In the shadow of the 9-5 NG, which is considered the last Saab, the small speculations bloom in 9-5 I. While used car prices tend to be low, they are rising strongly in exceptional items.
The question would be whether the 9-5 I is good as an object for speculation. There are fans who invest a lot of money in preserving their Saabs, beyond any market prices. You decide correctly, because the 9-5 is a long-term car par excellence. Reasonable care provided by expert hands, the mechanics are indestructible, the robust electronics repairable at any time. The body is relatively resistant to rust, the comfort of the long haul comparable to much younger and more expensive cars.
Still, buying is difficult. The choice is limited and the price trend is not uniform. Late chrome glasses can cost the same as a 2001 model. Diesel are surprisingly stable. The 3 liter Isuzu diesel, which has become a questionable legend due to engine damage, is more robust than its reputation. If you move it cautiously, it has the qualities of an agricultural machinery engine. Only hectic motorway journeys affect his mind and shorten the service life sustainably.
Nevertheless, it is not recommended to buy a diesel. First, because of the well-known environmental discussion. On the other hand because of the questionable running culture, which affects all diesel engines beyond the 6 cylinder.
Saab 9-5 I as speculation object
The entry into export models starts with a ridiculously few € 100. Decent vehicles are available between € 4 and € 5.000. An early 1998 9-5 can be as expensive as a 2003 or 2006 model. Only the state of care decides. Senior vehicles keep coming onto the market. Low mileage, complete checkbook, history at the Saab dealer. They come onto the market as Linear, Vector or Aero. But if you are looking, you have to be quick. Because with the retirees start the small speculation.
The vehicles are bought up by traders or enterprising individuals who are looking for a quick profit at a substantial premium. One can doubt the success of the speculation. Overpriced vehicles, often in barely coveted colors and equipment, have long service lives.
Finding really nice vehicles is difficult, you have to look beyond the country's borders. A kind of Saab 9-5 paradise has formed in Switzerland. Good, exciting Saab 9-5, reasonable prices. Since the Swiss customer and the workshops are much more meticulous with the preservation of vehicles than we Germans, one or the other pearl can be there.
The 9-5 Anniversary models are particularly attractive. Although the chrome frame is not considered the most beautiful model in the series, but it has inner values. With the facelift there were many savings on small things, but in return the best suspension of all 9-5 I. In addition, there was the last expansion stage of the legendary Trionic engines. You can not overstate that in the downsizing drama of current vehicles.
Where in a Saab feudal 2.0, 2.3 or 3.0 liter cubic capacity work, current offers 3 cylinder deliver on a liter distributed. Do you really want to drive like that? There are still alternatives, and fortunately they are not expensive at all. Three examples, all from Switzerland.
Saab 9-5 BioPower Vector Anniversary 2007. 119.000 kilometers.
If I had space anywhere in the hangar, I would buy it immediately. The 9-5 Anniversary corresponds in detail to the model that I ordered and never received due to the slowness of a previous Saab dealer. Great features, harmonious and rare colors with matching accents in the interior. A collector's item or collector's item. Is in Oberentfelden/Switzerland. Price: 7.200,00 € approx.
Saab 9 5 2.3t Vector 2005, 112.000 kilometers
A fabulous firsthand copy in rare color and very good equipment is in Niederglatt / Switzerland. The Wilen Garage Saab lives, the station wagon is worth more than just a temptation. Price: 7.300,00 € approx.
Saab 9 5 2.0t BioPower Anniversary 2007. 119.00 kilometers
Another, very well-equipped copy stands in Delémont / Switzerland for sale. Our neighbors obviously prefer automatic versions, as you can see. The 5-gear automaton works very well with turbo engines and will convince even notorious manual switches. The price: 8.200,00 € approx.
The import from Switzerland is relatively easy. Of the ADAC gives important information, and agencies Upon request, customs clearance at the border crossings prepares the customs clearance for a manageable commission.
A Saab is a Saab. A Saab is tough, safe, fast. And always a bit extravagant. That's why an 9-5 I needs a knowledgeable hand. Maintenance bottlenecks and defects are caused by incorrect economy and workshops with little Saab specific expertise. And that Saabs always took the role of the exotic, the proportion of really good workshops is low.
For the 9-5 with its robust technology care by a knowledgeable operation is important if you want to have fun with it for years. Although the used car prices are relatively low, the selection is scarce. And that will hardly change.