A shame that the car doesn't live up to the reputation.
Driving: When it is going it is fine - not exciting but capable and on a run surprisingly economical. Plus, it is really big inside and will carry loads of gear - skiing trip for five is a breeze. All the refinements are there - trip computer, heated seats - and the seats are superb.
Running: Oh dear. I bought this with 55K on it and a full Saab history, in November 06 for £4600. Six months later it needed £1700 of engine work. Two months later a new gearbox at £1400. Two months later a new Turbo at £900 and then a slew of smaller repairs such as the DI cassette at £200. I've just sold it and the best I could get after two and a half years was £1700. I reckon it has cost me over £9000 in 2 years and six months - making it overall the most expensive car per mile I have ever run by a factor of at least 2.
Overall: You get a lot of car, but the reliability and the cost of work makes it a poor bet unless you have an iron clad warranty. Shame really.
Just got our new 2.3 Aero estate on Thurs, the face lift version this is the 3rd aero I have had, and the 4th Saab the first being a 900. The last one had 65,000 miles 55plate. No problems with it, these engines are bomb proof, no timing belt to worry about either. The problem with Saab seem to be diesel models and 93s stick to the 95s and not a tarted up vectra which are all the 93s are. The diesel engined tids are of Alfa Romeo stock enough said its Italian. The equipment level in the new 2.3 aero as standard is fantastic, bmws, mercs etc you will pay a packet for extras. At near 2 ton this is the car you want to be in if you have a prang, its who hits you should be worried.
The main dealer has put me off Saab - rude,patronising, work minimalistic definitely unlike costs. A Saab specialist used is the complete opposite- good old fashioned customer focussed service. I love driving the car in a straight line but can't master it on windy roads.Xenon lights flicker most of the time. Ridiculously small storage/cubby holes and those that exist try to break the bones in your hands. I cannot admit to having any mechanical issues except for handbrake cable that keeps stretching. I am getting rid soon and going back to my beloved Passats or Audi A6.Although it has done all I ask, intuition tells me to change it - and soon. Shame given the years of quality and innovation Saab has given the motorist.
The 95 is the least reliable vehicle i have owned. In 1 year it has had multiple electrical failures. The rear parking sensors failed twice, the heating failed to work, the air conditioning took 4-5 weeks to repair in summer, the alarm goes off erratically, and the dash regularly shows apparent failures. The xenon headlights have failed and flash stroboscopically. Vehicle is presently being repatriated from France because of undiagnosed electical failures that prevent car starting. All this in one year, on a 55 plate, with 29-40k miles. In total in 1 year vehicle will have been off road 2 months. The astonishingly comfortable seats are just not enough reason to put up with this car. Do not transport your family in one of these vehicles.
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