As you may know, I’m a big fan of the button dash and am still in mourning for its passing.
The first Saab I ever rode in was an early model Saab 9000 Turbo. In those early days of the 9000 it seemed as if there were hardly any options available to customers. The cars came fully loaded. The 9000 I rode in had every bell and whistle you could imagine except for woodgrain trim. For a young guy who’d only ever driven around in old Fords and Holdens it was quite an eye-opener.
This is a nicely appointed dash from a mid-to-late 1990’s model 9000 and it’s not that different from the 1986 model I first rode in. As you can see, the DNA for the dash that later appeared in the NG900, OG 9-3 and Saab 9-5 (which still uses the same overall shape) started way back then.
Oh button dash how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…..