Was scrolling through copart and seen this 03 Aero in Virginia with a buy it now price of 300. Was a donated and runs/drives listing. Had to jump on it as being a Virginia car it was most likely rust free
I went through a broker and bought it right away. After copart/broker fees and
shipping it to Chicago It was 1500
Arrived a few days later, checked it over and not a spot of rust. Underbody is super clean. Ran good overall
158k, 5 speed, fully loaded with vented seats, xenons, park assist, homelink/compass mirror, auto dimming side mirrors , rain sensing wipers, etc
Compression 180 on all 4
So far I have replaced the shift knob, fixed leaky sunroof drains, repaired sunroof deflector, installed pcv update, dropped pan, new maf,dic, coolant temp sensor, thermostat, fresh coolant, new coolant bypass valve, new fuel filter, new plugs, new cabin filter, new valve cover gaskets, replaced peeling onstar antenna with a dummy, replaced windshield cowl cover, new wiper blades, replaced batteries in alarm module, 666 lighting relay mod,silicone vac lines, debadged on the rear, replaced numerous interior bulbs
Still left to do: passenger rear regulator, install GS poly Trans mount, restore headlight lenses, clean engine bay, replace passenger fender as it hAs some deep scratches, figure out p0442 cel and give it a proper detail.
Paint needs some loving for sure but I've done half the hood and she shines right back up
Def needs engine/Trans mounts soon and maybe subframe bushings.
There was an 01 9-5 at the junkyard had eibach springs and shocks/struts so I installed those minus the fronts as they're different
Came with turbines but I was flipping a silver Aero so I swapped wheels and put the rk2s on, they need to be refinished( plan on doing it over the winter)
My first 9-5 and I'm in love, great daily driver
Got the itch to start modding it already