Saturday, April 14, 2012

The End of My SAAB Story

In April I sold the SAAB 9-5 and purchased a 2010 Ford Focus. I guess this will be the end of my SAAB posts.

It was a good car and I enjoyed it. But it was 12 years old and the worry of future repairs (along with the current shortage of some SAAB parts) made me realize I should sell it while it was still running good. I found a Focus with all the features I loved in the 9-5 (minus the beautiful turbocharged SAAB engine) and the Focus has the added benefits of being smaller, newer, cheaper to maintain, and better fuel mileage (it takes regular, my 9-5 was never happy unless it had premium). So here is the new car:


I can still do my best to assist with SAAB questions. I just won't be able to run to the garage and check a physical 9-5 to make sure my memory is correct. Meanwhile, expect occasional economics posts and posts about the Focus.


  1. Noooo....I just bought an '04 9 5 and found your page looking up info on ATF. You've done a great job posting well written, understandable instructions and am sorry to know they won't be continuing :(

  2. Thanks! I'm pretty sure the instructions for correcting anything that could possibly go wrong with a SAAB 9-5 are listed here in my previous posts. At least it feels that way when I look back at all I had to do to that car. But I'll still be around and happy to help.

  3. Congratulations on the Ford. I read your Saab procedures in the past
    and will miss future ones. I'm keeping my 9-5 which has lots of miles..simply because I don't know what other kind of car to buy...I've been buying Saabs forever.

    I look forward to your Ford posts..perhaps it will help an old Saaber like
    myself feel comfortable buying a focus..

    How is the jump from the 9-5 2.3T to a Focus 2.x pwer? Does it feel much slower than the 9-5? It must be much lighter?

    Thanks for your saab posts in the past.


  4. Thank you!
    I'm really liking the Focus. I'm sure it's not for everyone. The SAAB had a level of finish the Focus lacks and I'm getting used to having a car that looks like all the others on the road.
    Power wise, the 2.0 Duratec hasn't let me down yet. I can picture the day I need to pass someone quickly on the turnpike and finding the power lacking, but for around town and cruising on the 20 miles of Turnpike I drive to work I have no complaints. I'll miss the power of the SAAB. I didn't push my 9-5 too often, but knowing the power was there is piece of mind. The question will be when winter comes and we have snow and ice. I'm sure the Focus is capable on winter roads, but certain it's nothing like the 9-5. Fuel mileage has be great. I'm getting 29.5 mpg average per tank. Plus the cost savings of buying regular instead of premium.

    Don't forget I'm always here and I'll try my hardest to help with any SAAB questions people may have in the future.