Light at the end of the tunnel or an oncoming train?

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.

Lich at the end of the tunnel or an oncoming train?

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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7 thoughts on "Light at the end of the tunnel or an oncoming train?"

  • @ Ken-Daniel S The V6 is very attractive in the 9-5, but was never on my shortlist. Still, if you find one that suits you, you should strike.

  • Torturer, which Saab has it become?

    Tom draws the bow with great pleasure. Black Saab is sure to be right.
    I'm a rather impatient type, but I still like the style.
    I already learned a lot about the 9-5, different model years, engine variants, equipment and so on and so on ...

    It's great that so much knowledge flows into the series of articles and how readers add to it in comments. And it stays exciting longer ...

  • The timing is very clear. From autumn 2019 to December 2019. Next part January 2020. Then Tom picks up his 9-5, or discovers something else that's there and what he's taking with him.

    Now I just have to wait another week for the sequel. Damn.

  • I'm also a bit confused 🙂 I feel reminded of Star Wars, where from a certain point the stories were told backwards. I'm looking forward to the resolution!

  • I almost want to say congratulations ... if it weren't for the 2nd report on this topic:
    Quote: A few days ago I started looking for a Saab 9-5. I haven't really made any progress yet, first questions arise in conversation with a friend.
    “A few days ago” puzzles me (and Black Swedes).
    The SAAB crime thriller in Talheim begins in January 2020 ...
    I'm looking forward to the sequel!

  • I love sequel story. So just read part 1 and 2 again. So I don't believe in the end of the search, there was talk of a long time and Corona. We are not that far yet. Tom puts us on the wrong track 😉

    Possible progress: Talheim suddenly and surprisingly disappears from the map in January 2020. The search starts all over again….

  • Congratulations on the new one, but I would also have found the 3,0 V6 interesting. I look forward to further reports

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