I Need Some Sound Advice On Saabs

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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