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#1 2016-03-02 18:39:46

NineDeuce
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Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

Hey guys!

I'm in the market for a new (used) car.  I don't drive a lot and just sold my 07 chevy colorado and am looking for a car to replace it.  I have been looking at many subaru's, honda's, BMW's, and some Saabs.  I've only driven a few cars so far but today I drove a high-ish mileage 9-2x linear and it felt super solid and I really liked the handling.  The seller is a younger guy (18) but seems to be very knowledgable and did a lot of maintenance to the car on his own.  The car is not perfect, but mechanically it is super solid and everything works.  I'm considering buying it and would like to decide by this weekend.  Here are the details:

2005 Saab 9-2x linear 5MT ~166k miles  $2700

The Good:

-New Gates timing belt, pulleys.  Water pump not replaced as seller says it is in good shape and that the OEM pump and metal gasket is much better than an aftermarket replacement.
-New brakes all the way around (rotors, pads, shoes)
-All season tires on OEM wheels in good shape
-Fresh oil change
-Brand new inspection which will last 1 year
-Clutch/shifting/idling/driving felt great when I test drove today
-NO rust at all
-Current owner sand blasted and powder coated the underside of the car to prevent rust, looks great and seems like a well done job.
-Purrs like a kitten at idle, I thought I stalled it a few times because I couldn't hear anything

The Bad:

-Car has a "rebuilt" salvage title, and the hood and PS fender have decent dents in them.  (Owner says there was no major damage and that the title is due to a faulty insurance claim.  He says the dents are the only damage.  I believe him.)
-OEM Wheels are in very rough shape and look crappy, should probably be replaced
-Exhaust rattles pretty badly at certain RPM's.  Owner says he had a rusted out mount/bolt and replaced it with a straight metal pin to get inspection which is why the rattle/vibration.  Should be a very easy cheap fix to get new OEM mounting hardware installed). 
-Hairline crack in drivers side mirror

The car: https://maine.craigslist.org/cto/5467442275.html


I'm leaning towards buying this and would plan to fix the dents and throw on new wheels after purchase.  It is high mileage but seems well maintained and the NA engine should last a long time if cared for.  If I buy it, I would plan to make small suspension/interior/exterior mods to it and not touch the engine for a long time.  I would love to swap a WRX or STI motor in the future after the stock one dies or I have the $$$.

What do you guys think?  Thanks for feedback.

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#2 2016-03-03 01:59:43

mhaggin
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

All of the paint looks pretty rough, but I think the car could clean up pretty well and is a pretty good price at 2700. I'm trying to imagine an Impreza going for this much with that mileage, and it seems pretty realistic.

#1 key would be what you've done, if it feels good in driving hten it probably is a good car.


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#3 2016-03-03 02:26:51

huckleberry
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

With the kind of money you'll be throwing at it, you could just buy a high milage Aero in better shape.


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#4 2016-03-03 02:27:59

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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

Or don't fix the dents and drive it into the ground.


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#5 2016-03-03 10:01:41

NineDeuce
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

Thanks.  I disagree that I could buy a high mileage Aero in better shape for this price (even when you add the repair costs for what I will repair) because

1. Aero's basically don't exist (I don't want to go car-less for 4 months waiting for a decent Aero to come on the market)
2. I don't really care about having the turbo WRX engine since I want to swap down the line anyway and the NA power is fine for now

I did see 1 aero for sale I think it was in PA but it was like 11k or something stupid.  I have ran some numbers and think I could get this car, get the dents fixed, new STi wheels w tires, fix the exhaust rattle, and be at 4k or a little less.  If I were going to get something to drive into the ground I would just get a 6th gen civic for 1-2k in decent shape!

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#6 2016-03-03 11:53:53

ikbrown
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

NineDeuce wrote:

2. I don't really care about having the turbo WRX engine since I want to swap down the line anyway and the NA power is fine for now

Paging eurocoffee et al! Save himmmmmmmmmmmm.


2005 Saab 92x Aero 5MT | The basic mods, Stage 2.04
1968 Dodge Charger 383 | WIP, restored almost everything but body work
2014 Subaru Forester | Wife's car

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#7 2016-03-03 13:54:49

NineDeuce
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

haha.  I've driven an '02 WRX and my girlfriend drives a 9-3 Aero convertible so I know what I'm missing out on smile

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#8 2016-03-03 13:59:44

NineDeuce
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

EDIT: I can find exactly 0 aero's within 500 mi. of where I live for under 7k

Last edited by NineDeuce (2016-03-03 14:01:56)

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#9 2016-03-03 14:13:38

NineDeuce
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

Question- is an EJ205 swapped Linear = a stock Aero (aside from nicer seats, etc)?  I believe even the Linear has the STI steering rack?

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#10 2016-03-03 14:13:41

ikbrown
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

I was mainly referring to your casual 'I want to swap down the line' comment. If that's referring to swapping a turbo motor into a Linear motor, it's WAY more difficult than it's worth. If you just mean you'll swap to a turbo'd car after this, then carry on.


2005 Saab 92x Aero 5MT | The basic mods, Stage 2.04
1968 Dodge Charger 383 | WIP, restored almost everything but body work
2014 Subaru Forester | Wife's car

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#11 2016-03-03 14:24:17

NineDeuce
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

ikbrown wrote:

I was mainly referring to your casual 'I want to swap down the line' comment. If that's referring to swapping a turbo motor into a Linear motor, it's WAY more difficult than it's worth. If you just mean you'll swap to a turbo'd car after this, then carry on.

I meant I would swap either a full EJ205 motor/turbo in down the line or a full STI motor/turbo/tranny.  I had done some initial research and it seemed like an EJ205 would just bolt in without much trouble, but I guess I'm way wrong on that.  Haven't found any swap guides.

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#12 2016-03-03 14:34:43

ikbrown
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

I mentioned eurocoffee in the comment cuz he did a full Linear arrow-right Aero swap.

If you want some reading on all he went through for that swap check out his build thread
http://saab92x.com/viewtopic.php?id=46242&p=1


2005 Saab 92x Aero 5MT | The basic mods, Stage 2.04
1968 Dodge Charger 383 | WIP, restored almost everything but body work
2014 Subaru Forester | Wife's car

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#13 2016-03-03 14:55:13

NineDeuce
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

TYTY will check that out

EDIT: wow I can already tell that this involves swapping WAY more parts than I thought would be necessary.  Also it seems the STI steering rack does NOT come in the Linear like the seller said.  I'm still interested in this car but will be exploring other options and not pulling the trigger too quick.

Last edited by NineDeuce (2016-03-03 15:02:15)

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#14 2016-03-03 21:08:13

dotmaster206
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

arrow-up In fact, the STi rack does not come in any 9-2x at all. It's a myth that won't die. What is actually the case is that the '05 9-2x Aero came with the same rack that the '06 WRX eventually got; just one year early. No STi parts whatsoever.

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#15 2016-03-04 17:45:35

NineDeuce
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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

Interesting, good to know.

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#16 2016-03-04 21:26:35

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Re: Considering 05 Saab 9-2x Linear purchase

Yea get any swap idea out of your head unless you have time and money to burn, or you have a friend mechanic with a spare bay. Buy a Linear, get your money together and when you find that STi swapped Aero or whatever, buy that and then sell the Linear, or drive it into the ground. You can buy a swapped Saabaru/WRX < the price of doing it yourself.

They are great cars for what they are, but without considerable investment they can't be made to go fast(er) if that's what you're after. They require regular service items which can be expensive- Head gaskets, valve seals, clutch forks/bearings, drive shafts and axles, but any 10+year old car will require those maintenance items at some point, the key is being proactive about it. It's also the best looking Subaru they never built.  lol


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