Scandinavian WRX: 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero

The Saab 9-2X Aero was a Saab badged version of the Subaru Impreza WRX that was sold around the world by Saab dealers. The WRX was a fun/sporty sedan for kids, but the 92-X was a fun/sporty sedan for grown-ups and professor types. Today’s Saab is cheap, but you’ll have to deal with some New York rusty-crustiness on the underside. Find this 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero offered for $6,500 in Palms, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

2005 saab 9-2x aero
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: 4wd
fuel: gas
odometer: 69800
paint color: black
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: wagon
Obligatory 9-2x explanation: This is basically the exact same car as a WRX Wagon. Same boxer engine, chassis, etc. just rebadged with different front/rear bumpers by GM as a “SAAB”. Personally I prefer the look of the Saab over the WRX —it’s a way to get the turbo AWD experience without the stigma of #SubaruVapeNation. They only made these for 2 years (05 & 06) so they’re a little bit rare, and people will occasionally give you thumbs up for it, which is kinda fun, and the 5-speed manual is very rewarding.

Pros:

  • Clean title, 2nd owner. Passes smog easily.
  • This is one of the lowest mileage 9-2x’s I’ve ever seen —why I bought it.
  • Everything stock. Stock engine, stock suspension, stock brakes. Never tuned. I’ve cruised it through the canyons some, but never thrashed on it too hard.
  • Interior is in great condition. Top of the steering wheel & shifter have some wear. The rear seats fold all the way down so you can fit a ton of stuff in it or sleep in it if you take it camping.
  • Tires just rotated, oil recently changed.
  • Steering pump & rack just replaced at Renner Racing in Carson.
  • Tires have plenty of life left.
  • ARP Extended Lug Studs (had different wheels on it)

Cons:

  • I bought this car in New York a few years ago, so it has undercarriage rust. I don’t think anything structurally compromising but it can be annoying if you’re wanting to work on the suspension or something. Basically have a can of PB Blaster handy if you’re planning to do stuff underneath. I had it checked out by a local Subaru shop there in NY before buying and they ok’d it, but it definitely has more rust than a California car.
  • It’s a turbo Subaru engine so it does burn some oil, but nothing crazy. You’ll smell it from time to time. I just check the dipstick every couple weeks and top it off if it’s low.
  • Brake pedal feel is soft for my liking. I took it to the dealership and had them bleed it & take a look. They don’t see anything wrong so not sure, but despite the softness the brakes still work fine.
  • Exterior isn’t perfect, some small dings, paint is fading on the hood scoop & hatch wing, & some rust spots starting at the back of the rear wheel wells, but it looks fine from 10 feet.
  • Hasn’t been driven much recently. Battery could probably be replaced, but I’ve deep cycled it and it’s been starting up right away ever since, so idk.

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Was planning to modify this one, but bought another car instead, which is why I’m selling this one.

The only reason this isn’t priced higher is because of the rust and I’m busy so it’s not worth my time to try and squeeze every dollar out of it.

I prefer email or text. My work schedule is intermittent so apologies in advance, I might take a little bit to reply. Thanks for looking! This car is fun and unique.

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