Forgotten in the vacation home? An almost new Saab 9-7x.

There are these stories. The car that is put away and forgotten. At some point you rediscover it. There is a Saab! What a surprise! In our case it is a 9-7x. Not necessarily the car that fans of the small brand from Sweden have on their radar. The 9-7x is an exotic, even in the Saab world. It is not that rare.

7250 kilometers? So almost a new car!
7250 kilometers? So almost a new car!

85.994 units were built in Moraine, Ohio between 2005 and 2009. In good years, more than 20.000 units, the last 1.209 vehicles rolled off the assembly lines in 2009. Of course, the 9-7x disappointed the planners, who had expected much higher quantities.

In principle, the Saab 9-7x is an oldsmobile

In 2004, GM buried Oldsmobile. An old, traditional brand in North America. Vehicles with the Oldsmobile logo had been built since 1897 and the brand was the first successful manufacturer in large series construction before Ford. In recent years under GM, the label has been atrophying more and more, the vehicles were uninspired and found fewer and fewer customers. The bottom line for Detroit was an expensive party. According to the US media, inventory and vehicles had to be bought back from the dealers for $ 1 billion.

The successor of the was in the estate of Oldsmobile Bravada. In secondary use, it became the Saab 9-7x and the Buick Rainier. Changed for the Swedish adventure, the front mask and parts of the interior. The rest remained as intended for Oldsmobile. GM confidently placed the 9-7x against VW Touareg and Volvo XC90. That was decidedly too ambitious.

Saab 9-7x with only 7.500 kilometers

Under the tin, the Saab is a real American. Pretty tough. Still doing its job when the rust has affected all parts of the body. And it seldom gnaws on the 9-7x. Because most specimens were never treated very well. As a rule, they have high mileage and quite a few have an enormous maintenance backlog. The 9-7x offered here only has 7.500 kilometers on the speedometer. You believe it when you see the pictures. The interior seems like new. The steering wheel and the leather seats speak for it.

The Saab 9-7x is unfortunately not an aero, but a linear. This is a model year 2005, because 2006 was omitted. Only the small, American heart with 6 cylinders and 4.2 liters displacement beats under the hood. Still enough for relaxed locomotion, because the 9-7x was never a dynamic SUV. More a robust off-roader with a high utility value.

The owner calls for € 9 from Auto Scout7 for the Saab 24-30.000x Linear. The price is exciting because there shouldn't be a second 9-7x with a comparable mileage. The question is what a near mint Saab that is an Oldsmobile could be worth. Because there is no real market with supply and demand due to the rarity.

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28 thoughts on "Forgotten in the vacation home? An almost new Saab 9-7x."

  • Dear Mr. Capri,

    Your penultimate comment has 9 thumbs up. After pointing out your manipulative behavior, your last comment, which is only a few hours older, only got one more ...

    That is very remarkable, but it was also foreseen by me ...

    And guess who gave you this thumb out of sheer pity. Right, it actually comes from me. It is a goodbye present.

    I knew that you would not dare again to give yourself as many thumbs as you like and at the same time give your victim of bullying a more or less identical number of thumbs down. That would have been very noticeable ...

    You have completely taken away the pleasure of this blog from me. As I said, my thumbs up for you is a parting present. Farewell and manipulate diligently ...

    I will no longer provide you with a single comment for this. Still a good trip at all times.

  • “A purely Scandinavian product! Just like my Saab 9-3 with a Fiat diesel engine ”

    SAAB definitely yes! But diesel was only introduced by the management for commercial reasons, and therefore unfortunately does not have much to do with SAAB, it was ultimately primarily intended for and on those sales markets in order to keep its sales figures stable or at least not to incur more or unnecessary losses because Political decisions on this topic unfortunately contributed their great passive influence.

    If it were up to the Saab engine department, they would have consciously relied on the further development of gasoline turbo technology, where SAAB thoroughly and successfully tested its near future in the research department for bio-ethanol from 2000 and many future plans with the bio-power concept -100 planned. Other vehicle brands were also interested in this future development at that time; but as we now know, this was unfortunately slowed down so much by "someone" certain that SAAB unfortunately disappeared from the scene. There was much more to this project than was ever officially presented. Really a shame, because the SAAB engineers had planned and actively undertaken a lot more to tackle the current environmental problems earlier and to make at least one “mild” future-oriented change with the available resources, keeping the exhaust gas values ​​lower by factor X without To change extreme drive technology at short notice, because hybrid technology (including electric drive with solar collectors) in connection with bio-power was also on the SAAB future plan ... but unfortunately it never got that far, for this there will probably be more drastic measures ahead of us.

  • Dear Mr. Hürsch,
    if you write a well-founded good report here, which is 80-90 percent correct, you will get a thumbs up from me.
    For those who don't like me one down.
    I just use a smartphone, nothing else ... I can only vote once!
    If you have multiple thumbs down, your report may not please several readers here. It's very simple, it's no different for me.

    For me, the XC 90 is a purely Scandinavian product! Just like my Saab 9-3 with a diesel engine from Fiat!
    With the Volvo there is a lot to be said for it. Dr Wolfgang Reitzle, head of what was then PAG at Ford, had a great deal of authority to build a Swedish product. Hans Olof Olsson was CEO of Volvo and an absolute alpha animal ... he didn't let the Americans talk too much!

  • Thanks for the info!

  • I would like a more matter-of-fact tone. It has been like this on this platform all the years, I would appreciate it if it stayed that way. Thank you!

  • PS

    Incidentally, Ford already signed a contract with Yamaha in 1984. The V8 from the XC90 was not a Swedish-Japanese novelty, but clearly bears the hallmark of Ford after a long-standing American-Japanese partnership.

    No wonder, then, that journalists and I assigned the engine to Ford - that is also justified ...

    ... but still does not find your (Mr. Capris) grace?

    Go ahead, you have one or two smartphones, a laptop and a tablet. You can also give this comment 4 thumbs down.

    But don't forget that you also wanted to give your youngest a few thumbs up. Or does he already have 4 while I'm still typing?

  • @ Capri,

    Geeley canceled the V8 when Ford took over. The only V8 ever built in series in a Volvo falls into the era of the American reign over Volvo.
    The design of several Volvos (S80, XC90) came from a design studio in the USA.

    It is by no means irrelevant to spot a pretty American-style vehicle with an American driving behavior in the XC90 with V8 and to draw parallels to the 9-7.

    Why are you always so dogged and reproachful?
    What exactly did I do to you?

  • Tom is right, it was a Yamaha construction!
    Volvo did not need to install a Ford engine in the XC 90. Wouldn't have fit either.
    Since the 850, Volvo has only built it sideways ... for safety reasons!

    @ Mr. Hürsch, please remain factual with the comments!
    It has often been discussed here on the blog where an engine comes from.
    I find something interesting and expands my knowledge!

    For driving, one likes the XC 90, the other doesn't. You have to accept it too.

  • Ford engine? (Capri)

    I meant the V8 from the Ford era. At the time, journalists assigned it to Ford. Because of me it also came from Buxtehude or Nagasaki and the chassis from Uppsala or Oops ...

    I found the result to be very American either way.

  • I would have seen the two vehicles at eye level purely from the visual impression (inside / outside). Although I can't really judge either of them because I've never driven them. I would have seen the 9-7 more towards Frontera and Monterey, which of course GM wanted to see differently.

  • As far as I know, the old XC 90 didn't even have a Ford engine! The old XC 90 also has a Volvo floor unit, the P2 platform.
    I drove it once, drove quite well.

  • @ Tom,

    good question (how to phrase it differently). I have no answer. I just wanted to understand whether the blog had a technical assessment and experience of XC90 vs. 9-7x there.

    Could have been and I would have been interested if necessary. As always everything here ...

  • If they are not, that fits. Historically, Oldsmobile has long been the more solid brand for an older audience. The assessment can therefore be correct.

  • I think for European drivers the 9-7x mainly suffers from the American manufacturing quality, the non-European chassis and the non-European engine. But if you are happy that you have a bubbling V8 with SAAB paint, which easily takes the 20 on the autobahn with 200 "wheels, the gap dimensions and rust problems remain. Otherwise it is fully equipped at no extra charge. And certainly the emblem, the cup holder and the ignition lock do not make a SAAB, but there are also many smart details with the 9-7x that I had not suspected in him and which are partly not found in other SAABs (e.g. interior light switch is the same lamp ... You can't miss it even with the thickest gloves, compressor for the air suspension with extra outlet and long air hose). But also bizarre, in my first 9-7x a cable for an engine heater was included, but no connection to the engine.
    The 9-7x is ok, GM did more damage in other places. I'm already looking forward to going on a business trip with him tomorrow.

  • Since the Oldsmobile Bravada was also based on the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, such opinions are not fundamentally wrong.

    I'm not a specialist in American cars now, but I suspect that Oldsmobile buyers not only had to pay more money than Chevrolet customers, but also got more in return. For example, better noise insulation in the form of anti-noise measures, sound absorption mats and improved door seals. And the Saab also had such features when it was based on the Bravada instead of the TrailBlazer.

    Plus probably better standard equipment than the TrailBlazer, but the body structure will have been identical.

  • The trail blazer is very closely related, like a lot back then at GM. Both vehicles ran on the same lines.

  • How should you have put it differently? The price orientation was like this and the market gave a clear answer.

  • I have a rather averse attitude towards SUVs anyway. The 9-7 made it even more difficult that it is a disguised American and has nothing to do with a Saab. Dashboard and ignition key in the middle does not make a Saab. But I was always of the opinion that a Chevi Trailblazer forms the basis. Learned something again! GM has always been a candidate for not valuing brands, not understanding them and, on top of that, guaranteeing stupid decisions. Even Opel has at least become more profitable, if not profitable, in the hands of the French.

  • Okay, thanks for the clarification.
    Reads differently in the article where the XC90 and Touareg are mentioned in the same breath ...

    Anyway, you haven't missed anything. After the (old) XC90 (terrible) I drove the V70XC (much better) to the test. But that too was relatively soft back then. Only the shorter springs and the flatter Volvos were good and active. They weren't very good at SUVs and Xross Country. The V70 without high heels, but it was really great ...

  • I have no opinion about the old XC90. The car passed me by, in contrast to many other models from Gothenburg. I cannot judge ...

  • @ Tom,

    With the Touareg, I like to believe that immediately. The platform was developed together with Porsche and the goal was good road holding for more than 250 ...
    So no question about it.

    But what about the old XC90?
    Wasn't that at least within the range of the 9-7X on the US market?

    So two rocking horses with a European coating together at the American cosiness fair?

  • I'll come out. Touareg V8 - a few years. Upper class, unfortunately also with the shortcomings. In every respect, that is 9-7x light years away.

  • 9-7X vs. XC90

    I never drove the Touareg and the Saab, but wonder what was decidedly too ambitious as an opponent on the old XC90?

    With that I had the "pleasure". In full equipment and with the Ford engine. The thing was a bad rocking horse both lengthways and crossways, felt very, very American ...

    I didn't like it at all. After a weekend demonstration car, I was pretty horrified. What is worse on the 9-7X or not at eye level?
    So apart from the fact that, as is known, there were no European equipment and engines?

  • To be honest, the ad seems a bit strange to me, without wanting to get too close, for a car like this I would add more description and where the vehicle was registered, I think it's missing. I heard that there is only one approved 9-7X in Austria.

  • The price of 30 € is at least ambitious ... in Switzerland a 000-9x AERO with 7km from 48 has been on offer for some time. A little more kilometers on the clock, but newer and equipped as AERO with the big V000. Not much is moving there….

    As Tom wrote, it is exotic, even in the small SAAB world.
    Exciting history of the 9-7x. Interesting and new to me that the 9-7x is actually an Oldsmobile. Always thought he was a trail blazer….

    Wondering if the two will find a new home?

    Keep Saabing, Daniel

  • This is a real exotic! I like it, it still has original technology in it. Hard to break the part. He can pull trailers and he also has all-wheel drive. Buying, preserving and then driving forever could be the perfect solution. In Upper Bavaria or in the Taiga, or wherever.


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