When you change from 9-3 II to 9-5, it's the ascent to another class of vehicle. It is September, the exit of the Saab friends Saxony has just come to an end. I had brought the 9-3 II to Saxony after being in Frankfurt LED daytime running lights had received.
During the exit, I was, more or less enthusiastic, with the 9-3 II on the way, because he has a diesel under the hood. And diesel has never been my thing. But now, finally, the change. Walnut wood, dark leather, gorgeous! The 9-5 radiates seriousness. Even in a little older age. Welcome Home…
Paul has a thrill for me. As always…
The journey goes in the direction of Frankfurt / Main, first over small country roads. Then over the highway. Several 100 kilometers lie ahead of me, and after a diesel day I'm looking forward to each one of them. But Paul would not be Paul if he did not have some thrill.
Already on the way to the motorway, I realize: There is something wrong. The 9-5 does not run as smoothly and culturally as usual, more a bit out of round, inharmonious. On the highway Paul begins to stutter. Not dramatic, but noticeable. I look at the sat nav, see the kilometers that lie ahead of me ... the worry lines on my forehead deepen. In the spirit, I go through what has been renewed. Or, the shorter list, which was not replaced. There remains, as the only item, the ignition cartridge. She will not ...?
The miles pass, the Saab is actually a great travel car. Very serious and full he is on the road. The 19 tires increase the impression. The air conditioning is perfect, the seats super comfortable. When darkness falls, they do
H4 H7 lamps a good light, the green cockpit lighting is very pleasant.
If there were not this slight, subliminal bucking, everything would be fine. Will we strand? Somewhere in the deepest Saxony or Thuringia. In the course of my life, I stayed in a car for the first time. That was many years ago - back then with my 1972er MGB. What was not the English Roadster, but my inexperience. And it's a different story from a time when there were no mobile phones.
But the miles pass, Paul jerks on towards Bavaria, and Bamberg is almost within reach. The optimist in me gains the upper hand, an emergency stop Ralf Muckelbauer is discarded, over Schweinfurt and Würzburg it goes on. In the end, Paul and I arrive home well. Meanwhile relaxed, but also a bit helpless.
The helplessness increases, because the good old Saab with the end of the ride also makes the judder. The rest of the season he runs without problems, also proves to be a loadmaster, in which you can stow two antique leather chairs. A high-utility wagon that has more load capacity than an 9-3 II. He drives as if nothing had happened. Jerk-free, rattle-free, comfortable. Great handling, like a modern car. But good, the suspension is almost completely new.
Hirsch performance upgrade for our Saab?
Only the temperament leaves much to be desired. The 9-5 station wagon is heavy, and in the direct comparison to a Saab 9000 with the same engine quite sluggish. But Saab wanted it that way then. Away from the lightweight, away from the avant-garde of a Saab 9000 that GM must have hated. For the 9-5 is just absolutely reputable, a little Mercedes in a positive sense. This is reflected in consumption. The 10 liters are on average, but not much less.
A friend recently gave his 9-5 a deer performance boost. The sedan is almost unrecognizable, it has become agile and so typical of turbo-saab stupidity. Paul would be fine too.
Only: For Paul's model year supplies Deer no more. Maybe, if we get a budget together again for 2018, would you be persuaded in Ruckstuhl and give the good station wagon a power cure? At least I will try.
Even though Mark and I were only able to realize 2017 with the Projektaab a fraction of what we planned to do, it is clear that the old station wagon has become an attractive car thanks to many helpers. With some small defects. Like the SID, which shows no pixel errors only at cool temperatures. Or the shift knob, which is not really nice anymore.
The Saab spends the next few months in the hangar. For the first time in many years he is allowed to spend the winter in the dry. He deserves it. I have time to do a few more things. And we are looking for a new owner for 2018 and donate the proceeds to a good cause.