...after just reading about the Saab 9-7x Aero for 2008 (aka Saab's TBSS clone) I have to offer this up for consideration -
- I bought a 2005 Saab 9-2x Aero (5sp manual) for my wife last year. What the Hey is a Saab 9-2x ?? well, in an even stranger twist of logic than the 9-7x, Saab/GM was also "sleeping" with Subaru at the time and while in bed decided Saab needed a 4-door compact hatchback in their lineup to compete with other Euro-offerings so they tapped Subaru and "borrowed" the Impreza wagon and called it the 9-2x. Linears were normally aspirated but Aero's (Saab's performance name) got all of the WRX Turbo/intercooled goodies PLUS some of the STi's handling/suspension sprinkled on top as well. This love triangle lasted exactly 2 years (2005-2006) before they cancelled it. Its actually a very nice car and a blast to drive ... but
* Saab looks at it as the bastard stepchild. Dealer Service Dept's are clueless on servicing it properly. I've resorted to the local Subaru dealer because it basically IS a Subaru. I can guarantee the service experience to be the same with the 9-7x Aero. Think a Saab dealer is going to know how to tune an LS2 ....fix the 4L70e when it grenades ... or the Posi rear end ?? HAHAhahahahaha
* Replacement body panels are basically non-existant "in stock". Anyone on the Saab 9-2x board that has had any body damage has waited weeks if not months for replacement panels. Im sure with the limited #'s of 9-7x's produced to date (~8,000) the same will be true for this vehicle as well
* Depriciation - Well, lets just say my wife will be driving it for quite a few years. WRX's of the same year that are not finished as "nice" as the Saab nor have the STi goodies resale for more.
I just wanted to give my opinion being a Saabaru crossbreed owner