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Saab 9-5 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/24 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

  Average Consumer Rating (6 total reviews)


Fun to drive...expensive to fix

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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.



18 of 18 people found this review helpful

Saab wagon 9-5 se

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Vehicle: 2001 Saab 9-5 SE V6t 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 4A)

great car-practical and fun to drive-terrific cargo space-on star and phone very helpful.




Perplexed as heck!!!

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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!




Last saab owner

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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!




Sportwagon

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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.




Saab certified 9-5se wagon

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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 free miles. 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).



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

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 24
  • highway
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