One Saab is Saved in “Pimp my Ride” style!

Saab 9-5 Kombi from Stay Original promo-campaignSaab 9-5 Stay Original

One Saab 9-5 is definitely saved :)

Remember that miserable Saab 9-5 SportCombi that was destined for the junkyard? A Swedish man puts out an ad for his used Saab with the headline: “Saab 9–5 estate: you will regret buying it” where he lists all the problems with his old car. The ad becomes an instant hit and gets hundreds of thousands of views. So, what happened next with the car? Here’s a film about it.

Thomas Scot, regional director of Orio, who got the idea to renovate and fix the car
Thomas Scot, regional director of Orio, who got the idea to renovate and fix the car

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Well, it’s been given a new lease on life in Pimp my Ride style, in this Stay Original promotional campaign!

 Stay Original – ”Saab 9-5 kombi
Stay Original – ”Saab 9-5 kombi

Orio kindly asked us to help out, along with Högdalens Bil- & Skadecenter, to bring the car back to life in “Ida Edition“. The result speaks for itself!

English subtitles available for those of you not fluent in Swedish (click CC button):

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Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.


  • My new to me 2003 9-5 wagon needs this done. I really like it and want to save it rather than junk it. Honestly its not as bad as the one in the film, but it still needs a pretty good restoration. Its kinda funny saying things like restoring a 2003. Doesn’t seem like 2003 was that long ago, but I guess it was!!! My main issue is someone used the rear tie down hook to pull something and it split the weld and the seem sealer where the spare tire well meets the rear of the trunk.

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