In my search for my new 9-5, I notice how prices for the Aero versions are rising. Powerful cars with as little electronics as possible are in demand. The counter-trend towards electric cars and mobile smartphones. For me it doesn't have to be aero, not mandatory. With Saab and the famous 2.3 liter engine, it is quite easy to adjust the performance according to your personal wishes.
Saab 9-5 Aero - they are speculative
But the prices are remarkable. Around 10.000 € for an Aero facelift with reasonable mileage seems speculative to me. Some offers are like lead, and you can watch the provider gamble with the prices. Other offers are sold within 72 hours. Because everything was just right, and because 10k € is not a lot of money for a lot of cars with enough power.
Meanwhile I work off my frustration. Some vehicles are really cheap. The list of defects is so comprehensive that it assumes the scope of the Saab on-board manual. The interiors are almost always a disaster, and they are often tinkered with. There are holes in the dashboard, the reason for which the owner has now lost. Then there are also interiors with mixed colors. Beige, black. You already know, there is nothing left at the Saab dealer. Yes, I know that.
Positive? In all the hopelessness there are lights in the night too. All contacts are very friendly, some are amazed that you are specifically looking for an old Saab. For the majority, the 9-5 is just an old, cheap car that should be replaced with another old car that is a little better.
I am close to giving up
Because now it is December. Chrome glasses are available nearby. Serviced in Frankfurt, a nice decor. The usual leasing silver combined with a black interior. But with a sunroof. I'm about to give up and contact the seller. It's enough for me somehow. Failure puts you in a bad mood. That must have an end.
An advertisement pops up on a portal.
The Saab 9-5 from Talheim
I've been to several times with friends Lobmüller car dealership in Talheim, near Heilbronn. They were always satisfied, the cars they bought were always good. Now there is a beautiful Saab 9-5 for sale there. A Series 2 sedan with a great, beige interior. Arc level, automatic, 2.3 liter, xenon. A few kilometers, very well maintained and not expensive at all. There is one caveat. The outside color is light and I sleep on it for more than a night to see if I think that's great.
I strike just before Christmas. On my last working day of the year, I call Talheim. It is also Mr Lobmüller's last day at work, as I find out. I ask the key data, I like what he says. A neat Saab in good condition. That's what I've been looking for. Is it very urgent? He asks? I don't want to take the days off from him, just relax. He'll be back in business on January 7th, which suits me very well. Before that, nothing would happen anyway, the Saab was safe. With the appointment to contact me on January 7th and to make an appointment to buy, we say goodbye to each other in the Christmas days.
I found a Saab!
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