New (to me) car I couldn’t pass up.

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  1. Farmhand

    Farmhand Super Member

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    3CEE91A9-9936-447E-88B9-58D3FAEEFCBE.jpeg I went looking for a project car I could afford with my tax refund. And I’ve always liked the Saab 9-5 wagon. I did a LOT of homework and bided my time until this came along. 1999, one owner, 99 percent rust free. It needs a few odds and ends as these cars do but I can handle it all myself.
    $750 and I drove it 80 miles home.
     
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  2. Mister Pig

    Mister Pig Pigamus Maximus Subscriber

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    Very sweet!

    I owned a 94 Saab CS9000, and it was a great car to drive and the quality of materials was great. An awesome rig in the snow, comfortable, and oozed luxury.

    Mine was a bit neurotic in that car was not happy unless a few things were broke in it. I also found that the OEM level parts are expensive, and the after market ones can be of questionable quality. In some cases you are better off rebuilding your worn out part.

    Enjoy your Saab, it looks to be in awesome shape! Looks like a great project.

    Cheers
    Mister Pig
     
  3. darin g

    darin g Active Member

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    Nice find...how can you lose...DG
     
  4. w1jim

    w1jim I can fix it but good... Subscriber

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    A good SAAB story, now load it up with gear!
     
  5. Farmhand

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    This will be the first car I’ve owned that won’t get any aftermarket audio- those days are done, at least for now. But it does need the factory sub replaced, so I’ll do that.
    As an added bonus, WAF of the car is very high.
     
  6. onwardjames

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    That's a steal, right there!!
     

     

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  7. Tiver

    Tiver Enjoy the music Subscriber

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    That looks great!

    All of the car ads I see constantly remind me of how brainwashed and complacent we can be about the cost of automobiles in our lives. Insurance, payments, upkeep.....all for the suggested improvement in social acceptance and standing.

    I realize the implications of a modern industrial economy. Of course we make money to spend and keep the economic cogs turning. I am just pointing out that the associated costs are likely not fully considered by many, many people.

    Of course there will be costs associated with a 20 year old car that something much newer won't have, but the opposite is true as well. In my state, NY, a new car @ $25K would incur a sales tax of $2000 (depending on county) that can never be recovered. The $750 Saab would have a sales tax of $60. Depending on the way one chooses to look at it, that could be $1k available for improvements just on the sales tax difference.

    Conclusion? Nice pick @Farmhand
     
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  8. Farmhand

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    This was originally a $33,000 car. Depreciation is your friend!
     
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    Is it a manual?
     
  11. Farmhand

    Farmhand Super Member

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    Automatic. Which is ok with me. This is the base model, so no OnStar or boost gauge. Things it needs:
    Direct ignition cassette
    Drivers window rollers
    Information screen circuit contact strip
    Rear hatch struts
    Tires (found a good set used)
    Rear end needs coil spring boosters.
    With all that it’s coming in around $1100. The front seats are pretty stiff, getting a leather upholstery kit when the weather warms up.
     

     

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