I chose the Saab for 2 reasons- price and the fact it has a timing chain.
I would like to have had a beetle but the 2.5 (it has a chain) was too much $ and the 2005's and older 2.0's and 1.8 Turbos have a belt. When you shop for an older beetle there usually is no service history so you should figure the cost of a timing belt ($500-600.) in your purchase price.
A Saab 9 three just sold for about $3800 and 70K on it on ebay - 2002 or 01.
I did not pay near that for my '97 that came with an almost new top and 14 years of service history!
Oh, it has 144k on it and it runs like a top