Used 2003 Saab 9-5


2003 Saab 9-5

2003 Highlights

After last year's extensive round of improvements, the 9-5 received only minor upgrades for 2003. All five-speed automatic-equipped models now have the Sentronic manual-shift feature with steering wheel-mounted controls. Ventilated sport seats are now optional on the Aero, while electronic stability control is now standard on all models.


Pros

  • Best-in-class crash scores, long list of standard features, plush highway ride, supportive seats, large trunk.

Cons

  • Turbo lag at low speeds, suspension too soft for aggressive driving, interior materials could use improvement.

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Features & Specs

Linear 2.3t 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)Arc 3.0t 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 5A)Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
MPG221922
Seating555
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed shiftable automatic5-speed manual
Fuelgasgasgas
Horsepower185 hp @ 5500 rpm200 hp @ 5000 rpm250 hp @ 5300 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    Passenger4/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    A
    Acceptable
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good

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Love/Hate Relationship w my Saab
I bought this car thinking it had great gas mileage which was perfect for the kind of job i have. Come to find out two weeks later my new Saab broke down on me on my way to a mini vacation. I've took it back to the selling dealer and they said "there was no problem". Took it from there dealership that same day on my way home it jerked and left me stranded in the middle of the road again! I hate this thing! It probably broke down on my more than 6-7 times before i took it into mechanics who really know foreign cars! Found out it was the fuel pump. I could not believe the dealerships could not find a problem. I guess I'm more upset with them than i am my car. i guess i love/hate this car
Wasaab
Great over all car! Picked one up for 2,100$ best buy for a car I ever had at this price and even if i bought a more expensive car. Car handles well in the snow has that ump -pick-up-and-go- feel and drive. I got this gem cheap. In 2015 to get 2003 with this reliable didn't think it was possible at the price i bought it. One thing is the radio not married to the car which is a pain i have to go to place with tech equipment to get it working but for 2,100 i can not complain about the radio. Love saab getting a new version in the future.
Good for a passionate car lover.
After driving 3 Saabs, a 2005, 2006 9.3 Turbo, and a 2003 9.5 Aero It is clear that Saabs are cars to be pampered and taken well care of. If you are looking for a reliable car with as little maintenance as possible this is not the car for you. Your better of with a Toyota. You will get what you give with Saab and the car is good for someone who enjoys taking care of cars as a passion and DOES NOT mind putting in an extra dollar to keep their jem running at top quality. For about $4500 the 2003 Areo is about the best sports car you can get for the price and after regular maintenance you can expect quick acceleration, good gas mileage, and an all over all smooth, stylish, and luxurious ride.
Used 2003 Saab 9-5 Overview

The Used 2003 Saab 9-5 is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include Linear 2.3t 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Arc 3.0t 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 5A), Aero 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Linear 2.3t 4dr Sport Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Arc 3.0t 4dr Sport Wagon (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 5A), and Aero 4dr Sport Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M).

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