2000 SAAB 9-5 Aero 2.3T from North America
All it took was a test drive...
Normal for these cars:
HVAC system was non-functional when the car was purchased. This had to be reset by a SAAB specialty shop, blower fan and blend door arms replaced. $950.
Misfire corrected with Direct Ignition Cassette and proper plugs. $250.
Headlamp control relay caused the front lights to go wonky. $20.
Oil pressure switch leak, replaced by shop. $350.
Acts of God stuff:
Lost both front tires on the freeway, they were 12 years old. $1200 for all four.
Large-ish rock went through the radiator resulting in radiator, A/C condenser, hoses, water pump and heater core all being replaced at a shop. $1600.
This car was a demonstration model and was tuned by Hirsch Performance of Switzerland and produces 290 hp and 330 lb/ft torque.
It can go from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds and 40-90 in 2.3 seconds. I don't know its top speed, but I have been over 130 mph and it was just as smooth and quiet as it is at 45.
When the sludge engine replacements were happening, this car was part of a collection and only had 1,200 miles when its crankcase ventilator was replaced with the improved unit.
It is still on the original engine and transmission, but the transmission is getting tired and may need replacement in the less than distant future.
The original invoice was for $59,795 with all of its modifications, but I paid $3,000 from a wholesale lot knowing it had some issues.
I only use full synthetic, high temperature 10w-30 every 5,000 miles and the engine is sludge free and runs perfectly. I also only run premium fuel and routinely get 24 mpg.
Handling is good, but it isn't a race car. It is also very comfortable, but it isn't a limousine.
There is no reason to push this car or drive it hard, it has enough power to move along without much effort.
As I write this in 2020, parts are fairly available and reasonably priced for this car, maintenance is also relatively easy as it is only a four cylinder, front-drive car.
If you want one, do your research, look around, and definitely have a test drive. I bought mine as a cheap "cool" commuter, and I could never sell it. Cheers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th June, 2020
21st Jun 2020, 02:39
$950 to replace the blower fan and blend door arms sounds a bit spendy, but $350 oil pressure switch leak - wow!!!
Still, I see why people deal with the above as these cars do have a small-but-loyal following for their charm (unlike Volvos).
22nd Jun 2020, 07:31
Doesn't matter what car now - if you need to remove the dashboard or a chunk of it to replace the fan, it's the labour that pushes the price up, not even the cost of the parts. I had to replace a crankshaft angle sensor on a 19-year old car and it was a 4-hour labour cost for that. Googled it, and verified it does take that long to remove the components to reach it, and you can't reach the sensor from below the engine bay either.