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So I don't know squat about the V6 turbo's other than what's on Wikipedia.... turbo only runs off one bank....seems odd. Anyhow, I might drive 2 hours to look at this wagon, it's an automatic :( but seems like a good price despite the front end scrapes.............. Does this speed sensor they talk about raise any red flags?... Thoughts? Advice?... Like stay away from V6 Turbo cars?... Have 2 dogs to tote around and I'm considering selling/trading my NG900 for something down the road....but still want a Saab sleeping on my side of the garage too....

http://florencesc.craigslist.org/cto/1890222469.html

2000 Saab 9-5 SE wagon - $2900 (FLORENCE, SC)
Date: 2010-08-09, 10:17PM EDT
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2000 Saab 9-5 SE Wagon 4D

133k miles with white paint and tan leather vented multi-directional controlled seats, full top-end rebuild to 3.0 liter V-6 turbo engine by Saab of Charleston cost $3300, new slotted brake rotors & disc pads on front $800, good AC system, amazing $3000 Alpine DVD-multimedia in dash with flip-up screen, 10 premium speakers with major Alpine amps, Alpine CD changer, sun roof, sport rear spoiler, roof rack.
This car looks good & drives great; has a crazy light that comes & goes regarding the speed sensor but doesn't affect the drivability of the car. I have purchased the new speed-sensor but honestly do not see anything wrong with the old ones. Listed price is $400 less than the engine rebuild and $100 less than the Alpine system! This car would part-out for over $6,000. Car drives & runs great and is listed $1000 below Kelly Blue Book value for good condition @ $2900.
 

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Nice

Nice...love the white and love the wing on the wagon...looks like the windows are tinted too ! It would be super easy to fix the paint in the front :) Put some 17's or 18's on that car and it would look sweeeeet...there is tons of info on the V6 in the forums...most people tend to love them...

Here is a list to cross-reference for issues and reliability..good luck

1996-1999 Opel Sintra
1997-2001 Cadillac Catera
2000-2005 Saturn L-Series
2002-2003 Saturn Vue
1999-2003 Saab 9-5 (turbo)
1995-1996 Saab 9000
 

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mostly I'm interested in the price on this one... and the chick in your avatar..!!... :) but you're also in INdy..... I have a tendency to stay in the south for car buying because of rust... but I do love silver!!!.... know anyone with a $7000 car that might want to trade for an NG900/vert....e85, [email protected]?................
 

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I may go check this car out tomorrow if nobody has anything negative to say about the V6......kinda surprised............ I want to but something and feel sure I can sell it for the same or better when I'm done playing..... roughly 1 day to 2 years... :)
 

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V6 9-5s that have the t-belts done at regular intervals seem to go the distance. Until recently I've always kinda shyed away from them, but I've got a friend who's way into them and always had good luck. The t-belt replacement is really not as hard as folks make it out to be, and if you dig around a bit the kit to do the job can be found cheap. Resale may be hard(er) because most saab folks are very 4cyl. oriented. I'm actually thinking about a v6 wagon myself, mainly because the price is so good on it.
 

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Thanks for the input..... If I don't find anything else to go look at, I'll probably head up and check it out............I'll let you know how it goes.
 

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Freaking shit box.... I'm so tired of people bs'ing..... Doesn't matter how nice they are on the phone... I'm going to have to insist on good pics, and lots of them before I drive... at least it was only 1.5 hours out... But really, that front end is obviously tweeked, everything is faded on interior, some crazy hack job of a stereo system, missing random dash buttons, ALL dash lights are on, speedo doesn't work, at all.... all the fake wood trim was all distorted, cracked....etc..... needless to say......it didn't come home with me.

hmmmmm....so what's next......................and the search is on again... :D
 

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The good thing is...it did not come home with you ! I bought a Porsche 944S2 off Ebay a few ago and the pictures made it look perfect...needless to say I was going to have to spend my life savings on the car to fix it up, so I parted it out...at least you were smart enough to walk away :)
 

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any interest in a 2001 aero wagon instead? roughly same price. silver automatic with 120k..PM me for details
^^ should look into that one - sounds like a cleaner nicer find FYI ^^

V6 cars are OK - but you want to see paperwork documenting the t-belt if available. Otherwise if it's running and driving as it should - get it done on your initial time with it - so you won't have any worries. New t-belt and updated tensioner = every 60K.
 

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^^ should look into that one - sounds like a cleaner nicer find FYI ^^

V6 cars are OK - but you want to see paperwork documenting the t-belt if available. Otherwise if it's running and driving as it should - get it done on your initial time with it - so you won't have any worries. New t-belt and updated tensioner = every 60K.
I've been chatting with PellingT a bit, I'm pretty interested, sounds like a great deal, but my wife of all people is doing a pretty good job of convincing me to wait until I find a 5spd.... We'll see.......
 

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Downsides to this one - Automatic and it's in New England area = RUST
http://maine.craigslist.org/ctd/1898160371.html
Upside - it's fully loaded, has Vented seats (asscoolers) and it's Laser Red (rare combo for a wagon)
Yeah, I learned my lesson from buying northern cars.... had a C900 shipped down from Ohio, it'd only spent a year or 2 up there, hated every time I turned a wrench on it....not bad but enough to be irritating as hell...... I'm probably just going to try and stay local. I've got patience... thanks for the link though

I do love the ass-coolers... That shit box had them, the seats lookedlike someone may have crapped on them, but the fans worked......
 

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We are driving up to Maine at the end of the month, I'll bring my cash and look along the way.... if that red one was a manual, I'd stop it and see it, it does look clean.......
 

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The 9-5's if taken care of do not rust...the 9000's are another story...I moved from California and thought the same way about the East Coast, but its really not that bad...I rinse my car off with the hose every few days (great to have a spout in the garage :). I also do the undercarriage once every few years with undercoating...the only place I have seen rust on the 9-5 is down rear of the rear doors...just open the doors and check the lower parts for rust...its pretty easy to spot
 

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The 9-5's if taken care of do not rust...the 9000's are another story...I moved from California and thought the same way about the East Coast, but its really not that bad...I rinse my car off with the hose every few days (great to have a spout in the garage :). I also do the undercarriage once every few years with undercoating...the only place I have seen rust on the 9-5 is down rear of the rear doors...just open the doors and check the lower parts for rust...its pretty easy to spot
Yeah - not true. lol

My dad's 9-5 was a NH car for it's first 5 years or so... the frame rails are starting to rot and the fuel door is getting bad - the car is just rusted as hell underneath. It has SLOWLY gotten worse since my dad has owned it. It does not see A LOT of salt and does get washed occasionally. It's not holding up much better then any c900 would have IMHO. Stay away from New England 9-5's as a general rule... Just look at Zach's moms 9-5!

Washing it often and actually getting the undercarrige WILL help - but most ppl don't do that.
 
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