Saab Sighting Of The Week “Saab Automobile USA Communications Director’s 9-5 SportWagon”

Posted on 10. Feb, 2009 by in 2000-2009, Saab Sightings


Photo Credit: Jan-Willem Vester/ Saab Automobile USA

Jan-Willem Vester, the Communications Director for Saab Automobile USA, since replacing Kevin Smith in 2004, has kindly provided Saab History a wonderful photo of his 2004 9-5 Wagon CPO for the Saab Sighting Of The Week.

He has also provided us a little insight into his background with Saab and how he acquired this beautiful 9-5!

Thank you Jan-Willem for your contribution!

First and foremost, my European background has provided us with many postive experiences with Stationwagons as they tend to offer plenty of useful extras – often including better looks — on the same “real estate” as a comperable sedan. Having started with a couple of C900 5-doors (’79 GLs and ’84 GLi), I’ve been looking forward to a true full-size Saab wagon for my growing family – so, when the 9-5 was announced with that beautifully extended body designed by Simon Padian, I sort of knew that over time, I had to have one.

This 2004 2.3T Arc was offered as a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle in early 2007 by Saab of Lakeside in Macomb, Michigan. The records showed that this very car had started its life as a display vehicle for Saab Cars USA prior to my assignment here, and may have been shown at the 2003 Owners Convention and other publicity events. True its calling, this car has almost every available option including the 17-inch sport wheel package, giving it a sporty and unique appearance. The Laser Red paint is also rather rare on a 9-5, I believe, and almost litterally puts the Sport in this Wagon. Plus, absolutely ideal of course when presenting it to my wife and three kids on the occasion of Valentine’s day — love on first sight!

On the practical side, the car is always very visible even in Michigan’s most dreary weather, attributing to its safety appeal as daily transportation for my most precious cargo. In the past two years of ownership, our 9-5 quickly became a valued family member and hasn’t missed a beat under any of the circumstances it has been exposed to. Regular service at Saab of Troy as the 30,000 mile mark passed by uneventfully last summer, wasn’t cheap but definitely worth it as the car got fresh fluids all over and immediately felt ready for the next 30,000 miles — and then some… Clearly, this 9-5 still has lots of life left in it, and we look forward keeping it in our family as long as we can imagine. So if you happen to toy with a similar idea, we can certainly recommend it!

Jan-Willem Vester
Manager, Saab Automobile USA Corporate Communications

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  1. Peter Gilbert

    12. Feb, 2009

    Jan-Willem hi,
    The car is so aesthetic, in red and the reason I picked the Combi was not only its functionallity, but it actually looks better than the sedan itself.

    I drove 730 miles (in one day) last Friday, all over Wisconin, for a candidate, and our state is about as big as France! We went so far up North, that we found smooth roads, like poole tables. Together with the pine trees, I thought I was back in Sweden for a minute!


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