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#1185 of 2237 SAAB 2001 linear seats
Sep 04, 2002 (7:25 pm)
notwithstanding some small electrical problems a slight oil leak which I accept as teething problems ,and a handsfree phone saab harness that no one seems to know what to do with(dealer included) in my area now that it is installed!,I am extremely satisfied with my 2001 9-5 linear wagon after 25000kms. Aside that is from an absolutely awful drivers seat that has become impossible to feel comfortable in in 105kms to work. I have read in your columns others ideas to their same problem, sitting a certain way , posture seat cushions etc. all of which is creative if not ideal. The truth is the seats are simply TERRIBLE they dont belong in a car of this price range. Things were passable at first hence the purchase,but now after such little mileage the foam has softened and there is insufficient thigh/knee support the lumbar adjustment is altogether insufficient the leather is slippery which compounds the lack of lateral lumbar support. WHAT to do? I have just spent a wonderful weekend ina 2002 Aero with NO seat discomfort in 700KMS. A trade-in which was tempting would be indulgently expensive, I priced today one 2002 Aero seat installation at a minimal 6000 plus 15% tax in canadian dollars in the Toronto dealer area. Any practical suggestions?? I,d really like to keep the car , and probably buy a Saab all over again.
Sep 04, 2002 (7:56 pm)
If I were you, I would check into some aftermarket seats. Recaro makes absolutely excellent seats...they dont have lots of features, and they arent full luxury connoly leather(typically cloth)...but they are comfortable over long distances.
#1187 of 2237 Response to 1169
Sep 05, 2002 (2:30 pm)
I had the same problem, and it had to do with the onboard computer that controls the automatic transmission, which the dealer replaced
#1188 of 2237 To 1174 from 1169
Sep 05, 2002 (5:16 pm)
Thanks for advice on this. Did yours happen under warranty as well and was in an 02 or earlier model?
#1189 of 2237 After Market Seat comment
Sep 05, 2002 (6:52 pm)
In response to aronl's comments on the 9-5 Seats. I agree that they could be better but I'd hardly say that they're "Terrible". I guess everyone is different. I've even read reviews that claimed they are some of the best. I definately don't agree with that either. The Aero seats are more appropriate for this Class of car I'd agree. We've had a '98 9-5 and now the '02 with the same seats. I would like to have seen them improved but the issue was not enough to keep me from buying again.
As far as the Recaro Aftermarket Option that "Wishnhigh".. mentioned: Those are as good as you will find but I have to correct him on a couple of things.. Recaro's are most definately available with High Grade Leather and with many other Features typical with Luxury Seating. When I shopped them for another vehicle, I seem to recall that they will even match the OEM leather or fabric of a vehilce to match the rear seats but I can't swear to that one. I know there was a supplier who offered that.
Don't expect to find any cheap deals but I'm willing to bet that even the more luxurious seats available from Recaro with numerous power options will be cheaper than the Aero Seats from Saab with standard power features. Purchasing a complete Seat from a manufacturer is OUTRAGOUSLY expensive no matter what seat or what manufacturer. I remember the old Aero Seats from the 9000 were $3,000US each if you were to order as a part from the Dealer. Those old Aero seats were awesome and as good or better than any Recaro I've tested. What gives Saab? Why don't you have something that Good anymore? GM maybe?
PS. My experience with Recaro was from shopping them a few years ago. Things may have changed in their product offering now of course.
#1190 of 2237 Another Seat comment
Sep 05, 2002 (6:59 pm)
Wishnhigh made comment about "Connelly Leather".. I'm not sure if Saab uses this supplier or not. Connelly hides are found in such Premium makes as Rolls Royce and they do offer the best quality to be found. If Saab uses this supplier, you can bet they are not buying anything close to the Grades used by Rolls Royce.
On a Sad note.. I understand that Connelly Leather Company has been in very serious financial trouble recently. The last article I read about them mentioned a Bankrupcy but I'm not sure if that has happened yet or not. Lets hope not.
Sep 05, 2002 (8:48 pm)
actually, I was just kidding with the connoly leather comment. I have ridden in many cars with Recaro seats, and all of them were comfortable, but none of them were luxurious in any way...just standard seating with impeccable ergonomics.
It actually suprised me to see that they do offer more luxurious seats...Im curious to check that out.
Have you ever priced Recaro lux seating with OEM leather?
#1192 of 2237 RE: Recaro
Sep 06, 2002 (11:44 am)
It has been several years since I've shopped them. I was interested in purchasing a Calloway tuned and bodied Z-28 and it was in despirate need of a suitable set to match the Extreme performance and new exotic body.
At that time they had options for Leather, cloth and various Power Adjustments. I'm not sure if heating was an option or not. Of course a basic seat was also available which wasn't cheap but certainly comfortable. I'm sure a seach on Recaro would find the information. I beleive they are mostly sold direct which is fine accept installation could become a problem.
Sep 11, 2002 (12:15 pm)
Due to the unavoidable realities of Washington, D.C. parking and driving, and, just once, to a moment of personal distraction under the influence of a short skirt on a hot day, my silver 2001 9-5 is starting to exhibit a fair gallery of scrapes and tears on the front and rear bumpers. Any ideas on the best way to patch or mask these? Thanks all.
Sep 13, 2002 (8:43 am)
Does anyone know if Saab will be adding Navigation as an option to the 9-5 for 2003 (or 2004)? The folks on the web site only respond with "OnStar is currently available."
Supposedly for 2004 Navigation will be available on the new 9-3 (it won't be available in the 2003 models. Damn...)