I'm assuming they are the real deal. They came with the car. Saab stamps and part numbers on the back but I don't suppose that proves anything. It looked as if the finish had gone cloudy but I think it was just 14 years of baked on brake dust.
I just wanted to share with all of you what white toothpaste with fluoride has done for me. My Saab was broke down and I used my mothers car to go to Pick and pull. I forgot to wipe the bottom of my toolbox when I sat it on the upolstry in the back seat. I googled how to get grease of of car seats. I used some water and toothpaste and a damp rag. Then rubbed it in, and it came so clean.
Another way of cleaning headlights is with toothpaste or "OFF" spray.
I used it on my last 9-5. (Might even be a few posts back) It works well on yellowed lights but the actual plastic had deteriorated on this one. It felt very rough to the touch and needed the drill and cutting pads.
I just replaced the starter on mine. I also fixed the messy switch that was wired to the AC compressor. Right now its running off the relay instead of a switch. I used that switch to connect the 5 amp fuse that you take out to reset the steering lock. Now when I get the steering lock issue, I don't have to pull the fuse. I already replaced the ISM a few months ago with no luck.
Just got my 9-5, so there's a lot to do...
Last weekend: Flushed the coolant three times and filled with G48, checked the engine air filter (looked brand new).
Last night: Replaced the broken passenger headlight assembly, removed the broken third brake assembly, and painted/cleaned it up today. Lots of velcro adhesive to remove, the previous owner didn't know how to fix it properly.
Called in at my local Saab specialist to enquire about pads and discs. Turns out he sulks, turns his back on you and walks off in a strop if he finds out you've had any work done at any other garages. Bizarre.