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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.

Click for details: 2002 Saab 9-5 Linear SportCombi on eBay

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Year: 2002
Model: 9-5 Linear SportCombi
Engine: 2.3 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 58,451 mi
Price: $6,295 Buy It Now

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!! ONLY 58,451 MILES !!








This is your chance to get an extremely clean & LOW MILEAGE 2002 Saab 9-5 2.3t SportCombi wagon!! This is a CarFax certified 2-Owner Texas vehicle that has ONLY 58,451 well maintained, garage kept miles! The exterior is finished in a beautiful Polar White that is shiny and in great overall condition and complimented with a Sand Beige leather interior that shows virtually NO wear. This 9-5 features a powerful 2.3L high pressure turbocharged inline-4 capable of 185hp and is mated to a seamless 5-speed automatic transmission that truly brings this Sweedish power-plant to life!! This motor is quick on its feet but stillgets a very efficient 19/27MPG and with gas prices over $4/gal, you can’t go wrong here!

The interior of the vehicle is very clean and well appointed with dual 8-way power front seats and dual manual lumbar adjustment. The rear seat passengers are not left out and kept very comfortable with plenty of leg and head room. The driver is treated to a leather trimmed sport steering wheel with controls to the 7-speaker Premium audio system, On-board computer and Tiptronic transmission right at their fingertips! The vehicle is equipped with numerous safety and convenience features that include but are not limited to: Power glass sunroof, Dual Heated front seats, Headlamp Washers, ONSTAR, Factory in-dash player, 60/40 split folding rear seat plus rear Cargo Cover. The vehicle is also equipped with 4 wheel ABS, Front side impact airbags, Elegant 16” alloy wheels and factory alarm system. This Saab has a matching set of (4) Kumho Solus 205/60/16 tires and brand new/never used mini spare in the cargo floor. Additionally, the car will come with (2) master/remote keys and a complete set of books as pictured.

Overall, the car looks fantastic! It’s been garage kept, CarFax certified with NO accidents and always owned in the sunny south which means NO RUST!! On the exterior there are only a few minor issues: The front bumper has a few scuffs/scrapes on both sides, there is a small dent towards the front of both L & R rear doors and there are aftermarket backup parking sensors on the rear bumper that are not operable. Please keep in mind that these are very close up pictures and the spots may not be as large as they may appear. On the interior: it looks outstanding and still smells like a new car!! All carpets are clean, there are no tears in the leather and it has always been a NON-SMOKER! As a bonus for the new owner, we have also fitted a brand new set of Genuine Saab all-weather floormats to help keep the carpets clean! As far as the electronics, everything is in working order; the A/C is ice cold, the windows, mirrors, sunroof and radio all work as they should and there are no pixels burned out in the information display or radio!!

Mechanically: the car needs nothing!! We just had full scope of maintenance done to the car by our local European specialist that includes:

Replaced the Transmission Computer ($700!!)
Mobil 1 synthetic oil change
Installed a new AC Delco Battery
Installed new NGK Spark Plugs
Replaced (2) Engine Mounts
Replaced (2) Subframe Bushings
Flushed the Transmission Fluid
Flushed the Coolant
Balance + Rotate + Alignment
Replaced the A/C Drier + Expansion Valve
Replaced the Cabin Air + Engine Air + Fuel Filters
Installed a new set of Genuine Saab All-weather Mats
Cut and Programmed a Second Master Key
Installed all new wiper blades
Fully Detailed the Interior & Exterior

All in, here was a total of over $2,400 worth of work JUST done to the car!! As you can see, we have done a significant amount of maintenance to this 9-5 allowing the lucky new owner to enjoy the car from day 1! This wagon handles tight and has plenty of power throughout the gears at surface street speeds and on up to 75mph highway speeds!! We have put just over 750 miles on this Saab and can verify that it runs strong, the transmission shifts smooth and it has no warning lights on in the dash! Please refer to the 100 photos that we have listed with the car to see the great condition & tons of features this beautiful 9-5 SportCombi has to offer!! Our details on condition are not meant to scare buyers but rather to make you feel more comfortable about knowing exactly what you are getting! We pride ourselves in describing our vehicles as accurately as possible to avoid any unexpected surprises; you will get exactly what you see! This car will be a GREAT DEAL for its lucky new owner!! If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email us before bidding. I can be reached via phone at (305) 389-7987.

Miami Elite Motorsports charges a Dealer Fee of $199.00 on all vehicle purchase transactions including wholesale transactions with other licensed dealers. It must be stated that “This charge represents costs and profit to the dealer for items such as inspecting, cleaning and adjusting vehicles, and preparing documents related to the sale”. Florida law statutes mandate that any such fee must be disclosed and included in the final sale price without discrimination. With online auctions the final sale prices is not known in advance, so please note that the amount of $199.00 will be added to the closing or agreed amount of purchase so that the final price will include the fee and such will be reflected on the Bill of Sale, also called a Purchase Agreement or Buyer’s Order. A BIN (Buy-It-Now) price on eBay does not include the $199.00 charge.

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I’m sitting here wishing this 9-5 was an Aero like the SportCombi we featured a few weeks back. However, if you need more of an around town hauler and not so much sport, the Linear with the automatic gearbox would certainly fit the bill. At just over $6,000 and with such low mileage, this Saab proves a compelling option for a lot of other wagons and SUVs out there on the used market. They aren’t making any new 9-5s these days, so the time is ripe to grab one of these in good condition while you can.



  1. Brad
    Brad December 20, 2014

    I like this!

  2. John campbell
    John campbell December 20, 2014

    Paul, I’m happy to see you reporting on saab lately. They’re great cars imo. Highly underrated and largely appealing.

  3. Bryan
    Bryan December 21, 2014

    Also glad to see some Saab love on the site lately, Keep it up!

  4. Ry
    Ry December 21, 2014

    See the frigging value here? Those miles, that asking price – for a very solid, well built, euro wagon with all the bells and whistles? Saab – I miss you, but I really appreciate how your prices are even more attractive now that you’re gone. . .and unlike Pontiac or Oldsmobile, you built high quality cars! 🙂

  5. Paul H
    Paul H December 23, 2014

    As a 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero wagon owner (250hp), I can tell you these cars are built like tanks, great build quality, excellent seats, and even the Linear is still surprisingly quick . The 9-5 is very reliable if you address the four weaknesses using preventative maintenance (DI cassette, coolant bypass valve, throttle body and driver’s side A/C stepper motor), but all give warning when they are about to go. Had mine since new and there’s no wagon I’d want to replace it with (ok, an E63 wagon, or a Euro only 535d Touring…both a bit out of reach!).

  6. Paul
    Paul December 23, 2014

    Thanks for weighing in, Paul H (I had to do a double take as I thought I commented unknowingly for a second). Hopefully this one finds a good home. We’ll continue to spotlight Saabs and Volvos here and there. And I’m thoroughly jealous of the handful of lucky individuals who got their hands on the few second generation 9-5 SportCombis. What a stunning machine.

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