2000 Saab 9-5 Consumer Review: Love Hate Relationship

2000 Saab 9-5 - Consumer Review

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2.3t Sedan (2.3L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Love Hate Relationship
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2000 Saab 9-5 2.3t 4dr Sedan


I bought a used Saab 9-5 SE with 98000 miles on it. It was the car of my dreams. I've never liked a car so much. Until it started leaking oil. Then the oil gasket blew. And the ABS module blew. And the serpentine belt blew. And 2 months later the entire belt tensioner blew, causing the serpentine belt to snap, causing a melt down. The list goes on. In the course of a year, I spent $3000 in repairs. The shameful thing is that I love driving this car so much, I actually considered getting another one. Had to slap myself out of it, because it really is better as a second car you only take for long highway rides. <Sigh> Guess I'm gonna have to find a 12-step program for Saab drivers.

Best Features

Ventilated/heated seats, beautiful instrumentation, peppy passing power, great handling, luxe ride, cool cup holder, unique styling, incredibly comfortable interior. Fantastic climate control system. I love just about everything about this car when it's actually running. Well, except the bill

Worst Features

Reliability. It just sucks. And Saab is reluctant to do recalls on obvious design flaws. Cheaper repairs, if they don't improve the reliability.
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