Saab loves to claim safety or reliability for reasons why they don't have certain features when it reality it's because they're cheap.Viscouse said:1. Pop-up headlamp washers: I assumeed the 2004 9-3 did away with them due to reliability issues. Are they making the same mistake on the new 9-5?
I totally agree, I think the current 9-5 Aero is one of the best looking sedans on the market. I wouldn't buy this new one if I were considering the 9-5. I feel Saab and other European marques are now falling prey to the Japanese syndrome (both the 'overstyled' design ethic, AND the update-the-styling-too-often). Bangle started it with BMW, and so far he's been getting away with it, sadly. I fear this will be my last Saab, because if the new 9-5 is an indication of their styling direction, in my humble opinion they're now just doing 'me too' styling. Michael Mauer's departure to Porsche is reflected in this new design, his designs were very clean and unfettered.Cojoroh said:honestly, i think the current (outgoing) 9-5 looks better. it has the traditional saab marque grille, and a clean rear end. now, the front looks like EVERY other car on the market with the exception of the tiny grille inserts beside the headlights. in general, the entire front end looks like it's just full of bloated plastic. and the rear end...what are the saab designers thinking? if they thought they could emulate bmw's offset tail lights, they went about it the wrong way. bmw pulled it off because the offset is much greater, and they eventually made the raised signal light clear to give the red plastic a clean, even look. saab on the other hand offset them just a tiny bit...just enough to make the trunk/lights look like it doesn't line up quite right...why? in my opinion, it's unbelievable how the top designers at saab couldn't come up with something better than this. what a shame.