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Posted by Boris Bubbanov [Email] (more from Boris Bubbanov) on Wed, 22 May 2019 12:38:34 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: parts and maintenance question, Boris Bubbanov, Wed, 22 May 2019 12:23:11
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1) Of course, don't buy one with the V6, but also, get one with the high output 2.3 iron block motor. That means all Aeros, all '04s and '05s except the base, stripper wagons, and all '06 and newer models. The automatic transmission was upgraded about 2002 and is a fine choice - I would never recommend earlier Saabs with automatics but this Aisin 5 speed is nice;

2) Shop for both sedans and wagons, unless you are 100% obsessed with getting a wagon. In my experience the wagons are more beat up, and the asking price is considerably higher. Better IMO to grab an excellent sedan than an average wagon; and

3) Beware this "Parchment" interior on '06 and newer models. Degrades pretty fast; will require meticulous care to look great for long.

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