It’s been some time now since the drama that led to Saab’s demise transpired, leaving intellectuals everywhere scratching their heads when it comes time to purchase another new car. The cars from Trollhättan were always favored by those who enjoyed taking the road less traveled; leading the company itself to launch a media campaign in the mid-1990s entitled “Find Your Own Road.” While the marque has been revived under the brand National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the lineup merely consists of a rehash of the old 9-3 sedan. Before the original Saab took its last breath, we were gifted one pretty midsized luxury sedan in the form of the 9-5.
This car was barely one year old by the time Saab was on life support, with only a few examples of the even prettier estate version produced. Nevertheless, a few thousand made their way to our shores, some even equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox. With a parts network still in place and an active enthusiast scene, you can have one of the last big Saabs to roam these roads for the price of a new Honda Civic.
Click for details: 2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4 on eBay
Model: 9-5 Turbo4
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 56,162 mi
Price: $16,988 Buy It Now
Turbo4 Premium trim. CARFAX 1-Owner. Heated Leather Seats, Auxiliary Audio Input, Satellite Radio, Remote Engine Start, Telematics, Turbo Charged, Alloy Wheels, Overhead Airbag, Premium Sound System, Panoramic Roof. READ MORE!
KEY FEATURES INCLUDE
Leather Seats, Panoramic Roof, Heated Front Seat(s), Turbocharged, Premium Sound System, Satellite Radio, Auxiliary Audio Input, Telematics, Aluminum Wheels, Remote Engine Start, Multi-Zone A/C MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Child Safety Locks, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Rear Parking Aid.
“Saab is reinvented with the impressive 9-5. It might not have the panache or engineering polish of its German competition, but it’s cheaper, fun to drive and has a style all its own.” -Edmunds.com.
Every time I see one of these second generation 9-5s on the road, it captivates me. They might not be the fastest or best driving cars in their class, but they have a unique look to them that sets them apart from the maddening crowd. The simple fact you could spec one here in the US with a manual gearbox also makes it that much more special amongst luxury sedans of today. The status of Saab being a sort of orphan marque has taken its toll on resale values of the 9-5, but for the Saab faithful and bargain hunters who may be a bit brave and known a good mechanic, you can drive happy knowing that you’re celebrating the very last of a brand that would go about things to the beat of a different drum.