1999 Saab 9-5 Consumer Review: First Car & $4,500 Loss

1999 Saab 9-5 - Consumer Review

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SE V6t Sedan (3.0L V6 Turbo 4-speed Automatic)

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First Car & $4,500 Loss
By eurodrive25 on


1999 Saab 9-5 SE V6t 4dr Sedan


I bought my 1999 9-5 as my first car from a sleazy car dealer with 132k miles. It looked great and was unique. I loved it at first. First week I had to replace the emission tubes. About 2 weeks later as I was getting dressed for work it died in the driveway. I rolled into the street, blocking traffic and looked like an idiot pushing my car back into my driveway. I ran a stop sign because it stalled and luckily avoided a collision. It cost me tons to fix fuel pump, spark plugs, and carburetor. Weeks after that the timing belt broke on my way to work. On the busiest street possible of course. About $3000 to fix. Sold it for $800. Had it for 4 months, made 3 payments. Lost 4k. Own a 9-3 now.

Best Features

Looks great. Smooth ride and sport mode is fun. Very comfortable and roomy. Safe for a 1999. Don't see very many on the roads.

Worst Features

An engine that doesn't fail and die. Costly to repair. I wish I would've parked in the street when my neighbors car got hit so I could get insurance money for it.
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