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#338 of 355 Buying a 2006 Saab 9-7X
Feb 22, 2009 (8:16 pm)
I am looking into to buying a 2006 Saab 9-7X and wanted to get some feedback about vehicle.
1. How is the reliability of the vehicle? I have not found any reliability information for the 9-7X after about 20,000 miles.
2. Will a GM dealership work on the vehicle or must you take to a Saab dealer.
3. Is this vehicle even worth purchasing since I was reading the company is filling for bankruptcy protection and GM is finding a way to cut them loose.
4. Finally does anybody still own the 9-7X from a purchase in 05' or 06? If you still own, what has been your experience?
#339 of 355 Jiggles Anyone?
Apr 16, 2009 (5:49 am)
I just learned a tough lesson on impulse buying. The dealer knocked $17 grand off the sticker of a 9-7x and ate 4 months of my lease trade in. Within the first few miles I found the vehicle shakes and flexes over bumps and uneven pavement. The front end has the feeling of cowl shake, that side to side jiggle feeling which is also felt in the steering wheel. I can only compare the feeling to that of a cheap Plymouth convertable I used to own. A local Saab dealer checked it and said everything seems fine. I can put up with the whinny rear-end noise or the transmission that can't decide what gear it should be in. But that side to side jiggle angers me more with each bump in the road. Is anyone else feeling this or is there something wrong with mine alone?
#340 of 355 Re: Jiggles Anyone? [jjr6]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 16, 2009 (6:51 am)
Have you experimented with the tire pressures?
#341 of 355 Re: Jiggles Anyone? [steve_]
Apr 22, 2009 (9:27 pm)
I thought the same Steve. All tires are 32 psi like the sticker calls for.
#342 of 355 Re: Jiggles Anyone? [jjr6]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 22, 2009 (10:16 pm)
Since the dealer isn't being helpful, maybe you can find someone to put it on a lift and go over the bolts and suspension parts. Maybe there's a defective motor mount.
Oh, you could ask to test drive another one like yours and see if it wallows or not. Maybe that would convince the service writer to take another look.
And one more thing - try an Advanced Search here for "TrailBlazer shake" or similar under Search Forums on the right, and tell the search to look in SUVs. There's not that many posts that look like they could be related to your problem, but there are a few (sway bar problems, etc.). Since the platforms are similar, maybe one of those posts will trigger something.
#343 of 355 Re: Jiggles Anyone? [jjr6]
Apr 24, 2009 (10:18 am)
Something is wrong. Should be no side to side, or front end shake - at least not on the pavement - nor any whining in the rear end. Have the tires been checked (not for pressure but for other problems)? or rotated?
As far as gear selection, my 5.3 is okay. The only thing I don't like is the kickdown when accelerating.
I have 35000 km on my 08 and the only problem I had was with the thump problem in the rear differential which is a common problem and fixed under warranty. Other than that it has been solid.
#344 of 355 Re: Buying a 2006 Saab 9-7X [cmcbrayer]
Jun 22, 2009 (2:02 pm)
I sure hope you didn't buy that Saab I have a 2006 and my biggest issue with this car is the wind noise. It's so loud that I when hubby and I ride in the car we're practically screaming at each other. There are few things that I do like about the car, the seating comfort and the way it corners (boy does it corner!) and I love the kick it has when you need it, but the road noise, wind noise and the crappy tires that came with this "luxury" vehicle, BIG disapointment... We're are just waiting for the lease to finish on this car and we'll be back at the Audi dealer in a flash!
#345 of 355 Should I or not?
Sep 07, 2009 (5:08 pm)
Ok guys- I've been perusing the posts; opinions are appreciated- thinking of trading my '07 Mazda 6 (tons of problems) for an SUV to take to VT regularly and something the kids will be comfortable with on long trips. Looking at late model ('08-'09) certified vehicles. I know its a GMC Envoy etc............... The posts are pretty varied. I think I could swing a great deal as there seems to be plenty of new and certified stock within 200 miles of my north jersey address. Just not sure if there will be tons of headaches or not with this vehicle.
#346 of 355 Re: Should I or not? [lg2207]
Oct 01, 2009 (7:11 pm)
Hope I'm not too late with this message. Don't buy it! This is absolutely the worst vehicle I ever owned. Ask yourself why a manufacturer would sticker a car for 43k and sell it for 26k. Why do they sit on dealers lots for months with no interest? Could be because cars like this are part of the reason GM finds itself in trouble. In just 2 months this car developed more issues than National Geographic! By the time Saab had the brain fart and decided to pass off a Chevy as some European luxury vehicle, Buick, Olds and Isuzu had already discontinued selling their version of the same platform. By all means, if you don't mind feeling every bump in the road through the steering wheel, howling wind noise, whinny rear end, brakes that go clunk and a transmission that can't decide what gear to be in, you may consider a 9-7X. Do yourself a favor and read the reviews by Consumer, Car & driver. Road and track etc. Body on frame, outdated 4 speed transmission, solid beam rear all prove to be far outdated. There are so many better SUV's on the market. If you for some reason you still want one you better hurry. GM has come to there senses and pulled the plug on this nightmare. I traded mine in after just 2 months and guess what. It sat on the dealer's lot for months before they finally wholesaled it!