DIY FTW

As much as I love my Saab, it’s pretty much the base model. 4 years old when I bought it for $13,900, it sold new for $39,000. My theory is, its better to buy a high end base model, then add what you want yourself after-the-fact. Here are the repairs/upgrades I’ve wanted (with dealer prices, installled, next to each.)

  • Stability control module replacement ($579)
  • Stereo head unit replacement ($1800)
  • Auto-dimming mirror with garage door opener ($1200)
  • Clear tail lights (MY2008) ($620)
  • Bluetooth handsfree integration ($800)
  • Bluetooth A2DP stereo audio (N/A)
  • Foglights ($500)
  • Parking Assist Sensors ($500)

For a total of just shy of $6000 in OEM upgrades (where available) installed. Buying the parts online, either new or on eBay, and doing most of it myself over the past year, cost a total of $1940… and a few afternoons in the garage cursing.

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