2001 Saab 9-5 Review | Edmunds.com

2001 Saab 9-5

Saab 9-5 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 185 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2001 Saab 9-5

  • Not quite as polished as some of the class leaders, but still worthy of a test drive if you're looking for a luxury sport sedan/wagon that won't get lost in the crowd.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Satisfying performance, impressive luxury, reasonable price, wagon availability.

  • Cons

    Quirky Saab design attributes and ergonomics, uninspired exterior styling.

  • What's New for 2001

    Entry-level models get more horsepower from the turbo four-cylinder while all models get the OnStar telematics system, turbo gauges and two new colors.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I want a brand new

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3t 4dr Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

After 138,000 miles with nothing but routine maintenance the turbo just blew. we replaced it and suddenly we have gone from great mileage (41 mpg on the highway) to 45.5 mpg! i love driving this car, i love the manual transmission, the way it handles in snow and wet and the comfy seats. i love the cargo space and the split seats and the heated seats. we drive pets and us to Maine and back every summer and need not to get stuck on the road.- i am thinking we need a new car but don't want to turn this sweet thing in.




What a disappointment

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3t 4dr Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Have owned many makes and models of vehicles, this Saab is the most disappointing along with any service from dealership. I feel like I'm driving on eggshells as this thing bounces all over the road when hitting normal highway bumps in the road. Dealership says shocks are fine. The placement of ignition has got to be the most unsafe place any designer could have chosen. Too many little and big things have gone wrong with this vehicle. I hate it - would never recommend and tell anyone who will listen not to purchase a Saab.




It's pretty, it's fun, it's

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3t 4dr Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I bought my Saab wagon used in 2005. I drive less than 12,000 miles a year, and it has spent way more time in the shop than I care to tally. Oil leak, timing belt pulley, water pump, gas line recall, turbo, wouldn't start when the seasons changed, hatchback handle, drivers side window, passenger window, broken shift cover, seriously too many to list. And the cost to fix is way more than anything I've ever owned! It was love at first drive, but I cross my fingers every time I go to start it, and every time I hear a rattle. I'm far too friendly with my local mechanic. He knows my voice when I call on the telephone before I even identify myself. Do not be lured in by the fun ride!




Love/hate relationship with my saab

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3t 4dr Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I have a love/hate relationship with my Saab turbo 9-5 wagon. Comfy, lots of bells and whistles, roomy rear seat, nice cargo room. Very powerful engine. However I have had this car in the shop more often (and at a higher price) than any car I've ever owned. Gas guage stuck, lights dying frequently, sway bar, turbo replacement, ball bearings. That doesn't count the things that have broken that I haven't bothered to fix: broken cupholder, elect memory seat adjustment, theft-alarm battery. I know the Saab dealer serves great coffee but I've been there too much and now it is time to switch to a car that spend more time on the road and less in the shop. However I will miss the fun drive!




Great car

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3t 4dr Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

My first Saab and will (hopefully) not be my last. I have a lower back issue and do not ride in cars very well. However, I can ride long distances in this car in relative comfort. Kick the sport in and it goes!




Love this car

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3t 4dr Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

In 2001, my wife wanted a new car and we purchased this 9-5 wagon. Other than replacement of the direct ignition cassette and one wheel bearing, it has been relatively problem free for more than 90,000 miles. The DIC was replaced under a recall at no cost. Just drove car through western Canada, averaged 28 mpg. Love this car.



Full 2001 Saab 9-5 Review

What's New for 2001

Entry-level models get more horsepower from the turbo four-cylinder while all models get the OnStar telematics system, turbo gauges and two new colors.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
/
  • 26
  • highway
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