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Do you like classics? Do you like the typical, the new or the really nice newish and fast... it's all really what you want in a car and have to spend. Give a few more details and we can surely help you find the ideal car for you
Personally, I'd go for either a 9-5 Aero, 9000 Aero or 9-3 Viggen. Only because they use the 2.3 and can be upgraded more than the 2.0. Heard a lot of people saying they were disappointed with the performance of the 9-3ss Aero (Vector in the US?) though I've never driven one, so can't comment myself.
There are several 9000's on SaabScene with over 300BHP. The new 9-5 Aero starts with 250bhp as standard - wheras the 9-3ss Aero is only 210bhp.
Look for a 97 9000 Aero Manual - you can aquire one of those off e-bay in good shape and fairly low mileage for around $4-6,000 easy. They are VERY nice cars and with the right interest can be300+hp. Stock is 225, and it's QUICK. Looks nice too. YOu could also aquire a nice older SPG 86+ for anywhere from $800-$6,000 too. Depending on it's condition. I'd lean towards the 9000 Aero. The CSE models are the same car, just no special seats or suspension, so the AERO is better