Vintage design? With the 9-5 back to the Saab-Scania era!

Sometimes things happen unplanned. At the end of the work, the Saab 9-5 upcycling project is back in Frankfurt-Fechenheim. The front right wheel bearing needs to be replaced. The day before, the Saab emblem on the hood had said goodbye....

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1.000 kilometers long distance - Saab 9-5 Aero Top or Flop?

A 22-year-old Saab that has hardly been moved in recent years. The conversion work is finished, it is the first time on the long-distance. There, as Saab advertising suggested to us 25 years ago, the ...

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Alpine INE-W611D navigation in the Saab 9-5 - strengths and weaknesses (2/2)

Systems like Alpine's INE-W611D offer a lot of performance for relatively little money. Today we review the DAB+ radio, the radar and speed warning. We are interested in the weaknesses compared to more expensive systems and we explain...

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Alpine INE-W611D navigation in the Saab 9-5 - strengths and weaknesses (1/2)

The Alpine INE-W611D with DAB+, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has been installed in the Saab 9-5 OG Aero for a few weeks. The first 3.000 kilometers during which we were able to gain experience are already behind us....

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Saab 9-5 Aero - Navigation, DAB +, rear view camera - first test drive

With the new German license plates in my luggage, I make my way to Frankfurt. The 9-5 Aero has been waiting for me there for a few days. The upcycling project is almost finished, the first test drive...

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Vehicle registration - how exotic is a Spanish Saab?

We now have to build up some turbo pressure and get our Saab 9-5 upcycling project through the vehicle registration. How exotic is a Spanish Saab and how flexible is the bureaucracy? A very German story in two, actually…

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Workshop - DAB + and navigation for the Saab 9-5

It's Saturday again and I'm back in Frankfurt-Fechenheim. Today our Saab 9-5 upcycling project gets the DAB + radio with navigation from Alpine. In addition, the interior with integrated USB interfaces is somewhat ...

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Saab Workshop in Frankfurt - LLK and water cooler for the 9-5

Our Saab upcycling is approaching the finale. It's Sunday morning, I'm in Frankfurt-Fechenheim. The Saab workshop belongs to Gerard Ratzmann and me (almost) alone this morning. We deliberately based the 9-5 workshop on…

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Big things - intercooler and water cooler from do88

The hardware for our Saab 9-5 upcycling project is now in stock. From Sweden came an intercooler (LLK), a big pack that includes an LLK with pressure pipe and hoses and a water cooler. Advice and ordering...

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Retrofitting navigation in the 9-5 - painting the mounting frame in Saab color?

Our Saab upcycling project is making progress. But the subtleties stop us. We do have the mounting frames for the new navigation systems from Alpine and Kenwood. But our frames are kept in a matt black. The…

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Saab 9-5 upcycling - interim report

We are waiting. The Saab 9-5 upcycling is faltering. Components for the interior have already been delivered, but parts for the engine measures are still missing and will arrive by the end of the month. Time for an interim report. Not all ideas...

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Saab 9-5 OG retrofit - intercooler - hoses and so on

The Saab 9-5 OG Retrofit project is developing. Before we switch back to navigation and DAB+, let's plan with the things you can't see. But they are important if the old Saab in the medium term ...

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Saab 9-5 Retrofit - Reversing Camera - Navigation, DAB+ and more

The most important components for our Saab 9-5 retrofit project have now arrived. Everything revolves around contemporary entertainment with navigation and reversing camera for the Swedish car. But not only. Also for the combustion engine technology...

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DAB + radio - navigation - reversing camera and more for Saab 9-5 OG

It's slowly getting there. In March, April at the latest, the Saab 9-5 OG should be back on the road. Before that, he gets upgrades. A DAB+ radio is mandatory, as is navigation, Apple Car Play, reversing camera and…

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Who drives better? Saab 9-5 Aero vs. Saab 9000

In 1974, Saab started developing the 9000. It was only 20 years later that the successor was started. The difference of two decades must be extremely noticeable when driving. Vintage vs. Youngtimer? great-grandfather against…

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