A Saturday in September. IAA time - it's early in the morning. Frankfurt is still far from the usual hustle and bustle. A friend drives me past Saab Service Frankfurt, where I want to pick up a Saab 9-3 Vector limousine. The first Saab with the official LED daytime running light backfitting kit is waiting for me.
A few weeks earlier ...
By phone, Orio Germany logs in with me. In Eschborn, the former Saab subsidiary plans the autumn campaign and thinks about an LED daytime running light retrofit kit. Based on the Hella LED daytime running lights of the model year 2014 one works on a retrofit kit with TÜV certificate and installation instructions. The test requires a Saab 9-3. No Griffin, because there would be no problem retrofitting, but a facelift Vector from model year 2008.
I immediately like the action. For one, I can not stand the daytime running light retrofit sets from the hardware stores. They almost never fit the design line and spoil older cars. On the other hand, any action that keeps the 9-3 up to date is welcome. Saab drivers are looking for accessories, they want to treat themselves and the cars a bit. But they rarely find anything.
Mark owns an 9-3 Vector sedan, which now has to serve as a test object. He spontaneously takes her from Leipzig to Frankfurt. Installation, documentation and TÜV appraisal will be carried out by Gerard Ratzmann. It's almost like the days when the Hessian branch of Saab Automobile AB worked. Only that the actors today are Orio Germany and Saab Service Frankfurt.
LED daytime running light for the Saab 9-3. Design from one piece.
Back to Frankfurt. It's early in the morning and Saab Service Frankfurt is still closed. The keys for the 9-3 are stored elsewhere for collection. We are curious what the daytime running lights look like in nature.
Get the key, start Saab. Activate the parking light and the switch for the fog lights. The LED daytime running lights are lit. It looks like a one-off, fits the vehicle and the design line. Nicely done! The Saab is perceived as a current car as it rolls through the city towards the highway. Hard to believe what a small intervention can change.
In the afternoon it goes east, the next day the Saab Friends Saxony exit is on the calendar. The first participant of the tour, whom I meet on Sunday, comes with a Turbo X. He likes the daytime running lights very much; i think he would like one. Passed the test.
The question remains about the price. Heard, and this is not official, Mark and I have a course of just over 300,00 €. For a vehicle-specific, official Saab kit with TÜV certificate certainly appropriate.