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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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 18/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Saab 9-5

  • A likable sedan in numerous ways, but it lags behind the competition when it comes to providing class-leading luxury or performance. In wagon form, however, its seductive style and superior functionality make it a more attractive proposition.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Best-in-class crash scores, long list of standard features, plush highway ride, supportive seats, large trunk.

  • Cons

    Turbo lag at low speeds, suspension too soft for aggressive driving, interior materials could use improvement.

  • What's New for 2005

    An in-dash DVD-based navigation system is added to the options list. Arc models receive a new 16-inch wheel design.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Swedish king, understated design

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Love my Saab! This is my 4th Saab, second 9-5. I ordered the car with a manual trans, a/c seats and sat nav. I do a lot of highway driving and this Saab just eats all the miles up. On long road trips i avg 32-35 mpg and every day driving i avg 28-30. The car is so much fun to drive and I love the turbo! It's comfy to drive in all weather conditions and roads. I do run snow tires in the winter and the car becomes unstoppable. I visit my dealer every 5k for sched maint and the car has never failed me. From weather of -20 to +115 dF, the car always handles it and with composure. The car is very understated in design which I like, doesn't call attention to its self in traffic.



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Understated wealth

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Such a great car! This is my 4th Saab but my first 9-5. I do a lot of highway driving (cape cod every weekend) Weekends i avg 300 miles and weekdays I drive about 500-700 and the car gobbles them all up with composure and confidence Some people will say Saabs are nothing but problems, but I find that if you actually maintain the car like you're suppose to, then not much will happen. This car has been wonderful to own. Its fast and agile, yet i avg 29-31 mpg on a regular basis. Great car for New England winters with snow tires of course. I plan on keeping this for a long time as it's holding up better than I expected. We also have a convertible and its just as good.




Gas milage much better than

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I have owned my Saab for over 3 years. Bought it used with 16k and have added another 30k. Have spent zero on maint. Except oil changes. Gas mileage is rated 17 city and 26 highway but I get 33 highway and 28 in mixed driving, not sure how to measure city. No complaints so far. Love the rear parking sensors. Have an aero with spoiler so still looks good although over 5 years old. Sport seats are comfortable. You feel the road which I like but my wife hates. Also rides low (same like/hate). Harman Kardan sound is good but not amazing. Trunk roomy. Can't complain. I know resale is low, but will prob. Give to my son at some point and I only paid $22k used so not too worried




Saab 9.5

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Love my Saab. Very sturdy. Nicely styled, good mileage. Fun to drive. Lots of energy. Have not had any maintenance issues. Could use more cup holders and storage space in front seat. Doesn't do quite as well in snowy conditions as I'd hoped, but still reasonable. Repair for run into deer involving front bumper was very expensive.




More good than bad

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Awesome car. After a few trips to the dealer for some very minor things, the Saab is great. My service is awesome. Driving the Saab is a great experiance. It is a highway car though. Sways in tight turns. But on the highway look out. Nothing but pure power.




Swedish aspirations

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Vehicle: 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

This car was an absolute steal at only $33k. Thanks to the employee pricing I got a top of the line 9-5 Aero for the price of a 9-3 Arc w/options or a 9-3 Aero w/ no options. The car is fast and people do look at it because it does look so good. Sure the handling isn't as precise as a BMW's or it's not a luxurious as other cars in this price class, but when compared to other $33k cars, there is no contest! I've always loved Saabs and having to tame the torque steer, lifting the ring to throw it in reverse and seeing the corner and reverse lights light up at the front corners. It's unique, it's fast, it sounds amazing and I love the turbo whisltes that accompany my commute every day.



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Full 2005 Saab 9-5 Review

What's New for 2005

An in-dash DVD-based navigation system is added to the options list. Arc models receive a new 16-inch wheel design.

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Talk About The 2005 9-5

2005 Saab 9-5 Discussions See all Started By

mrblonde49
mrblonde49
02-09-2005
The 9-7X SUV is just one part of the most aggressive product development offensive in Saab's 57-year history. It joins the 9-3 Sport Sedan and Convertible, the 9-5 Sedan and SportWagon and the all-whe...


GBrianK
GBrianK
08-15-2002
8. No (9-5), Yes (9-3). The cup holder on the 9-5 is lightyears better than the piece of **** in the 9-3. Saab has heard us and made the appropriate changes to the 9-3 and it looks very promising....


rockylee
rockylee
11-11-2005
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