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Apparently instead of spring fever I have caught SAAB fever. I have recently bought an 06 9-3 combi as a build car and now I can't stop thinking about getting a 9-5 to replace my 07 9-3 ss daily driver.
I don't have any experience with the new 9-5s so some advice would be greatly appreciated. I am currently eyeballing this one but I'm a little apprehensive since it would be a sight unseen since I'm in MD and its in MI.

http://www.suburbanford.com/exotic-used/Saab/2010-Saab-9-5-ferndale-mi-274103d90a0e0ae7513b8f85f2d6d1c2.htm

Do you guys think this looks like a good deal or too good to be true.

And if there is anyone in the Ferndale, MI area that would be willing to look it over for me I would be in your debt.

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Nice looking car and price is very reasonable. But, you have to either have a great mechanic who knows the NG 9-5 well and be willing to spend more than a normal car should something go wrong, or be very handy with a wrench yourself. I love mine, but am not willing to daily drive it. For example, there are no more US-spec tail lights available. I found one used for $800... for one side. The transfer case is $2600 new plus installation. The transmission is $4400 new plus installation. Sometimes you can luck out with used parts. My 9-5 just sat in the garage for a couple of weeks while I removed the rear LED light bar and shipped it out for a rebuild since you cannot buy a new one anymore. It's part and parcel of owning a unicorn... Insurance is 25% higher than my wife's '15 Volvo XC60 AWD, even though they are pretty damn similar vehicles on paper (great safety record, turbo 6 engines, AWD, Swedish, etc).

Guess what I'm trying to say is they are beautiful cars with some nice features, but I think it would be tough to support one that you needed everyday. At the end of the day, I wouldn't trade it for anything else though. :)
 

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Yeah I've read up a decent amount on them and I know some parts are hard to find or repair. i've done 90% of the work on my 9-3's so I don't think that will be much of an issue and I would still have my 9-3 as a back up.
I drive less than 40 miles a week for work so the term daily driver might be an exaggeration.
I love the look of these cars and I know there are very few of them so I don't want to miss my chance at preserving and enjoying one lol
 

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Price is within the range for year and mileage based on my searching for the past year online.

Noticed the front cover to the passenger side headlight cleaner is missing. Typical infotainment buttons missing original symbols (flaking off). Will the dealer provide a CarFax report? Or you can do it yourself with the VIN on the website.

I just purchased a 2010 95 XWD with 36K on it, one owner - provided CarFax report. Fortunately, there are 3 service techs within easy reach who can work any problems for me, but I plan to baby it.

Use it as my weekender. Love the ride and power it has. Will be adding the BSR treatment in near future. Too bad it was SAAB's swan song car.
 

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Hmmmm. Over 100K, MY2010, not 2011, but...check out pics 3 & 4. See the Hirsch badge? This one has some go-fast something on it (probably a tune). That might explain how the previous owner got into a front-end accident. The hood alignment doesn't look correct on the left side.

I'd say 9K tops. Maybe less.
 

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I saw the badge but the Hirsch stuff doesn't add any value for me but I didn't notice the lines until you said something. Good eye ☺
For me the biggest attractor is the options and price but its looking like ill hold off until I have enough put away to buy a lower miles one with less unknowns.
Thank you everyone for you input.

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make sure you look over the repairs and then offer the guy $9000 or less as noted above.

i'd say if it was just a bumper cover and a fender not a big deal, but look under the hood and see if the core support was damaged. get under the front bumper and have a look. there are a series of plastic clips that hold everything together. seeing how that's all put back together might be an indication of how good of a job they did on the rest of the repairs. (there shouldn't be any zip ties down there)

that tech package is hard to find!
 

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Thats my issue its a couple states away and I wouldnt be able to inspect prior

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you could hire a 3rd party inspector.

from my experience if the warm and fuzzy feelings are not there it's best to pass. there will be another one eventually.

took me almost two years to find the one i wanted.
 

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Yeah I hear you ... Ill look into a third party and see what I can find. I dont "have to" get one right now but I've been looking at them for a while and the last one I found similar to it was bought before I was able to look at it. We'll see though

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Hmmmm. Over 100K, MY2010, not 2011, but...check out pics 3 & 4. See the Hirsch badge? This one has some go-fast something on it (probably a tune). That might explain how the previous owner got into a front-end accident. The hood alignment doesn't look correct on the left side.

I'd say 9K tops. Maybe less.
I think it might just be the angle in the picture. Looked at it in multiple angles and the hood seems to meet up with both fenders correctly and at consistent gaps?

If I'm the dealer, there's absolutely no way I let that car with tech package and rear seat entertainment package go for $9k... but I might be biased. :lol:
 

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Pros - tech package, if all works, rarely see the rear dvd players and the XWD (love it)

Cons - Accident reported and even if minor at least one item was not replaced - as noted above one must get dirty and look inside, and the mileage, 16k per year on average with the second and longest owner, not excessive, but indicates it was not used sparingly - probably everyday use.

Neutral- Hirsch Stage 1 upgrade (assumed no Stage 2 or 3 upgrades which are mainly hardware additions).

I looked long and hard for little over a year and then when it felt "warm" I drove 4 hours to inspect it after much texting and phone calls along with "can you send this and this photo" requests. Once I drove it I got the "fuzzy" feeling. When I brought it home I took it to a SAAB specialist for a real professional kicking of the tires. Fortunately, it came through with only an intermittent brake light needing replacement - very common on the model.

Consider the distance and the report back by the 3rd party I would suggest no more than $10K and not a penny more. If they reject it then it wasn't meant to be.
 

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I think it might just be the angle in the picture. Looked at it in multiple angles and the hood seems to meet up with both fenders correctly and at consistent gaps?
I thought so too at first, but if you look at the pic of the front end straight on, you can see the panel gap between the leading edge of the hood and the top of the headlights is higher on the driver's side than the passenger's side. The gap between the hood and the top corners of the center grille is smaller on the driver's side than the passenger side as well. Probably simple alignment issues, but until you really inspect it, you never know how good of a job was really done. It's tough to buy a car with prior accident damage without being able to inspect it yourself and take it to a shop for a PPI. Third-party inspection service is a good option though.
 

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I thought so too at first, but if you look at the pic of the front end straight on, you can see the panel gap between the leading edge of the hood and the top of the headlights is higher on the driver's side than the passenger's side. The gap between the hood and the top corners of the center grille is smaller on the driver's side than the passenger side as well. Probably simple alignment issues, but until you really inspect it, you never know how good of a job was really done. It's tough to buy a car with prior accident damage without being able to inspect it yourself and take it to a shop for a PPI. Third-party inspection service is a good option though.
Totally agree. We checked out one other '11 9-5 before buying our current Aero, it was about 3 hours away. Online pics looked great... up close in person it was a different story! Pictures from ads like Autotrader just aren't enough to make a decision off of.
 

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Nice car. I would sell you mine for a heck of a lot cheaper and all I have done to my car has been documented on this site! Good luck and for what it's worth I absolutely love mine and wouldn't be selling it if I didn't need a larger vehicle.
 

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Nice car. I would sell you mine for a heck of a lot cheaper and all I have done to my car has been documented on this site! Good luck and for what it's worth I absolutely love mine and wouldn't be selling it if I didn't need a larger vehicle.
I figured you had sold it already ... Saw your post last month about it... Ill pm you

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Well i guess you can say I found the one. 2011 black with parchment. Only option missing is rear entertainment but I got remote start and sunroof instead.


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