Approaching 100’000 km’s
January 4, 2013 in Editorial
When I got there, a bit late, the car was just being completed and being put through its final testing and seeing it for the first time was a remarkable experience. Being one of the biggest financial commitments a person does in a life-time the whole process of buying a car is a nice experience.
Now, almost exactly three years later my 9-5 Griffin is approaching 100’000 km’s. So how has it performed so far?
I’d like to say excellent but that has not been the case, although most items have been minor, three had to go all the way to warranty claims.
1. Rearview mirror on the right hand side not folding out in the correct way when pushing the button, so the mirror was replaced for a new one.
2. Minor oil leak from the return hose. This turned out to be a small seal that had broken down making the lower part of the engine a bit wet but no drops on the ground. This turned out to be a standard fault on all 9-5′s since a long time back and I’ve had the same problem on all 6 9-5′s that I’ve owned.
3. Leather on the drivers seat gets folded. This caused ANA to replace the whole seat after only 3 months.
Other than that the car has worked perfectly and I have to say that I love it just as much now as I did when I first bought it, perhaps even more! =)
So what needs replacement? Well I’ve noticed that the suspension has gotten a bit soft lately and that my brakes are more or less worthless at this point. I’ve contacted Maptun to let them take care of this issue for me and the front brakes are getting a 336 mm upgrade and the suspension will be replaced with Bilstein B8 Sprint shock absorbers.
I’ve done a lot of upgrades to the car over the years. The first thing happened even before I got the car, and that was to put a Hirsch roof spoiler on it. Since then I’ve also added the Hirsch alu-pedals, carbon-leather interior, Hirsch Dual exhaust system and tuned the engine with software from Hirsch.
Last summer after having tuned my other 9-5 Griffin with software from Maptun, I decided to also replace my Hirsch software with an even more powerful one from Maptun. The beauty about Maptuns programming box is that it saves the Hirsch software in it and I can always go back if I want to, so far that has not happened though.
There is an old saying, once you start to upgrade you always want more, and that has certainly been the case for me. A few months ago I mounted the Maptun strut-brace and I have to say that this is the no 1 most important upgrade for a 9-5. I’ve mounted this on 3 cars now and wow, what a change it is… its cheap and the feel of the car makes me wonder why Saab didn’t put this in from the start.
But lately while driving to work I’ve also felt that I want more power, so this year a 300+ hp upgrade of the engine will take place in Örebro, at Maptun and its one I’m really looking forward to!
When I picked up my car from ANA in Trollhättan, I told Maj Karlsson who was the sales-lady that I had bought a number of cars from that this car has gotten its first and last owner. I’m gonna stick to that promise…
My car has served me very well for the last 3 years and I expect at least 3 more trouble-free years from her. Since a year ago I’ve also started to save money in order to buy a new car that I will use for my daily drives to work and I hope to have enough to buy a brand new 9-3 from NEVS next spring! =)