In the beginning was the discussion. Both in the blog team, as well as in the wider Saab environment. Can and should you install such a modern-looking steering wheel in a Saab 9-5 I? Which is almost an upcoming classic?
Originally we wanted the steering wheel, the Prototypes a new series from CardyourCar, built into our Paul project. But the 9-5 had already received a new original Saab steering wheel. As an alternative, we chose an 2001 9-5 Arc sedan, which is moved daily.
New steering wheel for the 9-5 I under test
The installation was of course no problem, because an original hub of Saab is used as a template in the new production. The leather steering wheel itself adapts better to the classic Arc environment than first suspected. Of course, it remains a matter of taste, and one could at this point forever discussing whether you prefer to buy an old steering wheel, or change to another design.
The steering wheel itself is good and handy in the hand and is not too thick padded. For some months now, the 9-5 has been outfitted with the new equipment, and the result is consistently positive. Although some seams are not quite as it should be. This is most likely due to the prototype stage, because generally everything is clean and sewed routinely.
Wear can not be detected so far, especially the engraved pages always remain very well palpable in summer even at high temperatures. The recessed grips are practical, and only the upper, smooth leather cover gives reason for criticism in very hot temperatures.
He then feels as if he sweats easily, which could possibly be due to the adhesive used. Maybe an isolated case. The satisfaction factor is high anyway. A return to the old Arc steering wheel will not exist in this case, the CardyourCar steering wheel in the deer design remains in the 9-5.
Buy or not? A decision that depends solely on the taste. Nothing compares objectively, and the market unfortunately does not provide many alternatives. As mentioned, the blog team is and remains divided. Even if the steering wheel in Natura makes a better figure than in the pictures. A tempting alternative is definitely, and the price is reasonable.