"I OWNED THIS CAR FOR A YEAR AND FLIPPED IT IN A BAD ACCIDENT. FOUR CARS WERE WIPED OUT AND I ENDED UP FLIPPED ON MY ROOF. I WAS ABLE TO UNLOCK MY BELT AND GET OUT OF THE CAR UNSCATHED. I WAS AS SHOCKED AS ANYBODY SINCE THE CAR IS PRETTY SMALL THAT ALTOUGH THE CAR WAS TOTALLED, I WAS NOT."
"If you are looking for a stylish, fast, great handling wagon, the 9-2X is a good choice. The speed and handling come at a price, the interior is cheap, poor quality, the leather seats are perhaps the most uncomfortable seats ever.
- great handling
- fast (manual, auto is sluggish)
- looks better than its WRX counterpart
- relatively reliable, and maintenance costs are affordable
- hard to find someone to work on it, Saab doesnt exist anymore, and most Subaru dealerships dont want to touch it
- did I mention the poor interior?
- did you read about the worst seats ever? After 30 min of driving, your backside will be falling asleep!
If you can get this car for under 9k, are willing to deal with the annoyances of not being able to take it into a mechanic and not have to explain what the heck it is every time, go for it. But please keep in mind, body panels are hard to come by, if you get into an accident and need some body work - GOOD LUCK!"
Cons: "Potential head gasket issues, a little cramped"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"As a previous owner of a Saturn Vue (with the Honda V6) and a Volvo 760 (with a Ford V8), I've always been a fan of vehicles that combine a couple of desirable qualities into one slightly weird package. In this case, we got the driving dynamics, reliability and affordable repair costs of a Subaru WRX - which I drove once and loved - alongside the sleek exterior and interior design of a Saab.
For me, that's close to perfect - though, of course, in cross-breeding the two vehicles, you do inherit some of their drawbacks as well. The interior, while miles ahead of that of the WRX I drove, still isn't nearly as nice as what we got used to in our 9-5. And the repair costs, while less than those of the 9-5, are still higher than if we'd gotten an Accord or Camry.
But it's a compromise we're willing to make, and a combination I'm not sure we could find elsewhere. Too bad there are so few of these out there… I would've thought there would be more of a market for a "premium" wagon for folks who don't want to pay Audi prices. But maybe other folks who share our (apparently peculiar) taste don't share our (comparatively low) budget!"