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In addition to counseling patience and relentless pursuit through all available channels, I'd like to suggest two other points.
First, it might be useful to familiarize yourself with the many subtle differences between model years. Changes in various systems have both pros and cons. (For instance, some people have strong feelings regarding ABS.) In some cases availability of parts can be an issue. Reading here on Saabnet is a very useful place to start. Knowing potential issues prepares you to ask the right questions, particularly if you are buying long distance.
Second, designate at least 10% of your budget towards immediate maintenance. By this I mean systematic replacement of all fluids, filters, ignition parts, belts. Plus other things that invariably crop up. The purpose here is to set a baseline for your maintenance schedule, as well as reducing post purchase grumbling as you start realizing the cost of "all the little things" your new toy now requires.
Good luck on the hunt!
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