Saab 9-5?

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  1. Sexual Vanilla

    Sexual Vanilla New Member

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    I'm in the market for a car, need something with good gas mileage, fun to drive, and reliable. I am looking at a 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero with 20k miles for 17,995. It gets between 25-30 mpg, manual transmission, turbocharged 4 cylinder w 250hp. Good deal? Bad deal? Anyone have experience with the 9-5 Aero or Saabs in general? TIA
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Basically any Euro you get is going to require some kind of maintenance (whether specified or incidental) by 20kmi. Assuming you're willing to put a grand or so into the car immediately after you buy it (worst-case scenario, but important to consider nonetheless), then you'll probably love the car. I don't know anyone who's owned a SAAB for longer than a year who kept it for any reason other than personal preference.

    I'd try to talk the price down a little, just on principle. The seller may want $18k for it, but nobody sells a car that's working perfectly.

    EDIT: One probable maintenance concern is the CV joints. Euros tend to beat the shit out of their CV joints (boots and knuckles both) because they have such tight turning radiuses, but moreover, you know the prior owner has let it rip when turning right at stoplights a few times, so the right-side CV joint probably needs new grease if there's any left. If the boots look worn, plan to drop $100-150 per side to get the boots swapped and the knuckles greased.
     
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    You wont have to do any maintenance on that 9-5 as soon as you get it. It will be good to go. There may be a few squeaks and rattles, but that happens sometimes. The 9-5 is a nice car.

    I've owned both a 9-3ss and a Viggen, and I've never had an issue with either outside of changing a headlight. The Viggen had quite a few upgrades on it as well. Afterrmarket turbo, Nordic shit, etc.

    I don't know much about problems specific to the 9-5, but I know CV joints weren't ever an issue on my 9-3 (I've still got it, and it runs great :dunno: )
    The only thing you may have to replace are the brakes, so check them out when you see it. They tend to wear quickly, especially in the back (for some stupid reason).
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    The rear brakes wear faster than the fronts because the brakes are biased to the rear during light usage. It prevents nosediving in stop/go traffic.
     
  5. Sexual Vanilla

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    Well I ended up getting the car, and I love it. Pics for any who are interested:

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  6. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    Not bad looking at all, congrats.
     
  7. deusexaethera

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    Looks nice.

    Have fun turning left.
     
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    that looks freakin :cool: love the color
     
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    :wtf:
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    Torque steer.
     
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    But it's got traction control!!!
     
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    won't really correct for torque steer, but will prevent some spin if you gun it from a stop.
    some
     
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    I know that. Guess I shoulda included some sort of smiley to indicate sarcasm. I get some nasty torque steer in my wife's Jetta 1.8T, traction control does take some of the edge off, but it will still try to yank the wheel out of your hands if you're not careful.
     
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    By the way, to the OP...Nice ride! Only Saab I would want more would be a 9000 Aero 5 Speed with TCS deactivated.
     
  17. Spin

    Spin You spin me right round baby, right round

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    Nice car, did you get it from a private seller or dealer? And the Aero is the only way to go.
     
  18. Sexual Vanilla

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    Why deactivate TCS? Just curious.

    Thanks, got it from a dealer for $18k.
     
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    Now...off to get the windows tinted. :bigthumb:
     
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    Nice car, SV. i passed up the chance to get a bright Red Aero Wagon 5M, but I have a classic 900 turbo that's slower, but more fun.

    :rofl:

    :werd: I'm on the hunt for one as we speak.
     

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