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Old 03-27-2014, 11:33 PM   #1
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Long time Saaber, Just picked up a 9-5 Aero Wagon, MT

Yep... I just picked up a 2002 9-5 Aero, Wagon, manual trans. $2600. "It's got it where it counts" is the general feel of this car...

It's a steel grey, MT, Aero wagon. Runs good, drives good. When I got it, it was a bit... fishy. Power delivery was slow, and it picked up with a bit of lethargy. Old direct ignition, probably the original air flow meter, and 8 year old spark plugs were not helping matters. A date code 2011 genuine saab direct ignition, a known good mass air flow sensor, and new spark plugs pepped it right up. Runs 100% and the thing really cooks now... 80-120 happens fast! as it should be. When I got it, it had reasonably clean oil, the PCV update, and a lot of other nit picky things in 100% condition. SID is recent, every single dash and cluster light works, and the interior is in nice shape... It really runs good, shifts good. I know it needs sway bar end links, and probably sub frame bushings, possibly motor mounts too. but... these are not huge things for me to get it back to "new feeling"

Cosmetically, it's in "fair" shape. Steel grey, original paint, original Aero 17" wheels, however the front bumper cover is a bit of a disaster. Lip is gone, and there are a bunch of dents & dings. Some can be PDR'd however there is one that will need paintwork to fix. I may or may not depending on price. It does have almost 180K...

So... Anyway, I guess I am asking. The thing HAS a bumper cover. But. It's trashed, and has no lip. I'd like to get an 04-50 Aero bumper to replace it with. How hard is this and price??? I would need the fogs too I would guess.

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I think your only hope now for the 04-05 aero bumper is to find one off a salvage car. Last I heard they were NLA new. With fogs and grill inserts and things I think the parts work out to be around $800 give or take. Haven't done it myself though. I know Bergie just did it last year on his wagon.
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AWESOME PICKUP. probably Saab's best car. I am a sedan guy now for various other reasons.
The bumper cover swap is very easy. You will need to pull the headlights and buckets off and everything is right there to see. The swap probably took me an hour and half.
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Nice to hear from you DeLorean! Excellent pick up.
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Nice to hear from you DeLorean! Excellent pick up.
Yup. Pics?
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Pics will come soon... I did the valve cover gasket today along with the distributor hole plug to correct the oil leak. Blasted the whole engine off with the pressure washer, ran it around, and it seems like the V/C and distributor plug were the only leaks. Under the valve cover was spotless, which is a nice plus, clearly the previous owner was a fan of regular oil changes.

I got sway bar end links coming, and a bunch of other 180K 9-5 parts coming which should correct a few of the "high mileage issues"
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i feel like everyone is looking for a 9-5 Aero wagon with a M/T , guess I need to get on that hunt asap...
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Seemingly they are few and far between. a search on auto trader or cars.com, you might fine 2 or 3 in 500 mile range with those specifications.
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Seemingly they are few and far between. a search on auto trader or cars.com, you might fine 2 or 3 in 500 mile range with those specifications.
I was willing to drive about 5-6 hours each way since as you said, 9-5 5mt wagons are rare. I wanted an 06+ which is even more rare. There was a nice $2500 01 Aero in Boston on CL with RK2s that had me ready to drive for before the 06 came along.
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makes perfect sense now sorry I've been away guys, wife is 'very sick' etc, I know people are waiting for me to answer their PM'S. Delo and Tweek just happened to drop off the latest box for this, kinda wonderd why the extra effort, makes perfect sense now, with the effort he's putting into the gearbox why not 19t ets ic etc. Make it Rock!
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Yeah, I might just go for a larger turbo. Once it has the LSD, I may as well!

Harvey, I hope all goes well for your wife and that she feels better soon.

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Old 04-07-2014, 11:03 AM   #12
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A few pics -

















Not perfect by any means, but... Cheap, stick, aero wagon... so how could I not?

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Looks good to me, and no Xenon lamps to worry about.
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:46 PM   #14
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Cosmetics are not great, Front bumper (02-03 type, blaa) is missing the front lip, and held together by about 10 zip ties at the lower end. It also has a dent in the right rear 1/4 pannel, which I think is probably just beyond the point of being able to be PDR'd, but at the same time has no paint damage.... so probably not worth fixing. I also noticed the typical heater by pass valve leak, so that's "on the list" now.

I do kind of wish it had xenons, or the rain sensing wipers... but that option was not checked.

Otherwise... the thing just works good.
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reminds me a lot of my old wagon when i 1st picked her up. Same deal but had the visibility pack.

The xenons are outdated and can be a nightmare to fix and diagnose. Also the rain sensing wipers have a mind of there own most of the time and become annoying.

So you should be hyped not to have them. It seems most aero's came with this package than without.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:35 AM   #16
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so, anyone do engine sub frame, rear bushings on one of these? Mine needs em.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:39 AM   #17
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so, anyone do engine sub frame, rear bushings on one of these? Mine needs em.
Harvey and I did. Not the end of the world, especially with your lift.

I need to do my rears too. Bushing party?
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