I was always happy with the brakes on my 2011 Saab 9-5 NG. They were not outstanding, but did not give rise to the desire for better braking performance. Good average just that brings the vehicle safely to a halt.
The problems began after some time, when the brake discs literally began to bloom. No unusual problem, and above all no Saab specific, but widespread. Because garages like to install cheap brake discs. The customer is pleased with the favorable price, but the remorse is guaranteed.
So that no false impression arises: The said brake discs did not come from the Saab shelf and not from Orio. But from a third party. Need for action was announced at the latest when the blossoming brake discs began to produce grinding noises on the sheets.
AtePowerdisk, quality from Germany
The stuff had to go down, the question was: where is a good, powerful alternative? Orio offers as an option again and again Brembo brake systems. Certainly a cherry on top, but with a proud price tag. The recommendation of Ralf Muckelbauer, who cared for my 9-5 NG, were ATE PowerDisk discs and pads. Made in Germany, which at least suggests a certain security against cheap China products.
In the spring there was a great exchange, all around ATE PowerDisk brakes were mounted. You have an ABE for the Saab 9-5 NG. The pictures show that the change was urgently needed. From the optics, the ATE discs are handsome, and from the first driving impression too. With a price of around 1.200,00 € including assembly not the cheapest pleasure, but without alternative.
Meanwhile, a few months have passed since the changeover in Bamberg. The brakes have been able to solidify the first, good impression. They are sensitive and easy to dose. Just like a good, modern car. They harmonize with the caliber of an 9-5 NG and the higher performance class. After all, the Saab 265 Km / h is fast if necessary, as safe delay is mandatory.
AtePowerdisk: Great in wet conditions.
The real surprise is experienced on wet roads. Here, the slotted ATE PowerDisc, merciless benefits. The deceleration is better when wet around classes and surprised at first, because you still have the old brakes in mind. The 1.200,00 € are therefore well invested money. Unfortunately, and that is the little downer, the ATE PowerDisk is not in the Orio range. Not logical for me, because the high-quality products of ATE are also available as retrofit for many other Saab models.