Used 2003 Saab 9-5 Wagon

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2003 Saab 9-5

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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Edmunds' Expert Review

A likable sedan (and wagon) in numerous ways, but it lags behind the competition when it comes to providing class-leading luxury or performance. The wagon version, however, with its seductive style and superior functionality comes across much better.

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.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Saab 9-5.

Better than the best!
thecarguy112,01/15/2013
This is one of the best cars out there! I have the automatic transmission, and this car flys down the road!! it is very fast and has excellent handling. On the exterior, there is a very sleek and modern design (Black) that looks fantastic! The interior even though its old looks well done and seems to wear very little. let me talk a little about comfort, THIS CAR IS COMFY! The front seats are very high quality and are very supportive and hug you in. (drove non stop from my town to a town near by, which is a 100 mile round trip, 4 times in a row!) the seats have held up very well! Also, the cargo room is very impressive! (moved into a 2 bedroom with this car only.) So obviously I luv this car!
They Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore!
Larry Twitchell,07/09/2016
Get the maintenance records if at all possible before purchasing. If satisfactory to you, buy and prepare to enjoy yourself in a very good car. Operating costs are reasonable. It is a great, safe road car that eats up the miles in comfort. The only better seats would be in a Volvo but these provide great support. Living in New England provides a great variety of road conditions that are easily met by this Saab. It loves snow and can handle it as well as a lot of AWD cars today. Its ability to carry enormous loads is so surprising as many people think of Saab as a small car. After 13 and a half years I still look forward to driving this great car. July 2018 - 145,000 miles. Still going strong as our second car. MPG averages 25 overall. Replaced original exhaust system in ‘17 and did rear brakes. Worth next to nothing as a trade but worth thousands to me. Bought this Saab new in Sept. 2003.
Great ride!
saabinvt,04/21/2012
I bought my Linear with 81,000 miles in '09. It's had some problems, but not outside what you'd expect with a car approaching 100K miles. Yes, repairs can be expensive, but I've done much of them myself, and parts can be found on eBay and junk yards for cheap. This car has a very smooth ride, is very quiet, the stereo is very good, the climate system is great and the controls are well laid out. The dash cupholder is useless, but I just put aftermarket ones on the doors. The acceleration is great, and I installed a high pressure turbo from an Aero, so now it really hauls! While not cheap to maintain, 9-5s can be found used for far less than competitive cars, and they look better too.
Fun & Functional
MHM,03/12/2004
This car is a near optimal blend of functionality (I recently fit in 4 large suitcases, 4 smaller bags, 4 adults, and a snowboard on top) and performance (0 to 60 mph in under 7 sec.) It is not as flamboyant as some of the competitors, yet dollar for dollar, it is a better car than any other one I can think of. I stand by every penny I paid for it!
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Features & Specs

MPG
19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
185 hp @ 5500 rpm
MPG
16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
19 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
250 hp @ 5300 rpm
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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
    Acceptable
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2003 Saab 9-5
Used 2003 Saab 9-5 Wagon Overview

The Used 2003 Saab 9-5 Wagon is offered in the following styles: 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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Should I lease or buy a 2003 Saab 9-5?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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