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2002 Saab 9-5 Linear SportCombi

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Each time we feature a Saab here on GCFSB, it’s always a mixed bag of comments. You have the diehard fans who won’t drive anything but. Then there are folks who will rattle off a number of alternative options, complaining about torque steer and the inconvenient fact that you are driving around in an orphan marque. Then you have the usual “this isn’t German” quip. Whatever the case may be, we like the products our Nordic neighbors have to offer.

Saab was about to release a new and very pretty 9-5 SportCombi before the company had the rug pulled out from it in 2011. A handful of pre-production models were built which landed in the hands of a few private owners. However, we’ll always have the first generation 9-5 SportCombi. This one for sale in Florida might not be the snazziest of 9-5s in white over tan leather with the automatic, but rarely do you see them this nice and so lightly used.

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2001 BMW 325i Touring

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We’re suckers for a sharp wagon here on GCFSB and fewer do it better than BMW with their Touring formula. One of my favorites was the E46 Touring. This was the first 3 series Touring to appear stateside, offering customers a bit more of a compact wagon format than the previous E34 and E39 Tourings that preceded it. These days the E46 Touring is an affordable proposition and a great choice for the young family or outdoor recreation types seeking a bit of sport in their hauling mix. This 2001 325i Touring for sale in Florida has a 5-speed manual gearbox and sits pretty on 17″ Style 44 alloys, giving it a distinct look over your cooking variety E46 Touring.

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Mercedes-Benz W124 Estate Face Off: 1993 300TE vs. 1991 300TE

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“Old Faithful.” A term of endearment bestowed upon the things which are reliable and always there for us. Few things in the automotive realm embody this idea more so than an old Mercedes-Benz. And few Mercedes-Benzes are more recognizable as a dependable motoring companion than the W124 estate. Produced from 1986 through 1995, the US would first be acquainted with the W124 estate in the form of the 300TD in 1987. For 1988, the gasoline inline-6 would be substituted and we would see only petrol variants on these shores until the model’s demise in 1995. The following two W124 estates we’ll look at today are from around the halfway point of W124 production and have covered similar amounts of mileage. They are in good, if not perfect condition but represent the kind of vehicle for those seeking out not a museum piece, but an honest, serviceable example.

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1990 Audi 200 Turbo Quattro Avant

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The guys over at BlythBros have been busy, mixing it up a bit with their collection of German and Italian vehicles with the addition of a 1991 Audi 200 Turbo Quattro Avant. This 5-door, or Ur-Avant, is a cult classic amongst the Audi faithful, but still well within reach of your enthusiast of modest means. The C3 chassis was getting on in years, but with a shot in the arm by way of the famous 2.2 liter, 20 valve inline-5 cylinder turbo engine, it went out with a bang. This example in Cyclamen Pearl is for sale in Freyung, Germany, in close proximity to the borders with Austria and the Czech Republic and sits on some fairly aggressive rolling stock with a bit of MTM tuning.

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2004 Saab 9-5 Aero SportCombi

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When I first moved to Boston for grad school, I was certain that you got three things upon moving to New England: a pair of Birkenstocks, an LL Bean credit card and the keys to one of three cars: a Saab, Volvo or Subaru Outback. Perhaps I have a tendency towards simplifying semiotics, but it seemed like there was one of these cars on every corner, and if not, wagons with all-wheel drive and a manual gearbox ruled the day. So this Saab 9-5 Aero equipped with the 5-speed manual is pretty much a New Englander’s dream. It even has a little more German DNA underneath than one might suspect, as it shares some of its underpinnings with the Opel Vectra.

Click for details: 2004 Saab 9-5 Aero SportCombi on Boston’s Craigslist

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