Bought this vehicle used. Was a GMAC off lease vehicle with only 23,000 miles. Love that I don't see many on the road. I understand that this car is basically the same as it was 10 years ago, but it is fun to drive and feels very solid and still looks modern. It's too bad SAAB is in so much financial trouble. I believe had they priced their vehicles more in the VW range instead of the BMW range they would have sold in much greater numbers and turned a profit.
2.3 turbo, quality leather, interior space
Needs new platform to compete against Acura and BMW
I have owned and driven Saab vehicles for decades. From the Saab 900 to this current model - the 9-5 sedan. This is the best built and best handling Saab I have ever owned. The GM marriage seems to have improved overall quality in several key areas; climate control for one - now first rate quality. This car is roomy, responsive and fun to drive. The Front wheel drive and traction control make this vehicle exceptional in snow and winter driving conditions. I put on four studded snow tires and can safely go where ANY 4x4 can travel, up mountain roads and through ice and snow covered terrain.
The new six disc in dash sound system is fantastic, no more digging into the trunk to load cd's! And now with XM radio and the ability to plug in your i-tunes or mp3 player. With a myriad of speakers designed for the interior of this vehicle there is no need to aftermarket to get great sound.
The 9-5 is noisy for car in this price point. Wind and Road noise is louder than I would like ... especially with the winter tires on. Overall a small complaint considering the handling, braking, and fuel efficiency of this responsible and safe automobile.
After first few thousand miles the car began to disintegrate and deteriorate, forcing me to spend 2-3 times a month in a dealer shop; with each repair lasting 3-4 hours. The roof, body, upholstery, front panel, and doors’ trim rattling and noises are getting intolerable with adding passengers; giving the impression the car will loose pieces or break apart. On cold days doors would not close/lock. Hinges must be lubricated and tied up every 1K miles. Driver seat and steering vibrates at idling. The car occasionally pulling sharply to the left. Terrible 16-18 mpg on hwy. Car is difficult to fix, new problems introduced with every repair. Have to wait 30 days for new parts; Saab offer no loaners
Great seats smooth turbo performance
Poor design and engineering Lots of bad parts in new car like sunroof cassette assembly, which cannot be fixed Terrible assebly Quality --case in study for shakes and rattles Difficult to repair due to car poor design, complexity, and lack of parts Saab will not give a loaner
Nice ride, fine fuel economy for a car with this power and room inside. Great car for a sales person who is in the car all day. I am loving this car! I live in Canada and run with 4 snows in winter and the car is safe and sound in ice and snow. ABS, ESP make for a nice combo on the ice covered roads.
The driver's seat is the best quality. I have never been in a car with such great driver position and comfort.
I have owned my 9-5 for 6 months now and still love it as much as the day I drove it home. For me, there's no other car out right now that provides the same balance of value, performance, COMFORT, fuel economy and style. The 9-5 in Sport Mode makes any trip fun, as when you stomp on the gas the car just squats down and launches. A warning, though, 75 mph feels like about 50 so make sure to set the cruise. I also love the fact that I can haul 3 other adults on long road trips and get nothing but compliments on the interior comfort. Passengers especially love the heated rear seats in the winter.
Sport Mode - this is the 1st auto. tran. car that has made me not want to own a manual. Love the design and the fact that you don't see yourself coming and going everywhere you drive. Dual climate control is easy to use. Love the turbocharged 4-cyl engine - great performance and gas mileage.
Full iPod integration (i.e. control the iPod through the steering wheel) would be nice.
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