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Old 09-17-2012, 11:38 AM   #1
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thinking of a 9^5 ...

edit: dammit, I saw there were two 9^5 forums, yet I still posted this in the wrong one .. Mods, can we move it?

sorry for the boring thread, but lately I have considered shopping for a 9^5 sedan to replace my 99 (for comfort/commuting). This forum seems a bit slow like the 99 forum, I guess SaabLink is mostly about 900s/9^3s!

I had never considered 9^5s before, so I know absolutely nothing about them.
A brief read online says they came with a 2.0T, 2.3T, and 3.0L V6; that some of the Turbos suffered from "oil sludge" problems; and that the 'Aero' is the sport model.
Seems like the motors have decent aftermarket upgrade support.

What other important maintenance items / prospective problems should I be aware of?
I would be looking for a 5-speed manual, earlier-model 9^5.

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Old 09-17-2012, 11:46 AM   #2
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Just remembered there is another SAAB site for newer SAABs, this seems to have a lot of info

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http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=117379

and a lot of problems .. scares me away from newer cars!
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:54 AM   #3
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04-05 Aero is the one you want. Vented seats. Cosmic blue.

Not too many problems that haven't already been well-documented. Carry a spare DIC, use the right plugs, check the pan for sludge gnomes/change the oil frequently, send the SID to BBA Reman, read up in the Bentley on changing the CPS, and you're pretty much good to go.
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They are super reliable. They do have issues, and like all modern cars, issues usually cost you in expensive electronic but largely plastic parts, but, way nicer than the 9-3. There are a lot of active 9-5 owners here too.

If you think it is too modern, I'd consider a '98 or other late 9000. T5 is a little simpler, they have many of the benefits of the 9-5s, but may be slightly more reliable.
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