Used Car of the Day: 2004 Saab 9-5 Arc Estate

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today we have a 2004 Saab 9-5 Arc Estate. Translated that means Swedish wagon.

Our seller tells us this car runs but does have a minor coolant leak that requires it to be topped off every six months.

There are 180,000 miles on it and the seller has done major work such as replacing the front suspension, alternator, and A/C compressor.

Apparently, some of the paint is faded, too.

If you want a cheap Swede wagon, you can pony up $1,750 for this car. It's located in Maryland.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jun 15, 2024
    Well, I guess it would be a good trade-in for a same year Buick Park Avenue with that sweet 3800 V6.
  • Wolfwagen Wolfwagen on Jun 17, 2024
    I have a 2003 version in grey. IIRC the ARC trim was with the v6 only (it was supposed to be more luxurious than sporting) I picked it up in late 2022 for $1500 with about 115K miles, but it need a bit more work which I did myself. It's comfortable and with the trans in sport mode, it is fairly quick and rock solid at 80-90 MPH even with worn subframe bushings (this summer's/fall project). I would have loved the 4cyl but it is what it is. My only complaint is the lack of room to fix anything in the engine bay and accessing the hold downs for the parking brake pivots
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue