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 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!
by Scott on Jul 16, 2005 Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 SE V6t 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 4A)
Great car to drive but when it runs. Without a doubt the least dependable car I've ever owned (including a Chevette in college). 52,000 miles and I've replaced the turbo twice, two oil leaks, digital dash display and the front left wheel bearing. Now, it won't start-jury still out as to why. I bought this car $12k under MSRP new and 3 years into a 5 year note I'm still $3k upside down. It seems many people know not to buy this car reflected by its resale, or lack there of. Maybe it's the 6-cyl as Saab quite making it. My Saab experience has been unbelievably poor to say the least. RUN!
by jsharnik on Aug 15, 2004 Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 SE V6t 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 4A)
I am constantly delighted by the smooth
mid-range power available through the
3.0 liter, 6-cyl., low-pressure turbo
engine. It is unfortunate that this
engine is no longer available and that
Saab is moving away from the Swedish-
engineered and built automobile. This
is probably the first and the last Saab
I'll ever buy. GM is in the process of
destroying this brand, as far as I am
concerned. Back to the car: the Sport
setting is a real blast on country
roads, and I am delighted at how
tightly the car is put together. It is
also a very comfortable car to drive
and to ride in.
by strentky on Apr 28, 2004 Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 SE V6t 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 4A)
My Wife and I purchased this untitled,
program car with 7000 miles and have
driven it to 55,000 (mostly) trouble
Saab has provided excellent service and
this has kept us coming back to them
for regular maintenance items and oil
changes. I believe that this car will
indeed last well beyond the 100,000
mile, 7yr. warranty that is provided as
part of the certification process.
The two things that have given us
problems are the Trip Computer (which
will fail in any 9-5 eventually), and
the transmission linkage. Both were
replaced under warranty (no charge).
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