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"
There was a good and durable accessory solution from Saab that has not been available for ages. The aftermarket offers various options that are either cheap, ugly or cruel - or even all together. A possible alternative offers the Armrest shop from Darmstadt. It provides different versions of armrests for Saab 900, 9000 and 9-3.
The price goes with 86,00 € for the artificial leather, or for 16,00 € additionally for the real leather version in order. The delivery time is specified with 7 - 10 days, and after exactly 10 days the armrest is there. Too bad: There is no shipping notice, which would have been great service. The armrest is made in Italy, and directly at the manufacturer, there are even more color options for the 9000, as it offers the German representation.
The workmanship is good, the small compartment under the armrest is upholstered, the leather feels good and smells the way Italian leather should. The armrest is mounted with 2 screws, which are drilled from below into the lid of the compartment on the center tunnel. This works quickly, is easy and fits, as the lid begins to form its first small bubble. Signs of aging, which are now covered by the center armrest.
Material, design and price are right
The two screws hold the armrest firmly, even if a slight play and just as slight concerns remain over the durability. The next 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 comfort gain 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 something more about the first big Saab. The self-experiment with the Saab 9000, our Anna project, during the cold and dark season will come on the blog in the next few days.