This reminds me of driving a hot rod as a kid. Actually if Walter White had been at bit more highbrow and a bit less of a family guy he could easily have been driving around in a used Saab. I just wish they had made one with a third row. And this baby hauls my trailer loaded 80mph, nice and smooth and steady. Another point, the cars you rarely see in service are 9-2x and 9-7x.
The truck handles well, has plenty of power, and is reliable as heck. A real cheap to maintain vehicle. Saab design did a good job of taking that platform and tweaking it to blend in a bit with the Saab family tree. Torque and drivers comfort was absolutely outstanding. The seats are amazingly comfortable though not very supportive when doing spirited driving. Towing capacity, when properly equipped, is rated at 5,500 pounds for the six-cylinder 4.
But it was also a very nice summer car. The exterior badges wore out and the sissy cup holder broke. The new driver-oriented, low-volume 9-7X Aero model shoehorns a muscular and much more enthusiastic 390-hp 6. The technology was available in 2002, trucks desperately need it, and such a glaring safety omission is unforgiveable in a Saab, a company which has safety as one of its philosophical pillars. Edmunds Summary Review of the 2008 Saab 9-7X 4. I had already driven one locally that had a v8…and I was very impressed. The 9-7X Aero Corvette engine and the suspension were loads of fun.
Power is good and after turning off the stabilitrack getting the rear to slide is fairly easy and not nearly as scary as it should be in a car this size. Though the 2008 Saab 9-7X has a few things to recommend it, in the final analysis it doesn't possess enough uniquely Saab qualities to compensate for its lofty price tag. So what was the problem? The Aero also gets upgraded suspension and brakes to handle the extra oomph. The instrument fascia and controls lights, wipers, directionals should have been more consistent with other Saabs. Would do it over again in a heartbeat. Only have had one problem with gas guage.
And while there's no arguing with the power of the standard inline-6 or optional V8 engines, we find they don't offer the refined operation of those found in many of the 9-7X's imported competitors. We did so with snarky smiles on our faces…I mean. The exterior has aged well in design. No new cars out there comes close. Rarely were people unhappy with their ownership and often they sought another to replace it with at lease end despite virtually no changes from 05 to 09. It is unconscionable that the 9-7x was ever released without stability control. Coming off the freeway, the salesman told us to hold the speed around the corner.
He bought it knowing about the anti-Saabishness concerns, but he surprisedly reported no issue with that after owning for a few weeks. The Aero is powered by a 390-horsepower 6. What I am suggesting is not unlike what happened with the 9-4x. Off the line hard, it was powerful and responsive. I have owned it since 2009.
Instead, it uses large-displacement American-style power to better cope with its truck-based mass. Perhaps even let the 9-7x be the first released…. On the downside, the suspension could be more stiff, rear passengers fly around a little during sporty driving. Most 9-7Xs are equipped with either a 4. Brake feel also remains a sore point, as the pedal lacks the progressive and confident response associated with a premium vehicle. What will be the next thing that have me back at the shop. It's differentiated through recalibrated suspension tuning and Saab-styled interior and exterior tweaks.
That can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your point of view. Sure the 9-2x and the 9-7x were better than the cars they were based on. When my 9-3 was on warranty, I was given a 9-7 as a day-long loaner. And it was an absolute eyecatcher because nobody had seen such a car here in germany. Great acceleration, incredible handling and a thrill to drive. It performed very well here in the winter. It had plenty of grunt with that huge engine, was very comfortable and I am sure would have been a great road trip vehicle.