In the series of post from the Saab Car Museum Festival we have arrived at the NG 9-5 section.
Beautiful 9-5s as far as you can see…..
How about a 9-5X?
Several visitors from Germany
Look at the registration number!
The all “new” Saab 9-5
Fantastic sedan in Java Brown
And finally, a Station Wagon. A quite famous one as well.
In Sweden, it is a tradition to benchmark similar Saab and Volvo models. The Swedish motor magazine “Teknikens värld” decided to let the almost 10-year older Saab 9-5 Station Wagon compete with the brand-new Volvo V90. And you know what? The Saab won!
Time goes by and its now about 8 years since Saab went out of business in its original setting.
NEVS have had their ups and downs. They have mostly been struggling under harsh financial conditions. Something employees from the Saab days are used to, but probably not too happy about. Lately a new major owner, Evergrande, has entered the scene and the wheels are spinning faster again in Trollhättan. Focus is still on the Chinese market and there are currently no formal plans for launching products in Europe or the US.
Quite surprisingly, NEVS lately bought about 20% of the Swedish supercar maker, Koenigsegg. Koenigsegg and NEVS are also planning for a joint venture company which will produce electric cars and hybrids. Rumors say that Koenigsegg would like to gain access to the Trollhättan plant in order to produce “cheaper” electric cars. The reason for NEVS doing this deal is not that clear. NEVS are focusing on sustainable transport solutions, which has little to do with supercars.
You may remember that Koenigsegg was one of the potential buyers of Saab back in the days. Koenigsegg is now the employer of Saabs United´s founder Steven Wade, Swade.
Another car manufacturer in the western part of Sweden is Volvo. Volvo has been doing great lately, better than ever, I imagine. New plants, lots of new models, lots of sales. Many former employees of Saab have found a new job at Volvo Cars.
The picture below was taken last weekend in the heart of Volvo-land, Torslanda. You may recognize the slogan from Volvo commercials with Swedish celebrities like footballer, Zlatan. The car in the foreground however, is made by Trollhättan.
Sometimes I cannot lock my Saab properly with the key remote. If I am in a hurry this may get quite frustrating. After a while, I started to see a pattern. There was always a lorry nearby, a lorry with a remotely operated crane.
In Sweden, we recycle things like glass, paper, plastics and cupboard. The recycling stations are emptied regularly. This happens quite often when I drop my oldest son off at school. My conclusion is that the crane remote is operating on a similar radio frequency as my car key remote. It seems that the weaker car key signal gets drenched by the crane remote. When the lorry is gone, my car lock works perfectly.
I remember a discussion here at SU about the contrasting leather in the OG 9-5 seats was not real leather, but vinyl. This is something that got very real to me 2015. I generally take good care of my car, but I have not done much to the seats. I like to think that leather seats get a nice patina over time, if it is real leather, that is.
Summer 2015 the light colored fake leather in my driver seat cracked. I thought it was a shame, since my car is in good condition. I decided to mend it. I looked around the internet and found a solution called “Color Glo”. Color Glo is specialized in fixing damages in both real leather and vinyl. They can also imprint different leather patterns to mimic the original look.
It turned out that cracked fake leather on Saabs was quite common and that the rip could not be too large in order to fix it. Mine was ok to mend. Unfortunately, the leather pattern could not be imprinted because the cushion beneath the rip was too compressed (gap between the cushion and the vinyl). It seems that the cushions gets worn quite fast.
The mending looked ok, but not by any means perfect. Still, the seat was in once piece again. The mending got lightly tainted by my blue jeans quite fast.
Just before this summer, a piece came off the mending and I am back to square one again. It seems that it is not possible to get a permanent solution for this issue. At least not with the method I chose.
I think Tim mentioned that if you chose the all black version of the seat, you got all real leather. That was probably the correct choice to make. I also discussed this matter with my previous boss who used to be employed at Saab. He said that Saab had pure leather all over the seats for a long time. In competition, Saab was the only one to keep leather all over and scaled down to specific parts of the seat to keep price on par with competition.
Has anyone tried any other method? Please write a post and share your experience!
The first weekend in June (3-4th of June), the second edition of the event “Pilots Wanted” took place in Kiel, Germany. Like the first time back in 2014 it was the guys at Autohaus Lafrentz and Saabblog.net that organized this event. Some of our readers may know about Autohaus Lafrentz and I’m sure some of you think that you had heard that name before – and if you are in to the new generation 9-5, I’m sure you heard it before. The guys at Lafrentz is in my opinion specialists in the new generation 9-5, and the fact that they organizes a 9-5 meeting also tells me that they are enthusiasts. Many will also remember that they played a major part in the process with get the NG9-5 SportCombi street legal. So there is no doubt the team at Lafrentz is “a bit” more interested in Saab than the average Saab-delar, which is evident as you enter the shop… 🙂
As some of You already know I have been working with Traffic Safety and at that time new technologies for cars and trucks for the Swedish National Road Administration. That was in the late 1990ies 15 years ago. What was hot then is today way old. Actually I still have one of the test equipment in my garage, a Alpine built (for Volvo) Dynaguide GPS system with TMC technology. I would be willing to sell it to someone who has a 1998 Volvo who would like to have the ultimate accessory.
The NG 9-5 had an optional feature called “Opel-Eye” a camera that recognized road lane markings and traffic speed signs and no overtaking signs. That technology was NOT invented in house in Trollhättan, Rüsselheim or Detroit. It was from Jerusalem in Israel. The company Mobileye made the hardware and the data processing.
Now there is an aftermarket product that gives You as a driver not only the lane control and sign, but also collision warning of cars, motorcycles, bikes and pedestrians. This would be a perfect add-on to Your new ore near-new car. As long as it have a CAN BUS electrical system which all Saabs from 9-5 OG and onwards have. The installation needs to be professionally done, besides that is is super easy to operate since it is doing everything without You having to a thing.
Swade even wrote about this system for the NG 9-5 back in 2010
If You are living in Sweden and is interested in getting the product in Your Saab or any other car feel free to contact me at trued[at]gmail.com
Was talking to Tim on the phone and we got started talking about 9-5 NG. Tim had seen a feature on Bloomberg TV where they mentioned the Saab 9-5 NG as one of the best cars for young people with new drivers licenses. Then I searched the web and found a Bloomberg feature posted on Youtube with just 703 hits. Bet that number will increase after this posting. For those of You wondering where my old 9-5 NG is today I can say it is in the hands of a pianist in Göteborg. Interesting enough the the fact that the car had the Harman Kardon sound system was of less interest since he did lot listen to much music in private.
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