What's Wrong With This Picture?: Number 9-5 Is Alive Edition

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  • Commando1 Commando1 on Jul 02, 2009

    I actually like it. In fact, I like it a lot. Please don't hate me. Oh. What's wrong? They do a restyle while it's in the coffin.

  • PartsUnknown PartsUnknown on Jul 02, 2009

    I like it, but would like it better as a hatchback similar in concept to the 9000. Other spy photos have shown the car in full side profile, and it does have a 9000 feel to it, but with a conventional trunk. Let's hope they stick with the fundamentals - 4 cyl turbo, manual trans option, function over form. As for what's wrong...hmm. Looks a little porky.

  • ScottMcG ScottMcG on Jul 02, 2009

    I really like this. I saw this pic and one of the wagon a couple of days ago. I like the treatment of the A and C pillars, giving it kind of a cantilevered look. I'm really hoping this is a great car. If so, I'll buy an off-lease one in 2013 or so. Used Saabs are a hell of a bargain.

  • Bruce from DC Bruce from DC on Jul 02, 2009

    looks like an Audi with the current iteration of the Saab nose. CommanderFish -- you can have my '02 Aero 9-5 wagon! Bring lots of money for the repairs. My trusty independent mechanic tells me that the engine's oil seals at both ends are leaking (at 75K miles) and the car has been a pretty deep money pit. That said, the turbo autobox setup is one of the slickest that I've driven -- you have to really work to catch the turbo napping . . . and I've observed an honest-to-God 30 mpg on the highway, fully loaded with the a/c running at 70 mph. This is one car that I think is better with an autobox than a manual. Oddly, over long periods of time, the seats are not as comfortable as they look -- can't figure out why. In sum, this is a comfortable car for 4 that drives very well, is fast and doesn't use much fuel. It's only drawback is that it wants to be repaired . . . a lot.