Sorry to hear this. No comparison to a 9-5.Just thought I'd close this out (for me, you guys can carry on). I did end up finding an OG 9-3 hatch with lowish miles in good condition to meet my immediate needs. I went with that as my goal was to get some cargo capacity and the 9-3 has a mechanical familiarity advantage for me.
I will likely be back to the 9-5 wagon idea once my car life settles down... and I can look for one without being in a hurry... and I can find me an aero version with low miles!
Thanks for all the help.