Saab 9-5 NG. A dream of Sweden.

Hisingen is Volvo Land. The peninsula is firmly in the hands of the other Swedish brand, and if you dare with a Saab on their terrain, then you feel pretty lonely on the road. At the end of the season, the 9-5 NG visited Sweden again in October.

Hisingen in front of the Volvo Museum. A Saab in Volvo country.
Hisingen in front of the Volvo Museum. A Saab in Volvo country.

A Saab on Hisingen. That is noticeable.

In addition to NEVS and the Saab Museum, there was a visit to Volvo. And the picture in front of the museum, which not only earned us nice looks. The 9-5 stands out. Still and no matter where you are. And regardless of whether you are a Saab fan or not, the Saab is an issue, and if you want to be inconspicuous, you have to look for another car

The last Saab limousine traveled all over Germany this year. Whether deep in the south or to “pilots wanted” in Kiel. There is hardly a better and more comfortable touring car. Space without end, the sports seats are a stunner, the trunk is endless. The Saab is fast, very fast even. If necessary, the GPS shows 265 km / h, which seems to be something of a standard for all stolen 2 liter engines. He is relatively economical on the road, even when driving at a brisk pace.

Reliable - but small problems

He is very reliable. The initial fear that a car built in small series and under the most difficult circumstances could be a diva has not been proven true yet. What attracted attention in recent months, these are trifles. For example, the brake front right. She has been grinding for some time. What is a known problem when the vehicle is not moved regularly. Remedy will come in the next year by new brakes from better quality material. In spring 2017, ATE brakes will replace the original rig.

The automatic selector lever has developed a sensitive personality. If you push it to level P at the end of the journey and switch off the engine, the display prompts you to move the lever to level P. The display can only be reassured by restarting the engine, pressing the brake pedal, threading the lever out of level P. Then the spook is over. It happens over and over again, but not regularly. But apparently when you're in a hurry. An explanation? Does not exist yet.

I have never regretted buying the 9-5 NG. On the contrary ! It's fun and puts you in a good mood, and anyone who fancy an extroverted, individual car will be happy with it. However, the last Saab is a true exotic. Which is not reflected in the supply of spare parts. Orio is doing a good job, with the exception of a few construction sites, the ability to deliver is very high.

But you get cautious the older the 9-5 gets. Especially because you always have the certainty in the back of your mind that there will never be more supplies under the Saab brand name. Unless there is a miracle. But the world needs more of that, and hoping for Saab would be a mistake. The logical consequence: The Saab went on seasonal license plates this year.

The 9-5 NG is now dormant until April. Which gives me the good feeling that there is no risk of unwanted cold deformation with snow and ice. It's a tough withdrawal, but it's also looking forward to another year with the Sweden dream.

11 thoughts on "Saab 9-5 NG. A dream of Sweden."

  • Tom, hope you drive these beautiful cars to Kiel for the next Pilots Wanted. How much KM did your 9-5 NG drive now? I am at 96.000 and may need to think about doing something similar. But with which car do you have to drive to work?

  • Very nice article!
    and Tom, there are really beautiful cars in your garage, even for Saab "crazy" conditions:
    The 9-5 NG as a sedan in white, perhaps the crowning glory of the entire series (the aircraft look is never more clear), glorious in front of the museum's glass facade ...
    ..and Silver Aero and Anna project and ...
    Hopefully you will / will remain enthusiastic for a long time, it is always a joy to read here again!

    Thank you. And have fun with the Schwedentraum ..!

  • Hey Tom! Very nice article!
    I can only agree with the "stir". Was with my black Dick ship 14 days after you in front of (and I of course in) Volvo Museum and then a couple of days in Sweden / Norway on the road. You also turn heads in Scandinavia after the last big Saab.

    And to the pain with the automatic lever - I have that occasionally synonymous - I found after a long search and try a solution that helps me with 100%:
    In the case of the message, just let the small silver lock button on the gearshift lever forward (ie press and let your fingers "slip off"). For me, the message is then gone immediately. I suspect that the button is not quite back to its original position and so the position of the lever can not be detected (amateur guess!)
    Whatever the case, it always works quickly and reliably for me, even in "urgent" situations 🙂

    • Thank you! I had been hoping for hints. That sounds logical and will be tried!

  • Great report, I still feel annoyed that I did not accept 2012 an offer of a small car demonstration car. Heck, our 900 convertible is more than a replacement

  • Nice article, hopefully more on the subject! I'll buy 9-5 NG at some point, but as a station wagon

    • I would like that too. But is difficult to estimate at 20 ever built copies. And those who are understandably are in extremely firm hands. What can you do? Maybe build yourself ??? The Lafarentz family in Kiel always have good ideas.

      • build yourself would be the idea, somewhere there will be (unfortunately) a damaged 9-5NG, take the take, missing parts of Insignia and then assemble

  • Great report and great car.
    I think he will increase in value the more time passes.
    Timeless shape - high recognition.
    And it's a shame that I don't have any more space ...
    Please continue to care.

  • Hello
    Quand reverra t on a SAAB même faite par NEVS?

    • Jamais, and that's good. It's sad enough that Volvo is Chinese.

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