by gohard on Jan 6, 2013 Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 SE V6t 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 4A)
I bought my Saab 2001 used with 20k miles in 2004, now has 98k miles.
It has been a great dog mobile and triathlon equipment car.
I have a love/hate relationship with the Turbo.
It has gone once already as has the battery, brakes, cup holder, lights (frequently), electric panel, A/C, etc.
I have easily spent over $10k in repairs.
The ignition is in a terrible place and the car has turned off when a larger person passenger accidentally bumped the ignition.
I thought it was a lemon but from reading other reviews this is typical of this model.
I had hoped to drive it forever but I don't think it will last that long. The interior is nice but I won't buy a performance vehicle again.
by m white on Oct 8, 2010 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.
by Doc W on May 18, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Had this car for 9 years and it has been great. I've owned many European cars and the trick is to follow maintenance strictly. Maintenance is expensive, but cheaper than a car payment, and it looks as classy as 9 years ago.
by disappointed on May 28, 2009 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.
by James on Apr 7, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 SE V6t 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 4A)
Bought a used 2001 95 wagon in jan.'08. The first 8 months-great! Then, starting issues began. Replaced starter, battery, ignition cassettes; still won't start now and then! Googled "Saab issues" and can't fathom how many problems there are. Why are they allowed to continue to sell these defective things! Is it GM or a pre-GM issue? I'm so over it I could puke. Oh, the power window issue and the rear light failures, too! When it starts I could drive it to California and back (from KY where I live), but don't dare let it sit for a few hours! Any input or thoughts? I'm at my wits end! No more Saabs for me!
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