I want to correct other users comments. All Saab 9-5s have heated mirrors, they are integrated into the rear window defrost (front defrost works instantly, no waiting for engine to warm). XM radio is offered as a dealer aftermarket accessory that replaces a console cubby hole below the automatic climate control.
You can see from the prolific text that despite its issues, I love this car.
Delete On-star. Useless feature that causes as many problems as is solves.
Reliability is less than stellar. I love my Saab. For the price it is far superior than any other car. Ride is excellent, lots of power, great ergonomics/comfort. I bought a used car w/49K miles, however the turbo blew at 53K (covered under warranty + free towing), the paint is VERY fragile (has gouges in hood from the tow, and keeps getting scratches in parking garage from other drivers resting briefcases on the trunk, top). I am now taking maintenance VERY seriously (there are several other common problems). However, for the safety, performance, and style there is no equal.
The drivetrain warranty has been recently extended to 80,000/unlimited miles under approved Saab maintenance (despite this web site's saying otherwise, see saabnet.com) in order to address engine issues. The turbo is amazing. While this car is not 0-60 fast, it has extra power at any speed.
Reliability, reliaiblity, reliability. Electronic displays commonly lose pixels and engine problems. However, this car is all but theft proof (a big comfort since my Subaru Outback was stolen). Also, I'm not a fan of GM's ownership of Saab (esp. since GM mechanics don't service them).
Since buying my certified pre-owned
2000 Saab 9-5 in July of 2003, I've
been enjoying a smooth, comfortable
ride with little to no quality
problems. I would definitely recommend
this car to other purchasers,
particularly the certified pre-owned
program at Saab. The trunk space is
fantastic, and it drives great in the
harsh winter weather on icy roads (I
live in Michigan). A very safe feeling
car. My only complaint is a little big
of lag in the acceleration, but it's
not so much that it drives me crazy.
Overall a great car at a solid price.