The cars that were badged with the Griffin of Scania in the 21st century weren’t nearly as quirky/funky/stinky as the Saabs of yesteryear, but they were probably better engineered and executed for what its worth. Maybe the additional complexity of electronics with consign them to the scrap bin as Saab 95/96/99s continue to be restored with simple tools, but you have to admit they were far faster and more competent handling things. Find this 2000 Saab 9-5 Aero offered for $1,500 in Dayton, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Saab 9-5 was launched in 1997 on the GM2900 platform that was shared with the Opel Calibra and Saturn L-Series. The Aero version was released into the wild for the 2000 model year with a 2.3 liter B235R turbocharged engine that pushed a legitimate 250 horsepower into those front wheels. The Aero was a surprisingly quick car, particularly when measured in 40-90mph sprints where traction wasn’t an issue and the plentiful torque meant you never needed another gear.
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