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Saab 9-5, Sedan
#1303 of 2237 No Black Magic Involved
Jan 01, 2003 (3:06 pm)
While I'd like to be as helpful to the board here as I can, the "other factors" I mentioned were probably situation- and dealer-specific. It was month-end/year-end, so that motivated both of us. After an initial phone call (and a $30K offer over the phone!) I came in as the prototypical "I'm ready to buy today" customer, and that usually creates a condition that shakes a few dollars off the tree. I confirmed that the $500 owner loyalty would also be deducted. After a test drive and some hesitation on my part (I really *was* torn about the color) an additional $500 was taken off to seal the deal. The sales mgr explained that they had already written off a good portion of the vehicle in 2002, and he said he was also taking the 2003 depreciation now, rather than wait till January like other dealers. It was clear to me that the laser red color was the reason they had failed to sell this for many months. Further, a friend had explained that they move a lot of cars at this dealership (it's Saab-only), and that their pricing was generally aggressive.
To get a great deal right now, I would suggest that prospective buyers check out the existence of any remaining '02s on area dealer lots (the web is great for this), ignore the price listed on the site (it's almost always MSRP anyway), and call to verify a few facts on the car. Some '02s I found were listed under pre-owned or used, even if they have very few miles. Most are under "new "cars, but you'll want to confirm mileage and options. Try to get a sense of where they'll be price-wise if you decide to come in, knowing that even a very low verbal number can be a starting point for further (if limited) reductions. At the very least, with ongoing dealer rebates from Saab, and pressure to make room for more '03s and eventual '04s, a $4-5K discount should be the absolute minimum. Where it goes from there is based on those "other factors."
Good luck and good shopping!
Jan 01, 2003 (3:10 pm)
from what i've read at the saab network (TSN),
the model year 99 had a few bugs (ecu, fuel tank thump). most of which were covered by recalls and replaced under warranty.
check out TSN and post some questions there too.
my experience with saab is limited since i'm on my first one that's only 3 months old.
Jan 03, 2003 (1:36 pm)
regarding your criticisms of the 9-5, what about engine problems?? have you heard of any engine failures? seizures? problems with oil failing to maintain viscosity? please advise. Also, what is TSN and how can I access it. Thanks.
Jan 03, 2003 (7:32 pm)
TSN = The Saab Network = www.saabnet.com
If you need info on a Saab of any vintage or model, this is the place. Keep in mind that this is a 'problem posting' site, so don't let your impression of Saabs be skewed by the posts. I've been driving our 9-5 for a year now and have found it to be an exceptional car. Wish I could afford another one for ME.
Regarding engine seizures, oil problems, Saab engines generally don't have problems with these type of issues, although if you did a search on TSN you'd probably find someone with said problem.
#1307 of 2237 THE AUDI A6 FALLS WAY SHORT OF THE 9-5
Jan 05, 2003 (10:23 am)
TO KHURLEY, I ALSO LOOKED AT THE AUDI-A6 AND WAS GREATLY DISPLEASED WITH #1 THE STEERING WHEEL FELT EXTREMELY LOOSE AND UNRESPONSIVE, DISAPPOINTING TO SAY THE LEAST. #2 WHEN DRIVING WITH THE WINDOWS CLOSED AND THE MOON ROOF OPEN THE WIND TURBULENCE WAS RIDICULOUS. I FOUND THIS CAR QUITE UNSATISFYING, NICE LOOKS BUT LITTLE ELSE. IT MAY LOOK GRAND IN YOUR DRIVEWAY, BUT ON THE HIGHWAY I WOULD RATHER HAVE THE SAAB. THE SAAB IS CLEARLY NOT FOR EVERYONE, BUT IF YOU ARE A PERSON WHO LIKES BEING DIFFERENT FROM THE CROWD, ENJOYS A GOOD RIDING AUTOMOBILE, WITH ENOUGH POWER TO TAKE YOU TO THE MOON IN A QUAINT YET FASHIONABLE MANNER THEN YOU SHOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THE SAAB. REMEMBER PEOPLE WHO TEST DRIVE A SAAB USUALLY BUY A SAAB.
#1308 of 2237 New Body Style
Jan 06, 2003 (5:45 pm)
Does anyone konw when Saab plans to revise the current 9-5 body style?
Jan 06, 2003 (10:41 pm)
Kinda up in the air right now with Saab's financial difficulties.
The current body style is going on only its fourth year so I'd expect it to be around for awhile. You'll see variants of the new 9-3 before an all-new 9-5 hits showrooms.
Jan 10, 2003 (7:46 pm)
Been lookig for that bright red Saab in Western Mass since Jan 2...haven't spotted it yet!
It appears that there are some good deals on the 02 9-5 in your part of the state, could you tell me where you made your purchase?
#1311 of 2237 Thanks for the feedback
Jan 11, 2003 (4:59 pm)
bbf65, Pat and Teechee thanks for the feedback! I went and drove the 9-5 Aero again today and I'm sold. Now it just a matter of getting the price I would like...Thanks Again!
Jan 12, 2003 (1:08 am)
i'm glad you're sold on the aero.
(i know i enjoy mine!)
hope you find the price that you like
so you could start getting behind the wheel
of such a fine automobile.