40k MSRP new, its lost $27k trade in value in 4 years. Thanks for going bankrupt SAAB, now our car is near worthless and we're upside down on the loan! There are no replacement parts, there are no authorized service dealerships in the USA anymore, and there's nobody who is willing to buy this car off us at a reasonable price (because it's unreasonable to want a car that you won't be able to fix when something breaks).
It drove fine, has quite a few features but it's become an antique in just 4 years. All the new cars out now have nice touchscreens and bluetooth and backup cameras.
We constantly got comments that we had a reverse light out, because SAAB decided to only put a reverse light on the left.. Stupid.
The door handles started PEELING, like black plastic coating just started peeling off and looking like CRAP. NO DEALERSHIP for repairs = it didnt get repaired! Hail damage on our car and no place to get a new hood and trunk meant they could only try to do paintless dent repair, which is GARBAGE compared to getting a brand new part which any other car would get with a ton of hail dents.
Sell it now before you lose more value!
I have had 17 Saabs of all variants since 1966. The Aero is the fastest safest and the most attractive of all. It has all the useful gadgets with out too much trendy clutter. audio is outstanding. The 235x17 tires, P6, are a bit noisy is a compromise for great performance. I am happy to get the final version of the 9000-95 evolution.I have had 2 of each. The orig. 86 9000T, a 91 9000T, a 01 95t Arc and now the 98 Aero. The 2.3 turbo remains a great motor, better than most 50% above its size. The Aero joins my 07 93, 74 Sonnett,73 96 v-4 and 68 96 v-4 in the driveway.
Power, seats, audio, handling, great attention driver access to controls,vented seats are cool.Black paint looks great in this style w/ the chrome.The appearance is stunning enough That 2 BMWs and the newest Jag owners asked if it was the NEW Saab in one afternoon.
The interior metallic look door trim strip is easily marred. A poor choice ate a trendy look. Some one could make $s with an aftermkt. overlay.Everything is familiar purposeful and well made. A truly outstanding car
I purchased my Saab after needing a sedan to mate with my Suburban that achieves a more corporate style, without going over the top. I have had my eye on the 9-5 for years. This is the best SECRET car buy out there. Like other reviewers, I was able to get mine at a great price and although it lacks some refinement, this is a great car. Highway driving I get 30mpg and in the curves it is a fun car to drive. My wife drives a Volvo XC70, which we love for its utility and space with two children and a dog, but the Saab has it beat! The Suburban is a living room on wheels with 4WD; great for trips and the outdoors. The Saab is just plain FUN and I get compliments all the time.
The best seats around, turbo from 50-80, the lack of turbo lag, mpg, the stereo and XM and finally the idea that I paid what I did and drive what I have...
Cup holder and additional 12V outlets. I can live and be happy with everything else. I did find a set of Saab OEM rims and had snow tires put on them in anticipation of the winter of 2009. We'll see how much this improves an already good snow runner.
I am extremely pleased with my new 2008 Saab 9-5. With all of the rebates that GM is currently offering on new 2008's and a little negotiation, I was able to snag mine for under $24k, which is a STEAL for a car like this. After driving this car for a month, I couldn't be happier. The 260hp turbo engine makes highway driving a blast, and the car handles very nicely in town. I can understand the harsh reviews given a $40k msrp and the quality of interior materials for a car in this price range, but for $24k I think you'd be hard-pressed to find fault.
The seats (front and rear) are marvelous. The 9-speaker stereo system is great (too bad no ipod integration though)... and 260 hp engine!!
The car should have 2 of those cool cup holders in the front. Also, I have no clue why GM didn't install the ipod-integrating stereo systems on Saabs, given that even the entry-level Chevrolet molds have these.