A few days ago I started looking for a Saab 9-5. I haven't really made any progress yet, first questions arise in conversation with a friend. With the old 9-5 series, Saab really offers something for every taste. In theory at least! Because, first experience, the selection is smaller than expected.
There are three series of the Saab 9-5 OG. The original form, which was built until 2001. The facelift, which has been extensively revised technically, and finally series number 3, known as chrome glasses. My search instinctively focuses on the 2nd series. Why actually? My friend intervenes. The original form is better, more classic. It wouldn't be a question for him.
The killer argument: If you want good, old Saab quality like in the 9000, you have to buy the Series 1. Hit that sits! Sunk! I'm thinking about it. I try my memory of old times. When almost all friends around me were still driving a 9-5. The original model was really the best choice, even if the more modern technology speaks for the facelift.
We are looking for series 1 or 2
I adjust my search. Series 1 or 2, I exclude the chrome glasses. I already had. And it will be difficult. Really difficult. Saab had sold more of the station wagon than of the sedan. The selection is correspondingly thin. But that's not all.
My desire for a bright interior has turned into a problem. There is nothing left to do with this in Sweden. The shelves are empty, everything was probably thrown into the container at Orio when they created space for the adventurous trade in VW and Opel spare parts. You don't even need to dream of a reproduction. As a consequence, I have to pay attention to complete, well-preserved equipment.
At least here it will be sad. I admit, the old Saab 9-5 generation was passed down as a cheap used car for years. Only in the last few years has it become increasingly appreciated, but too late for many vehicles. Accordingly, models with a light interior are ordered. For one thing, they're rare. The German himself prefers black interiors and leasing silver across all brands. Or black interiors and black as the exterior color.
On the other hand, many of the vehicles on offer have the interior behind them. Instead of beige it is dirty black. It's like taking miners out of the shaft and putting them in the car, but first refusing them a shower. Even with a lot of money and work there is nothing left to save. Good, well-cared for specimens are almost always nil. The market is desolate. It's a lot worse than it was on 9000 years ago.
That doesn't suggest anything good.
Not for the old 9-5 series and their future as a classic. Survivors will have to be looked for with a magnifying glass in a few years. That in turn is bad for the spare parts supply. Few cars, little demand, who would like a reproduction?
The days are passing by, I search all portals. The result is zero. Time is slowly boiling me. Should I make a compromise? Lease silver and black leather. Or chrome glasses? There the selection would be the largest.
I get doubts and start looking for alternatives. Was it all just a strange idea? The crisis is here!