If you ask what I have seen from Saab this winter, then there is an answer: drove Saab 9000. In self-experiment with a Saab classic through the dark and cold seasons. Does it work? The answer will come in the next few days on the blog.
Before our 9000 was ready for the trial, he got a little comfort update. Unfortunately, the Swedes have never delivered the 9k with a standard center armrest. This is not understandable. Because the first big Saab is a comfort pack, which necessarily requires a center armrest.
Saab 9000 center armrest “Made in Italy”
Saab provided a good and durable accessory solution that has not been available for ages. The retrofit market offers various options that are either cheap, ugly or cruel - or all of them together. The offers a possible alternative Armrest shop from Darmstadt. It provides different versions of armrests for Saab 900, 9000 and 9-3.
The price is okay at € 86,00 for the imitation leather version or € 16,00 for the real leather version. The delivery time is given as 7-10 days, and the armrest is there after exactly 10 days. Too bad: There is no shipping notification, which would have been great service. The armrest is made in Italy, and there are more color variants for the 9000 directly from the manufacturer than offered by the German agency.
The workmanship is good, the small compartment under the armrest is padded, the leather feels good and smells like Italian leather should. The armrest is mounted with 2 screws that are drilled from below into the lid of the compartment on the center tunnel. It's quick, easy and fits, as the lid begins to form its first small bubble. Signs of age that are now covered by the center armrest.
Material, design and price are right
The two screws hold the armrest in place, even if there remains a slight play and equally slight concerns about durability. The next few months will show that they are unfounded. The part from the accessories keeps what it promises, the compartment in the center tunnel remains accessible, the gain in convenience is high.
Above all, the color, the design and the material are right. The center armrest looks like Saab Original and as if it had already been installed in 1998 factory. The comfort gain is palpable, and after one day at the latest you do not want to drive 9000 without it.
Small investment, more luxury in the Saab classic. And the prelude to write a little more about the first big Saab again. The self-experiment with the Saab 9000, our Anna project, during the cold and dark season will be posted on the blog in the next few days.