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#1 2016-10-25 15:37:57

AAS
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From: Los Alamos, NM
Registered: 2012-07-12
User Number: 7419
Posts: 29

SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

DISCLAIMER: this car is not minty fresh, it spent 5 years in Michigan and has the shock tower rust to show for it (see pictures below).

This has been a great car for me during highway drives, local commuting, and obviously in the snow but now my family has grown, priorities have shifted, a minivan has arrived and after weeks of procrastinating my 9-2x must go.  I'll be sad to let it go but I can't invest the time and money that it deserves. I don't like surprises with cars so I've tried to be complete with the information and pictures, but let me know if I've missed anything.

- 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT
- Satin Gray Metallic
- Premium Package: HID headlights, leather
- Cold Weather Package: heated front seats, side mirrors, and wipers
- almost 106,500 miles (currently parked in my garage while waiting for a new home)
- includes both sets of keys with fobs and valet key, all original manuals/booklets, spare tire, jack and related tools, tow hook, hatch cover, OEM carpeted and WeatherTech floor mats, trunk mat, two new Beck-Arnley oil filters, new cabin air filter, SAAB blanket, new uninstalled OEM hood emblem
- tinted windows
- engine block heater
- Two owner car (spent 5 years in MI and 2 years in CA for a total of 93k miles with the first owner, 4 years in NM with me) currently located in Los Alamos, NM
- original owner had the rear fenders rolled

Asking price is $6,400 and I have the clean title in-hand.

The good:
- full maintenance history (pictures of maintenance log are included), recent highlights include: oil and filter change (104k); timing belt service (93k, Suby Specialties in CA, included: timing belt, idler pulleys, front crank seal); new tires (93k); replaced front CV axles (95k); replaced brake calipers, pads, and rotors (101k); replaced power steering pump (104k) (I have receipts for the timing belt service and for the parts I have replaced)
- no accidents
- clean title
- airbag (replaced) and A-arm (passed) recalls have been completed
- engine performs well, I don't have anything quantifiable but the car accelerates well and fuel economy seems to be on par with what others report as healthy/good
- the engine does not seem to burn oil, I've never had to add oil between changes because the level dropped, and during oil changes the dirty oil I collect is almost as much as the amount of clean oil I put in (which is better than I can say for my 2010 Forester)
- transmission shifts well
- the original clutch engages well and has no signs of slipping
- the AWD system works well judging from its performance in snow
- A/C functions well
- no issues with the electrical system
- no check-engine light
- paint is in good condition, no oxidation
- leather is in good condition, no rips/tears and very minimal wear on bolsters of driver's seat
- very minimal wear on the interior plastics and carpet
- the first owner had clear bra installed on the nose, headlights, fog lights,  hood scoop, front of roof, side mirrors, top of rear bumper, rear edges of wheel wells, rear edges of doors, behind door handles, sides of roof where pads of aftermarket roof crossbars would sit

The annoying:
- the car has collected plenty of dings, dents, chips, scratches and scuffs (they don't all photograph well)
- there are a few spots on the hood of what I think are touch-up paint that doesn't match when viewed at certain angles (I bought the car like this)
- the clear bra has done its job well, but in the process it has become dull and scratched
- the replacement power steering pump is noisier than the original (no leaks or bubbles in the fluid, so I've lived with it)
- while I was regularly driving the car I never noticed fluid leaks or drips but there are signs of sweating from the head gaskets, oil pan, and steering rack boots
- since the car has been sitting in my garage for some weeks Iíve noticed a drop of engine oil that seems to have fallen from around the rear of the passenger side head, not sure if this was always happening and it never dripped while parked or if it is because the car has been sitting
- the starter solenoid sticks during cold starts in sub-freezing temperatures, using the engine block heater keeps this from happening
- the replacement brake calipers are OEM remanufactured but did not have the OEM finish/coating, so they've rusted
- I broke the bolt that holds the chrome exhaust tip to the muffler (chrome tip is included)
- rust on the front feet of the front-seat rails

EDIT: In case I caused confusion with the "sweating from the head gaskets" statement:
- there is a light layer of crud caked on around the heads, which makes me think that tiny amounts of oil have escaped over a long period of time
- I've never seen the oil look milky
- I've never seen metal flakes in the oil
- no smoke from the tailpipe
- engine operating temperature seems normal, no fast fluctuations

The bad:
- the shock tower rust (see pictures below): I investigated this a few weeks before cleaning and parking the car this sale, the interior is back together but the rust is as-is, the good news is that there are no through-holes
- the right-rear strut is leaking and it clunks, there is no abnormal wear on the tires and the car still drives well around town and on the highway but it is something that needs attention

And now for some pictures (way more here: http://imgur.com/a/v97qB)
http://i.imgur.com/eWcPswE.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/0AA2OPc.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/wZNk5Bo.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/EU7xI1a.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/oFewiS0.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/nHNJBUq.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/LrllKv8.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/BOKdE3k.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ppSaHiL.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/VloVM7V.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/tWTcBgs.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/QQEDbld.jpg

Shock tower rust, after aggressive brushing/scraping/poking/stabbing:
http://i.imgur.com/ibAKJog.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/523p3tk.jpg

Last edited by AAS (2016-11-23 08:56:15)

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#2 2016-10-25 15:47:35

ikbrown
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Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

Well written FS ad giving many details of good and bad, feet and meat, maintenance history documented, PLUS lots of pics?

Well done sir.  cool GLWS


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#3 2016-10-25 15:51:37

AAS
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From: Los Alamos, NM
Registered: 2012-07-12
User Number: 7419
Posts: 29

Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

ikbrown wrote:

Well written FS ad giving many details of good and bad, feet and meat, maintenance history documented, PLUS lots of pics?

Well done sir.  cool GLWS

Thank you sir!   embeer

I've tried to learn from the best... and the worst...

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#4 2016-10-25 17:24:22

TNAero2005
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Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

I hear everyone mention the rear strut tower as something to check out on your  92x   I was wondering how you get to where the picture you have is?  I'm assuming you have to take out some of the trunk interior?   Also, ikbrown is right, nice ad.  GLWS


2005 Saabaru Aero 5MT, 1994 Integra jdm built GSR, 1995 Impala SS Candy blue 20s, 1994 Jeep Wrangler 5sp body & suspension lift 35s, 2003 Acura TL Type S, 2003 Honda CRV, 1966 Chevelle SS Clone 402 BB, 1999 Chevy Silverado LT, 1992 Honda Civic VX Gas Miser, 2005 Ninja 250R,  1986 Toyota Truck........Admitted Car Hoarder.........and knowing is half the battle.

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#5 2016-10-25 17:32:16

AAS
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From: Los Alamos, NM
Registered: 2012-07-12
User Number: 7419
Posts: 29

Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

TNAero2005 wrote:

I hear everyone mention the rear strut tower as something to check out on your  92x   I was wondering how you get to where the picture you have is?  I'm assuming you have to take out some of the trunk interior?   Also, ikbrown is right, nice ad.  GLWS

I followed the general steps in post #19 here: https://saab92x.com/viewtopic.php?id=67234

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#6 2016-10-27 07:37:54

BeachZone
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From: Albuquerque, NM
Registered: 2013-08-23
User Number: 10233
Posts: 122

Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

Nice car bump for fellow NM'er. So wish this thing was toast so i could steal your headlight and front end wink

-Beach


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#7 2016-10-27 08:55:31

krazykarguy
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Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

AAS wrote:

TNAero2005 wrote:

I hear everyone mention the rear strut tower as something to check out on your  92x   I was wondering how you get to where the picture you have is?  I'm assuming you have to take out some of the trunk interior?   Also, ikbrown is right, nice ad.  GLWS

I followed the general steps in post #19 here: https://saab92x.com/viewtopic.php?id=67234

banana


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#8 2016-10-27 09:42:33

AAS
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From: Los Alamos, NM
Registered: 2012-07-12
User Number: 7419
Posts: 29

Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

BeachZone wrote:

Nice car bump for fellow NM'er. So wish this thing was toast so i could steal your headlight and front end wink

-Beach

Thanks for the compliment and bump!  I remember seeing your post about the crunched headlight and surrounding bits, sorry you haven't had luck finding replacements.

In case anyone is wondering, this sale is close to pending!

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#9 2016-11-03 09:44:13

AAS
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From: Los Alamos, NM
Registered: 2012-07-12
User Number: 7419
Posts: 29

Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

And... it's back on the market!  It's been a week since I've had a response from the potential buyer, so I have to assume that's a no-go.

Here are a few additional notes, in case I confused people when I said "signs of sweating from the head gaskets"
- maybe I should have said that there is a light layer of crud caked on around the heads, which makes me think that tiny amounts of oil have escaped over a long period of time
- I've never seen the oil look milky
- I've never seen metal flakes in the oil
- no smoke from the tailpipe
- engine operating temperature seems normal, no fast fluctuations

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#10 2016-11-03 14:56:52

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Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

Sounds like a pretty typical 100K  92x


My Car:  2009 Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG
SOLD August 2016:  2005 Saab 9-2x Aero 5-Speed, Cold, Premium, Arctic Silver
Her Car:  2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

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#11 2016-11-03 17:11:42

AAS
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From: Los Alamos, NM
Registered: 2012-07-12
User Number: 7419
Posts: 29

Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

racerjim wrote:

Sounds like a pretty typical 100K  92x

Yeah, and there was no issue with that.  On 10/27 the potential buyer and I cleared up that stuff plus a few other minor questions, we agreed on a price, discussed pick-up for this coming weekend, payment, etc.  The only thing left to do was wait on the buyer's travel confirmation (flying in to get the car) to go from "close to pending" to actually pending, but I never got that.  Now it's a week later and I've made repeated attempts to make contact with no responses.  Not sure what happened.

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#12 2016-11-03 18:53:03

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Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

Awesome forsale thread and car. If you were remotely close to the east coast, i'd pick this up right now. And thanks for taking pictures of that strut tower rust. It proves you are a legit seller with nothing to hide, and for that I'd buy your car at asking price in a heart beat.

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#13 2016-11-03 22:10:22

racerjim
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Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

futureprospect wrote:

And thanks for taking pictures of that strut tower rust. It proves you are a legit seller

No it doesn't.


My Car:  2009 Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG
SOLD August 2016:  2005 Saab 9-2x Aero 5-Speed, Cold, Premium, Arctic Silver
Her Car:  2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

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#14 2016-11-04 00:08:11

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Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

racerjim wrote:

futureprospect wrote:

And thanks for taking pictures of that strut tower rust. It proves you are a legit seller

No it doesn't.

Might as well join in the clusterfuck that is saab92x.com

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#15 2016-11-04 00:14:12

racerjim
Headroom is overrated...
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From: Kennesaw, GA
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Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

heart


My Car:  2009 Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG
SOLD August 2016:  2005 Saab 9-2x Aero 5-Speed, Cold, Premium, Arctic Silver
Her Car:  2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

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#16 2016-11-04 11:04:14

sohlman
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Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

futureprospect wrote:

Awesome forsale thread and car. If you were remotely close to the east coast, i'd pick this up right now. And thanks for taking pictures of that strut tower rust. It proves you are a legit seller with nothing to hide, and for that I'd buy your car at asking price in a heart beat.

You're only saying that because of this glorious picture.
http://i.imgur.com/eWcPswE.jpg
and I agree


06' Silver Aero 5MT
-White 2015 WRX - Whiteline rear swaybar, Perrin Spherical endlinks, Perrin brass shifter bushing, Cobb J pipe, Cobb Accessport, custom buzzard damage, Cobb Catback
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#17 2016-11-04 14:15:05

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Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

futureprospect wrote:

racerjim wrote:

futureprospect wrote:

And thanks for taking pictures of that strut tower rust. It proves you are a legit seller

No it doesn't.

Might as well join in the clusterfuck that is saab92x.com

92x saab star roxor shifty sly banghead banghead biggrin mad up eek unamused sadbanana cool mad tongue hmm yikes smile alot facepalm

Now you are up to speed, welcome noob.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm EJ205 avcs.
2005 desert silver aero, traded.
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#18 2016-11-07 09:37:50

AAS
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From: Los Alamos, NM
Registered: 2012-07-12
User Number: 7419
Posts: 29

Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

Still for sale...

In case anybody is wondering, I am willing to deliver the car to the Albuquerque airport (or other reasonably close places?) to help out a buyer.

Thanks!

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#19 2016-11-14 17:28:00

AAS
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From: Los Alamos, NM
Registered: 2012-07-12
User Number: 7419
Posts: 29

Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

Forgot to update this, but the car is practically sold.

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#20 2016-11-23 08:55:36

AAS
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From: Los Alamos, NM
Registered: 2012-07-12
User Number: 7419
Posts: 29

Re: SOLD: 2005 9-2x Aero 5MT, Satin Gray, Premium and Cold Packages

The car is SOLD!

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