Well, I just came back from seeing that 9-5 Combi, and saying the car is excellent is an understatement. While there are minor flaws (which 12 year old car with 136,000 miles doesn't?), it is as good as it gets. The car is fully loaded with seat cooling and 9 speaker sound system. I drove it for a good 30 minutes and the engine is super strong, the transmission buttery soft, shifts fast on sport mode, etc. The car comes from Switzerland, the first owner was a banker at UBI. Apparently in Switzerland when you buy a car all the services for the length of first ownership are included in the price, so no one skips services. Not the case in Germany where people will skip services and do it at home. This car lived in Switzerland until 2008, was sold to Hirsch Performance, then it was bought by a SAAB dealer and former SAAB race driver in Germany. It was his wife's personal vehicle. Then it was sold in 2010 to the current owner. When the SAAB dealer owned it he went over the whole engine and transmission, there is a laundry list of parts replaced at 170,000+ km, basically a new engine and transmission, plus all new rubber on the doors and sunroof. The summer tires are brand new, less than 1000 km (saw receipt), winter tires are about half life. Both sets mounted on SAAB rims, both Michelin. The car has had oil changes every 10,000 km with synthetic.
At the condition it is and at 4000 Euro this car is one hell of a deal. I was looking to buy another car after selling the NG900, but I might buy this before selling the 900. I have the money in the savings account, but touching the savings account is akin to sacrilege to my wife, so I really gotta sweet talk her. She knows we need a bigger car with the baby coming but she hates talking about buying new cars.
After selling the NG900 that money would go into the savings. The owner is selling it because they already have two kids, which fit in the 9-5 well, but his wife is now pregnant and he ordered a Mercedes Benz Viano van. Next month the Benz arrives at dealer, and if he can't sell the 9-5 before then he will trade it in. The dealer offered him 4000 for the car and so that's why he is asking that amount. He says he would rather sell it to a SAAB enthusiast than to put it on a dealer's lot. I totally understand that.
One other guy who has the 9-5 with the carbon interior, this one in Switzerland now, wrote back saying the car has the Maptun Ethanol ECU, good for almost 300 hp in pure ethanol, but it runs on any mix of ethanol/gas. He says the only problem with his car is the driver's heated seat doesn't work. He is willing to consider my NG900 plus some cash as trade as he is looking for a SAAB Coupe. That car is a bit far away, however, a good 4.5 hours on German and Swiss Autobahns. He runs the car on winter tires all year, so only one set of tires. The car has less than 200,000 km.
It has Hirsch seats and wheels:
Front is clean (those wheels are sold):
Blacked out rear:
I really like the black interior on this one, more than the beige on the previous.
Last edited by rpiereck; 17 June 2012 at 19:49.
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