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#1 2020-01-18 18:33:16

Registered: 2019-11-12
User Number: 46687
Posts: 1

Looking at 2005 Auto Aero

I was thinking of getting this Saab 9-2x Aero.

It has an automatic transmission and the mileage is currently 136k. It also appears to have heated leather seats.

The current listed price is $3,600. However it was damaged in a test drive and has some rear damage. I think it is manageable and was considering handling it myself.

The airbox has writing that says 92k which they think was when the timing belt was changed, but I was thinking of changing it anyway to be safe.

It also says it appears to be stock. Anyway I was just wondering the opinions of other, more knowledgeable, people before I commit.



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#2 2020-01-18 20:54:42

Headroom is overrated...
From: Kennesaw, GA
Registered: 2005-06-16
User Number: 247
Posts: 3324

Re: Looking at 2005 Auto Aero

Biggest issue with these cars is rear shock tower rust.  Search this site for some really scary pictures, and how to assess the situation.

I'd also be looking for evidence of regular oil changes.  These engines can eat themselves if oil not changed regularly. 

Depending on the rear damage, you may have trouble finding parts.  The bumper cover, the plastic trim at the top of the liftgate are unique, not shared with Subaru.   I'd look into what parts you might need to get it to where you want it.

Good luck!

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



#3 2020-01-19 02:40:24

Potato, Patreason...
From: San Antonio, Texas
Registered: 2011-07-31
User Number: 5779
Posts: 2608

Re: Looking at 2005 Auto Aero

Second biggest thing is to get it tuned at least stage one.  Those original tunes on the 4eat made turning left across traffic a bit too exciting sometimes.  I would suggest stage two and putting in an STI uppipe so you don't suck up 14 year old catalytic material into the turbo smile

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



#4 2020-01-19 04:29:19

From: California
Registered: 2014-08-28
User Number: 21721
Posts: 17

Re: Looking at 2005 Auto Aero

I’m selling my 2005 5 speed manual  smile



#5 2020-01-22 23:33:07

From: Decatur, AL
Registered: 2019-07-26
User Number: 46537
Posts: 26

Re: Looking at 2005 Auto Aero

The engine compartment looks to be free of rust.  I did notice that the radiator caps have been replaced so at least some service has been done on the cooling system.
The headlights look pretty decent.
The front and rear seats look to be not quite the right color.  They may have been swapped and you may not have heated seats.
These cars have very little book value and with the damage and automatic - not very desirable.  Which is good for you so you can buy it cheap.
As others have mentioned, check the rear strut towers - especially if you don't know the history of the car.

I bought my auto 05 Aero several months ago.  I will say in stock form it is pretty sluggish - down right slow.  A great inexpensive improvement is a catless up pipe.  It'll let the car make a little power before the auto shifts gears.  No tune required for that.

2005 Aero



#6 2020-01-23 07:11:53

From: Central CT
Registered: 2005-11-09
User Number: 890
Posts: 610

Re: Looking at 2005 Auto Aero

slowautoxr wrote:

The front and rear seats look to be not quite the right color.  They may have been swapped and you may not have heated seats.

Some dealers were putting in black leather seat covers to pad the price, Saab dealers really thought these were going to sell well. The heaters should still be in there, easy enough to check.

That rear quarter damage is no joke, that will be a significant bill to get repaired and repainted properly. At least it's a great color.



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