Not sure which model you are looking at: 9-3, 9-5 or maybe the 9-2. I had a '99 9-5 which gave it up to save me (in a head-on battle with the other Swedish car...and replaced it with a '01 9-5 dealer car with 5k miles on it...in general Saabs don't do well in resale value. The 9-5 is ostensibly the last "true" Saab design (though real saabophiles still cry out for the hatchback): it was complete in 97 or 98, and brought here in '99. It has the clamshell bonnet, the lines carrying over into the doors at the rear view mirrors, etc. At the time, Saab was 49% owned by GM, so yes, there are some GM-isms there too. But hey, besides the rear seats folding down, the rear seat cushions flip UP, so you can get a completely flat loading area if needed. The 9-3 hatch, hmm, maybe that's also a true saab design, again because it was done in the late 90's. I believe the new 9-3 (ie no hatchback) started the platform sharing with other GM models. The chassis here is the Epsilon and it provides the basis for the (hold on...) Chevy Malibu. Some models of the Malibu have a hatch, go figure. I've had several as loaners, and are OK cars, but they wouldn't be on my short list. The 9-2 is a rebadged Subaru WRX, with some additional sound deadening material. I've been in one, not my kind of ride. There's a 9-7 coming up, a rebadged GM SUV... I put on 50Kmi on the first 9-5 and have 67K on this one. I get about 24MPG in city/mixed and 32-34MPG on highway driving. The recent 9-5s are decent cars, and coming as late as they are in their lifecycle, fairly well sorted out. Concur with oscarthewild, saabnet.com is a great resource, and there are classifieds there too. If you do go for a 9-5, I'd stay with the 4cyl turbo - that's what Saab is good at. They had an asymmetrically turbocharged V-6 which if memory serves, didn't work out that well - at least that's a question for the Saab board. If you go the Aero route, make certain you're comfortable with torque steer when you really get on the throttle... Finally, FWIW, my friend who has a body shop says in his experience the 5 safest cars, in terms of crash-worthiness are: Mercedes Benz, BMW, Saab, Volvo, Audi. The order varies from year to year and model to model, but they are the top 5.