SaabCentral Forums banner
1 - 20 of 96 Posts

· Registered
216 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Greetings, trying to keep the forums alive. Seems like everyone is migrating over to FB Groups.

(for those who are interested, here is my youtube channel. I try to document everything done to this car) -

I recently sold my dream Saab - The Viggen due to moving out of state and couldn't justify taking it with me (long story). The Viggen was my 4th and favorite Saab and I was sad to see it go.

So when I moved, I was on the search for another. I posted on the local Saab FB group with 2 conditions - It had to be manual and under $1,500. I got a few responses. One of them caught my eyes (mainly because it was $850 :LOL:). The owner worked with me down to $700 and it was a deal!

This is my 2004 9-5 Arc. It was sitting for a bit because the previous owner bought a new car and has not been used. It runs and drives remarkably well. Still a mystery to me why the owner let it go for so cheap. Maybe one day I will find out (hopefully I don't haha). It has zero rust, not even a speck! This is new to me because I am from the rust belt. It was weird to see an old car without rust!
Tire Wheel Car Vehicle Automotive parking light

Has 165k miles on the clock
Speedometer Trip computer Odometer Tachometer Vehicle

It is indeed a manual :p
Vehicle Car Hood Motor vehicle Automotive lighting

The first thing to do was to give it a good exterior wash. Body panels are in excellent shape, I could see no dings or dents, just a few scratches in the common places.
Automotive side marker light Automotive parking light Wheel Tire Vehicle

Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Tire Vehicle Car

Next on the list is a good interior detail. It needs it badly haha.

I am also documenting the progress on my YT channel.

· Registered
216 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Then I moved onto the interior. It was also dirty:
Road surface Asphalt Floor Gas Electrical wiring

Automotive tire Water Road surface Asphalt Grey

Automotive tire Road surface Hood Grey Water

and removed a bunch of trash:
Baby Products Auto part Plastic Baby carriage Asphalt

It's amazing what a quick and simple vaccum can do...The mats have quite a bit of staining, so I will be removing those soon.
Automotive tire Hood Road surface Grey Asphalt

Shoe Sleeve Wood Grey Denim

Hood Automotive tire Road surface Asphalt Automotive exterior

Automotive tire Road surface Asphalt Grey Tar

· Registered
216 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
The roof mounted antenna was an eyesore. The southern sun was not kind to it.
Water Liquid Hood Fluid Gas

so I removed the old bits:
Hood Motor vehicle Vehicle Vehicle door Automotive exterior

and lucky for me, the car came with a new dummy cover. Much better!
Hood Door Vehicle door Automotive design Automotive mirror

The side mouldings weren't in good shape either:
Window Automotive lighting Automotive tire Hood Vehicle

I had mcguire's back to black laying around so I did two passes with it:
Hood Automotive tire Automotive exterior Vehicle Automotive design

Then I removed all the previous owner's touches, like this front plate (I think it is Startrek?)
Automotive parking light Automotive side marker light Vehicle registration plate Car Grille

and removed the "I aim to misbehave" quote. Anyone know where that's from?
Hand Human body Finger Font Flooring

And this weird thing haha
Hood Automotive design Motor vehicle Font Rectangle

But I did put this SCNA sticker. Must support the club!
Hood Automotive tire Motor vehicle Automotive lighting Automotive design

· Registered
216 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 · (Edited)
Next up was replacing this old shift knob. It was coming off onto my hands every time I shift, and I got really sick of it. I probably will get sick because of it if I don't replace it soon.

Mirror Automotive lighting Automotive tire Automotive side-view mirror Automotive mirror

An original knob is $138.00 on Esaabparts. And while I'm sure the quality is good, I wasn't ready to spend that much yet on a shift knob. So I got a replica one for $22.00. Surprisingly it felt good. I was expecting total crap but it was a pleasant surprise.
Plant Sports equipment Hood Automotive tire Ball

Looking much better!
Vehicle Gear shift Car Motor vehicle Steering part

Video summary:

· Registered
216 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Did the bypass valve hose mod the other day. It was fun learning how the system worked. To me, I didn't feel much difference in sound. Slightly better throttle response though. Might be because I have a stock tune. One more reason to go stage 1!

And because it made no sound difference, I went ahead and got a cone filter from AEM. Very common mod, and a must have for any turbo car :)
1 - 20 of 96 Posts