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New to me 9-5 Arc Restoration Project

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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) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDxRI82DI5xrL5yKQSxZBog

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!
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Has 165k miles on the clock
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It is indeed a manual :p
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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.
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Next on the list is a good interior detail. It needs it badly haha.

I am also documenting the progress on my YT channel.
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Then I moved onto the interior. It was also dirty:
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and removed a bunch of trash:
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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.
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The roof mounted antenna was an eyesore. The southern sun was not kind to it.
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so I removed the old bits:
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and lucky for me, the car came with a new dummy cover. Much better!
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The side mouldings weren't in good shape either:
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I had mcguire's back to black laying around so I did two passes with it:
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Then I removed all the previous owner's touches, like this front plate (I think it is Startrek?)
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and removed the "I aim to misbehave" quote. Anyone know where that's from?
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And this weird thing haha
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But I did put this SCNA sticker. Must support the club!
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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.

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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.
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Looking much better!
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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 :)
 
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