After 30000 km on the road, my 9-5’s first service was finally due. I headed over to my local dealer, Gustaf E Bil in Mariestad, and received excellent service as usual. Urban changed my oil, oil filter and inspected every inch, nook and cranny. All the door hinges were oiled and one of the hooks in the trunk had a screw tightened as a bonus.
There were two service bulletins from Saab waiting for us. One concerned the rear wheel well on the right side. They want to make sure there is enough drainage to keep the electronics protected from moisture.
The other bulletin concerns some of the wires under the seats. The insulation might be too thin to withstand the tooth of time, so Urban inspected them and put them out of harm’s way with some insulator tape.
My summer tires are still good at 7mm and 5.5mm (rear and front respectively).
I asked Urban if there was a setting for displaying the real engine temperature. It was mentioned once in comments here that the engine temperature gauge will always be at the halfway-point during normal operation. Only when the engine is overheating will it point up. There is nothing in-between unlike the 9000’s temp gauge. In older 9-5s there is supposedly a Tech-II setting that will restore the gauge to proper ‘old-school’ operation (i.e. using the entire scale). Unfortunately we found no such setting this time.
Finally, ripping through Europe in the summer has deposited a million bugs splattered all over the front of my car. The guys at the dealership recommended a product that I will test very soon.
Next service happens at 60000 km, and Urban tells me it is a ‘big one’. Hopefully he will let me watch over his shoulder next year as well. Now we are all ready for the big day tomorrow. See you guys and gals in Trollhättan!