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2002 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 250 hp @ 5300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 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 2002

    Although it looks similar to last year's model, the 2002 9-5 has undergone extensive changes. There are now three distinct models, each with its own look and feature content. A new five-speed automatic transmission is available on all models, while the top-of-the-line Aero gets more power. Revisions to both the steering and suspension systems increase performance, while a new electronic stability control system and adaptive front airbags improve safety.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Love my saab(s)

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

awesome car...had this aero for years. if you maintain them, they go forever. over 200k on this one and going strong. great design (not for everyone), after all its a saab (saab people get it)...fast car with great gas milegae, too



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The car that makes me

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Saab 9-5 Aero is a car that does everything very well that you'd expect from a near luxury vehicle. On top of it, the extra oomph can be effortlessly delivered by just pressing the gas pedal harder. The manual transmission might be a little tricky to master for some at first, but I was able to read it right away and I still enjoy using it. If they're brand new they may be a tad expensive but it makes a great slightly used car at a great price.




Thought i got a steal

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Purchased in May of 2006 w/36,000 mi. on the clock, paid $19,500. Current mileage 65,800 mi. Wanted to love this car but it has been in the shop more than any other car I have owned, 7 or 8 times in the 2 1/2 years I have owned her. The interior could use an update, but the seats are super comfy. I really like the exterior of the car, looks fast standing still. Gas mileage in town is poor for a 4 cyl., only about 17 mpg due to the turbo but hwy mileage is surprisingly good at about 31 mpg. Just too many little things. Warranty ran out in Sept. and just today I spent $1800 on repairs and the 60,000 mile service. Sad to say she will probably get traded in soon.



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I laughed, i cried, it

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

This has to be the craziest love/hate relationship I've ever had with a car. One day I hated it, the next day I loved it. This car has a ton of power for a 4-banger and it was a total hoot to drive. It handled corners extremely well with very little body lean, was incredibly quick, roomy, huge trunk, responsive, and got very good gas mileage for a car of this size. I enjoyed this car tremendously. This was my 2nd 9-5 so that tells you something about my love for car. The Aero is pavement hungry & the conservative sport sedan look is very deceptive - cop magnet, be careful!



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The 9-5's evil twin

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Is my 2nd 9-5 and without a doubt, the Aero is the way to go. The amount of power this 4 cylinder has is amazing & the cornering with the low profile perf. tires is tenacious. Everyone who rides in this car is extremely surprised by the "giddy up" & handling. It's definitely a vehicle I enjoy driving and doing 30k miles/yr for business that's an important requirement, I practically live in my car during the business week. There's a host of creature comforts in the interior and I've never gotten fatigued behind the wheel, even on 4+ hr business trips-very comfortable seats that seem to wrap right around you. .



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Great car!!!

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Vehicle: 2002 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

My 02 Aero has 95k miles and still drives and looks like new! Saabs do require some extra care in terms of maintenance and do have some glitches, but no serious defects. The car is a blast to drive, handles great, has great steering and all that power and pickup, even at highway speeds!!! Still get great gas mileage. Smooth and quiet ride like no other car with similar performance. The interior is as good and even better than most luxury brands, it has the best seats I've ever sat in! It is also one of the few cars remaining that has a distinctive look.



Full 2002 Saab 9-5 Review

What's New for 2002

Although it looks similar to last year's model, the 2002 9-5 has undergone extensive changes. There are now three distinct models, each with its own look and feature content. A new five-speed automatic transmission is available on all models, while the top-of-the-line Aero gets more power. Revisions to both the steering and suspension systems increase performance, while a new electronic stability control system and adaptive front airbags improve safety.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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