2004 Saab 9-5 Arc 2.3T 4dr Sport Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
It's really a shame----bordering on despicable----that the failed General Motors Corporation, survivors only due to the U.S. government flooding them with millions of our tax dollars----saw fit to essentially drive Saab out of business.
It's a long story, but suffice to say, holding preferred shares of Saab stock, GM blocked the sale of Saab to a Chinese company, forcing them into bankruptcy.
As I write this, Saab is hanging by a thread hoping to find a buyer GM will "allow" or finding a different way to stay in business, without the devils at GM lording it over them.
Regarding my car----it's a 2004 Saab 9-5 Arc Wagon, with automatic transmission.
I bought it new.
Reliable, great car.
220 HP power from turbo 4 engine----that has been very reliable.
Smooth shifting transmission that has been very reliable.
Timeless Scandanavian style that still looks good.
Comfort, especially on long trips.
Handling---feels light and responsive, almost as good as my BMW 3 series.
Front Wheel Drive traction.
Factory Pirelli tires were awful.
They were noisy and didn't last.
I replaced them with Michelins----best money I've ever spent on a car improvement.
It's 7 years old and rides better than new on the Michelins.
A little more cargo space would be nice.
I understand they are expensive to fix----though mine hasn't had problems yet.
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