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By Peter
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2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4 Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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If considering this car, it may be one of the best cars Saab produced in its last 30 years. Few were produced and fewer still were exported to the US. It’s not for everyone, there are very limited parts, no dealers left, and certain features only a true Saab-phile will appreciate. Probably not a car for a first time Saab owner, but a GREAT one for a Saab devotee.


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4 years of worry free driving
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Dave
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2011 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan AWD (2.8L 6cyl Turbo 6A)


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Bought my 2011 9-5 Aero over 4 years ago and have enjoyed it very much. This is not my daily driver, that is a 2010 Saab 9-3 sport-combi manual (yes manual) wagon. Both of these have been flawless. I bought the 9-5 Aero new for $33,000 with an extended warranty that was never used. The only expense was a $65 sensor, which was readily available from GM.

I use this car primarily for road trips and do enjoy driving it. I like the aggressive stance, and enjoy the comfort of the car.

I figure if I sold it now for even 15k it would still have cost me less than many other cars in terms of depreciation.

Not for everyone, but I like that I don't have to turn a knob or click an icon to change a radio station. My wife's Audi is a pain to operate. The Saab is simple to operate, maybe primitive in today's world, but perfectly fine for me.


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Saab Story
7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By vmfan76
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2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4 Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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Updated 5/25/2018:
Ironically, since the last post which was at 50000 miles (approximately two years ago), I haven't had any repairs done but a couple more things failed. That said, I still loathe driving this car even if it is to reposition it for replacing the summers with winters and again in the Spring. It's my wife's car and she loves it so there's your spectrum.

The memory seat is senile and I'm nearly certain this vehicle is trying to kill me. I enter and 50% of the time the key fab is recognized as mine and the seat adjusts, the mirrors adjust, but to a completely arbitrary position. The passenger mirror has an auto-down option for reverse to view the curbs, it continually tries to deflect downward past the limiter and clicks incessantly so I disabled it. The steering still feels like it has sand in it below 45F and now the sunshade fails to close or open or both.

Merging onto a 35mph roadway from a ramp during construction with a temporary Yield and a friendly allowance by another motorist reminded me of how alarming an indecisive transmission can be. At 15mph waiting my turn and then being motioned ahead, I accelerated or at least, I moved my foot, nothing. I put my foot down further and total deceleration as the electronics took over and it deliberated over which gear would be appropriate. This is a Lexus 6spd transaxle and I believe the word the dealer used was "bulletproof." I don't want my tranny to be ballistically sound, I want it to shift gears.

From earlier:
Having been a former Saab 9-5 Linear Wagon owner, I though this last ditch effort based on an Opel/Buick La Crosse platform would be relatively safe, particularly at a hefty discount due to the company's dissolved relationship with GM. Absolutely the most buyer's remorse I have experienced in 20 years and 15 vehicles including an Audi, and a Jeep. The seats are strangely difficult to configure to a contour that matches a human's spine, making even a short commute uncomfortable. Each day I'm reminded how even a respected extended warranty program faces challenges when working with a dealership who services Saab. The parts are ridiculously expensive and parts fail routinely. When all is working, a rare and short-lived period of time, the vehicle still gets 24mpg mixed and has terrible road manners in terms of wind noise, the inability to absorb bumps in the road, and performance. The six speed auto is indecisive where a second can lapse, mid-intersection, before it gets the hint you are in a hurry when your foot is buried in the floor board on the accelerator. I'm reminded of Jeremy Clarkson..."I'm a gearbox, I should be doing something...building a cake? Noooo, I know, SHIFT!" Disappointing to say the least.
After 50K miles, I look forward to offloading this vehicle as it has removed all of the joy of driving and ownership. I replaced my Audi with a Subaru and while I knowingly traded fun for function, at least I'm rewarded with relatively low maintenance and repair costs. With the Saab, it is just a chain of repairs with no end in sight and no benefit when the machine is fully functional. The NAV is joke and the infotainment lacks details you would expect from the cheapest of offerings.

Stay as far away from it as possible. It hasn't been a Saab for some time but at least my Linear had more influence than picking through GM's used parts' bin.


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3 year birthday
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Dave
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2011 Saab 9-5 Aero 4dr Sedan AWD (2.8L 6cyl Turbo 6A)


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3 years and 30000 flawless miles in my 9-5 Aero. No issues at all. Big fast and solid. Hate they went out of business, happy I bought this one. Of course for 40% off list price.


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Big Sporty European Cruiser
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By sambub
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2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4 Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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My black 9-5 with the Turbo4 premium 18" wheels is just beautiful.
Much better looking than the A6 or the new 5 series.
And, unlike the A6, 9-5 can be had with a 6 speed manual.
It's a big, rock-solid car with lots of sport: firm suspension, good steering.
It drives much smaller than it is.
On the highway the car is buttoned down and whisper quiet.
Saab offers a factory authorized power upgrade that brings torque to 300 ft/lbs.


Also, car has tons of tech in cabin and engine has the fancy upgrades: direct injection and twin scroll turbo, so 33 mpg HWY so far.


Needless to say I am extremely happy!


Best Features

Look: exterior and wheels, size with big back seat, 6spd manual and 300 ft/lbs of torque, very solid and very quiet, and good gas mileage.


Worst Features

a few software bugs in infotainment system that I haven't bothered to get fixed yet.


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