2005 SAAB 9-2X Linear 2.5i EJ253 H4 from North America
A SAAB you can live with
One interior bulb was out, easily replaced.
Nothing else except normal wear & tear items - brakes, wiper blades, etc.
For me, this is mostly an appliance vehicle and occasional hauler, with a little pizazz.
Like most other Subaru's, it's pretty durable - a decent 'everyday' powertrain, low maintenance costs, nothing really to worry about except general maintenance.
Power is adequate, but isn't inspiring - ultimately that's OK, as having a simple, straightforward, uncomplicated engine for a change is a plus.
Handling is average, maybe slightly above average with the AWD.
The front seats are actually quite good, with decent bolstering.
Interior is a bit cheap overall, but not terrible. It's very quiet, even on the interstate (extra sound-deadening was added IIRC). Interior is 99.9% rattle free.
Cargo capacity is on average with most hatchbacks; this isn't a full-sized wagon and it has a sloped back, so bigger items won't fit easily. Getting an average sized mountain bike in the back was challenging.
It's a split-personality experience driving this car - it looks better than a Subaru, while overall being less of a headache than owning an actual SAAB. I don't beat on it ruthlessly, but it seems to comply happily when it's occasionally wrung out. I don't baby it either.
If it blew up or died, I'd probably try to find another or a similar Subaru... but would most likely end up with an old Volvo 240/740/940 :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th April, 2012