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Old 3rd February 2010
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Default Should I buy a 2006 Saab 9-5 2.3T Auto 5spd

I'm new to the site and was interested in buying a Saab. The only thing is it has 78,000 miles on it. How much do you think I can get out of it if I properly maintain it? And is there anything I need to look for to know if its not a good buy?
They want $8990 for it.They sale at wholesale prices. Also is there a lot of road noise in the cabin?
Its a 1 owner vehicle.


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Properly maintained, these engines and transmissions are going way over the 100,000 mile mark. You really need evidence of regular oil changes, preferably at 6000 miles using at least a semi-synthetic. If not at 6000 then at least at the scheduled service interval. Check the colour of the oil in the auto trannie and, if possible, the level. (There are sludge issues with the engine if the oil is not changed on schedule and the trannie can leak around the oil cooler - easy fix though).
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The sludge issue was fixed for MY2004 and up. The 2006 9-5 is a great car and doesn't have any particular known problems. Just test drive and examine like you would do any other used car. And of course check the Carfax or Autocheck report.

Evidence of maintenance would be nice but, unless you buy from the first owner, are probably not available. Carfax reports sometimes show dealer maintenance records, depending on the dealer and state.

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They sent me a copy of the Carfax but it doesn't show any maintenance records. It passed the emission and safety tests. It is a 1 owner vehicle.
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We just bought a 2005 Saab 9-5 2.3t Arc w/auto/paddles and fully loaded with only 71k for $10500 and we love it well that is what my wife says because she took control of if and I really have not seen her since we got her 2 days ago, but she does call to say hello....lol.

If that 9-5 is in great shape and checks out well that is a killer steal. Good luck.
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Hey thanks for all the great info.
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That seems like a really good price. I would take it to a local Saab mechanic and have them look it over for you. But everyone of my older 9-5's I have bought were over 100k and still were good cars. It seems most people these days think that when a car hits 100k it is time for a new. That isn't true at all, if I remember correctly they say you that it isn't until after 100k that you start to get money out of your car. So go for it and post up pics if you get it.
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Yeah I know about cars lasting more than 100k. My truck right now has 255k and still runs somewhat fine. Im just really trying to get info on these kinds of cars because I have never owned one and don't want to get burned by something I don't know much about. But after all the answers I will most likely get it. Also Im 22 and was wondering which insurance company is easiest on the Saab's, I have nationwide right now and they quoted me 155 a month.
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Also Im 22 and was wondering which insurance company is easiest on the Saab's, I have nationwide right now and they quoted me 155 a month.
Saabs are usually not expensive to insure. I had full coverage (comprehensive+collision) through Auto-Owners on my 2006 9-5 and yearly premium was about $850. But I have my house insured with them, have good credit and insurance history and am 43 years young. Check around to see which company will give you the best rate.
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Look for a manual....

You're too young for an automatic. (and these cars are MUCH more fun with the manual. The paddles look cool but they don't react quick enough...)
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Look for a manual....

You're too young for an automatic. (and these cars are MUCH more fun with the manual. The paddles look cool but they don't react quick enough...)
They actually react very quickly. Upshifts with the automatic in manual mode using the paddles are faster than you would be able to do shift with a manual gearbox. The auto box is very good and the manual is not that great, in my opinion. And yes, I have had both. Manual in my 2005 Aero and auto in my 2006.
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Look for a manual....

You're too young for an automatic. (and these cars are MUCH more fun with the manual. The paddles look cool but they don't react quick enough...)
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Don't buy an automatic...manual trans is the only way to go. Everytime I see an automatic Saab I puke a little.
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They actually react very quickly. Upshifts with the automatic in manual mode using the paddles are faster than you would be able to do shift with a manual gearbox. The auto box is very good and the manual is not that great, in my opinion. And yes, I have had both. Manual in my 2005 Aero and auto in my 2006.
I guess he was thinking of the older design of the autos. Because IMO I think alot of people don't think out of the box when they think of auto trannies.
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"... Everytime I see an automatic Saab I puke a little. "

Choke on it.
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They actually react very quickly. Upshifts with the automatic in manual mode using the paddles are faster than you would be able to do shift with a manual gearbox. The auto box is very good and the manual is not that great, in my opinion. And yes, I have had both. Manual in my 2005 Aero and auto in my 2006.
You need to start driving more. That's not even in the same zip code as quick. Drive a Nissan 370 (or even the last year of the 350. That's a quick auto.....)

In the Saab, the physical act of shifting may be faster, but the transmission's response time is woefully slow. Maybe the 2006 model is a huge leap forward from the 2004 Aero I drive at my parent's house. I found that leaving the auto in Sport mode was a much better experience than using the paddles.

But your mileage may vary. Maybe the autos I've driven, including my own, have been sluggish. Maybe your manual had a problem. And maybe your auto was extraordinary. ..
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Okay we get it that autos just suck because some people say so. Now please stay on topic or start your own post.
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"... Everytime I see an automatic Saab I puke a little. "

Choke on it.
I thought Canadians were supposed to be nice.
Right back at you.
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Okay we get it that autos just suck because some people say so. Now please stay on topic or start your own post.

Let me guess: you have an auto.

To recap: OP asked whether he should buy that car, with the description listed in the thread title. My answer was to look for a 5-speed. That fulfills the mission of the post and offers the advice that the OP sought.

In sum:
Topic: addressed.
New post: not needed
Enema for toxicavenger: highly recommended.
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Actually you were right in posting your opinion so if you want to be a forum mechanic or internet bully then that is up to you. But not everyone agrees with it, including me. So it would be best if you try to be civil and show some manners. Thanks for your time once again.
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Let me guess: you have an auto.
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You need to start driving more.
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Don't buy an automatic...manual trans is the only way to go. Everytime I see an automatic Saab I puke a little.
These discussions between auto vs. manual never turn out well. The manual trans jockeys often think they are superior because they managed the skill of moving their shifter by hand and pushing a clutch pedal. They are easily identifiable because they feel the need to include their manual trans preference in the car description in their profile. They are usually younger Americans between 20 and 35, can get pretty abusive defending their cause and call all auto drivers lazy, old, boring, "don't know how to drive" etc etc...

That's all from me, back to the thread topic..
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