In three years, this car has been 99% trouble-free. The only problem has been with the electronic displays, which apparently was a common problem with the 1999. These have since been made more reliable, and the dealer has immediately replaced the ones that have caused trouble. The gas mileage with the manual 5-speed and turbo 4 cyl. has amazed me. On trips from Ohio to Colorado and New Mexico, including city and mountain driving, I've gotten 31-32 mpg.
The space efficiency of the interior space layout is great. Comfortable seats, great climate control, a lot better performance than I expected.
Aside from the displays, there's not much to complain about. The road and wind noise is more than you might expect in a car in this price range. Also, rear view could be better.
Where do I begin? My friend and I
were both looking for cars back
in '99. I wound up with this piece of
crap and he bought Volvo's S80 T6
(twin turbo). The Saab has been so
upsetting! His car has been
great! My Saab, or should I say slob
has had so many repairs. Having just
over 65k miles I can remember the
following: Engine leaks,transmission,
windows twice,display blanked out),
worst a/c of any car I've owned-
list goes on. My friends Volvo S80 T6
has been virtually trouble free and
he's got over 80,000 miles now! His
car is so much nicer to drive too and
leaves my Saab in the dust! I'll
never buy a Saab again!
Slow service department and way
overpriced. High maintenance! NEVER
AGAIN!!! For a better car, look to a
Volvo, BMW, or a Mercedes.
When I first bought this car I did
like it. I bought it used with just
11,000 miles. I just hit the 50,000
mile mark and I have dumped so much
money into this car already. When it
runs, it's very nice to drive. The
trouble is this car breaks down way
too much. This is my first Saab and
certainly my last. For a better
vehicle, look to Mercedes, BMW, Volvo,
or Audi. The Saab is not a good
Just like many of these reviewers, I have owned a 9-5 and had to deal with a myriad of problems. I purchased the car in January 2013 and it ran well for about 6 months. Then the fuel pump exploded twice and the carborater needed replacing. And this was just the beginning....
$4000 later (over a period of 8 months), the car ran well for about 4 months, before the engine gave up and the mechanics couldn't determine the underlying issue.
Would be good to have a car that didn't stall, break down and have exploding fuel pumps
Listen to the warnings before purchasing this car! This car is not worth the headaches you will more then likely endure. I purchased this car with 85K miles in March of 2011. I was carpooling with a group of peers so I drove the car for ONE full week during that first month. On day 34, my engine seized. I replaced that engine. Since then, I have also replaced numerous belts, sensors, pumps. Every 3-4 weeks this car was in the shop and needed a new overpriced part that was impossible to find. Engine failure is a common problem with this year as I have learned the hard way. The engine I purchased to replace the original one seized on us recently as well. Please save your $$ and think twice!!
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