Saab hasn't built cars for years. Model maintenance in the broadest sense takes place again and again. The latest example is the comfort flashing for 9-3 OG and Saab 9-5 OG. The desire to keep the vehicles on the road for as long as possible is certainly part of the motivation.
Have fun with the car and lived sustainability another one. Comfort flashing also makes old cars safer and is more than just a technical feature.
Comfort flashing has been standard on new cars for years. Briefly press the flashing lever, a triple signal to change lanes or directions is given automatically. After switching from a rental or company car, you miss this feature that you quickly get used to.
Flashing comfort = safety
Comfort flashing is more than just a modern gimmick for new cars. Convenient, automated triple flashing makes the lane change clearly visible to all other road users and is better than a hasty, single flashing signal.
At Saab Service Frankfurt, it was obviously similar. The Saab specialist developed a retrofit solution that enables convenient flashing for the first generation of the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 without additional hardware.
Convenient flashing without soft touch
We have already been able to try out the new feature for readers. Convenience flashing was retrofitted to our 9 Saab 3-2000 Aero. How well does it work? I still have an unfamiliar feeling for the first few meters. 20 years ago, nobody at Saab thought about convenient, automated triple flashing. The turn signal lever is of course not designed for the "soft-touch" feature, as is the case with new cars.
He is a lever, in the truest sense of the word. Then there is the force of habit when driving an older vehicle. Traditionally, you'd want to snap the turn signal into place the way you've been doing it for 20 years.
After a few kilometers and half an hour of driving, everything is forgotten. The lever can suddenly "Soft-Touch', and by the next day at the latest, it's as if it had never been otherwise. A bit of psychology is of course involved, because now the 20-year-old Saab feels a little more youthful.
You don't want to miss the comfort flashing anymore, quite the opposite!
The retrofit solution from Saab Service Frankfurt works great and has one major advantage over other solutions. It is based on the original hardware and software. No circuit boards or components from third-party suppliers are required, nothing is changed in the on-board electronics.
An absolute plus point, especially for old cars.
The price for the upgrade is about €120,00, including the working time of about 30 minutes. Comfort flashing is now available for the first 9-3 and 9-5 generations, and is in preparation for the Saab 900 II. An appointment is required for the retrofit.