One of my good friends came to me with a very typical question I receive often: “Any advice for a good daily driver?” Sure, I know a few cars. I only eat, breathe and sleep cars.
Anyway, after rounding out a few vehicles, he asked, “What about Saab?” Oh, Saab. I felt ashamed I had forgotten about the niche Swedish automaker unloaded by General Motors years ago. But, yes, what about Saab?
Well, in fact, there is a vehicle that fit exactly what he’s looking for and undercut his budget significantly. It had me thinking maybe I should scoop it up myself. That is the 2010-2011 Saab 9-5, the brand’s last hurrah in the luxury sedan segment.
The vehicle was introduced under the brand’s short-term Spyker ownership, but it was basically 99.5 percent a GM product. It rides on GM’s Epsilon II platform and shares a lot of commonalities with GM sedans of the time. And, guess what? They’re dirt freaking cheap now.
We found a 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero with the 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine (the engine the Regal GS should have received…) and Saab’s superb all-wheel drive system for $13,000. Only 13 grand for a magnificent looking sedan with incredible appointments. Remember, this car was hovering around $50,000 when it was first introduced.
From a design point of view, the 2010 9-5 couldn’t have aged more gracefully. In fact, looking back on it, Lincoln’s new Continental flagship may have found some inspiration from the Swedes. Its blacked out A and B-pillars and dramatic C-pillar look incredible, leading the eye to the gorgeous rear taillight bar.
Despite its upfront cost being dirt cheap, there may be a few reservations about scooping one up. It seems certain body parts are becoming hard to come by, specifically the taillights. Combing the forums, I did find some suppliers seem to be pledging dedication to continue building parts. But, as for other service parts, it’s a lot of GM parts bin here.
Owning this Saab is certainly not for everyone, as it could bear some interesting surprises regarding parts availability. But, if you’re the kind of person who likes a conversation piece, you’ll be the talk of the town at the local gas station in a Saab 9-5.