Greeting fellow Jalops/Oppos. I would first like to thank you for taking the time to read this post. I need some advice on Saabs, mainly, the newer GM Saabs.
As many of my readers (dare I say fans?) would know, I am looking for a first car. With a budget of around $5000, and certain requirements such as no manual transmission, no SUV/trucks, no sports cars, no older cars, or no small cars, my choices are limited (the reason for these limitations is because I must share this car with my grandma since she is tired of paying for rental cars every few months she comes down to visit). I stumbled across this in the local used cars by owner section of section. It is a 2003 Saab 9-5 Linear Sedan with a mere 82,000 miles and an asking price of only $3500.
Not bad for a 10 year old car
Now, this is a Saab. That means that it is unique and requires special care. I always thought of Saabs as the US's version of an Alfa. However, it is a 2003. That means that it is a Saab being made under the eye of General Motors. Although 15, I am very familiar with Saabs. My father had a '92 900 Convertible when I was growing up. Things like the center mounted ignition (who needs a manual transmission to trip up a would-be car thief?) and the dashboard dimming switch are clear signs of uniqueness unheard of in other cars.
This car in particular seems to be well taken care of. The owner recently put new tires, brakes, door handles, window actuators, and a battery into it. He also, within the last two months, put in a new timing chain. He is the second owner and has been since 2005. The car has a few dings and scratches (and a knee sized dent in the passenger door), but has otherwise been babied. The owner planned to give it to his daughter, but she decided that she wanted a VW Camper Van instead. And, being daddies little girl, he is custom building her one. He needs to sell the Saab to get money to fix up the van they bought. I ran a Carfax, and it came back clean. No accidents, no bad reports, and the car is a Florida only car.
Now, this sounds like a recipe for a great deal. However, I know that Saab repairs can get expensive. This is especially true because the engine is mounted in reverse, so something simple requires the whole engine to be pulled.
I wanted to ask you guys out in the car forum world. Are any of you Saab owners? Anyone own a GM Saab? How about a 2003 9-5? If so, do you have any problems with it? Any advice or things to look for when (and if) I test drive it?
I thank you guys in advance for your help.