suspected in 190 PS. In the lower speed range of the car is slow, especially when starting. The attempt to overcome this with a brave kick on the accelerator, he acknowledges with spinning front tires. He runs upwards and it is a real pleasure how easy he can gain even at high speeds. Excitement in everyday life, I do not do that, because he is thirsty. Even with moderate driving he is hardly under 8 liter to get, the factory specification of 6,1 liters is absolutely utopian. The chassis is slippery, on wet roads I find the road situation not very convincing.
Three times already in one and a half years he made me with abrupt drop in performance to create. From the sports sedan to the truck in a fraction of a second, so to speak. At first it was the solenoid valves for controlling the turbocharger. The second time the performance drop was within a few moments as fast as it came, the reading of the fault diagnosis brought no result. The third time, this summer, I was actually forced to turn off the 9-5 on the hard shoulder of the A7 in the Hessian highlands. The charge pressure hose was porous. Now and then he pleases me with nice information in the display like "steering wheel lock wait", without that there would be a defect. Well, with Elmar Valentin of Car dealership Stephan to have someone tangible, who always has an open ear and good ideas.
"There is no better car"
Still, I've never sat in a car that makes me feel good, with a sense of being in Abraham's lap. From the outside as well as from the inside, I can not get enough. For hours I could stand in front of the car and just look at it. From the formal language there is nothing comparable in my opinion. Even my uncle, a die-hard VW driver for decades, says: "You can not sell it again. There is no better car. "And if I let him run on the slopes, then a permanent grin spreads in my face.
Maybe it's like this: Saab is always a little bizarre, a bit quirky. Maybe that's why we like Saab so much because of the rough edges, because Saab just is not so mainstream smooth and contourless. I would buy again a 9-5 NG. Probably with a different engine, maybe not diesel, I did not have enough time to compare. But I do not think about a change, because the joy clearly outweighs the quirks.
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