A few days ago, I asked readers on the blog for their opinion. Is the Saab 9-5 NG a car for everyday use or one of those collectibles usually found in air-conditioned garages? The result of the survey was amazing, and whatever else came to me.
Apart from many comments and a lively vote I found in the following days an unusually large number of mails on this topic in my mailbox. All around the 9-5 NG, from people who already own one, or who want to buy one. That surprised me, because I had the feeling that the topic was on the ebb. I was wrong!
It's such a thing with the 9-5 NG owners. They love their Saab, they spend a lot of money amazingly. Upgrades, improvements, conservation. The bills are loose when it comes to the last Saab, and it is written openly about it. A median 4 digit amount is the norm, 5 digit amounts are no exception when it comes to care and maintenance. Or to retrofit 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 of the competitors are often traded in half and are on the used car markets in large selection. The 9-5 NG, on the other hand, is a rare and residual king 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 repeatedly emailed in the last few days. Will 2018 be reissuing "Pilots Wanted", the international Saab 9-5 NG meeting in Kiel? It will be up to date. The final decision will be made at the end of the year, with the Lafrentz family having the last word. But it looks good, and news is then on the blog.
Which 9-5 NG do our readers want?
Surprising was the number of inquiries from readers who want to buy a 9-5 NG. I was able to answer almost all mails, even if it took a few days. The interest seems unbroken, and that more than 6 years after the last Saab ran off the tapes. The only problem could be the low availability of desired configuration. The trend is clear. Gasoline instead of diesel, automatic rather than a 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 problems. Not quite as important seems to be the drive-sense suspension. There is a willingness to compromise here.
That our readers, by a large majority, classify the last big Saab as an everyday car, is pleasing. Because it is true that cars belong on the street. Especially those who wear the Saab letters on the radiator. Showing presence, holding the flag up, that's more important than ever. Which applies to all models of the brand, regardless of model range and age.