2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4 Premium

On the morning of February 24, 2015, some stupid lady texting on her phone ran into my 2010 Volvo S80. I was completely stopped on I-25 so I never saw the impact coming. The force of the impact pushed me into the Nissan XTerra in front of me. The lady in the Jeep was issued a ticket and the fate of my Volvo was in the hands of her insurance company.

After assessing the damage, it was determined that my Volvo did exactly what it should...absorb the force of the impact to keep me safe. Airbags did not deploy. However, there was frame damage, and that sealed the fate of my once-beautiful S80. She was a total loss, and I had just completed the 75,000 mile service.

After being torn up searching for frame damage, she was sent to auction.

So now it was time to get another commuter. I tried driving the Volvo S40 for a while (too small), then tried driving the GMC Yukon XL 2500 (too big). So with Kathy's approval, I began a search for my next car. I only considered two brands, Volvo and Saab.

I decided to give the other Swedish (and dead) brand a try. I found an amazing one-owner 2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4 Premium for sale in Boulder. There were only 25 Saab 9-5 Turbo4's available for sale in the entire nation and most of those were more than 1,000 miles away. This Saab was a lease return from Gebhardt BMW.

Gebhardt offered this Saab for sale in early March 2015, so by the time I found it the poor thing had been sitting on the dealer lot for nearly three months! My suspicion was price. I watched this Saab go from $20,000 ask, to $19, to $18, and to $16,980. That is a pretty fair price but I held off hoping for more price reductions. If someone else wanted it for $16,900 then it wasn't meant to be.

Then one Sunday morning I checked the dealer website as I did every few days. At closing time on Saturday evening they lowered the asking price another $2,000 to $14,900. That was the incentive I needed. Based on current Kelly and NADA fair purchase values, this Saab was now about $4,000 under market. Sold! I sent multiple messages letting them know I would be at the dealership on Monday morning 30 minutes before open to buy it.

With only 40,890 miles, this Saab looks, smells, and drives like new. The previous owner took amazing care of it.

Left Lane News says, "This is a big, big, big sedan."

Left Lane News says, "Sharing its underpinnings with the Buick LaCrosse, the 9-5 is the long-overdue replacement for an old Opel-based outgoing model, itself a long-overdue replacement for the 9000. Things move slowly at Saab."

Left Lane News says, "What's it look like? Think Maserati GranTurismo dripping in lingonberry juice from the fountain at your local Ikea."

Left Lane News says, "A significant chunk less-expensive than rivals from Germany like the BMW 528i and Mercedes-Benz E350, the 9-5 exists in sort of the mid-premium market occupied by the Volvo S80, Acura TL and Cadillac CTS."

Saab BioPower means it runs on fermented corn (Ethanol) or gasoline.







Left Lane News says, "Two twin-scroll turbocharged powertrains are available; a 2.8-liter V6 (Turbo6, Aero) or a 2.0-liter four (Turbo4). Both engines were designed by GM, but their turbo tricks are entirely Scandinavian."

Left Lane News says, "Certainly more stylized and unique than most rivals, it is undoubtedly a love-it or hate-it design. Nordic-inspired highlights like blue-tinted headlamps and clear tail lamp lens covers provide an airy feel of relaxed elegance. By no means did this sedan come from buttoned-up Germany."

Why you would buy it:
It's an appealing executive express with room for the whole family and a style all its own.

Why you wouldn't buy it:
A creature of habit, you're uncomfortable trying anything new.

Leftlane's bottom line:
During our time with the 9-5, we couldn't help but compare the big Saab to one of its chief rivals, the BMW 528i. It might be powered by the wrong wheels and it might have too many GM bits, but the 9-5 just became the driver's choice between the two. Where the BMW felt cold and artificial, the 9-5 delighted with its sporty responses and thoughtful touches.

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