Saturday, August 15, 2015

Rare Long Roof: 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon


It might be easy to confuse the 1st generation (1997-2010) Saab 9-5 wagon with the Saabaru 9-2X because they were similar in size, seating capacity, and Saab badge -- but the 9-5 was a millionly times more Saaby and that is a good thing.  Find this 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon offered for $4,300 in Georgetown, MA via craigslist.  Tip from Art C.


Okay, the 9-5 (pronounced nine-five) may have been created long after GM had squashed the spirit out of the spitting Griffin, and it was based on the GM2900 platform shared with the Opel Vectra, Vauxhall Cavalier, Saturn L-Series, and Holden Calibra/Vectra.  At least the 9-5 used a variant of the Saab B-engine, which was technically called the H engine.  Power in this Aero spec wagon comes from the 2.3 liter B235R engine rated at something in the 250 horsepower range, giving the Swedish machine a 40-90mph acceleration that could match a similar vintage 911.  The 9-5 was also equipped with a few Saab style features like the night panel instruments that dims the lights on non-essential instruments.

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13 comments:

  1. One lousy photo ? Now that's what I call a motivated seller....NOT !

    cheers....JeffH

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    1. That's probably the only shot he could get before it rolled into the ditch after leaving it in neutral and forgetting the parking brake is busted.

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  2. I almost bought one similar to this instead of the Shadowagon. I'm a millionly times glad I didn't. The first one I drove had a broken driver's seat (busted track, a Linear), the second had a turbo that clearly was about to give up the ghost (an Arc) and the third had massive electrical problems that nobody had been able to figure out (an Aero). And those were the good ones. The rest that were on the market at the time were nowhere as appealing as those that were. I'm sure there are great examples out there but that was three too many for me to seriously consider buying one. Strikes yer out...blah blah blah.

    But wait...how would anybody confuse one of these with the 9-2X? Is that possible?

    Here are two similarly silver examples, sized to be similar in length even though in real life the 9-5 is about a foot and quarter longer than the 9-2X and the 9-5 clearly has far greater max cargo capacity (but still kinda sucky because of the styling). Would people see these two and really not be able to tell them apart?

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/e9gVs2S.jpg?2[/img]

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/e9gVs2S.jpg?2[/img]

    Still, I don't care. Even though I don't want one and am not a fan, I'd still rather Saab be in existence. We don't need less car companies, we need more. These still catch my eye whenever I see one...

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/RbrQVPI.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. Okay, that's amazing. They really DO look exactly the same. Or maybe I posted the same darn code linky! @#$%^&*()))))#$%^

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    2. Wait for it, wait for it...AHA, there we go!

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/y392pZi.png[/img]

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/duWTMNQ.jpg?1[/img]

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    3. I vote we pronounce it "nine to five". Hey, it's a way to make a livin'.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbxUSsFXYo4

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  3. Fair warning to those not in New England, every single one of these up there rusts on the dogleg fore of the rear wheel well where it meets the rocker panel. This is no different, if you zoom in on the pic you'll see some missing metal.

    The smart money is to find a sub-$1k example in CA that doesn't pass smog, ship it to new england and do a drivetrain swap. Proper rust repair on these easily exceeds the cost of acquisition and shipping.

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    1. Hell, these rust down here in FL, too. Either that or the examples I checked out down here all came from the salted pavement that surfaces the byways along northern I-95, as transplants.

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    2. Probably... lots of snowbirds from New England down Florida way as I understand it.

      I've been looking at a few up near Kansas City (note to my wife who has started reading this site: it's for a friend, HONEST!) and haven't found a single one without rust-through in the same place this one has it. One had 66k miles on the clock and the dogleg looked like garbage.

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  4. Been a little busy of late, but I'll jump in here...the 9-5 is a much, much, MUCH bigger car than the Saabaru.

    Yeah, they don't rust in California, unless maybe you live in Tahoe I guess.

    Very nice cars, absent rust. They weren't worth what Saab/GM was asking new, which was basically 5-series money, and why we ended up with an E39 rather than another Saab back in the day.

    But at the right price, and ideally with a Quaife diff in the F35 transaxle (or, hell, jump the shark and swap in an F40 transaxle) they're sweet.

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    1. Fun fact: They don't salt roads anywhere in California, on the Nevada side though....that is a different answer.

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  5. I have an 03 9-5 Aero, I bo I g b t it four years ago and I have about 100k on it now. I live in Denver, the car is from Toronto and has no rust. Hands down a very good bang for my buck. I smoke STI's and 911 daily. It's a total sleeper.

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