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Autotrader Find: Surprisingly Cheap Final-Generation Saab 9-5

If you’re looking for a modern Saab, you already know you’re out of luck, since the brand departed our lives a few years ago. Of course, you can still find a few examples of Saab’s last models — the final 9-5 and the 9-4X SUV — on Autotrader, including this final-generation 9-5, which is surprisingly cheap.

Listed here and offered for sale by a private seller in Connecticut is this 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero with 91,000 miles. It’s listed for just $9,500, which makes it one of the least-expensive “final” 9-5 models currently on Autotrader, as most seem to be congregating in the $10,000-$15,000 range. This particular 9-5 lists an accident on the Carfax report in 2013, but it’s otherwise a one-owner vehicle that looks like it was well-maintained at a Ford-Lincoln dealer in Connecticut.

Beyond being the cheapest “new” 9-5 model on Autotrader, this one is also an Aero, which is the only trim offered for the first model year. In 2011, the second and final model year, the 9-5 added a smaller engine — but the Aero used a 300-horsepower turbocharged V6, and it came solely with all-wheel drive. A manual transmission was also offered, but this particular 9-5 has an automatic, proving you can’t quite have everything.

Still, you can have a cheap modern Saab, and that has considerable appeal — so if that’s what you’re looking for, go pick this one up.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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  1. I’ve been told from several Saab people who have owned the new gen 9-5 to run from the AWD Aero models due to the complexity of the AWD that is pretty much impossible to fix. 

    Also this isn’t as good of a deal when you learn people were paying under $20k when they were new since they had no warranty or dealer coverage at all. 

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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