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Old 12-19-2011, 07:34 AM   #1
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Should I but this 01 9 5 Aero?

Good service history and no sludge. I have a 2001 Combi with 75000 miles so I know pretty much what to look for regarding Saabs generally. This Aero has 134000 with new rubber with a4 wheel alignment at 95000 and series of bulb replacements early on in its history.
What should I expect with the Aero (sedan) suspension and what ever else you Aero owners can think of.
Basically, what is the differance between the 2 models from that time period
The car will be placed up in Michigan at the old family homestead that now is only a summer place. So it will get little use and be stored over the winter.
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Suspension isn't hugely different. Aero has lower, stiffer springs and -- IIRC -- the same stock shocks. The other bits you probably know about. The Aero has the Mitsu 15T turbo and the programming to match it. It has slightly different head, with sodium-filled exhaust valves. (I never discovered whether all T7 heads had them after a certain point...)

Brakes are larger in the Aero, IIRC...but your Combi might have the upgraded 300mm rears. They were used on the wagons for a few years in the early models...

Seats are glorious.

Drove from Boston to Florida in 20 hours and felt fine...

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They you drove right by me in Brunswick. Since moving here from Maryland we see more of our friends here than we did there
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I don't think the big back brakes came until 2002+

However, I miss my 9-5 Aero so much. As long as you are prepared to replace the MAF, DIC and CPS around 100k+ they are such good cars. 30MPG, supreme comfort, gobs of torque and good looking.

Also make sure it has PCV update #6.
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I don't think the big back brakes came until 2002+

However, I miss my 9-5 Aero so much. As long as you are prepared to replace the MAF, DIC and CPS around 100k+ they are such good cars. 30MPG, supreme comfort, gobs of torque and good looking.

Also make sure it has PCV update #6.
aeros always got bigger brakes than LPTs by quite a bit.

PCV update 6 is important, however if it lacks that, its just a pan drop away from being solid again.

i think its more important that the car has been driven nice, and had the oil changed every 3k miles,, than a pcv update.

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aeros always got bigger brakes than LPTs by quite a bit.
We're talking about the big vented rear brakes. Those didn't happen until 2002+. Prior to 2002, the backs were the same size as any 9-5.
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Since I bought my 2001 with 114k, I've literally replaced every chassis/suspension component that they sell. I've found with my last two saabs, the bushings wear out and lots of clunking starts and tires wear down quickly. I've never had to replace bushings in any other cars I can think of. Now that everything is done though, my 11 year old car feels practically new.

Also, the 2001 Aero looks a little more Euro IMO. a plus in my book.
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