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#1 2020-09-08 06:08:48

Registered: 2020-09-08
User Number: 47019
Posts: 1

I hit a deer, and need help piecing her back together

(Not the deer.)

So the unthinkable happened and I nailed a small deer at about 50 MPH in my 2005 Aero. It took out my right headlight, fender, hood, radiator, and radiator support.

I can find most of the Saabaru specific external body parts online, but from what I'm reading, the radiator support is also a Saabaru specific part. Is this true, or does the stock Impreza support also work? I read somewhere that the 2006-2007 hawkeye supports might work.

If anyone can help, I would be super grateful. Any other advice for piecing this beautiful car back together would be appreciated too.



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#2 2020-09-08 06:41:32

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

Re: I hit a deer, and need help piecing her back together

Good luck.  I've been collecting parts for years.  But I don't have a front radiator support...

See if you can talk this seller into sending the part on a greyhound or freight shipper:

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



#3 2020-09-08 08:12:29

Registered: 2015-07-02
User Number: 31977
Posts: 342

Re: I hit a deer, and need help piecing her back together

Lol. That is about an hour from where I live!  lol

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



#4 2020-09-08 09:18:54

Worst ninja editor, ever.
From: South of North Carolina
Registered: 2007-04-06
User Number: 1944
Posts: 8653

Re: I hit a deer, and need help piecing her back together

When I still had my 9-2x almost 4 years ago, parts were very scarce. Today, we're talking about a 15 year old car with a very limited production run  from an out-of-business car company - everyone's fear about parts availability has come true.

Finding an Aero hood AND a headlight is going to be a fool's errand - doubly so if HID. There were only ~2000 9-2xs equipped originally with HID headlights in 2005, and 2006 headlights are slightly different. Even finding a used 2005 headlight is next to impossible and new ones are NLA. You're going to have to fix the radiator support, too.

I think that despite the cache that the 9-2x has, the time has come to swap the front end over to WRX. Choose your favorite generation - bugeye, blobeye, hawkeye, and get a front cut of a car, and begin piecing it together.

2005 Aero 5MT
2014 Ford Mustang GT Premium 6MT - Sterling Gray Metallic



#5 2020-09-08 10:35:56

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

Re: I hit a deer, and need help piecing her back together

I feel your pain...

Even when the car was less than a year old, the upper rad support was a problem.....

There were some other bits that were unique, because the front end has more sweep (looking  down from above) than the WRX (for example, the battery tray is different, the battery is at a different angle relative to the long axis of the car)

So, krazy is right.  WRX swap or bye bye now.....

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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