Saab me up

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  • Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    My wife’s dad walks into a bar… Well actually he bumped into his neighbour who is selling a Saab 9-5 2.3 aero estate from 2004. Automatic , black. We are quite tempted to buy it off him. What are fellow singtrack forumite’s thoughts?

    Thanks!

    2 things to check for – The sump design meant that they could sludge up even with oil changes and that caused the turbo to wear, look for any smoke when revving from cold if there is I’d walk away if not good news but even so drop the sump and replace the strainer and always use fully synthetic oil. Aeros are heavy on front tyres and brakes/suspension so check for knocks, uneven tyre wear and so forth.

    I loved mine it was a cracking car and excellent on the motorway.

    Lots of info here

    http://www.serioussaab.co.uk/guide_pages/Buy_95b.html

    tpbiker
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    I have a 2004 9-5 3l tdi

    Very comfy but I realising that buying the more expensive versions on the cheap may be a bit of a mistake as parts cost a small fortune for what was meant as a budget purchase

    Premier Icon binners
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    *TANNOY*

    Hora to the forum please! Repeat: Hora to the forum please!

    *TANNOY*

    Premier Icon veedubba
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    Yes, as long as it has a full service history, or has been owned by an enthusiast, or you intend to drop the sump, get it cleaned and take the rocker cover off and clean in there too.

    The 2.3 engine needs fully synthetic oil as it runs hot. Semi synthetic breaks down too easily, causing sludging. I always changed my oil every 5000 miles. 5 litres of synthetic is under £25, and a filter is less than a tenner. It’s an easy job.

    Joolsburger is partly right – the oil breather is the problem rather than the sump itself, but with a 2004 it should have the revised breather already fitted. The sludging of the sump actually ends up blocking the pickup tube and starves the top of the engine (and turbo) of oil, eventually killing it.

    A sump drop and clean is under £200 at a garage that knows what it’s doing. Not worth doing yourself (IMO) as it’s a pain to get at all the bolts.

    Rear tyres worn in “steps” points to the bushes.

    Um, what else… They’re a heavy car so do wear suspension parts, but front bushes are not too expensive. Check that there’s no excessive rattle from the chain. Check that it’s not hard to start from cold, and that there’s not lots of smoke from cold (often valve stem seals). As it’s the Aero, give it a razz in 3rd, 4th and 5th, and check on lifting off that there’s no smoke (worn turbo, and a few hours to fit a replacement, excl. parts costs). Anything else is just usual checks on a 13 year old car – check the gadgets work, bodywork for rust, usual stuff.

    I disagree that parts are expensive. Some engine parts are, but wear items are not, especially compared to BMW, Merc and Audi.

    They’re a reliable and long-living car if looked after (isn’t everything?) and the only real quirk is keeping the engine fed with synthetic oil every 3-6000 miles.

    I’ve had 3 Saabs (2 9-5 Aeros) and would have kept my last one had my circumstances not changed. Email me if you fancy a chat.

    Premier Icon veedubba
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    *edit* As it’s an auto you won’t be able to check the turbo seals as described above as easily.

    (If anyone has a 99 Turbo with the velour interior that they’re selling, drop me a line. :-))

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Fantastic information so far many many thanks. Cars are not at all my strongpoint so happy to hear everything. It has been owned from new by the same guy who is an enthusiast I guess yes, he worked for Saab in Sweden and it has a full service history .

    What’s it like economy wise ? Will be driven in the snow a fair bit too and I’m wondering what it is like for overtaking?

    Premier Icon veedubba
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    38ish motorway if you don’t go mental. Low to mid 20s round town.

    They do 70-90 very quickly. Overtaking is never a problem in an Aero.

    Also a cavernous boot and the best seats I have ever experienced. Sounds like a good buy for you if it is as you’re told, I’d go for it. I wish they still made cars.

    hora
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    38ish on a motorway?

    Erm, hmmmm.

    24.5mpg average here. Which is a big improvement on that V6 4motion that I had a few years ago at …13mpg.

    There’s too much power for the chassis but hey, it’s great and sublime. The stereo on mine (Harman & Kardan) is great. All this for buttons.

    There’s a chap who can take the bhp/torque ^^^^ for £120.

    Premier Icon veedubba
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    Yes.

    550 – 600 miles on a tank.

    Premier Icon veedubba
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    My last one was Noobtuned.

    hora
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    What speed did you do on the motorway?

    Premier Icon veedubba
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    70 ish.

    Don’t know how you managed to get such shit mpg. Mine were both better mpg on the motorway than my 1.8t Octavia, by a couple of mpg at least. Over 85 the Saabs drank fuel.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    I would love a Saab 95. When I finally got in the position to buy one I had to buy a 7 seater pensioner-wagen instead. There’s nowt wrong with my Smax, but it isn’t a Saab.

    Premier Icon monkeysfeet
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    I had one of these many many years ago. Lovely car but expensive if anything went wrong. It was an epic job just to change the clutch( removal of radiator and most of the cooling system) Went like stink tho, but drank fuel. Mine was a yellow 2door.

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Cool I’m looking forward to a test drive tomorrow . Might take some bikes and see how many I can sling in the back

    Premier Icon kcal
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    plenty, IIRC!

    Tried out an Aero of some description at a local garage open day many years ago, foolishly treated accelerator pedal as would my existing 900S lump – whooooosh! handed it back soon after a few swear words.. had very young son in child seat too :0)

    jonnyvegas
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    Hora mate..
    Sorry for the Hi jack chaps..
    If you wanting my Marzocchi forks bud come and collect them for £340 or i can post them to you for £360 …
    Cheers and hope at that price they seem more of a bargain..

    hora
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    Howsyourdad1 ask to see a receipt for a sump drop, or price in a discount to have it done somewhere. I’m not a cynic but I wouldn’t trust a selling garage salesman to actually carry out a ‘free’ job essentailly.

    Jonny- I am interested but it’s more than I was looking to pay as I mentioned. I’ve been stung once by stanchion wear on 350’s (there’s a thread on here that I started and I ended up with a new csu) and im currently running cappucino 350CRs with a faint stanchion line on the back of one leg already.

    Harrythespider, didn’t you own a Vectra? …funnily no one’s cracked that old joke yet..

    jonnyvegas
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    Mmmm there a bargain @ this price fella….
    Can’t move much more…whats your budget then..?
    As cash on collection would be stress free i guess..

    hora
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    It’s not a budget it’s risk. It’s £200 for a new CSU if it needs it in the future. Anyway, thread hijack over.

    hora
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    How did you get on OP?

    Will be driven in the snow a fair bit too and I’m wondering what it is like for overtaking?

    The autobox has a winter setting that makes it a bit better in snow.

    In normal auto it can feel a bit lethargic but in Sport mode it’ll take off like a scalded cat! I drive mine in manual a lot (buttons on the wheel) and you can pretty much overtake anything. The autobox is reputedly stronger than the manual.

    Like everyone else said – the ’04 model should be free of the dreaded sludge problem. Make sure the rear springs aren’t sagging.

    Gotta be one of the best £ for £ used performance car bargains out there. Limited top speed of 155 and rocket-like mid range acceleration. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

    Plus you can fit a washing machine in the boot – without even folding the seats down.

    I’ve had 9 Saabs inc 6 Aeros in various guises and this has been one of the best.

    hora
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    The only thing I don’t like about the auto/flappy is in certain bends I like to be down in 2nd/(revs high). The car disagrees and kicks it back upto 3rd.

    Premier Icon Lord Summerisle
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    Had 9-5s for years.
    currently have 2 Aeros – a 52 aero estate and 03 aero saloon (picked up for £500 as it had 186,000 miles on the clock to replace an MOT failure jag)

    from the 03 reg they had the uprated oil breather system. Aeros should always have been run on fully synth (the main issues where with the 2.0t low pressure turbo engines where they where originally specced to run on semi synth)

    both of ours are Auto – the 03 has the better gearbox of the two – as it has 5sp drive & manual override with paddles on the steering wheel (gear selector goes D(M)L. the 52plate has the earlier 5sp auto box where the gear selector goes D,4,3,L. it also feels slightly longer in its gearing, its slightly slower than the later car.

    both cars we are averaging 30mpg (approx 400-420 from a tankful) tho long journeys we get closer to 500 miles out of a tank (thats with the air-con on and cruise set to 70.)

    as for bikes in the back – the estate will comfortably take 2 bikes without taking the wheels off.

    seats are the best for long journeys = so very comfortable.

    ps. Hora – i’ll go with the car’s choice on highly reving 2nd or mid range 3rd – the engine gives peak tourque about 2250rpm – anything over 4500rpm and the power is tailing off. the only time it’ll tend to deny you dropping down is when it’s likely to just be too high in the rev range to do anything.

    hora
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    I use it for engine braking, stops the car from nosing straight on. (I’ve never really learnt the terminology!). PS. You are doing well with 30mpg I’m averaging 24 but I have my Thule/rack on the roof 24/7 now.

    dekadanse
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    Agree about the sluge/breather system issue – Aeros are least effected due to synthetic oil and perhaps better owner care (due to it being an Aero!) but it was a disaster for Saab’s more lowly petrol engines – nearly wrecked their hitherto good engineering record.

    Suggest a manual gearbox will give you better take off and better fuel consumption – and IME more reliable/less fault prone.

    Also suggest an estate – will swallow 3 bikes whole!

    But all-in-all, 9-5s were the last well made Saabs. Saab management refused to toe the GM bosses’ cost cutting/corner cutting line. Thus they make a far better 2nd hand buy than 9-3 sports saloons/sportswagons – with these…..everything falls to bits after a while. 1.9 diesels and electrics particularly prone. Avoid unless as cheap as chips and with service records which tell you cambelt/waterpump, clutch/flywheel, inlet manifold, EGR valve, etc have all recently been done.

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Hi, had been meaning to update. We bought it and are very pleased. It is immaculate . Very impressed with the power and acceleration, although it’s pretty ‘classic’ in it’s style. Light brown leather interior , cd multi changer in the boot, comedy gps etc. Love all the little smart touches, cup holders and it oozes quality. Drove it home from where we bought it in southern Sweden on empty mountain roads and it felt like I was in an advert .

    Also drove it through Trondheim where the Saab factory is saw an appaling T shirt 🙂 sorry mods , sure you’ll remove it ..

    Nice car. Well done.

    The steering wheel is on the wrong side but, otherwise, it looks good.

    hora
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    Brown leather sounds nice 8)

    Ironically I feel better driving on the right side of the road.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    I still want one of these.

    I’m selling mine 🙁

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    I found the SAAB I really, really want.

    One. Small. Problem.

    There are 27 of them, 6 MIA.

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    What is so good about it? Do you get the above T shirt free?

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