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Old 04-18-2014, 01:56 PM   #1
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whats the trim level on 9-5

whats the trim level on 9-5's from low to high and whats the difference?
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whats the trim level on 9-5's from low to high and whats the difference?
What years? The trims changed as the years went on.
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The early ones were just 9-5(some people call them the "S"), 9-5 SE, and 9-5 Aero
Base was the low pressure, 150hp 2.3L (E-VIN)
SE was (usually) the 200hp 3L V6 (Z-VIN)
Aero was the 250-ish HP 2.3L (G-VIN)
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The early ones were just 9-5(some people call them the "S"), 9-5 SE, and 9-5 Aero
Base was the low pressure, 150hp 2.3L (E-VIN)
SE was (usually) the 200hp 3L V6 (Z-VIN)
Aero was the 250-ish HP 2.3L (G-VIN)
I think the early base cars were 170hp and the first Aeros were 230hp, 250 uprating came a bit later in '02 or '03.
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These are close but are off the top of my head. Many things were still options even on the highest Aero trim, like the heated rear seat, HID vs. halogen lamps, and a few other things. Cloth interior only available on the early models, and never on Aeros in the US.

In ascending order:

'98-'01 - 4-speed auto or 5-speed standard
-Base - 2.3L LPT 175hp, cloth or leather interior, most accessory equipment optional, heated seats optional, etc.)
-SE - 3.0L V6 turbo, leather interior
-Aero - 2.3L HOT 235hp (I believe TCS standard), leather interior

'02-'03 - 5-speed auto or 5-speed standard
-Linear - 2.3L LPT 175hp (I think it was still 175hp) (ESP stability control optional, TCS standard, HID's optional)
-Arc - 3.0L V6 turbo
-Aero - 2.3L 235hp, (ESP standard, steering wheel shift buttons for Aero standard)

'04-'05 - 5-speed auto (steering wheel shifters standard for all models) or 5-speed standard
-Linear - 2.3L LPT - I think was uprated to ~190hp
-Arc - 2.3L turbo, now ~220hp
-Aero - 2.3L HOT, now ~250hp,

'06-'09 - 5-speed auto (steering wheel shifters standard for all models) or 5-speed standard
-9-5 2.3T - 2.3L turbo, ~220hp
-9-5 Aero - 2.3L turbo, ~260hp


In the U.S. (except for some MY98 launch cars) all 4-cylinder cars were 2.3L, had sunroofs, electric windows, ACC, cruise control, ABS (on later models TCS and then ESP came standard, as did OnStar), front and rear foglights, and alloy wheels with steel wheels being offered as an accessory to mount snow tires.

Aeros were sort of like the 9000 Aero's, basically every option was standard except a few things like transmission choice, HID or regular halogen headlamps ('02+ Xenons were options on the lower models too, '06+ Xenons standard on all models [I think]), headlamp wipers, rain sensing windscreen wipers and the auditory Reverse-Assist.

All cars in the US were pre-wired for heated seats regardless if they were fitted or not, but only cars ordered with ventilated seats have the wiring installed.

There are a few one-year only irregularities, like '02 Linears have light colored matte finished wood dashes, '04-'05 Arc's have a dark dark grey synthetic burled dash,
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These are close but are off the top of my head. Many things were still options even on the highest Aero trim, like the heated rear seat, HID vs. halogen lamps, and a few other things. Cloth interior only available on the early models, and never on Aeros in the US.

In ascending order:

'98-'01 - 4-speed auto or 5-speed standard
-Base - 2.3L LPT 175hp, cloth or leather interior, most accessory equipment optional, heated seats optional, etc.)
-SE - 3.0L V6 turbo, leather interior
-Aero - 2.3L HOT 235hp (I believe TCS standard), leather interior

'02-'03 - 5-speed auto or 5-speed standard
-Linear - 2.3L LPT 175hp (I think it was still 175hp) (ESP stability control optional, TCS standard, HID's optional)
-Arc - 3.0L V6 turbo
-Aero - 2.3L 235hp, (ESP standard, steering wheel shift buttons for Aero standard)

'04-'05 - 5-speed auto (steering wheel shifters standard for all models) or 5-speed standard
-Linear - 2.3L LPT - I think was uprated to ~190hp
-Arc - 2.3L turbo, now ~220hp
-Aero - 2.3L HOT, now ~250hp,

'06-'09 - 5-speed auto (steering wheel shifters standard for all models) or 5-speed standard
-9-5 2.3T - 2.3L turbo, ~220hp
-9-5 Aero - 2.3L turbo, ~260hp


In the U.S. (except for some MY98 launch cars) all 4-cylinder cars were 2.3L, had sunroofs, electric windows, ACC, cruise control, ABS (on later models TCS and then ESP came standard, as did OnStar), front and rear foglights, and alloy wheels with steel wheels being offered as an accessory to mount snow tires.

Aeros were sort of like the 9000 Aero's, basically every option was standard except a few things like transmission choice, HID or regular halogen headlamps ('02+ Xenons were options on the lower models too, '06+ Xenons standard on all models [I think]), headlamp wipers, rain sensing windscreen wipers and the auditory Reverse-Assist.

All cars in the US were pre-wired for heated seats regardless if they were fitted or not, but only cars ordered with ventilated seats have the wiring installed.

There are a few one-year only irregularities, like '02 Linears have light colored matte finished wood dashes, '04-'05 Arc's have a dark dark grey synthetic burled dash,
'06-09 all had 260hp. Aero was just suspension and seats at that point.
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Im looking at 02 and newer and I want a 9-5 aero wagon with a 5spd and 9 outta 10 aero wagons are autotragics and the linear wagons are mostly 5spd and I crave an aero with the 5spd.....Can you do anything with the linear I want more powarrr ...im not in any rush so I can wait it out until I find a cream puff aero wagon with the 5spd..
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Im looking at 02 and newer and I want a 9-5 aero wagon with a 5spd and 9 outta 10 aero wagons are autotragics and the linear wagons are mostly 5spd and I crave an aero with the 5spd.....Can you do anything with the linear I want more powarrr ...im not in any rush so I can wait it out until I find a cream puff aero wagon with the 5spd..
5spd are rare the later you go. I jumped on and overpaid for my '06 for that reason.

ARC 2.3s are nice because you have the same TD04 turbo as the aero, so it's largely just tuning.
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im thinking at this point finding an arc 2.3T 5spd and put the aero kit and seats in it and when its time to do suspension lower it to those specs and the hell with it.. or are the arc wagon 5spds hard to find as well?
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im thinking at this point finding an arc 2.3T 5spd and put the aero kit and seats in it and when its time to do suspension lower it to those specs and the hell with it.. or are the arc wagon 5spds hard to find as well?
I would say any 5spd wagon gets more and more rare after '00-02. Be willing to travel.
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when i lived in CT I drove to see a car in DC , im willing if I can have the car inspected and a report given to me, im willing to fly and drive back 1500miles if need be..
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I am looking to replace our rusty 200k 02 9-5 5 spd Linear wagon with swapped Aero seats... not easy to replace!

I've pretty much downgraded hopes to just getting a non-rusty wagon after keeping an eye for 6 months now.

03 is the best year in my opinion, followed by 04 and 05.

DrewP knows these cars well. Only thing I'd add is that I service a customer's 02 9-5 linear with cloth interior... its pretty neat, different fabric than 99-01. Its like a sport mesh texture.
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for love nor money am I finding an aero wagon 5spd.....im not in any hurry but im keeping my eyes pealed im looking for one around Jan 2015 when I unload the Fiat...
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Well living in Georgia I can see them being rare. Here in NE you will see 5 speed aero wagons(00-03) pop up about once or twice a month. They go quick though.

Be prepared to travel for one and stay on top of craigslist daily.

Like Jameson said 06+ your not going to find. I think his was the only one for sale within the past year on the east coast.
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im from the NE I would totally fly north to jump on one and drive back...
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Huh, never seen the later cloth interior, sounds cool.
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From my 02 with cloth (and 210k) Friend of mine also has a 04 wagon with the same cloth

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Did you get that oil leak on the head fixed?
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Huh! Learned something new! Never seen that before! (I'm CA at least).
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I join the 02 liner wagon with cloth interior club on Sunday... Bought my 50th car from the customer I spoke of earlier when his brake booster failed and the steering rack started leaking.

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