Monday, August 15, 2016

Letters To DT: 2005 Saab 9-2X

Dear DT: Unless I'm totally wasted, this seems like an amazing deal?   2005 Saab 9-2X offered for $6500 near Baltimore, MD -- Jeff S.
Dear Jeff S: Unfortunately (if you are a Saabaru owner) or fortunately (if you want to be a Saabaru owner) prices for late model Saabs are following the depreciation curve of 80s Audis, which means that even the most turbochargest and all-wheel-drivest of the bunch will be worth about $4.85 in a few years.  But that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy one or that this 66k mile example doesn't look like a good deal.  However, the consensus here is that the "cookie" your friend brought you from Colorado was laced with something green and you might wanna invest in some clean urine for your next job application -- check with some Olympic athletes for the best sources. 

Despite what the Gripen (Griffin) on the hood might tell you with his fiery tongue, Saab didn't build the car you are looking at -- it was about as Swedish as Johan Verner Ölund was Chinese. It was manufactured/assembly completely at a Subaru factory in Japan using the 2nd generation Subaru Impreza parts. If you like the idea of owning a Scandinavian wagon but want Japanese reliability, it doesn't get much better than the Saabaru.

Power in this MY 2005 Aero version is the Subaru EJ20 flat-4 that pushes out 227 horsepower and 217 ft-lbs of torque with a small turbocharger. Power heads via a 5-speed manual gearbox to all four wheels, and it won't peel your face off like the STI, but it does a good job of feeling fast and fun with a variety of road conditions.

 See another product of the strange first decade of the 21st Century?


  1. Great car to meet your future in laws in. Infinitely hoonable, while looking like you might get a decent job. Has the 2.0 liter too, so fewer future headgasket issues.

    1. Best trimmed WRX wagon ever made, and it used the STi steering rack for whatever improvement that may offer.

  2. Jeff S: Try & see the 9-2x listing in both FOR SALE & SOLD listings for comps:

    1. ...and if I remember correctly, Saab at the time was dumping these at fire-sale prices of $4-5K off list, the warranty was longer too (4yrvs.3yr&50k vs. 36K) and serviceable at every 'Sube dealer. If anybody can verify this, to chime in cause if your buying from the original owner, well.......

  3. BarbaraPaddles, I remember that fire sale. I heard about it at the last minute and frantically called around to every dealer on the west coast. The deals were legit, but everyone only had automatics left so I passed.

  4. Looks like it sold, but it seemed like a fair price to me especially for the miles and apparent condition. Just for a price reference, I just picked up a manual with 113k miles in good shape for $3500. On the negative side, it is due for a timing belt and has a small bit of the typical rust over the rear wheels. On the positive side, it came with a set of winter wheels and tires (General Altimax on 16" OEM Enkei). A couple years back, I picked up my first one for $3000. That one was an AT and had 205k miles at the time but had zero rust or mechanical issues.


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