Used 2004 Saab 9-5 Wagon

2004 Saab 9-5
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  • Best-in-class crash scores, long list of standard features, plush highway ride, supportive seats, large trunk.


  • 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 in numerous ways, but it lags behind the competition when it comes to providing class-leading luxury or performance. In wagon form, however, its seductive style and superior functionality make it a more attractive proposition.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2004 Saab 9-5.

I Hope Saab Returns
mr_monza, 12/24/2011
It's really a shame----bordering on despicable----that the failed General Motors Corporation, survivors only due to the U.S. government flooding them with millions of our tax dollars----saw fit to essentially drive Saab out of business. It's a long story, but suffice to say, holding preferred shares of Saab stock, GM blocked the sale of Saab to a Chinese company, forcing them into bankruptcy. As I write this, Saab is hanging by a thread hoping to find a buyer GM will "allow" or finding a different way to stay in business, without the devils at GM lording it over them. Regarding my car----it's a 2004 Saab 9-5 Arc Wagon, with automatic transmission. I bought it new. Reliable, great car.
Great Used Value
hal9000, 12/6/2008
I think '04-05 Saab 9-5s are one of the best kept secrets on the used market.The resale value of GM era Saabs stinks. Bad if you want to buy a used one and sell it in two years. Great if you want a terrific content filled bargain you can drive for years. All the early bugs have been worked out. You get a vehicle that ranks tops in safety. Speed if you want it. Fuel efficiency if you want it. Plenty of passenger and cargo room. Very smooth ride(even with my Aero suspension). I also prefer the body style of the '04-05 vs. the '06. Don't be scared of the Saab stories you here from people. Most are probably from 9-3 owners and those are a very different vehicle than the 9-5.
I bought mine new
TD02131, 8/4/2010
I am not one to keep a car, I usually trade before the warranty runs out. This is the first car I've kept beyond the warranty. I traded a new Toyota Highlander in on it, the Highlander was just boring to drive. The Saab has never disappointed. I have been considering trading it, but I can't find anything better for the money. I may run this one for 300,000 miles. They're right about the tires - go with the michelins. Cup holders are not my priority when deciding on a vehicle. In fact, I hate all the cars with open cup holders that get gunk in them. It's roomy, safe, reliable and fun to drive.
Purchasing Overseas & Shipping Delivery
Dennis S. Williams, 6/23/2008
Having purchased this car in Germany just before returning to the US for a new job, I was worried about having it delivered to an unfamiliar dealership. My worries were unfounded as I have continued to have the car (as well as my older '98) serviced and maintained at the dealership and have been very satisfied.
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Features & Specs

18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
220 hp @ 5500 rpm
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
185 hp @ 5500 rpm
18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
250 hp @ 5300 rpm
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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
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    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
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 2004 Saab 9-5
Used 2004 Saab 9-5 Wagon Overview

The Used 2004 Saab 9-5 Wagon is offered in the following styles: Arc 2.3T 4dr Sport Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Linear 2.3t 4dr SportWagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M), and Aero 4dr Sport Wagon (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 5M).

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