Before 2 weeks, Matthias from Switzerland complained about the rust on his 9-5 Aero. It was enough, he said. Because the repair at Swiss prices was too expensive. And there had to be a replacement. Which of course should be a Saab, an 9-5, and an Aero. Or not?
Because then I got the following mail, and the sequel to the previous part read quite exciting:
Hi folks, after my report on the strong rust on my beloved 9-5 Aero, a solution could be found. However, several weeks passed until the result was established. After I reported that the removal of the grate in an ex Saab workshop should cost 8000,00 to 10.000,00 SFr, I looked for alternatives. I could spend 3000,00 to 4500,00 SFr on the fast. 3000,00 SFr was my maximum budget for the rust.
So I looked around for moving Saab alternatives. They were there as well. If possible it should be again a 9-5 Aero station wagon. I got used to the comfort of the big car too much and know its weaknesses.
A dealer near my place of residence keeps dealing with 9-5er and sometimes with 9-3er. A possible 9-5er was found on Autoscout by this same dealer and the dealer contacted. I think we were immediately sympathetic and on the same wavelength.
He said after a long phone conversation, "the 9 5er that interests you is at my house. The ignition key is in the car at ... .. (will not betray here). Take him for a few days to the rehearsal and then we'll continue. It will either be sold off place for 3500,00 SFr, or after vehicle testing for about 4500,00 SFr. "It was an 9-5 Vector 2.3t Gray with sunroof and ventilated leather seats. With deer tuning.
The car ran very well and also because of the sunroof, I'm a sunroof fan, he would have liked me very much. Unfortunately, he had some shortcomings that were more or less also test relevant. Some rather expensive problems but not synonymous. So there was again the rust in the usual places. Slippery mirror (folding mechanism) and much more. At least the sunroof was tight.
I did not care about the whole thing. Mine was screwed through technically, this could come up with nasty surprises. Despite TÜV. I kept my fingers off. Nevertheless, he lured me with more 9 5er in his offer!
A black aero had it to me especially. An 9-5 Aero from 2006 with deer package (suspension and double exhaust). Also this car I was allowed to chase with us during a week with us - connected with the change of the winter on summer wheels. Unfortunately, the summer rubbers were completely through. Accordingly, the ride comfort suffered greatly. Nevertheless, I fell in love with this vehicle a little.
My garagist told me shortly before, "you will not necessarily enjoy the vehicle if you're used to an early 9-5er."
And he was right! Apart from the optics. Of course, the grill and the chrome eyes had to be painted black again, without me the contrast of the "glasses" is too strong, which I do not like most car colors of the 9-5er. I had to realize, however, that the processing in the interior does not correspond to what I was used to from my 2002 Aero. Creaky seats, plastic parts that are not sitting properly, or the door handle that is soft-coated with peeling off. That alone would have been bearable if the purchase price were correct. After all, the car as well as the Vector had already run well over 200.000 km. But what I see when looking under the car changed my mind completely.
Actually checked fresh in the canton of Lucerne in December, I found strong oil loss on the engine, a lot of rust on the underbody. The usual rust spots in the back at the bottom of the car, rusted struts in front, as well as a closed tint foil on the rear window. In addition, there was a broken belt buckle of the passenger seat and a motor lamp which occasionally lit up. Of the equally sloppy exterior mirrors not to mention. So no thanks! Although - the Hirsch exhaust system I had already liked.
Simultaneously with the test drive of the black Eros my Aero was in another garage guest to let the rust judge by someone else. Here came the very gratifying message that they could eliminate the rust including small rust prevention for flabby 2500,00 SFr.
I could not believe my luck! So I would not have to leave my Aero to the scrap merchant or the parts processor.
Of course, I agreed and when talking with the boss, his boys have already worked full of verve on the Aero. After a few days I was able to pick up the car. Now he only has to pass the TÜV or MFK, as we say here, and then I should enjoy the car for a few years. In addition I give my Aero again the original marking of the car at the tail, which he never had, as well as a tuned engine control unit: 285PS and 420 Nm which is to catch the horses again, which have probably broken out in the last years.
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