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Saab 9-5 (1997 – 2010)

The all-new 9-5 series strengthened Saab's position in the mid-size premium segment by replacing the long-running 9000 with two distinct bodystyles, a sedan and a wagon. The sedan was launched in 1997 and the wagon - Saab's first since the 95 model in 1959 – came a year later. Both were penned by Saab’s Norwegian designer, Einar Hareide.

Bold styling adopted design cues from the second-generation 900 model. The rising, wedge-shaped waistline, the 'hockey stick' line into the 'C'-pillars, the shape of the front lights and the oval door handles were all key Saab identifiers. The 9-5 also included a 'clamshell' hood, last seen in the 99/900 series. The sedan's coupé-like roof line and integrated boot-lid spoiler contributed to an excellent drag co-efficient of just 0.29, the lowest figure achieved at that time by Saab for a production car.

Inside, the 9-5 featured an evolution of the 9000's aircraft-inspired ‘cockpit’ layout, with an integrated center stack and instrument panel wrapping around the driver. It also retained the 9000’s widely-acclaimed seating comfort. The feel and shape of many of the controls drew on Saab tradition, as did the ignition switch mounted between the front seats. In common with previous Saab sedan models, the 9-5 also retained a folding rear seat for added practicality.

9 5Improvements in ride quality and interior noise levels was gained by mounting the front and rear suspensions on isolated sub-frames and, for the first time, an independent, multi-link rear suspension layout was adopted. The body structure included further developments in front crumple zone design and a 'pendulum' movement of the lower 'B'-pillar for greater side impact protection. Saab Active Head Restraints were fitted to the front seats, helping to reduce the risk of neck injury in rear-end collisions.

The 9-5 wagon - marketed in Sweden as a SportCombi - was designed in parallel with the sedan and featured unique bodywork from the B-pillar rearwards. The raked angle of the tailgate gave it a sporty appearance to complement its load-carrying capabilities. Design features included 'wraparound' rear window glazing and aircraft-inspired cargo securing tracks in the trunk floor. The tailgate had integral down-lighting and an extremely strong roll-out floor section for easy loading was offered as an option.

At launch, the 9-5 engine line-up featured the world's first asymmetrically-turbocharged engine, a 200 bhp V6 unit with a single turbo driven by just one bank of cylinders. Other light pressure turbo engines were a 150 hp 2.0-liter and a 170 hp 2.3-liter, including balancer shafts for greater running refinement.

In 2002, a wide-range of enhancements to the chassis, suspension and powertrain were introduced, as well as subtle front and rear restyling. Two diesel engines, a 120 hp four cylinder and an all-new 176 hp V6 were added to the range.

Engine development culminated in a 260 hp, 2.3-liter turbo engine for top-of-the-line Aero variants. And, in 2005, Saab introduced its first BioPower engine, capable of running on E85 bioethanol fuel, or gasoline, in any proportions.1201769

A total of 483,593 cars were produced.

Innovative features:

  • Night Panel, instrument dimming in addition to illumination cut-off
  • Compressed speedometer scale for accurate reading at lower speeds
  • Chilled glovebox kept at 6°C for storage of cold drinks etc.
  • Ventilated front seats using small electric fans for greater comfort
  • Split-fold sun visors for more effective dazzle prevention
  • Charcoal air filter to prevent odors entering cabin
  • Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR) for front seats
  • Bi-xenon headlights for more powerful road illumination (from 2001)
  • BioPower engine, running on ethanol (E85) or gasoline (from 2005)

The SAAB 9-5 is also avaliable highly tuned from Swiss performance experts Hirsch.

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Tue Oct 02 @17:30 - 10:30PM
Dragon Saab Monthly Meet
Sun Oct 14 @12:00 - 04:00PM
Essex SAAB Group Meeting
Sat Oct 20 @10:00 - 03:00PM
SOC Annual General Meeting
Tue Nov 06 @19:30 - 10:30PM
Dragon Saab Monthly Meet
Sun Nov 11 @12:00 - 04:00PM
Essex SAAB Group Meeting

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Who was Erik Carlsson?

Erik Carlsson

 

 

Many new members to the Club ask the same question -  “Who is Erik Carlsson?”  I suppose a lot of people who were not around in the 60s have never heard of him even though this giant of a man is often referred to as “Mr SAAB”.

Erik was born in 1929 in Trollhattan, Sweden, not far from the SAAB factory, but at that time the factory was only producing aircraft. Erik was 20 when production of the first SAAB cars started.  His first passion was motorbikes, he bought a Norton 500 new when he was 18 from Nystrom’s where he was working. Pelle Nystrom was the Norton importer for Sweden. At weekends he took part in hillclimbs, motorcross, road racing and, during the winter, ice track racing.

 

GALLOWAY HILLS RALLY

As the final round, the Galloway Hills Rally was not a scoring round for us and my driver took the decision not to contest it, giving me a chance to dust off the 99 for another blast through the woods. Martin MacCabe, a Scottish Championship regular kindly agreed to read the notes. With a two car team bolstered by Grant Inglis in his lovely new MK2 Escort we made a good spectacle as the service barges towed us into the Rally HQ in the pretty town of Castle Douglas.

 

News from Jim Valentine (June 2016)

With the suspension of the Roger Albert Clark Rally the Saab Historic Rally Team has been somewhat in the doldrums, not helped by my taking a sabbatical to do the Peking to Paris Rally in June/July this year.
 
If you would like to follow Jonathan Lodge and me on the event see www.p2pamx.com where there's already a load of material about our preparations and testing in Morocco.
 
So to give you all plenty of time to prepare I am suggesting we put together a team of Saabs to contest the Rally Isle of Man in September, 2017 under the Saab Historic Rally Team Banner
 
If we can get a feel for numbers I will see what we can do as a team entry with the organisers.  So please get in touch if you would be interested.  Plenty of time to get a car ready between now and then....
 
If the Roger Albert runs in November 2017 we'll look to get a team entry there as well.
 
All the best,
 

Jim Valentine

Local Branches

South Yorkshire Saab

South Yorkshire Saab are no longer meeting.  If anyone would like to take up the baton in this part of the world please contact Elli Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

North of Scotland

There is no formal Branch currently in operation (largely as a result of the sheer geographical spread of members across this area) and therefore no regular meetings.
Where possible, there is usually an  SOC 'presence' at gatherings across the region organised by other clubs, motor museums or advertised on web forums (principally UKSaabs).

The dates known so far for 2017 at which we aim to be represented are:

  • 23rd Apr    FBHVC 'Drive It Day' 2017  - various local runs (I'll be attending the one organised by the Highland Classic Motor Club, Inverness)
  • 7th May     Forres Theme Day
  • 21st May   Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdeenshire - "How Many Left" event for 'nearly classic' vehicles with fewer than 500 examples on the road
  • 27th May   Rotary Club of East Sutherland Classic Car Tour, Dornoch
  • 28th May   Vintage Day, Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore
  • 8th/9th Jul  43rd Scottish Transport Extravaganza, Glamis Castle, Angus
  • 4th/6th Aug  (TBC)  Ignition Festival of Motoring, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow
  • 13th Aug    Historic Wheels Vintage Car Rally, Brodie Castle, Morayshire
  • 20th Aug    Royal Deeside Speed Festival, Kincardine Castle, Kincardine O'Neil, Aberdeenshire
  • 26th Aug    Fortrose & Rosemarkie Classic Vehicle Rally, Fortrose, Ross-shire.
  • 3rd Sept     Motor Mania, Grantown on Spey. 
  • Early Dec    Joint SOC/UKSaabs Christmas Gathering - date and venue TBC (see UKSaabs forum for details)

Should anyone wish to hook up with other Saab enthusiasts in the North of Scotland please contact:

Derek Darnell

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Essex Saab Group

Come and join us and chat with like minded individuals about all things Saab. We are a small but friendly group and is run by it's members for its members

Meeting dates: 2nd Sunday of the month. Please check our website or the SOC Event calendar, to confirm dates.

Meeting location: Halfway House, on the A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL, (Off the east bound slip Road, Brentwood and Orsett A128 turn off).

Special Event: Sunday 16 September 2018, between 10am - 4pm.

 This event has been cancelled.

Website: essexsaabgroup.co.uk      

Facebook: SAAB Owners Club - Essex SAAB Group     

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Charity: We proudly support the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. 

NEXT MEETING:  14th October - 2018 -Halfway House, A127, Brentwood.

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Please use the form for general enquires about the club.  For specific Saab related enquiries it may be quicker to contact the appropriate Saab Registrar. For membership related issues please email membership@saabclub.c.uk 

If your question is not specifically related to the club itself please give your membership number.  We are unable to respond to general questions from non-members.

 

 

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