Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2009 Saab 9-5 SportCombi - The Last Of The Best

I really like the Saab 9-5. It had all the bits that made a Saab unique, but it was wrapped in an easy to look at body. It was roomy, comfortable and handled very well. Buy one built after 2004 and it is very reliable (more on that below).

The 9-5 was introduced in 1997 and remained on sale through 2009. That's an incredibly long run for a car whose basic underpinnings remained virtually unchanged.

The 9-5 was not without its problems. The biggest, prior to 2004, was an oil sludge problem. The main cause of this problem was a poorly designed PCV system. Saab got it right on the 2004 model, then improved it again. With the new PCV system an engine that's had its oil changed regularly using synthetic oil will go well over 200,000 miles.

The last major revision the 9-5 received was in 2006. The nose and the taillights were redesigned, giving it a more modern, aggressive look. The dashboard also got a slight redesign, with the biggest changes being the radio and climate controls. They were straight out of the GM parts bin. Some Saab purists didn't like that change - and I get that - but personally I liked the it.

By 2009, the Saab I4 engine was putting out 260 horsepower. Depending on the source, 60 MPH came in 7 to 8 seconds.

Despite the brand's orphan status, Saab parts are not very difficult to come by and are - for the most part - reasonably priced.

In 2010 Saab replaced this 9-5 with a new 9-5. By most accounts it's a nice car and retains some "Saabness." Still, there is just something about the old 9-5 that makes it special.

This Saab has 111,000 miles on it. As I mentioned, if its been maintained, it should be good for another 100K at least. It looks to be in nice shape. The blue over white is a great color combination.

If this car is all the seller says it is, I wouldn't be afraid of using it as an everyday driver.

Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, click here to see the eBay listing.

1 comment:

pickles said...

After years of Volvos we bought a 9-5 wagon in 2001, another in 2006 (totaled, swiftly by an elderly driver) and our last in 2008 which, specs-wise, identical to this Ebay listing. It was a FANTASTIC vehicle. Swift, stealth, phenomenal seats, crisp handling and capacious to hold a sofa. I adored that car though as the miles piled on, a few issues came up, which would have been fine had I not added an extened warranty- which was smart till dealerships began to close right and left and the smallest service required a 120 mile round trip. Still, I'd recommend one today if someone has an indy mechanic close. It's a rich car to drive and a fine piece of engineering.