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#1 2020-03-03 17:30:10

SVT3391
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From: Maryland
Registered: 2005-07-05
User Number: 440
Posts: 252

One less 9-2X in existence

Long story short. My very nicely maintained Satin Grey 2005  92x Aero came to an early demise last week by a reckless driver running through red light and t-boned my car at high speed.
I was able to climbed out the car by myself and call 911. A good Samaritan provided witness to the police that the other guy ran through the red light so today I received the accepted liability statement from the other driver's insurance company.
A picture is worth of 1000 words. The photos can be seen below, for both my car and the other driver's car.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/5fbRLMU8A3MD3JNg6

What I was most upset about is that there wasn't even any brake mark on the scene from the other car. There was no slowing down when the other car hit my car. The thought that I could have been killed and permanently leaving my family in pain was unbearable.

Thank you, my beloved 9-2X, for protecting my life. You will be deeply missed.

My car:
One owner, July/2005 - Feburary/2020, 123,166 miles
Cobb Stage 2 with STI uppipe, STI turbo back
Premium package, Cold package
STI Pink springs
5 speed with Momo shifter knob
Sony touchscreen head unit + upgraded speakers
BBS RK wheels
4 X BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S (less than 500 miles as can be seen from the photo)
4 X NGK 2667 BKR7EIX Iridium IX Spark Plug + 4 X ignition coil pack (installed in January 2020!!)
K & N air filter

Last edited by SVT3391 (2020-03-08 15:06:29)


Satin Grey Aero, 5M, P+C
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#2 2020-03-03 19:04:58

itsnotmeitsyou
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From: San Antonio, Texas
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Re: One less 9-2X in existence

I didn't realize we have side air bags smile


2005 Saab 9-2x Aero:  More than you've had done to your car.
2015 Forester XT 'TS' clone
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#3 2020-03-03 20:59:26

lizzardo
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From: SF Bay Area, CA.
Registered: 2005-06-04
User Number: 158
Posts: 4559

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

itsnotmeitsyou wrote:

I didn't realize we have side air bags smile

They're built into the seats.  No side curtains though.


A Real Saab and a LeMONS Saab - 1978 99 Turbo and 1979 900 Turbo
A non-SAAB - MV F4 312R - Once, the most mental bike ever made
Jaguar F-Type V6s w/6MT - commuter | 1991 Miata w/Hard top - toy
2005 9-2X Linear --> sold | Volvo C30 R-Design 6MT --> sold

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#4 2020-03-03 23:46:16

Rodman
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From: Long Island
Registered: 2006-03-01
User Number: 1046
Posts: 2619

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

Sorry dude, glad you are ok, Hope everything works out.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm EJ205 avcs.
2005 desert silver aero, traded.
2002 bugeye, sedan, JDM STi ver 7 swapped.

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#5 2020-03-04 07:58:16

racerjim
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From: Kennesaw, GA
Registered: 2005-06-16
User Number: 247
Posts: 3370

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

Wow, that was a bad one.  Fortunately Subaru takes safety very seriously.  That structure worked very well, and, yes, probably saved your life.  Glad you are OK!  And this place is a good one for those of us that really miss our cars to hang out!


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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#6 2020-03-04 12:42:53

slowautoxr
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From: Decatur, AL
Registered: 2019-07-26
User Number: 46537
Posts: 26
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Re: One less 9-2X in existence

Sorry.  Your car was super nice looking too.


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2005 Aero

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#7 2020-03-04 13:43:22

AERONH
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From: New Hampshire
Registered: 2012-04-13
User Number: 7177
Posts: 1813

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

That sucks  alot   


Glad you're safe.


2005 Aero 5MT - US Production # 123   RIP

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#8 2020-03-05 08:08:33

saabroo
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From: Yardley PA
Registered: 2015-07-02
User Number: 31977
Posts: 391

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

Sorry about the loss, that was a good looking car!


2019 Audi A4 Quattro
2008 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Avant
2005 Saab 9-2x 4EAT. SOLD
2010 Camaro V8 2SS/RS 6MT with Maggie. 513whp, 480tq. SOLD

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#9 2020-03-05 10:08:45

thejameshimself
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From: Texas
Registered: 2013-12-26
User Number: 13280
Posts: 127

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

Glad you are safe. Sorry to hear about your car.


US Production # 1936

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#10 2020-03-05 21:05:58

Rich-N-AZ
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From: Arizona
Registered: 2013-10-25
User Number: 11897
Posts: 145

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

I read your post over lunch today and was bummed to see another 9-2x had been lost, but glad to hear you are okay and we’re well-protected as our son drives our first 9-2x.

I drive @ikbrown ‘s former 9-2x as my DD and as I was leaving work, waiting to make a left across two lanes, watched the light turn green and remembered your post.  As I waited I saw a car approaching from the left.  Normally I probably would have trusted they would stop and pulled out, but this time I waited and watched as they blew through the red and never even noticed the light or slowed.

I’m pretty cautious generally and may have waited anyway, but today I can definitely say your post caused me to think about the possibility a little more and likely prevented the exact same thing from happening to me.

I’m sad we’ve lost another 9-2, but I really appreciate you posting about your incident. It probably saved another one.

Thank you!


05 Aero | Black | 4EAT: Level 10 Bulletproof Torque Converter & Valvebody | Pro tuned Stage II | Invidia Q300
05 Aero | ~Satin Gray Metallic Matte Blue Metallic | 5MT | 2.5 hybrid | Delicious FlexFuel | Pro tuned Stage III  | Invidia Q300
19 Outback Touring 3.6R  | White  | Stock (so far)

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#11 2020-03-05 23:35:57

SVT3391
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From: Maryland
Registered: 2005-07-05
User Number: 440
Posts: 252

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

@Rich-N-AZ,

I am glad that my unfortunate accident might have prevented another similar one. Normally I am a very careful driver. Over the last 10 years I had no ticket nor accident. I normally would wait a couple seconds if I am the first one at the light. That day I believed I waited even longer. The school bus to my right had already started to make a left turn in front of me by almost the entire length of the bus when I was hit. I honestly didn't even see that guy at the his light when I started. That said how fast he drove.

His insurance company already admitted responsibility. However yesterday the appraiser of my own insurance company still went to check the car. The car was towed to another location from the initial lot used by the police. The appraiser called me to ask if I removed my belongings and I said yes. Then he asked if I also removed the car stereo because it's not there any more. I just upgraded to a very nice, $450 Sony head unit last summer with Android Auto/Apple Car Play and it was already stolen. I couldn't tell if it was stolen off the police temp tow ground or during the second towing or at the current location, but last Saturday when I visited nothing was stolen. I was able to get my Garmin GPS (in the center console), my EzPass transponder, and my garage opener back. So this must happen this week.

Even though I didn't suffer more serious injury, there were still some soft tissue injuries which caused me very stiff neck, shoulder and back. My right hand is also bruised probably due to hitting the knob because at that time I was at first gear shifting to second. I had to see a physical therapist 3 times a week for 45 minutes each. That suck big time because right now it's my wife driving me and that's wasting both of our time. My wife already made it clear that I would not going to replace my 92x with a low car such as a sedan, so I would not be driving another WRX and most likely will settle for a crossover SUV.


Satin Grey Aero, 5M, P+C
AP 93 Stage 2.

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#12 2020-03-06 08:09:01

saabroo
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From: Yardley PA
Registered: 2015-07-02
User Number: 31977
Posts: 391

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

Forester XT MT?


2019 Audi A4 Quattro
2008 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Avant
2005 Saab 9-2x 4EAT. SOLD
2010 Camaro V8 2SS/RS 6MT with Maggie. 513whp, 480tq. SOLD

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#13 2020-03-06 14:09:50

iamchris
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Re: One less 9-2X in existence

itsnotmeitsyou wrote:

I didn't realize we have side air bags smile

Are you going to install a kill switch for those too?

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#14 2020-03-06 23:52:02

Rich-N-AZ
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From: Arizona
Registered: 2013-10-25
User Number: 11897
Posts: 145

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

@svt3391

Sorry to hear about all the other challenges, including the thievery, needing to be driven around, but most of all the PT necessary for recovery.  That can wear you down daily an a few levels.  I hope you are fairly compensated overall, because I imagine the car will be undervalued by insurance.

Hope you have a speedy and complete recovery and find a replacement that’s safe and still fun for you to drive.

Take care!

By the way - Anyone with or planning to buy seat covers, make sure there is an open slit on the outside of the back for the airbag. State of Nine https://www.stateofnine.com/index.php/c … nal_tabbed has them.  A lot of the cheaper ones on Amazon don’t have the opening for the airbags.


05 Aero | Black | 4EAT: Level 10 Bulletproof Torque Converter & Valvebody | Pro tuned Stage II | Invidia Q300
05 Aero | ~Satin Gray Metallic Matte Blue Metallic | 5MT | 2.5 hybrid | Delicious FlexFuel | Pro tuned Stage III  | Invidia Q300
19 Outback Touring 3.6R  | White  | Stock (so far)

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#15 2020-03-07 13:10:04

tinman
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From: Easton, PA
Registered: 2010-10-11
User Number: 4902
Posts: 330

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

That sucks, dude. I'm sorry. Yeah, it's definitely a blessing that you're safe after it, but the loss is still a bummer.

No matter what way you decide to go for your replacement car, checking the crash assessments and ratings is key for you. Your wife's aversion to a 'low car' being less safe than a taller crossover is unfounded, and not rooted in fact. It's commonly misinterpreted as a taller SUV/crossover vehicle being safer than a sedan, when some of the safest vehicles on the road are traditional sedans as-verses crossovers. So if safety is the top-priority, you shouldn't count out traditional sedans. Do your research and go from there. Also check with your insurance company when looking at different vehicles, because one of the factors of the cost rating is safety ratings and crash propensity.

Top three safest car companies in America are (1) Tesla, (2) Subaru, (3) Volvo, so there are places to look when taking safety as top-priority. Subaru is also one of the lowest-cost car companies when it comes to insurance (save for the WRX and BRZ, of course), so that's a great balance of safety and cost-savings.

Hang in, follow the PT to the letter (you'll really kick yourself later on if not), and focus all of the ways that you were fortunate in this terrible situation (lack of major injury, credible witness, accepted claim fault without a fight).


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#16 2020-03-08 15:38:29

SVT3391
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From: Maryland
Registered: 2005-07-05
User Number: 440
Posts: 252

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

My insurance company provided the settlement amount (I think the other insurance company will just accept it). It's about $6200, which includes $250 credit for the full STI turbo back exhaust system (kudos to the adjuster), $250 credit for 4 new BFG G-force COMP-2 tires and less than $200 for the 4 BBS RK rims. Originally there were no credit for the RK, because they said it's OEM (with the Saab caps on) and they consulted with some dealers and they said that would not increase the value. I had to show my invoices for the RKs and the tires to get credits for. In comparison, Kelley Blue Book suggested $4800 for the model, mileages and "excellent" condition. The insurance company took a $25 deduction for the radio, even though I provided the invoice that clearly showed the price of nearly $400 in parts. They said they can only valuate the car in the situation they see. The car was first at the tow ground used by the police, then the insurance company had the car towed to the savage lot they used (the savage lot used another towing company contractor to move the car). Naturally all 3 parties denied responsibility (the first tow lot said nobody is allowed to go near the car without permission, the towing car driver said when the car was picked up, there was no radio, and the savage lot said it was just like that when arriving their lot. My thought is that it was stolen in the first lot, but there's no evidence, even though the photo did show it was there when I visited). Now I just learned a hard lesson, and would like to share -- if there's a good aftermarket item installed and you can easily uninstall, do it. I would take a $25 deduction (which I am taking anyway) but still have the $400 new radio. I didn't unmarry the Accessport because I cannot open the driver's door at all and it would be very hard to get to the under dash, so I guess I will just take a loss on that.

I think it is early but it's likely my next car will be a Subaru Forester, although I hadn't ruled out a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or a Honda CRV (maybe hybrid as well). None of them will be in the "fun" car category, but after 15 years of ownership of the 92x, I think my "fun car days" are probably over, and more lean on safe vehicles.

Here is something anecdotal. Exactly 8 days prior to the incident, I finally had the Takata airbag replaced by a Chevy dealership 20 miles away from me. During the waiting time, I test drove a 2020 Camaro in the turbo 4 configuration. On the paper it should deliver more fun compared to the 92x but sadly no. I did not feel better acceleration, the seat was so cramped, and the visibility sucked. When I got my car back, I felt so much better in the 92x than in the Camaro. At that moment I thought to myself, maybe the Mustang turbo 4 would be the only remaining "cheap thrill" for me. I haven't test driven one, but I guess I would not now.


Satin Grey Aero, 5M, P+C
AP 93 Stage 2.

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#17 2020-03-09 13:39:08

drewsro
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From: NW Indiana
Registered: 2014-01-10
User Number: 13600
Posts: 1813

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

Sucks to hear about the radio. Of course no one wants to take responsibility for it.

You should wait for the new RAV4 Prime that's coming out. It will have decent acceleration being part-electric.

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#18 2020-03-21 13:38:11

MorganH
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From: Seattle/Tacoma, WA
Registered: 2007-11-12
User Number: 2380
Posts: 1982

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

Glad to see you made it out safely!


- '06 9-2x Aero - 5MT - Arctic Silver - Made the way it should have been.

Daddy's Wheels To School And Skiing :  Daughter's 'Tail of the Dragon' Roller Coaster
...and yes, she climbs into her Recaro and belts her self in.

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#19 2020-05-04 12:35:06

SVT3391
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From: Maryland
Registered: 2005-07-05
User Number: 440
Posts: 252

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

I am about to send in my replacement title -- took forever to get from DMV probably due to the pandemic. I talked to the insurance company today, and found out that if I want to "buy back" my car in the current state, it is $1436. Interesting. It seems that the front, back bumper covers are all in perfect condition, the 2 HID headlights are intact, and 3 out of the 4 BBS RK rims are in near perfect condition, and three tires are good with only 1000 miles on them. Not talking about the leather seats -- the driver seat's airbag popped. And I have the full STI turbo back. Any one think it worth the hassle to get it back to me just to part out? The engine was pretty good and even started in one crank after the accident, but that will be too much hassle to take the engine out. Also I think the passenger's side doors are good. Don't know after they towed the car again to the inspection site will there be any scratches on that or not.

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#20 2020-05-04 14:56:44

snowphun
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From: Central CT
Registered: 2005-11-09
User Number: 890
Posts: 636

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

That's more than I paid for my last modestly damaged Aero to part out, but it's a reasonable cost if you want to put the time into taking it apart and meeting lots of strangers to sell parts. A disassembled car takes up a good deal of room, getting rid of the shell is a bit tricky if you pull the suspension and wheels...

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#21 2020-05-04 18:40:20

itsnotmeitsyou
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From: San Antonio, Texas
Registered: 2011-07-31
User Number: 5779
Posts: 2663

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

Yep, if you buy it to part out it will take 10x longer than you imagine and will have you wanting to just give shit away about half way through.  If you have a project in mind then keep it, otherwise I could only recommend parting it out if you have a several acres of yard you already don't care about and monk like patience.


2005 Saab 9-2x Aero:  More than you've had done to your car.
2015 Forester XT 'TS' clone
1972 Mach 1 Mustang

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#22 2020-05-08 21:44:37

Rodman
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From: Long Island
Registered: 2006-03-01
User Number: 1046
Posts: 2619

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

I’d buy it for $1436, absolutely. Can I have it if you don’t want it, I’ll happily pay for the transport.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm EJ205 avcs.
2005 desert silver aero, traded.
2002 bugeye, sedan, JDM STi ver 7 swapped.

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#23 2020-05-11 08:16:00

saabroo
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From: Yardley PA
Registered: 2015-07-02
User Number: 31977
Posts: 391

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

I was right! You will buy anything 9-2x related!  banana biggrin lol roxor

Rodman wrote:

I’d buy it for $1436, absolutely. Can I have it if you don’t want it, I’ll happily pay for the transport.


2019 Audi A4 Quattro
2008 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Avant
2005 Saab 9-2x 4EAT. SOLD
2010 Camaro V8 2SS/RS 6MT with Maggie. 513whp, 480tq. SOLD

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#24 2020-05-11 09:51:57

Rodman
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From: Long Island
Registered: 2006-03-01
User Number: 1046
Posts: 2619

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

You got me  big_smile


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm EJ205 avcs.
2005 desert silver aero, traded.
2002 bugeye, sedan, JDM STi ver 7 swapped.

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#25 2020-05-20 12:48:16

SVT3391
Member
From: Maryland
Registered: 2005-07-05
User Number: 440
Posts: 252

Re: One less 9-2X in existence

I was super busy the last 3 weeks so I haven't been online. The same thing that I didn't respond to the insurance company so most likely they still have the car in the same way. I have been called by the insurance co to mail in the title.

If there's genuine interest on that, I will consider the hassles if there's some incentives for me to do that. Otherwise if would be a hard-sell for my wife to see the car blocking our drive way. Not sure if I can bring the tire on the rim to NTB for "warranty replacement". There were literally 1000 miles on a $700 set tires. I will also toss the Access Port that is still married to the car.

I have the original Enkei 16" with Michelle Pilot AS2 mounted that can be bundled together if interested. But I guess I will have to respond to the insurance company very soon.


Satin Grey Aero, 5M, P+C
AP 93 Stage 2.

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