A few days ago I asked readers for their opinion on the blog. Is the Saab 9-5 NG an everyday car or one of those collectibles that you usually keep in air-conditioned garages? The result of the survey was amazing, and so was everything else.
Apart from many comments and a lively vote, I found an unusually large number of emails on this topic in my mailbox in the following days. All about the 9-5 NG, from people who already own one or who want to buy one. That surprised me, as I had the feeling that the topic was waning. I was wrong!
It's such a thing with the 9-5 NG owners. They love their Saab, they invest an amazing amount of money. Upgrades, improvements, conservation. The bills sit loose when it comes to the last Saab, and it is written about it openly. A medium 4-digit amount is the rule, slightly 5-digit amounts are no exception when it comes to care and maintenance. Or about retrofitting the desired equipment. The motivation for action seems to be the same everywhere: the last vehicle of the brand, no chance of replenishment.
The last Saab is far from being an ordinary used car. Comparable vehicles from competitors are often half traded and there is a large selection on the used vehicle markets. The 9-5 NG, on the other hand, is rare and king of residual values in its segment. The prices are stable, maybe even rising.
Saab 9-5 NG. Collectible or everyday car?
- Built to drive. An everyday car. (79% 240 Votes)
- Clearly collector's item. Too bad for everyday life. (21% 64 Votes)
Total Voters: 304
This is a surprisingly good snapshot and makes me hope for the future. The gratifying commitment of its owners ensures that we will still have Saab 9-5 of the last generation among us in a few years' time.
Pilots wanted 2018?
One question, beyond our survey, has been asked repeatedly by email in the last few days. Will there be a new edition of “Pilots wanted”, the international Saab 2018-9 NG meeting in Kiel in 5? As things stand, it will be like that. The final decision will be made at the end of the year; the Lafrentz family will have the last word. But it looks good and there will be news on the blog.
Which 9-5 NG do our readers want?
The number of requests from readers who want to buy a 9-5 NG was surprising. I was able to answer almost all emails, even if it took a few days. Interest seems unbroken, more than 6 years after the last Saab rolled off the production line. The only problem could be the low availability of desired configurations. The trend is clear. Gasoline instead of diesel, automatic rather than switch. The large panoramic roof is at the top of some wish lists. Unfortunately, it is very rare. The aero equipment has many friends, but it can be retrofitted without any problems. The Drive-Sense chassis no longer seems to be that important. There is a willingness to compromise here.
It is gratifying that our readers, by a large majority, classify the last big Saab as an everyday car. Because it is right that cars belong on the road. Especially those that have the Saab letters on the radiator. Showing presence, holding the flag high, that's more important than ever. Which applies to all models of the brand, regardless of series and age.