Used 2001 Saab 9-5

2001 Saab 9-5
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2001 Saab 9-5


  • Satisfying performance, impressive luxury, reasonable price, wagon availability.


  • Quirky Saab design attributes and ergonomics, uninspired exterior styling.
Saab 9-5 years

Used 2001 Saab 9-5 for Sale

Saab 9-5 2001 2.3t 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
137,602 miles
Used 2001
Saab 9-5
Alpina Imports
58.9 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Not quite as polished as some of the class leaders, but still worthy of a test drive if you're looking for a luxury sport sedan/wagon that won't get lost in the crowd.

vehicle overview

Saab's premium 9-5 Sedan is designed to compete with everything from near-luxury models, such as the Lexus ES 300 and Cadillac Catera, to full-blown sport sedans, such as the Mercedes-Benz E430 and BMW 540i. But because the 9-5 is a Saab, this car looks and feels a bit different. The sedan lineup consists of a fully equipped base 9-5 model, an SE version packed with amenities, and a performance-oriented Aero model. The standard 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder in the 9-5 base models now produces 185 horsepower, a 15 horsepower increase over last year, and is mated to a five-speed manual or optional four-speed auto gearbox. The 9-5 Aero versions feature a 230-horse, 2.3-liter turbo four, making 258 foot-pounds of torque from 1,900 to 3,000 rpm with the manual transmission. All SEs are powered by a 3.0-liter turbo V6 that requires a driver-selectable four-speed automatic. The V6 makes 200 ponies and 229 foot-pounds of torque from 2,500 rpm through the 4,000-rpm mark.

The 9-5's standard equipment list is long, offering antilock brakes, automatic climate controls, premium stereo, side-impact airbags, an active head-restraint system, traction control and a sunroof. Heated front and rear seats are optional, but Saab's cool ventilated front seats and a 200-watt stereo/CD/cassette come standard on the SE. If you want some of the SE's luxury but can't bear doing without a stick shift, Saab makes the base 9-5 available with a premium package that adds leather, upgraded seats and an audio system.

Saab purists who bemoan the fact that the 9-5 is not available as a hatchback need only to drive the wagon. Offered in turbo four, V6 and Aero versions, the 9-5 Wagon boasts almost 73 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded. What's more, the same kind of fresh thinking that went into the 9-5's safety technology is evident in the convenience features found in the wagon. Unique ideas such as a refrigerated glove box, an aircraft-inspired "CargoTracks" load-securing system, a removable rigid cargo shelf, and even a sliding load floor to ease loading and unloading, all help to make the 9-5 Wagon handle just about any hauling task with ease.

The 9-5 Wagon Gary Fisher Edition features a roof rack system (Saab Limited Edition Gary Fisher mountain bike included), and various cargo area accoutrements, including heavy-duty cargo nets and a 12-volt power outlet. The modified exterior features side skirts, a front-lip spoiler, body-painted rear bumper valence, white side-indicator lamps, and 17-inch Quad design wheels.

Perhaps the nicest thing about the big Saab is its sporting character, with precise steering and powerful brakes that enhance the driving experience. Even in base form, the 9-5's high level of standard equipment and low-30s sticker price make it a bargain for most people shopping the near-luxury class. The Aero models, on the other hand, will run you closer to $40K.

2001 Highlights

Entry-level models get more horsepower from the turbo four-cylinder while all models get the OnStar telematics system, turbo gauges and two new colors.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

saab wagon 9-5 se
great car-practical and fun to drive-terrific cargo space-on star and phone very helpful.
Just misses being great
Excellent highway car with smooth ride and passing power. Manual is slow off the line around town. You are behind everyone else leaving the light as the turbo spools up, but a lot of power once you are rolling. Very comfortable seating and quiet at speed. Good room. Super build quality - zero problems in 2 years.
Saab 9-5 Wagon
Bad wheel bearing, bad ignition module, bad ignition module 2, recalled ignition modules, poor / insufficient brakes, heater erratic, unreasonably expensive repairs, failing guide pulleys to timing belt, possible symptoms of failing turbo. Positively EATS tires with its weight.
Another Saab why ??
ken wilson,06/25/2003
Outside of the turbo performance and the cargo area of the wagon this car is a joke. Cheap plastic interior, no place to put anything, rode noise, etc.Wish I had never sold 528i. I had a 91 9000 turbo and after ten years you think they could get it right.Not so. $40k this is what you get.
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Features & Specs

18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
185 hp @ 5500 rpm
16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
200 hp @ 5000 rpm
18 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
230 hp @ 5500 rpm
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IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested

More about the 2001 Saab 9-5
Used 2001 Saab 9-5 Overview

The Used 2001 Saab 9-5 is offered in the following submodels: 9-5 Sedan, 9-5 Wagon. Available styles include 2.3t 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M), SE V6t 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 4A), Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M), 2.3t 4dr Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M), SE V6t 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 4A), and Aero 4dr Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M).

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