Saab owner for the first time

 

Saab 9-7X AERO CorvetteI was out taking photos near water downtown Stockholm. It was a blast in the 28 C temperature and blistering sunshine. Walking and driving along the boats I saw a black beauty parked near a Boat charter company. Some photos where taken of my convertible and this 9-7 AERO. Later I met the owner by chance and we got to talk. As it turned out he was 48 years old and for a month owner of his very first Saab and what a powerful one he picked a 400 BHP Corvette powered. He just loved it. Apparently there are 12 of them in Sweden and this one was bout at an bankruptcy auction house. The owner regards this car as a classic in its own special way. I gave hime a tour of some of the stuff in the car he had little knowledge of. Only complaint was a somewhat his gas bill but concidering the price he paid for the machine ha can buy a lot of gas for the money saved. SaabsUnited was of course mentioned and was going to look into it. Anyone who has the centerpiece grille saab wing should leave a note here since it is missing. Notice how a got him to cover that up… Also if there is someone with an extra plastic aluminum lower grille piece that is broken.

9-3 CV AERO 9-7X AERO Corvette

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 2 months ago
This is one of those vehicles that has been forgotten by everyone except for die hard Saab fans and maybe a few car enthusiasts who keep up with everything happening everywhere! This is a very underrated vehicle in my opinion. The platform is basically very proven and very good. one of GM’s better efforts over the years. Saab took that stock and added their own ingredients to give it a different driving personality (sportier), better looks (in my opinion), a nicer interior treatment and that exclusivity that comes with owning something that relatively few others can claim. I’ve ridden in… Read more »
John
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Saab 9-7, and that why saab went bust. It like putting a saab badge on a KIA. You just don’t do that.

JasonPowell
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Respectfully disagree with you. I hope for those that talk down of the 9-7X can actually tell me that they spent time in one. If you have not, you have nothing to base your comments on. The 9-7X was a way better vehicle than the Trailblazer. If you sit in one and drive one you will simply understand what I am saying.

Ægir
Member
3 years 2 months ago

I totally agree Jason, This Saab deserve respect! It is a very good vehicle!
I have driven 9-7X many times and I have to say I am impressed.

JasonPowell
Member
3 years 2 months ago

also, how can a vehicle that wasn’t sold under the Spyker era be something that brought them down?

SaabKen
Member
3 years 2 months ago
If Saab re-badged KIAs they’d be floating on money !! [grin] Seriously tho’, I’ve always liked the “TrollBlazer” because Saab actually had the chance to “Saab-ify” it a lot more than they did with the 9-2X. Not that the TrailBlazer was a bad vehicle, but Saab really made it much better. I quite like its overall size, appearance and clean lines and design. And I would have really seriously considered buying one as a 2nd vehicle, except that gas is not cheap locally and the 9-7X is not known for being frugal on gas. The Aero, with its LS2 6.0L… Read more »
Dan P
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Regardless of whether the cars are good, much of what GM did with their badge engineering and chassis restrictions caused damage to the brand, and that became a real problem for consumers.

zippy
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Saab. Nothing on earth comes this close to perfection.

I agree with Angelo, the 9-7X was the best SUV ever made by GM especially in Aero trim with its sub 6 second 0-60 times.

Seb
Member
3 years 2 months ago
Friends, I agree with John. The 9-7x is complete rubbish. I owned a 2007 with 5.3 V8 for a year because my wife needed a vehicle to haul her photographic gear. The chassis felt typical GM rickety rubbish, the car got awful mpg, and the plastic key switchgear was more than a joke. It is nothing but a Chevy trailblazer with a Saab sticker and front end treatment. Don’t try to pull that one over us bursting the 9-7x was “underrated.” Yes it was underrated because it was badge engineering at it’s worst and nothing else. Please.
Angelo V.
Member
3 years 2 months ago
If you do a little research about the vehicle, you’ll find that it’s more than taking a Trailblazer and putting a Saab emblem on it. Engineering went into stiffening the suspension—-improving the steering response and handling. And if you’ve sat in both of them, you’d see how the Saab interior is an upgrade as well. This is far from badge engineering at its worst. Saab needed a lot more badge engineering to survive—-and it’s a shame GM didn’t do more for Saab, giving them derivatives of some other vehicles—-a broader product line might have saved Saab and we wouldn’t be… Read more »
Dan P
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Nobody in the UK would have wanted to buy a Vauxhall Corsa with a Saab badge and interior at twice the price, even if it did have 200 quids worth of stiffer springs! Badge engineering needs to work down the chain, not up.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Except the 9-7 wasn’t “twice the price.” Oldsmobile had a version of this vehicle, the Bravada. Equipped comparably to the Saab, it sold for about the same amount. Also, regarding the need to badge-engineer “down the chain, not up” tell that to Cadillac (Escalade) and Lincoln (Navigator). Hundreds of thousands of very satisfied customers with those tricked out luxo yachts. Millions of dollars banked by Caddy and Lincoln by offering them. Very nicely promoted—-unlike the Saab 9-7, which most people didn’t know existed.

Seb
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Oh and the sub 6 second quote I just read is also bologna. More like 8.

Seb
Member
3 years 2 months ago

Oh and my 9-7x had plenty if rattles and when I brought the issue up to Saab they told me that since there was no service bulletin the couldn’t help me…

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 2 months ago

The dealer workhorse I had experience with had no rattles, squeaks or vibrations—high mileage, short trips over not so great Falls Church, Virginia pothole roads and rock-solid. If yours had rattles, it would indicate horrific abuse driving or some defects. Assuming it was defects, the dealer and/or Saab were the problem, not only the vehicle.

SVX92
Member
3 years 2 months ago
Trued, Julie Gardner should be able to assist w sourcing him a part from Saab Parts NA. As for the 9-7x- we dismissed the truck after test driving a 4.2 and a 5.3. When bankruptcy was announced we discovered an off lease aero- and Denise fell in love w the power and ride of it. Is it the best Saab? No. But it’s a shame how much this truck is maligned by other Saab owners/ enthusiasts. I guess I’m of the opinion that all SAABs should be cherished as children of the brand. A few weeks back a tractor trailer… Read more »
Angelo V.
Member
3 years 2 months ago
I agree with everything you say—-except I would reserve the “9-1” name for a smaller car. If you think 9-3 should be saved for the Phoenix model as a new introduction—-I might consider using a one-off model name if NEVS begins to produce the current generation 9-3 again as they’ve been talking about. I still think the best idea is to keep the name 9-3 because that’s what it is. As far as the 9-7 goes, platform sharing is nothing new—-and if it’s done correctly, it’s fine by me. This gave Saab dealers a luxury SUV to sell—-for a fraction… Read more »
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