Saab hasn't built cars for years. Model maintenance in the broadest sense takes place again and again. The latest example is the convenience flashing for 9-3 upper floor and Saab 9-5 upper floor. 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 living sustainability is another. Convenience 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
Convenience flashing is more than just a modern gimmick for new cars. Comfortable, automated triple flashing makes the lane change clearly visible to all other road users and is better than a hastily set, one-off flashing signal. Saab Service Frankfurt saw it similarly and developed a retrofit solution that enables convenience flashing for the first generation of Saab 3-9 and 3-9 without additional hardware.
We have already been able to try out the new feature for readers. The comfort flashing was retrofitted in our Saab 9-3 Aero from the year 2000. How well does it work? I still have an unfamiliar feeling on the first few meters. Nobody thought about comfortable, automated triple flashing at Saab 20 years ago. The turn signal lever is of course not designed for the “soft touch” feature, as is the case with new cars. It is a lever, in the truest sense of the word. Add to that the power of habit when you're in an older vehicle. You traditionally want to lock the turn signal in the way you have been doing it for 3 years.
After a few kilometers and half an hour's drive, everything is forgotten. The lever can suddenly “soft-touch”, and by the next day at the latest it is as if it had never been otherwise. A bit of psychology is involved, because now the 20-year-old Saab feels a little more youthful. You don't want to miss the convenience flashing either, on the contrary!
The retrofit solution from Saab Service Frankfurt works great and it has a big advantage over other solutions. It is based on the original hardware and software. No circuit boards or components from third-party providers are required, nothing is changed in the on-board electronics. An absolute plus, especially for old cars.
The price for the retrofit is € 120,00, the working time of approx. 30 minutes is included. 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 necessary for retrofitting.