I use the car in my business, and it is mostly highway. This car does nothing bad, and has been very reliable. The biggest problem with any SAAB is repair costs. Since I do most of my own, I can save on those. The previous poster who said the timing belt on his 9/5 was a problem should go get his money back. The 2.3t engine uses a chain, not a belt. They last nearly forever.
Overall comfort, reasonable fuel economy (about 28, all around), and while not an Aero, it's fast.
Afte having a Saab 900 that ran forever and bought used, I carefully researched wagons and came to the 9-5 purchase expecting good things. I've had problems with the the theft alarm and various things almost since day 1. Now, only 7 yrs. old, it needs more repair than it is even worth, and I've waited for tow trucks 4x in less than 2 yrs., not counting prior to that. I can only expect that reliability has gone down even further. I got a lemon, and will be glad to soon be rid of it! Cramped rear, flimsy and inconvenient (albeit cool) cupholders. It is a nice car, all except for the reliability problems.
It is comfortable and fun to drive. I called it my "sporty mommy car".
Cup holders are actually near useless, as so flimsy. And please make it reliable again!
My 3rd Saab, downsized from an 9000
Aero. less power, better quality and
comfort. bought as end of lease with
100K warranty, cheaper that way. one
major breakdown, idler puller went,
under warranty. Do not like the
automatic transmission though, no fun.
Love my Saabs.
This car can do it all. It can haul
just about anything and it handles
like a sport sedan. The turbo engine
spools early, so there's no lag and
the highway passing power is better
than many v6's that I've driven.
The interior is luxurious and the
driver ergonomics is like a cockpit.
Interior quality is top notch and
overall reliability has so far been
great. No regrets.
Some quirks and some warranty-covered
reliability issues have not hindered
the enjoyment of this car. The car
rides very nicely and has enough power
for both around town and some speedier
highway driving. The interior layout
and ergonomics are superb, and
generally build quality is good. Two
new turbos (one likely not installed
perfectly) and a tendency to go through
a lot of light bulbs and a couple of
batteries have tried our patience at
times - as has the lack of dealer parts
inventory once or twice. The cargo room
is quite good.
Seats are superb and the dash layout is
one of the best in the industry. The
engine's power delivery is excellent
for a 4 cylinder turbo (i.e. turbo lag
is not very noticeable and there is a
good range of torque power available
for city starts and for highway
The key fob is too big and has lousy
range. Build quality is good, but the
turbo charger failure, early battery
failures (both covered by warranty) and
light bulb burnouts are a nuisance. Tan
interior color could be a little darker.