In it's day, the 9-7X was the top of the line Saab and the top of the line GM GMT360 platform. Besides the 9-7x and the Trailblazer, the GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Oldsmobile Bravada, and Isuzu Ascender all shared GM's GMT360 platform.
This is a very cool Aero version of the 9-7X. Only 500 were sold in 2008. (Another 139 were sold in 2009). All 2008 model year Aeros were the same color, "Carbon Flash Metallic." They came with a 6.0 liter GM LS2 V8. The suspension was upgraded and it sits on 20" rims and tires. It gets to 60 MPH in 6 seconds.
This 9-7X Areo looks to be in very nice condition. It has 80,000 miles on it. With regular maintenance and common sense, you should be able to get another 120K out of it, easily.
I know that some people will be pissed off by this post. The vehicle is only 6 years old and this is an "old car" blog. But, with only 500 having been built, it's rarer than many of the old cars I post. With a 0-60 time of 6 seconds, it's faster than most of the cars I post. Since it's recent and GM built, the mechanical parts are, for the most part, cheap and easy to find at any auto parts store, discount store, etc. It's a rare, fast, everyday vehicle, not a classic.
The asking price is just under $15,000.00. You can get a nice old Land Rover for that kind of money, but they are expensive to maintain. A fairly recent Toyota RAV4 will also cost about the same and you'll get better gas mileage. But, it's smaller and definitely not as much fun to drive. All things considered, if I were in the market for a newish SUV today, I'd buy this one in a heartbeat.
In some people's eyes the 9-7X represents everything that was wrong about GM's failed ownership of Saab. I understand all that. To a point, I even agree.
Maybe instead of looking at this as a bad faux-Saab, it should be looked at as the best vehicle ever built on GM's GMT360 platform. Because, really, that's what it is.
Located in Staten Island, NY, click here to see the eBay listing.