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2003 Saab 9-5

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They Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore!
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By Larry Twitchell
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2003 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3t 4dr Sport Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Get the maintenance records if at all possible before purchasing. If satisfactory to you, buy and prepare to enjoy yourself in a very good car. Operating costs are reasonable. It is a great, safe road car that eats up the miles in comfort. The only better seats would be in a Volvo but these provide great support. Living in New England provides a great variety of road conditions that are easily met by this Saab. It loves snow and can handle it as well as a lot of AWD cars today. Its ability to carry enormous loads is so surprising as many people think of Saab as a small car. After 13 and a half years I still look forward to driving this great car.


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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By luthermarcus
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2003 Saab 9-5 Arc 3.0t 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 5A)


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Great over all car! Picked one up for 2,100$ best buy for a car I ever had at this price and even if i bought a more expensive car. Car handles well in the snow has that ump -pick-up-and-go- feel and drive. I got this gem cheap. In 2015 to get 2003 with this reliable didn't think it was possible at the price i bought it. One thing is the radio not married to the car which is a pain i have to go to place with tech equipment to get it working but for 2,100 i can not complain about the radio. Love saab getting a new version in the future.


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Better than the best!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By thecarguy112
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2003 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sport Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This is one of the best cars out there! I have the automatic transmission, and this car flys down the road!! it is very fast and has excellent handling. On the exterior, there is a very sleek and modern design (Black) that looks fantastic! The interior even though its old looks well done and seems to wear very little. let me talk a little about comfort, THIS CAR IS COMFY! The front seats are very high quality and are very supportive and hug you in. (drove non stop from my town to a town near by, which is a 100 mile round trip, 4 times in a row!) the seats have held up very well! Also, the cargo room is very impressive! (moved into a 2 bedroom with this car only.) So obviously I luv this car!


Best Features

Seats, Ride Quality, Cabin Noise, Cargo Space, Loads of Power, Heated Front And Rear Seats, Overall Quality


Worst Features

Absolutely Nothing


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Good for a passionate car lover.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By matt_beckman
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2003 Saab 9-5 Arc 3.0t 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 5A)


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After driving 3 Saabs, a 2005, 2006 9.3 Turbo, and a 2003 9.5 Aero It is clear that Saabs are cars to be pampered and taken well care of. If you are looking for a reliable car with as little maintenance as possible this is not the car for you. Your better of with a Toyota. You will get what you give with Saab and the car is good for someone who enjoys taking care of cars as a passion and DOES NOT mind putting in an extra dollar to keep their jem running at top quality. For about $4500 the 2003 Areo is about the best sports car you can get for the price and
after regular
maintenance you can expect quick acceleration, good gas mileage, and an all over all smooth, stylish, and luxurious ride.


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Great ride!
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By saabinvt
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2003 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3t 4dr Sport Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I bought my Linear with 81,000 miles in '09.
It's had some problems, but not outside what you'd expect with a car approaching 100K miles.
Yes, repairs can be expensive, but I've done much of them myself, and parts can be found on eBay and junk yards for cheap.
This car has a very smooth ride, is very quiet, the stereo is very good, the climate system is great and the controls are well laid out.
The dash cupholder is useless, but I just put aftermarket ones on the doors.
The acceleration is great, and I installed a high pressure turbo from an Aero, so now it really hauls!
While not cheap to maintain, 9-5s can be found used for far less than competitive cars, and they look better too.


Best Features

The handling and ride quality are superb. Acceleration with the turbo and the automatic in sport mode is a hoot! This is a great cruiser, and the rear holds a lot of stuff. I've also been able to do lots of customizing, like swapping seats and turbo from an Aero for more power and comfort. Gas mileage around 30mpg highway (20 city) in a car this size is a bonus.


Worst Features

Well, Saab is gone now, so there won't be improvements. The dash cup holder is useless, and rear seat legroom in a car this class should be better.


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