The Saab 9-4x story is extremely exciting. Only 673 units were built in Mexico in a short-term production. Not all came into customer hands. A large part disappeared into the vastness of the GM galaxy, which disposed of vehicles or released them internally for consumption. This further limited the stock. Therefore, there are almost inevitably many unique pieces and color combinations that only exist once or twice in the world. The 9-4x 3.0i, which is offered in Switzerland, is not quite as rare.
In fact, only two identical specimens are known to exist in the Confederation, which were short in 2014 sighted were, but then disappeared again. However, 65 of the tapes ran in this color and thus 10% of all 9-4x ever made. The provides a precise list of the vehicles built Production report by Michèl Annink.
A dream car with very few kilometers
Even several years after production ended, the 9-4x remains a dream car for fans. As almost always with the smallest editions, the price is stable. A safe investment and, in times of the SUV flood, an extremely individual vehicle in its class. Pleasant to drive, even today with a beautiful V6 engine. The offer from Switzerland is remarkable, as it only has 15.000 kilometers on the counter. Almost unbelievable by Saab standards, a kind of demonstration car that was produced back in 2011. The purchase price of 25.000 CHF is not too high for a 9-4x, but those interested in the European Union have to calculate with additional customs and VAT. The 3.0i base engine is completely sufficient and makes the Saab a pleasant travel companion.
Many wear parts are inexpensive to obtain, as the 9-4x base and production location shares with the Cadillac SRX. Specific parts are rare, if only because of the small numbers. This has been taken care of here for years Saab center in Kiel for supplies with Markus Lafrentz, and they do so with success.
Saab 9-4x, the second attempt
What many Saab fans do not know, the 9-4x is not the first of its kind. I am not writing here about the 9-7x, which is thought to be the first Saab SUV at all. But from the 9-4x there was a predecessor that also shared its platform and technology with the Cadillac SRX. Its 1st generation came on the market in 2003 and became one of the most popular SUVs in America. The second generation from 2010 continued its success and shared the tapes in the Mexican GM factory with its Swedish relatives for a few days.
Only the 9st generation 4-1x, developed under the Saab project code 265, has never been seen. It was withdrawn in 2002 shortly before the start of production by order of GM and disappeared forever.