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Re: Is buying a 2010/11 9-5 a good idea?
Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:10:12

In Reply to: Is buying a 2010/11 9-5 a good idea?, Sri, Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:16:22
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You should ask on the NG9-5 bb as you will get feedback from owners there.

My feeling is this: it is now a 7+ year old car, that was produced in fairly low numbers. That makes it a not so wise investment at this point for me, but if you like it, go for it. Many parts are from the GM parts bin which will make fixing some things easy. Like you say, body parts and some specialized items (eg HUD) may be hard to replace. They also are not tech2 based, so you need a saab tech with appropriate service infrastructure to manage this car. I don't know how easy DIY repair is.

Personally, I would instead look for a last model year (2008/2009) old generation saab 9-5, which has lots of parts availability, lots of junk yard cars, still lowish mileage cars available, and lower price of entry. Eg I bought a mint, low mileage 6 year old 9-5 a number of years back for $6k. Expect to fix some things, like any used car, but they are good. For $15k you should be able to get a gem of a car and still have money left over to repair it for quite some time.

Alternatively, I would look at the late model years of the 9-3 which are slightly smaller, but had a run from 2003-2011. Lots and lots of parts.

None of the newer cars will have the same feel and uniqueness as your c900, so I would keep it going if you can. They will however have more modern safety features and performance, which I think is a good thing at this point. The c900 was super safe for its time, but as they get older and things start to fail, they are not as safe or reliable as they once were as an everyday commuting vehicle, at least up here in the rust belt. I say this owning 2 9-5's and 2 c900's. The c900's are my favourites to drive and I plan to keep at least one going hopefully indefinitely. The 9-5's are great practical cars though and are now the workhorses for our family.

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