Sounds like you know your Saabs, man!Yep $700. I got this mentality where i won't pay no more then $1000 for a car, to this day i have not done it yet other than my SUV. Most expensive one was $900 and the cheapest one was free cause the lady wanted it out her yard. She couldn't get a title cause the car came with the house she bought. No one would touch it without the title. I'm going to keep it though. Those 5 speeds are getting hard to find. My wagon is even more rare, its a 5 speed aero too. Now if it had been an automatic then I would say yes, I would try and flip it. I might be on the hunt for a '06+ 9-5 wagon with a manual but I'm waiting till I get this one going. I'm very picky when it comes to my cars. There was one I was almost about to take the trip for out there in Newport. It had everything I wanted, white, the two tone seats (black with the cream inserts) and it was a manual. They sold it before I got the money for it. If I can't find one then I just might end up building one.
I've got a couple mechanic questions for you:
1) On my '99 9-5, 2.3t manual, how would you go about dropping the oil pan? Done that before? Lift the engine? Lift the tranny? Partially remove/drop the subframe?
2) Have you ever messed with the rack and pinion on one of these cars?