by sundawg18 on May 31, 2013 Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 SE V6t 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 4A)
I bought this car used, from the original owner, with 60,000 miles. In the few years I've owned it - and over 30,000 miles later - I've had at least $5,000 worth of work done to it. Around 65,000 it stalled during rush hour. A few years later it started to stall on the freeway - luckily I had enough time to pull off and into a parking lot before it died. The throttle had to be replaced - to the tune of $900, and I've gone through a couple of batteries that all cost over $200. Now I'm facing an oil leak that my mechanic can't seem to find a cap for since Saab isn't making these cars anymore. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this seems like an awful lot of work for a car still under 100,000 miles.
by adonis23 on Jul 7, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I live in the midwest and during this summer of 2012, we have experienced extreme daily heat (99-107 degrees F).
My 9-5 Aero automatic usually performs flawlessly inside and out, but the heat has brought odd and annoying electrical problems:
There is a "bing-bong" noise that let's you know when there is a problem, which would be helpful if it didn't do it every minute or two; the gas gage fluctuates from completely empty back to the accurate reading while the TSC/off light is on despite pushing the button, and I have replaced the same headlight three times this year.
I love the car though.
I drove to NYC and was able to get 31.0 mpg, which is incredible with 230 bhp.
by Italianpony09 on Nov 26, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3t 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Bought this car to replace my 90' F-150 as a daily driver. Good mpg considering the performance and size of the car. First day my serpentine belt slipped off, dealer had head gasket replaced from before I purchased it and missed that the crank seal was leaking oil too. Alarm batteries are going dead, pulled the fuse to prevent it from going off erratically. A few common problems for 9-5's, but to be expected for a 9 yr old car. Overall I am very pleased with the 9-5, can't wait to be able to purchase a new one. Hope that GM is able to sell Saab back to a Swedish company and not drop the brand altogether, I would be very sad. It's a pretty smart car for a 2001! Gotta love the swede's!
by Jay on May 15, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I just moved up from a 9-3 SE to a 9-5 Aero. These are the first two Saabs I've ever owned. The 9-3 met an untimely end but it wasn't the car's fault. So we looked around for a couple of weeks and found this gem. The ride is great, it is a little punchier than the 9-3, and these cars are actually roomy for a 6'6" guy to drive. Previous owner kept it flawless. It's eight years old with 53K on it.
by MzKim on Oct 15, 2008 Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 SE V6t 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 4A)
I purchased this car used. It was pretty to look at and clean, however one month after driving off the lot I began to had problems & it never stopped: fuel pump, electrical, water pump, timing chain, AC system, sunroof, turbo and the list goes on. 4 yrs later I refuse to spend another penny. I through a piston rod and need a new motor. I am done.
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