10k: Trollblazer: 2008 Saab 9-7x Aero

In 2005 General Motors released a Saab branded version of the mid-sized GMT360 SUV platform that shares parts with the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer & SSR, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, and Isuzu Ascender.  The Saab 9-7x version was not that exciting until the 2008 model year when Saab released the LS2 powered Aero version (aka the Trollblazer), which was most powerful production “Saab” ever built.  Find this 2008 Saab 9-7x Aero here on craigslist offered for $12,000 in Vermont.

I know what you are thinking…a big 4,800 lb SUV, how could it possibly be fun?  What if I told you that someone shoved a 390 horsepower LS2 from the Corvette/GTO into this big beast — and that someone was the GM factory?  Connect the big V8 to a Torsen center differential equipped AWD system and now you’ve got a car with a 6,500 lb towing capacity that will do 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds. 

Under the filthy plastic shrouds in this Trollblazer engine bay is a 6.0 liter all-alloy pushrod LS2 V8 — rated at 390 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque.  The best thing about this hot rod is that it is a factory job, which means you won’t have headers rubbing on your cross member, and it’ll work great for taking the kids to school or ripping 12 second passes at your local drag strip.  You are going to need some work to get there from the stock 14 second 1/4 mile times, but GMs LS series engines are always ready for more air and fuel.

The Trollblazer interior is nicer than the standard GM stuff and it features some Saab quirks niceties, like the center console mounted ignition switch and swing out cup holder. 

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